5++++ REVIEW: Triumph (The Bellator Saga #6) by Cecilia London

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“All of your ideals, your hopes and dreams…they cease to patter if you abandoned them in your darkest hour. We have to see this through to the end.”

Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard have never shied away from a challenge. As dual commanders of the American rebel forces, they now face the greatest adversity of their lives. Every decision has permanent consequences. Relationships are tested and restored. Hard truths come to light. When the reality of thewir situation finally hits them, there is one thing they know for certain.

No sacrifice is too great for love. 

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This review may be the hardest one of my blogging life. Because even starting it  ( two weeks too late I might add) means that this series is over. There is no more Caroline & Jack. Nothing. This is the end. This is it. The finale is here.

And what a fucking ride it was!

I’ve been a little more than obsessed with this series since I dove in nearly two years ago. Caroline & Jack are the heart of this story – a Political Suspense that is mirroring our very existence as I type this. It’s frightening. My sister while reading Dissident ( the first book of the series) kept texting me asking if Cecilia was a psychic – she herself insisting she’s not writing meta fiction. She wove this series flawlessly – through all the ups and downs, the back and forth through time – digging her claws into me with the first chapter.  Triumph was everything I could have possibly hoped for in the finale.

It was action packed – hot as fuck – and culminates everything that made me obsessed with the series in the first place.

After everything Jack & Caroline – their family and friends have been through – my god. It’s a lot to digest. It’s a lot to feel. And that’s exactly what I did. I feel in love with all of these characters that it was like a kick to the gut having to say goodbye.

I’ve begged and pleaded – maybe even threatened Cecilia that Jack & Caroline better get their happily ever after.

She did not disappoint.

I don’t know if a series of books has hit me as hard as these – the stories are tragic, suspenseful, frightening and sexy as hell. But even through everything Cecilia London sprinkles her famous sarcastic wit, the banter her characters engage in is some of the best stuff I’ve ever read. She’s had my laughing on minute, sobbing another, and curling my toes in anticipation of what Jack’s got up his sleeve.

You can’t pigeon hole this series. It’s not just a political thriller, it’s not just a romance – it’s everything and above all else, fucking amazing.

February has been a very hard month for me personally – a lot of stuff has popped up in my family, and with work and it’s been the most stressful two weeks ever. I keep my Kindle with me at all times. It’s always in my purse, and as I sat in many hospital rooms – cars to hospitals and hotel rooms. I re-read Triumph for the second time and it kept me sane. It kept me going. Caroline & Jack – everything they accomplished – everything they over came – the entire conclusion to this epic six book series gave me something to hold on to when i really thought I was going to lose it at any moment.

This book will always hold a special place in my heart – for a million different reasons. This one left it’s mark.

If you haven’t checked out The Bellator Saga yet – do so ASAP – and be thankful you started it after the series conclusion – Cecilia LOVES a cliff hanger ending.

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Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website

COVER REVEAL: Triumph (Bellator Saga #6) by, Cecilia London

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Title: Triumph

Series: The Bellator Saga, Book 6

Author: Cecilia London

Genre: contemporary and erotic romance/romantic suspense/epic romance

Release Date: February 6, 2017

Cover Artist: S.K. Hartly with Luminos Graphic House

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Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard have never shied away from a challenge. As dual commanders of the American rebel forces, they now face the greatest adversity of their lives. Every decision has permanent consequences. Relationships are tested and restored. Hard truths come to light. When the reality of their situation finally hits them, there is one thing they know for certain.

No sacrifice is too great for love.

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BUSINESS CARD FRONTCecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.

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5++++ REVIEW: Rhapsody (Bellator Saga #5) by Cecilia London

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~Synopsis~

“I’m never going to stop loving you, Caroline. It’s just not possible.” 

Major Caroline Gerard returns from a dangerous mission battered and bruised. Terrified to confront the emotional and physical gap between her and her husband, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to avoid reality.

Commander Jack McIntyre has been tasked with saving American democracy, but he has to save his marriage first. He’s desperate to regain the passionate connection that he and his wife once shared. And a man on a mission will sacrifice anything to succeed.

In the meantime, the rebellion is in need of a catalyst to spur international action to stop President Santos’ increasingly unstable behavior. As Caroline and Jack repair their hearts, each day brings new secrets and new challenges, and a revelation that could shatter everything they thought was true.

Rhapsody is the fifth book in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first four books in the series.

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I’ve been devoted to this series since early 2015 when Dissident grabbed me, sucked me and wouldn’t let go. The Bellator Saga was one of my TOP favorite reads of 2015, and now with the fifth installment of Rhapsody – it might just hit my #1 Favorite read of 2016.

In Phoenix – the fourth book in the series, Jack & Caroline were finally reunited – though it was not the reunion we had hoped for. Caroline has suffered more physically and emotionally than any human being should have to. And all because she was standing up for what she believes in – the democracy that has kept our country and it’s people free. But as she and Jack navigated through a country that no longer resembles that – Caroline lost more than just her friends…. more than just her family…. more than just the beautiful life she and Jack had built together; she lost herself.

Even now, in Rhapsody – Caroline is safe – she’s physically safe, yet her toughest challenge is ahead of her; facing everything that has happened to her and the immeasurable amount of guilt and loss she’s suffered through fighting this revolution. I was desperate through this entire novel – desperate for Caroline to snap out of the pain and finally see what’s in front of her – everything we’ve loved about this series has surrounded these two – Jack and Caroline. But if Caroline can’t see what’s in front of her? Is there any hope?

The soul of this story – these two…. to see them be so close once again, only to be so far apart was fucking agonizing. I felt real pain for these two – my heart broke for them. I felt Caroline’s fear, and i felt Jack’s hope…. and also his frustrations. I ached with him – I felt the pull.

Jack is holding on so hard to the past and the memories of Caroline while he tries to get the woman before him to open up – to feel her pain – to acknowledge it and allow him to help her. But Caroline is drowning…. not sure how to break to the surface again.

But a person can only take so much…

Rhapsody is a significant piece in the Bellator Saga – a series that has captivated me from the very beginning. Caroline & Jack aren’t just characters – they’re living… breathing….tangible things for me. When they hurt – I hurt. I’ve felt every single sentence Cecilia London has written in this series. Rhapsody is no different – it’s an emotionally consuming novel that will leave you breathless with anticipation with each page.

The Bellator Saga is an all-consuming love affair full of suspense, humor and the kind of love and passion that keeps hope alive.

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About the Author, Cecilia London

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Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website. 

HAPPY RELEASE DAY & Giveaway!!! Rhapsody (Bellator Saga #5) by Cecilia London

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RHAPSODY-EBOOK (1) “I’m never going to stop loving you, Caroline. It’s just not possible.”

Major Caroline Gerard returns from a dangerous mission battered and bruised. Terrified to confront the emotional and physical gap between her and her husband, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to avoid reality.

Commander Jack McIntyre has been tasked with saving American democracy, but he has to save his marriage first. He’s desperate to regain the passionate connection that he and his wife once shared. And a man on a mission will sacrifice anything to succeed.

In the meantime, the rebellion is in need of a catalyst to spur international action to stop President Santos’ increasingly unstable behavior. As Caroline and Jack repair their hearts, each day brings new secrets and new challenges, and a revelation that could shatter everything they thought was true.

Rhapsody is the fifth book in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first four books in the series.

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COVER REVEAL & SALE!!!! Rhapsody (Bellator Saga #5) by Cecilia London

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Title: Rhapsody Book #5 in The Bellator Saga

Author: Cecilia London

Release: September 13th

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RHAPSODY-EBOOK (1) “I’m never going to stop loving you, Caroline. It’s just not possible.”

Major Caroline Gerard returns from a dangerous mission battered and bruised. Terrified to confront the emotional and physical gap between her and her husband, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to avoid reality.

Commander Jack McIntyre has been tasked with saving American democracy, but he has to save his marriage first. He’s desperate to regain the passionate connection that he and his wife once shared. And a man on a mission will sacrifice anything to succeed.

In the meantime, the rebellion is in need of a catalyst to spur international action to stop President Santos’ increasingly unstable behavior. As Caroline and Jack repair their hearts, each day brings new secrets and new challenges, and a revelation that could shatter everything they thought was true.

Rhapsody is the fifth book in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first four books in the series.

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Dissident:

Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard is reluctant to fall in love again after losing her husband. Can Republican playboy Jack McIntyre break through her grief and capture her heart? Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate romance, and undying love.

Conscience:

Caroline faces the biggest challenge of her life when confronted with the cruelty and sadism of her captors at The Fed. Hope fades quickly, even as she holds onto her one last bit of sanity and her unshakable belief that her husband will rescue her. But is that faith just a mirage?

Sojourn:

Reeling from her experiences at The Fed, Caroline tries to forge ahead and create a new identity. But that’s hard to do with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear. She is determined to find the rebellion and move on with her life, but what will she find when she arrives there?

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REVIEW: It Ends With Us by, Colleen Hoover

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Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. when Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart – wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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This book went up for pre-order and I bought it without even a synopsis, or a cover. Because that’s what Colleen Hoover is for me. She’s a one-click – doesn’t matter to me what the story is about, I’ll find out when I crack it open. I never read early reviews because I don’t want the ideas of other people to influence my read. Picking up this book I knew a few things. It was making people cry. It was being praised as Colleen Hoover’s best novel  yet – and it would break me.

Now, that’s saying a lot, considering Hopeless, Losing Hope and Maybe Someday are three of my Top Favorite Books of all time. These books matter to me – and not in the way most people think of a book, “Oh yeah I really enjoyed that.” Or “Sure, it was good.” These.Books.Matter. They’re living breathing things to me –

I didn’t even read the synopsis for this book. I stopped myself from reading anything and everything that was out there – I wanted to dive in head first and experience it all first hand – but I wasn’t prepared for the affect it would have on me. Or the fact that I literally couldn’t concentrate on anything but this story while I read it – work, husband, anniversary…. All went out the window while I lived this story. I met Lily and Ryle – on a rooftop in Boston; where their personalities leaped off the page, like only two strangers meeting for the first time can. Both of them suffering in their own way from the events of their day, ultimately bringing them to this very spot. This rooftop. This time. This conversation that will cement in their minds possibilities neither one of them really wants to admit to themselves. It was just one night. It was just one conversation. But …. it was full of naked truths.

“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen.”

I can’t properly describe the emotions I felt reading this novel. I can’t properly describe the emotions I have at this moment writing this review. I had to step away – I had to take a few days to get my mind wrapped around this book. The words – the stages of experiences these characters have, evoked something inside me in a way I was not prepared for. I’ve been emotionally invested in Colleen’s characters in the past, but when I read It Ends With Us?  I have never experienced that level of emotional involvement – In.My.Life.

“I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.”

We get to experience Lily & Ryle’s relationship from the beginning – we also get a glimpse into her past and the relationship she and Atlas cultivate at an age when everything is so new and intense. Everything you experience at fifteen feels like the beginning of the best thing in your world – or the most devastating thing you ever thought could happen. There is no balance at fifteen. But Lily & Atlas’s lives aren’t necessarily ordinary – their relationship built on the misery of their day to day lives. These two share a bond you can tell, still very much affects Lily – even now in the present.

“Sometimes – not very often at all, actually – a voice will penetrate past my ears and reverberate straight down through my body.” 

It Ends With Us is told through a multitude of layers – from the very beginning. This is one of the hardest reviews I have ever written in the three years I’ve been blogging, because I don’t want to give away anything. This isn’t a second chance romance – this isn’t just a romance book – this isn’t a love triangle. This is a book that will blow your perspective away – leaving you questioning a lot of your own ideals. I felt this book on a whole other level because of my own experiences and once you read the book, you’ll understand that even more. It made me see things from a whole different perspective and I allowed myself to quit second guessing – and to quit making excuses not only for other people, but for myself.

I can’t tell you the amount of people I’ve told to read this – bought this for – talked about this story with. Colleen’s not just given us a novel – she’s given us a part of herself.

It was beautiful – it was ugly – it was funny – and it was real.

“There is no such thing as bad people. We are all just people who do bad things.”

REVIEW: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death… 

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase… he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil. 

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t. 

Then the team starting losing. 

Women started dying. 

And everything in my world broke apart. 

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Wow – this book. Moonshot hit me right in the feels for a lot of different reasons. The first being the author – because Alessandra Torre has this insane talent when it comes to characters. They’re three dimensional, complex emotions that hook into you. Ty & Chase were no different. Ty, only seventeen when she meets Chase for the first time, you get that first love feeling, the tingles… the fantastic feeling of the firsts. Those conversations you have at the beginning of every relationship, opening up and falling in love….

Add the fact that Ty’s father is a New York Yankee and Chase is the new trade…. one that her father is warning her about from the get go? Oh the ANGST!!

I was raised a ballrat from the moment I could walk. Every season was spent at the baseball field watching my older brother’s play ball. Eventually, I took over as bat girl…. so reading through Ty’s chapters was very reminiscent of my childhood – sitting around the boys, being completely enthralled in the game…. and that fantasy I had every summer sitting in that dug out …. with whatever summer crush I’d have…. Chase was the epitome of that.

But then we’re thrown a curve – a massive curve that will leave you wondering WTF?!?! And reading as fast as you can to find out what happens next. Somethings I saw coming…. and then BAM! I was hit so hard for a loop – I threw my kindle, cursed Torre’s name and nearly had a fit.

You can tell how good a book is going to be by the amount of cussing you do at intimate objects… i.e. throwing your kindle. But this is why her books are fantastic – she doesn’t ever play by the rules.

And then…. there are the dead girls.

This book is so much more than your average romance – it’s a first time love story, it’s a second chance love story, it’s a suspenseful murder mystery that leave so many questions unanswered until the very end…. one that will leave you gasping!

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About the Author, Alessandra Torre

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at http://www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.