on March 17th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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)
I have to admit that I was unsure of this book, however I love taking chances on a New Author and finding a diamond in the rough. Throwing politics and romance in together can sometimes be a tricky thing but Cecilia London certainly did it well. It kills me that this is a six part series (WHAT !??!) and it almost completely turned me off- however I am certainly glad I decided to go with it. DEBUT book????……….no way!!!
The story goes back and forth between the past and present of Caroline Gerard. With the majority written in the past, we get to see how her relationship with John “Jack” McIntyre came to be built into a wonderful love story. Caroline is recently widowed and left with two little girls. Slowly climbing out of the despair of losing her husband, she runs into Jack at an event being hosted by her other political friends. The care that Jack shows Caroline is so endearing, he takes care of her and has the patience it takes to help her continue to heal.
The future parts of the story is where you find the suspense and drama. America seems to have been taken over, the constitution is no longer upheld and things are getting very dangerous. We know that Caroline is being held captive as the story ends- I was so very excited to be able to go straight into the ARC of the second book……. Cecilia London has captured exactly my brand of romantic suspense. Would I read more from this Author? In a heartbeat!!