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Dissident (Bellator Saga, #1)

Cecilia London 

What would you do for love of country?

In a new America where almost no one can be trusted, Caroline Gerard lies unconscious in a government hospital as others decide her fate. She is a political dissident, wanted for questioning by a brutal regime that has come to power. As she recovers from her injuries, all she has are her memories of a rich and beautiful past.

What does it take to heal a broken heart?

As Caroline clings to life her thoughts drift to before the regime, when she was a rising star in the House of Representatives, widowed, and raising two precocious children. She remembers her unexpected attraction to fellow politician and playboy Jack McIntyre. Jack captures her attention with his rakish grin, disarming attitude, and dry wit, and soon their friendship blossoms into much more.

Who can you trust?

Will the doctors charged with her care be able to save Caroline before it’s too late? Or will she fall into the hands of those who seek to destroy her?

Set against the backdrop of a not too distant future, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate romance, and undying love.

The Bellator Saga is a six part series. Each full length novel ends in a cliffhanger. For readers 18+. This saga contains adult situations, including non-gratuitous violence, explicit (consensual) sex, psychological and physical trauma, and an oftentimes dark plot.

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Ang's Review

First, I would be remiss if I did not apologize to Ms. London for waiting so long to read these books. I knew I wanted to read them, but I kept getting caught up in other commitments. I’m sorry! I can’t believe I waited so long. Don’t let that happen to you! Stop what you’re doing right now and pick up this series. I promise, you’ll love it!

This series is completely different than anything I’ve read. It has the elements of my favorite types of books across genres all rolled into one! From romance to friendship to loss to second chance love to dystopia to mystery to politics to a riveting thriller … Seriously, people! This book has it all! Not to mention some seriously hot sex scenes! The craziest part is that I’m so invested in the actual plot that the sex scenes are almost secondary to me when usually that’s the biggest draw in romance. This series is one of those rare gems where you get to think and get hot all at the same time … who knew?!

Our heroine is Caroline Gerard. Oh Caroline. She’s a brilliant woman, politician, friend, mother, feminist, lover, and advocate. I mean she does it all yet she makes mistakes too. She’s not perfect and that’s the best part of her. She’s fiercely loyal and can be a little too strident in her beliefs, but I love her even more for that!

The handsome hero is Jack McIntyre. Oh Jack. He’s the sexy silver fox with a silver tongue to match. I want a Jack. You want a Jack! We all need a Jack! He’s the millionaire playboy turned politician. He has a trail of broken hearts behind him, until he meets our Caroline.

So what’s this book about? Dissident is told in past and present flashes so we get the groundwork on how Jack and Caroline met, how their romance blossomed, and what led them to this dangerous situation they are in now. This series is so brilliant because it sets up this doomsday dystopian atmosphere based on current day politics and it seems so real. I’m legitimately terrified that these things could happen today.

Do you love a good conspiracy theory? Look no further than the Bellator Saga. But I have to say it again … Dissident is so much more than that. The friendships and lives and loves of all of these characters make for some really beautiful and gut wrenching reading. Not to mention the hotness. I think I’ve mentioned that, right? These books are packing some serious heat.

Go treat yourself and 1-click this amazing series! I think you’ll love it as much as I do!

5 Stars

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Conscience (Bellator Saga, #2)

Cecilia London

An escape plan foiled….

A determined woman….

One last tiny sliver of hope….

Jack will find me.

The Fed wants answers. And Caroline is determined not to provide them. They pull out all the stops, testing her sanity, testing her strength, testing her humanity.

Jack will find me.

Subject to cruel and merciless treatment at the hands of a government she once trusted, Caroline clings to her sole lifeline, her only chance at maintaining her tenuous hold on reality: her memories of her husband, Jack, her children, Marguerite and Sophie, and the friends who mean the world to her.

Jack will find me.

But what happens when hope starts to fade? How long until her interrogators cross over into the unspeakable sadism she fears ? How long before she finally breaks apart?

Part Two of a Six Part Saga. Conscience (approximately 120,000 words) is not a standalone and must be read after the first book in the Bellator Saga, Dissident. All books in the series end in a cliffhanger. For readers 18+. This book contains adult situations including graphic violence, explicit (consensual) sex and light BDSM, psychological and physical trauma, and an oftentimes raw, dark, and gritty plot.

 

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Ang's Review

Our favorite protagonists are back and stronger than ever. The heat was seriously turned up in this installment. Cecilia London brought Caroline and Jack to new heights. The sex scenes are still seriously hot but the intimacy has been turned up a notch. The stakes are much higher in Conscience.

By now we know that Jack and Caroline are involved in some sort of underground movement to bring down the current administration. Caroline has been dragged to the Fed where she is being kept prisoner. She’s separated from Jack and is being tortured and abused by the guards. We have no idea what is happening to Caroline’s daughters or loved ones. Where is Jack? Did he escape? Is he a prisoner? Is he dead? The few encounters at the Fed where Caroline is reconnected with loved ones end terribly. This book was so difficult to read. The psychological and physical torture that Caroline is subjected to made me cringe and wince. My heart broke for her a million times. I kept asking myself how someone could survive what she endured. The human spirit and desire to survive is almost mythical.

A saving grace in this installment is the flashbacks. Thank god for those flashbacks! They served as a source of hope and light amidst the dark days at the Fed. We get to see Caroline’s memories and dreams of Jack, her kids, her friends, and loved ones. We get even more insight into her relationship with those closest to her. I grew to love her close confidantes and thought of them as my own. I felt the loss as she must have from the Sullivans to the Allens to Mo and Feef, and Jen and Katie, and, of course, Jack. Always Jack. These flashbacks included seriously hot sex scenes. I’m talking erotic and carnal and goddamn it’s warm in here!

I was zipping through these pages trying to figure out the mystery and the culmination of events that brought on these dire circumstances. You really must read this series! You’ll get to read about grown-ups with real emotions, passion, and struggles. Go give this book a 1-click! I promise you won’t regret it.

5 Stars

About the Author

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Cecilia is my pen name. I may or may not live in San Antonio, Texas. I’ve been known to apply quotes from ‘The Simpsons’ to everyday life. I live for baseball season.

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