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?
Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate contemporary 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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I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Um. HELLO new favorite author of mine. What did I just read?! This spellbinding story took me somewhere that I have never been. To a world that I never thought was possible. And I cannot wait to go back.
Ok first, let’s chat about the prologue. THAT is how you start a book! We are immediately immersed into the story where Caroline and Jack must part ways. We don’t know how or why, but what we do know is that these two have so much love for each other. And the idea of them being apart hurts. I felt like I was there in that moment. Making the hardest decision in my life. That set the tone for me. I knew I needed to get deeper into this story.
We are introduced to politician Caroline Gerard, a widower with two small children. She has a blooming career in the House of Representatives. Enter John (Jack) McIntyre, a fellow politician whom Caroline said some not so nice things about. Through an apology and a drink these two start a friendship that becomes more over time. The attraction was always there. As Jack and Caroline spend more time together, these two easily become one of my favorite couples. Their love story is inspiring and beautiful.
This captivating and thrilling story will hold on to you. And not let go. This author is extremely talented. Brilliant. She is a master of words. The story is told in the present as well as a series as flashbacks. The author effortlessly transitions between the two. She is very strategic on how she places these time frame. You are so involved in the story that just when you think you’re getting somewhere, it transitions. Such a talent as I never fault lost or confused by the story. If anything, the transitions intrigued me more. Kept me wanting more.
As the prologue hints, everything in this political world is nothing as it seems. There is danger in this world. And lies. But where does it lurk? And with whom? When the story is told in the present, things start to slowly unfold. But how do Caroline and Jack eventually separate? How does she end up in that government hospital? And what do they want from her? So many questions. So much more to come. And I cannot wait!
I have to admit. I am a lover of romance. So when suspense is thrown in I am weary. Unsure. Do I take this leap? Suspense either works or it doesn’t. It either grabs you or it doesn’t. But this book? You don’t read it. You live the words. Experience the emotions. The suspense and romance has a PERFECT balance. The author puts you in the story. Places you within the hearts of her characters. She engrosses you into this couple and unique world of politics and mischief. And it’s addicting. Every page gets you deeper into the story and yet you still have no idea where it’s going. I was on edge. I clutched my e-reader. I have never experienced a story like this and probably never will.
Dissident was such an unexpected yet intriguing and magical read. I would also like to commend the author for writing such a strong and inspirational heroine. And Jack? My love for you is endless. That’s it. My goal in life is to find a Jack! The synopsis grazes the surface of the story. This is a chilling story of politics and love. And so much more. This author is in a class of her own. Her writing leaves you breathless as you are weaved through the pages of this book. I didn’t know I could love a story like this. Had no idea I needed to read something like this. If you are looking for a thought provoking, captivating read, then look no further. THIS book is it. Goodbye real life. I am about to go into hiding to devour book two.
Cecilia London is my pen name. I am a native Midwesterner who never thought I'd end up in Texas and yet here I am, determined to help Keep San Antonio Lame. I have been known to dabble in the practice of law. I can apply Simpsons quotes to everyday life, and I live for baseball season. I've been writing off and on since I was a kid, but never really thought I’d have any idea that could turn into a single novel, let alone a series. There aren't many books about how dystopias/totalitarian political regimes come into existence, and I wanted to touch upon that topic while still maintaining a primary focus on the epic romance. The Bellator Saga is my first published work.
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