REVIEW – DISSIDENT (The Bellator Saga, #1) by Cecilia London

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SYNOPSIS

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?

Under the new political system, Caroline doesn’t know what to believe, even her own vivid memories. Is the life she led real, or just a mirage? And is Jack truly the one to help her move on? Or are they just pawns in a political power play?

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.

*****Dee’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****

(ARC provided in exchange for an honest review)

This book was perfect for me! I hung onto to every word as if this was the last book I would ever read. I was captivated by the smart and elegant writing style. I immediately connected with the characters and my excitement grew to a level that I could barely contain it, my heart was bursting with glee. There’s no better feeling in the world than when you find the perfect story.

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In this first book of The Bellator Saga we meet Caroline Gerard, a rising star in the House of Representatives. She recently became a widow and single parent of two beautiful girls. She is very passionate about her job in politics but sadness is always present in her life as she feels guilty for the things she wished she could have said and done for her husband before he died.

Regrets pile up as she gives a speech where she attacks fellow politician, John McIntyre. Caroline immediately wants to fix her mistake but Mr. McIntyre wants none of her apologies. Later when these two find a moment to sit down for a talk, an unmistakable attraction is born. Caroline quickly dismisses her feelings toward John because of his Playboy reputation and also because even after a year since her husband’s passing, she’s not ready to have feelings for another man.

Caroline and John settle into a very special friendship where they exchange interesting conversation, fun debates and the occasional meal. John McIntyre is very handsome and charming and he finds himself hopelessly falling in love with Caroline and in a very delicate and patient manner he is determined to win a piece of her heart. After a dance and a beautiful kiss, Caroline starts feeling hopeful about a future and maybe loving someone again. John is simply irresistible…

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This story is told from past to present. The past narrates the whirlwind romance between John and Caroline, while in the present Caroline is handcuffed to a hospital bed recuperating from terrible trauma done to her body. Two doctors are trying to protect her from the military men that want her for treason.

I loved both sides of the story. This is a very smart and well thought out novel. The political background makes it exciting and the romance ignited all my senses, making me addicted and desperate for more.

I highly recommend this books. It took me about two minutes into the story before I asked myself; WHY ISN’T EVERYONE READING THESE BOOKS????? I’m on to the next one… I’m in book heaven right now.