Sunday, April 26, 2015

GUEST REVIEW: Dissident (Bellator Saga #1) by Cecilia London

She once was important. Now she’s considered dangerous.

In a new America where almost no one can be trusted, Caroline 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 in a shockingly easy way. As she recovers from her injuries, all she has are her memories. And once she wakes up, they may not matter anymore.

Part One of a Six Part Series. Each part is a full length novel between 60,000-120,000 words and 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 and gritty plot (particularly in part two).


I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I'll admit that at first I wasn't so sure. While a huge fan of House of Cards, wasn't sure if mixing politics and upheaval with romance would do it for me. Also, I was a bit put off by this being one of a six part series (I love to hate serials...sort of...LOL). But oh boy, I was so wrong!

This is Ms. London's debut novel but it should not be her last. This lady can write with the scenes, character development and dialogue just seamlessly flowing from page to page.

The story alternates between past and present and it works really well in letting the reader get to know and invest in both Caroline Gerard and John Montgomery McIntyre (Jack), as well as slowly start to understand the trouble Caroline is in.

The main focus is on the relationship and love story that unfolds between Caroline and Jack. She is recently widowed with two girls and he is a self-professed millionaire playboy. This is where any cliches end. Their relationship is mature, relatable and so refreshing. I just loved the pace, care and attention Ms. London gave to the connection and love between Caroline and Jack. Caroline was just so likeable, witty and smart. And Jack is one sexy beast...he is hard to resist. Talk about knowing how to take care of a woman...

The chemistry between these two was hot and heavy...

And Jack's adoration is undeniable but also not over the top.

"I want to make you feel good. Do all the things for you that you've been missing. Touch you the way you want to be touched. Make you shudder and tremble and moan."

Along with this wonderful and compelling love story, there is suspense and danger unfolding as we experience snippets of a new and dangerous America in which the President is beyond corrupt and Caroline and Jack are caught smack dab in the middle of it.

This ends with many questions existing about Caroline's present day predicament, as well as just as many pressing questions as to what happens next in the past. I'm so ready for the next book!

I highly recommend this series. It's so well written with witty, sexy and smart characters and dialogue, and a plot that will leave you guessing and wanting more.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Cecilia London is having a paperback giveaway over on Goodreads for US Residents! Ends April 28th, 2015.
Good Luck xo

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