LIVE – SOJOURN (The Bellator Saga Book 3) by Cecilia London

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Haunted by her experience at The Fed, Caroline tries to create a new identity. A new present, a new future. She can’t escape the memories that dog her when she least expects it, leaving her mired in a depression that she finds difficult to escape. Caroline needs to regain her physical and mental strength if she intends on surviving the journey to find the elusive rebellion. But that’s easier said than done with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear.

The road is long and dangerous, and there are no guarantees. She and her companions have no idea what they will find when they arrive at their destination. And what they finally discover may change everything.

Part Three of a Six Part Saga. Sojourn (approximately 89,000 words) is not a standalone and must be read after the first two books in the series. Ends in a cliffhanger. For readers 18+. This book contains adult situations including explicit sex and violence.

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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.

EXCERPT 

 

She slid the key in the lock and opened the box. A set of five books lay inside, arranged in order. She stared at the binding. “Decameron de Bocace,” she read.

“Very good,” Jack said. “I was afraid you’d forgotten how to read French.”

Caroline was tempted to smack him but contained herself. She examined the books closer. “This set is exceptionally old.”

“1757, I believe. One of the more valuable 18th century editions.”

It would have been too easy for him to pick up a paperback copy from a normal bookstore. “Why French?”

“You are fluent,” he pointed out.

As if the classics weren’t challenging enough in English. “You bought me Boccaccio in a foreign language?”

“I do love how you enjoy the oldies,” Jack said.

The Decameron is more than an oldie. It’s one of my favorite books.”

“I know.” He smirked. “I read that interview you did for Philadelphia magazine.”

“You set up that interview,” Caroline said.

“I remember. Did you tell them that you only mentioned that book so you could sound intellectual?”

She very rarely spouted off about that sort of thing but they’d asked about it and she’d answered. She’d also mentioned her favorite childhood reads and a host of dystopian tales, but Jack had clearly forgotten that part. “It’s a wonderful example of medieval literature. Hush up.”

He glanced at her nervously. “What do you think?”

Was he worried that she would be disappointed in such an incredible gift? “Do I even want to know how much you spent on this?”

“I’m not going to tell you,” he said. “Not without a little bit of prodding or a lot of sexual favors.”

She could work on that later. The book set was in near perfect condition for its age. “This is beautiful,” Caroline said.

He looked a little too proud of himself. “I thought you’d like it.”

“I want first editions of Harry Potter next,” Caroline said. “The U.K. versions.”

“Instead of telling me to stop buying you things, you’re giving me ideas?”

“Damn right.” She leaned in to kiss him, long and hard. A gift like this deserved more than a peck. “Thank you, darling.”

“Read it to me,” Jack said.

He didn’t speak French. That request made no sense. “What?”

“Read it to me,” he repeated.

Maybe she’d misheard him. She was thoroughly confused. “In French?”

He moved behind her and leaned toward her ear. “Bend over the desk and read it to me,” he whispered, taking one of the volumes and carefully turning the pages to where a bookmark marked the spot.

Caroline scanned the words, swallowing hard. She recognized the tale immediately. Rustico and Alibech in the desert. The randy monk exposing himself to the curious virgin and seducing her. Possibly one of the most salacious tales in the entire book. “You want me to read this to you?”

“Yes,” he said. “If you promise to translate it correctly and are very, very good, you might even get a reward.” He slid his hand under her skirt. “You can do that, right?”

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REVIEW – SOJOURN (The Bellator Saga, #3) by Cecilia London

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SYNOPSIS:

Haunted by her experience at The Fed, Caroline tries to create a new identity. A new present, a new future. She can’t escape the memories that dog her when she least expects it, leaving her mired in a depression that she finds difficult to escape. Caroline needs to regain her physical and mental strength if she intends on surviving the journey to find the elusive rebellion. But that’s easier said than done with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear.

The road is long and dangerous, and there are no guarantees. She and her companions have no idea what they will find when they arrive at their destination. And what they finally discover may change everything.

Part Three of a Six Part Saga. Sojourn (approximately 89,000 words) is not a standalone and must be read after the first two books in the series. Ends in a cliffhanger. For readers 18+. This book contains adult situations including explicit sex and violence.

*****Dee’s Review*****

6+++++++ Stars******

FAVORITE BOOK**** FAVORITE BOOK*** FAVORITE BOOK****

(ARC provided in exchange for an honest review)

Breathtaking. Brilliant. Stunning. Those three words among other equally impressive adjectives come to mind, when I try to describe this story. While I admit that I’ve cried, yelled, and even thrown my kindle across the room when reading this saga, I wouldn’t change one thing, or one ounce of angst. Nothing. My love and devotion f

or this story grows as I read more. I LOVE IT!!!!!!

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Finally Caroline has been able to escape the hell that was The Fed. She’s made friends with her rescuers and together they make plans to resume their mission to make it to the safer part of the country.

These characters are living through very trying times. The United States is no longer a free country where people can express themselves and be who they are and while the everyday lives of the American people may seem the same they are in fact completely different.

Caroline needs to look and feel like someone else. Being the first lady of Pennsylvania, who she used to be, is not only dangerous but also very painful. She struggles with her memories, those beautiful times she experienced with her loved ones, now hurt her, haunt her dreams.

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Just like in the previous book we go from past to present. In the past we finds answers that slowly complete the puzzle of what’s been building for years and is now a cruel reality in the life of Caroline. We learn about the events that lead to the demise of the Governor of Pennsylvania and his first lady. How they prepared in case of bad events. Bittersweet moments in the story, but probably my favorites…

A whole set of wonderful secondary characters are introduced in this third part of the story. I enjoyed these new friends of Caroline, while I’m still mourning the loss of others.

Caroline is the only girl in the safe house and even though the men are the ones helping her and nursing her back to life, she has claimed the spot of leader as she helps and guides them into safe territory.

She’s not the same Chicago girl she used to be. She is now using her pain to shape into a new woman who is simply ready for battle, one she wants to desperately win. The sweet Caroline who used to have it all, now has nothing but loneliness and her memories of wonderful and sexy times with her husband, the one she cries for every night and is afraid to even say his name, because it just hurts too much.

The steamy scenes get even hotter and yet more romantic. It’s pretty clear by now that this couple communicate best in the bedroom. Their love and devotion translates so intensely in those private moments between husband and wife. They become fearless inside the embrace of one another. The beauty of those moments was too much for my heart and other parts of my body to take…

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Caroline and her friends are looking to get to the other side, join the rebels and fight for what’s right. Will they make it? And if they do, what will they find? More enemies or the allies they so desperately need?

Reading these books is like eating a delicious and very expensive box of chocolates, each piece is unique, some sweet, some bitter but in the end you simply can’t have enough…

I’m a very passionate reader, and there are so many stories I love and adore but never before have I felt so inside and so connected to a story. I’m so consumed by this saga that I’m desperate forEVERYONE to read it. If I could purchase the books for every person I know, I would. That’s how much I believe in this wonderful story.

Cecilia London has a wonderful playlist for each book on Spotify. So make sure to check out the fabulous tunes that inspire this “Evil Genius” author while she creates her masterpieces.

I can’t leave my review before thanking my friend Irene for once again recommending me yet another mind blowing series. I’m convinced we are book soul mates and I’m so grateful that you always think of me, when sharing amazing reads. I owe you a few drinks and a few hugs. Thank you!!!