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


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~ Synopsis ~

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.

Dissident  is part contemporary romance and part political thriller, with elements of romantic suspense and speculative fiction. Told mostly in flashback, it details the budding romantic relationship between our heroine Caroline and Jack, the silver fox playboy who tries to win her heart.

The Bellator Saga is 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).


This book is very different from what I typically read – but maybe that’s why I was in a funk…. I needed something different, so when the author emailed me and asked if I’d be willing to review it – her email made me laugh so much I couldn’t say no. After reading the synopsis? I was very interested.
Dissident’s prologue is action – suspense and cultivating questions left and right as our heroine, Caroline is on the run with Jack – from who you ask? At this point, I wasn’t 100% sure, but I was pretty excited to find out. When Caroline realizes they’ll never make it together – she sends Jack off alone in the hopes that he’ll make it out alive, sacrificing herself for the man she loves.

But as the story begins we’re sent back in time, five + years as the story develops in both past and present tense, slowing unveiling the deep dark secrets lurking at the end of every chapter. I started this book at the beginning of my HORRIBLE book funk – HUGE mistake. I had to shelf it and come back to it when I could give it a proper read, and I’m soooooooo glad I did. When I picked it back up this past holiday weekend? I was hooked form beginning to end.
Cecilia London gives us a story of a woman overcoming many obstacles with fierce independence and humor. Caroline is maneuvering her way through the politics of Washington after the devastating loss of her husband, trying to pick up the pieces and care for her two young daughters on her own. When Jack comes into her life, a man of whom she has eviscerated in the press as a millionaire playboy and anything but a reputable politician, her life gets a little more interesting. The banter between these two was some of my favorite parts of the book. The conversations between these two characters was fluid and flawless.

As the past and present interweave through chapters, Cecilia gives us a little more each time – letting us know there is a far bigger story that’s going on behind the curtain. As Jack and Caroline cultivate a relationship – things in the US Government are changing……. and not for the greater good. As US States threaten secession – and the darkness of the present starts to overshadow the past – you slowly start to realize the depth of danger Caroline is in now…. and where the hell is Jack?

This is the 1st installment in Cecilia London’s Bellator Saga – a six part series, each story a full length novel between 60,000 and 120,000 words each. Be aware though, she LOVES a cliff hanger ending.

Dissident is FREE right now – do yourself a favor and pick this one up!

Part Two – Conscience is up for pre-order! – Out August 17th 2015!

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