The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London

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Two souls intertwined. One epic love story.

Get swept away in the passionate romance between political opposites Caroline Gerard and Jack McIntyre in the first half of The Bellator Saga.

This set contains the first three books in the series, Dissident, Conscience, and Sojourn.

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Dissident: Book One

This book starts off with two people trying to get to Canada, it is not clear exactly what is going on but only that there are one male and one female who are married and trying to escape. This introduction intrigued me and as I kept on reading the following chapters, there is a lot of mention of American politics which to be honest really confused me but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story. The book jumps from the past to the present and vice versa.

Caroline in the future is recovering from an attack on her life, the people who are trying to help her are seemingly disappearing one by one, and it is not clear why. There are many questions to be answered and not many answers, however I could not stop reading. I honestly have not been this attached to a book for a long time.

The past is based on Caroline moving on from the loss of her husband and Jack who is really sweet and strange at times, wanting to be with Caroline. I’m being purposely vague as I honestly think you should go into this book and saga blind.

There is a cliff-hanger but luckily the next book is out, so off I go to read that one.

4 stars!

Conscience: Book Two

Conscience unlike Dissident, features a lot of more of the present chapters. Jack and Caroline are happily married but they know that something is not quite right. Caroline is determined to get to the bottom of it however she is doing it on the quiet to avoid suspicion.

I have to say I’ve enjoyed the intrigue, finding out what is going on but the scenes in the ‘present’ times really hurt my heart. There are some gruesome bits and I cannot explain how much that hurt my heart.

I read them one scene and I actually felt physically sick at it. That is a testament to the author as not many books can make me feel that kind of emotion. I’ve devoured this book and hated real life stopping me from reading it. I cannot elaborate but knowing that what is going to come whilst reading this book is so hard because I just want to make it all better for the characters. I want me a Jack, he’s so caring and loving, he’s so sweet.

Murdock, well the less said about him the better as far as I’m concerned. I do not want to spoil it so I’ll say no more. I’m off to enjoy the next book and then be sad until the next 3 books come out.

The ending of this book does give me hope but at the same time I’m seriously scared to hope as I literally don’t think this saga will end happily. Cecilia please, give me a happy ending because these characters deserve it!!

5 stars!

Sojourn: Book Three

This book is different from the first two in the sense that you get to see Caroline and Jack in their marriage. You get to see their happiness pour off the pages and yet amongst that there is political unrest and sense of doom.

This book brings in Jones, Crunch and Gabe who I fell in love with straightaway as they know they’re in danger if they get caught yet they’re still going ahead with it. They’re anti the government and so after a while they make moves to get in touch with the rebel movement. I’m gonna say this, please please don’t let anything bad happen to these guys, they’ve wormed their way into my heart and I want to wrap them all in bubble wrap so they don’t get unnecessarily hurt!

The one thing I love about this book is that despite the fact it is a story it is so believable. I’m a bit sad that we don’t get Jack in the present day or even a glimpse of what he’s doing but I can understand why Caroline has to take centre stage. It gives the reader more tensions and questions to be answered. I have so many questions!

Are the children alive? Is Jack alive? Is there going to be a showdown with Jack, Caroline versus Santos and Murdock? (please let this happen!)

The ending is a cliffhanger but not a cliffhanger that makes me want to scream and throw my kindle across the room.

I’m eagerly anticipating the next book!

4.5 stars

Overall for the trilogy: 4 stars!

“If you only read one series in 2016, make it The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London!” – Irene, The Literary Gossip

“I can’t recommend this series enough. It’s one for any contemporary romance reader, any Hunger Games lover, any dystopian lover, any fans of erotica. I IMPLORE you to read this series. You don’t want to miss it.” – TeriLyn Reviews


“…One of the most unforgettable reads of my life. This riveting and compelling story gripped me. Stole my heart. And I don’t think I will ever get it back.” – Bianca, Biblio Belles

“This series is unique, poignant, and unforgettable. Readers will be irreversibly captivated by London’s writing and intensely invested in the exquisite creativity that her mind has to offer.” – Vivian, Beauté De Livres

“An unforgettable saga unlike anything I’ve ever read before…I can’t recommend this series enough!” -Suzanne, Tied Up In Romance

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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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When they reached the ballroom he locked the door behind him. Jack walked over to one of the decorative side tables and produced a box wrapped with red paper.

“Merry Christmas,” he said, handing it to her.

“Why didn’t you give this to me earlier?”

“I needed us to be in private when I gave it to you. Open it.”

It had to be jewelry. “I told you not to get me anything outlandish.”

“I don’t have to listen to you. Even if we are married.”

Caroline ripped the paper away. She opened the box and was greeted with an exquisite emerald necklace. Fringe design, with each individual green stone framed by tiny sparkling diamonds. The necklace was dripping with jewels from end to end. It looked like a prop from an eighties soap opera except it was stunningly, gorgeously real. She wouldn’t even want to speculate about the cost. “Jack-”

“Do you like it?” he asked.

She was convinced he only gave her presents just to gauge her reaction. To see how long she’d gawk at them before starting to gush. Caroline wasn’t refined when it came to her spontaneous responses to him. Did she like the necklace? A rather silly question since it was one of the most amazing things she’d ever seen.

“It’s beautiful,” she whispered.

He took the box from her. “I didn’t recall seeing you with anything other than sapphires or diamonds. We’re going to have to do something about that.”

She could only imagine the media attention they’d get if she paraded around wearing a necklace that cost more than what the average household made in a year, several times over. Sometimes her husband forgot that he was running for governor, not auditioning for the cast of Falcon Crest. “It’s too much, Jack. It’s so…elaborate. I can’t wear that in public.”

He smiled. “Then don’t. Wear it just for me.”

“Just around the house? Like, when I’m watching baseball and stuff?”

He laughed. “‘And stuff’?”

Her language was less polished than usual. “I’ve had a ton to drink today. I can’t always be articulate.”

Jack pulled her to him, leaning toward her ear. “How about you wear the necklace and nothing else, and grant your husband a dance?”

Now she saw where he was going. “A nice Christmas waltz?” Caroline suggested. “Fully clothed, of course. We must always be proper.”

He tugged at her sweater. “Try again.”

His romantic and seductive gestures were sweet, but impractical. “It’s cold in here.”

“I’ll turn the heat up.”

“What about you?”

“We don’t need to worry about me.”

Caroline sighed. “I meant your clothes.”

He unbuttoned her pants. “They’re staying on.”

That seemed unfair. “I’m not sure I like this power differential.”

Jack ran a finger under the waistband of her panties. “I think you do,” he whispered.

She shivered when he pulled her pants and underwear down. “Will there be music? Or are you going to parade my naked self around the ballroom in silence?”

“I picked a special song for the two of us.” He grinned. “And you won’t be naked. You’ll be wearing the necklace.”

She ran her hands down the front of his shirt, imagining how it would feel for her bare chest to rub against it while they danced. “You will undress at some point, right?”

He kissed her again. “Upstairs. Let me do this,” he said softly, stripping off the rest of her clothes, even her bra and panties. He laughed when he reached her socks. “Are those dinosaurs?”

Caroline liked wearing fun socks. She didn’t care if they were juvenile. She’d get away with it for as long as she could. “They’re wearing little Santa hats.”

Though he’d started to yank them down, he hastily pulled them back up to below her knees. “These can stay on. But only because they make you look so damn adorable.”

She tried not to think of what she’d look like wearing nothing but whimsical dinosaur knee socks and an emerald necklace, but the expression on his face indicated that Jack didn’t particularly care. He kissed her deeply before retrieving the necklace. He took his time placing it around her neck, then stepped back to look at her. It took all her effort not to blush. She hadn’t anticipated the night ending this way.

Jack tipped her chin up. “You look fucking marvelous.”

Her face had to be as red as a cherry. “Even with the socks?”
He brushed a stray hair out of her face. “There are few things sexier than a woman wearing an emerald necklace and dinosaur socks…and nothing else.”
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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.


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