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The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy (Dissident, Conscience, and Sojourn) by [London, Cecilia]
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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.

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?

Includes bonus material featuring a deleted scene from Sojourn, a sneak peek at Phoenix, and a never before released love scene told in Jack’s first person point of view!

For readers 18+.

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  • Publisher: Principatum Publishing (29 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BUNFQZY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Wow. What an exceptional book. It took me a while to get into it at the start with the going back to the past and then to the present but it didn't take long for me to into the swing of the story.
I have never read a political fictional story before, but this story is so intense. I laughed and cried throughout this book. There are some truly horrific scenes in this story as well.
The book held me captive from beginning to end. I cant wait for the rest of the series to come through.
I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who likes a good romance, throw in some intense darkness and a whole lot of turmoil.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! Addictive! Epic! 29 February 2016
By Vivian Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
At the end of 2015 I had finally managed to clear my schedule and dive into a series that had been sitting on my (never ending) “To Be Read” list. I had heard great things about the author, the writing, and the unique storyline and I honestly couldn’t wait to immerse myself into something new. Written by Indie Author Cecilia London, The Bellator Saga is unlike anything you have ever read before. With three books in the series already published, London brings to life a painful yet beautiful battlefield of love, power and control.

With six books in total, The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy is set against the backdrop of a country in political disarray, whilst the romance in this novel is emphasized through detailed and extensive flashbacks, allowing each book to highlight how Cecilia London uniquely pairs suspense and romance. Unexpectedly but very much welcome, London’s writing WILL completely captivate, and you will be left with no choice but to be intensely invested in the exquisite creativity her mind has to offer.

Dissident: a person who opposes official policy, especially that of an authoritarian state.

In the beginning of the series, in the most harrowing of circumstances we are introduced to Caroline Gerard and Jack McIntyre. Written in third person with ease and seamless transitions, each chapter flicks between the past and the present giving readers an essential understanding of their backgrounds, personalities and most importantly, their relationship.

We become familiar with this intellectually sassy feminist whose tenacity is everything you want in a heroine. And at the forefront of the opposing party is the playboy of politics, Jack McIntyre. Watching Jack McIntyre fall in love with Caroline will be your undoing. Sex appeal paired with swoon, let your infatuation for him begin NOW.

“I’ve waited my entire life for a woman like you to tell me that.”

As each chapter highlights the importance of the connection between Jack and Caroline, it also ensures that you’re invested in the foundations of an emotionally charged and epic love story.

The beginning of the series lets readers indulge in the beauty of Caroline and Jack falling in love whilst also bringing to life the political backdrop that becomes the catalyst for the biggest and most painful journey their love and life will ever endure.

“I promise I will come back. I’m not giving up.”

Conscience: a person's moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one's behaviour.

Delving further into the series, book two guarantees that you will fall deeper into the world of Caroline and Jack. The reality of their circumstances sets the tone and it is blaringly obvious that a somber, dark, and treacherous path is what lies ahead. The sadness and heartache in these chapters will eclipse all feelings of love, light and hope. London’s attention to detail solidifies how mesmerizing and unique this series really is. Not for the faint hearted though, the loud thumping beat of your own heart reflects the significance and the implications of Jack and Caroline’s separation.

“Don’t give them what they want. Don’t give in.”

As political upheaval strikes, the backdrop of this story becomes the forefront. London’s flawless and continued use of flashbacks brings together more pieces of this intriguingly complex and layered story. Predominantly focused on Caroline, each chapter will have you hooked. as you piece together a mysterious yet painful puzzle. Through unrivaled strength and determination Caroline withstands brutality of unspeakable proportions, hoping that one day her survival is not in vain and her hurting heart may lead her to her happy ever after.

“You’ll never break me.”

Sojourn: A temporary stay

With the ending of the first trilogy coming near the reminders of heartache and loss are not too far away. However, continuing to be consumed by a whirlwind of emotions, the anticipation of hope and beautiful display of courage will have you desperate for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Will she get peace?
Will she be happy?
Will she get a happy ever after?

Reaching into the souls of readers and plucking at all their heartstrings, the end of the first half of this series gives readers faith that everything might just be ok. Like a soothing balm London begins the healing process for what has been a torturous journey for Caroline Gerard.

Along with Caroline, you will be pining and missing the presence of Jack in her life and relying on the flashbacks you didn’t know you so desperately needed, London reminds you how deep, how passionate, and how everlasting their love truly is.

Holding on to hope with white knuckles, the ending of the first trilogy will be sure to blow you away. As the pieces of your heart slowly mend back together, London is deliberately getting you ready for what is next.

“You are my everything, Caroline. My world, my life, the reason I exist.”

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The Bellator Saga: First Trilogy Box Set includes bonus material featuring a deleted scene from Sojourn, a sneak peek at Phoenix (book 4), and a never before released love scene told in Jack’s first person point of view!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 1 March 2016
By Becky Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Bellator Saga: The First Trilogy

I read the first three in the Bellator Saga; Dissident, Conscience and Sojourn like a starving animal. I could not consume them quick enough. After reading Dissident I searched to see if this author had any other books out and to my surprise she did not. After Conscience I messaged her to ask if this was indeed her first books or if she had written under another pen name and she confirmed, yes these are her first books. The reason I was so shocked was that the characters are so well developed and the plot is twisty and intriguing and all pulls together perfectly. The sex/romantic scenes are beautiful and hot. Did I mention hot. We all need a Jack in our lives.

“She was trapped – caught between the nightmares that made her scream and the memories that made her weep.”

Cecilia London has created a world that is not so far from what could really happen in America. This saga an epic love story. It is a bit political, a bit dystopia and a whole lot sexy. Caroline Gerard a political prison, tells the beginning of her political career and meeting Jack in flashbacks while she is being held captive. Each book takes us further into what happened to land Caroline in the Fed and what she is currently enduring as a political prisoner. But at the crux of all of this is a beautiful love story. Jack and Caroline have one of those amazing love stories that we all dream about finding for ourselves.

"You are my everything, Caroline. My world, my life, the reason I exist. We're going to get through this. I promise."

"It's not a church, sweetheart." "It is to me. Books are holy."

An EPIC story that had my emotions run the gamut. It makes my heart hurt. I spend days, weeks or months thinking about it and I tell all my friends to read it without hesitation. I laughed, cried and cringed along with Caroline.

These EPIC books are few and far between for me, as they should be. Cecilia London's Bellator Saga is definitely on the epic level. I impatiently wait for the next installment of Caroline and Jack's story!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book will surely keep your feelings on edge 1 March 2016
By Shy Unique - Published on Amazon.com
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Book 1: Dissident

The way this book kicked off was highly intriguing and interesting that had me wanting to dig in into the book immediately. The way the story was told was also good since you get to see a little of what have been and what happened after the introduction took place.

I don’t think books like this is for everyone since this touch politics which not many people find interesting. But I like that aspect of it. Although living in another country, the Democrat and the Republican stuff got me confused. I have a general idea but I don’t really know how it works, thus there were times that I was a little lost when it gets to the technical aspect of that side of politics. It’s kind of a learning experience, too because I had to google a few things to understand them.

This book is also a little on the dark side and getting a little darker with the turn of every page. You get this feeling that none of it is gonna turn good in the end which will leave you hanging with all the questions because apparently, book 1 won’t give you any answer to whatever question you formed in your head. This book also made it hard to trust people in this book or rather series.

Emotionally speaking, I don’t really know how to describe how this book made me feel. But yes it’s interesting and if you’re into this kind of books, you’ll want to immediately devour the next.

Rating: 4

Book 2: Conscience

If you’re not into dark books and violence, I highly suggest you stay out of this book. Because man, if you’re not made of sterner stuff, I assure you’ll have some sort of trauma before you reach the end.

I’m not really one to curse, but I find myself saying “F, this can’t end well” over and over as I read along. Honestly, I pride myself for not being shaken when reading books other people warned as too dark. But man, this book made me admire Caroline the leading female in this book. I just can’t imagine how she managed it all. I’m like, “give up already!” But really, I don’t think any body can endure as much as Caroline did.

On the other hand, I admire the author. It must not have been easy to write this sort of thing. I feel exhausted after reading this book. I needed to take a break before reading the next one. I still don’t think there’s a way for this to end up good which makes me want to bail and not read the last one but also am very curious how the author will play it through. This book must have undergone some serious thinking to be played this well, this far. So I guess even if I can’t see how this will end up good for Caroline, I’m still curious to how this will end and how will she pull through. Can she still even pull through? Will she even have enough courage left to do that? I’m crossing my fingers.

Rating: 5

Book 3: Sojourn

This book is the most hopeful one yet and though I still have my reservations and still believe that there’s no way this will end up good there’s a bit ray of sunshine on this one.

I just wished the ‘the past’ portion didn’t take too much time in the book. I get why the past need to play a part in book one. And I really think it’s highly relevant in book 2 since it formed like a breather throughout the ordeal. But here in book 3, I felt like the “the past’ were a waste of space. I just want to read about the here and now and how will they get there and the past keep messing on the way. Honestly, I just skipped through most of them specially when it’s hinted that it’ll be another love scene. If it can’t be eliminated, I would have appreciate it better it there were less details into it.

This book is where they moved forward, for the characters, for the story and I guess for the reader too. If I take the past of the equation, this book made me feel on the edge in a different way than the second book did. I might have had to hold my breathe a time or two and did the long sigh afterwards. The ending was kind of something that I saw but I didn’t quite expect to really happen but then it’s a good thing that it happened.

Of course, it ended in another cliffhanger. I just hope the next book will come out soon otherwise, I might forget some important details to fully understand what’s to come next and I don’t think I have the energy to reread through it again just to remember those details.

Rating; 3.5
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~5 I NEED MORE JACK NOW STARS~ 14 March 2016
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
~The Bellator Saga~ is a stunning series. Full of political intrigue, passion, romance, and mystery. It is unique and unforgettable! I simply cannot say enough about the intensity of this roller coaster ride! I enjoyed every single second!

~Dissident~Part 1~
"My Monty. I love you so."

Dissident is an action packed thriller with suspense, romance, and passion. It is the first book in the Bellator Saga. As the action shifts between flashbacks of the past and scenes in the present, Dissident is sure to hold you captive until the very end.

Through the flashbacks, we experience Caroline and Jack coming together. Caroline Gerard is a passionate Democrat making a name for herself on the steps of the Capitol. As a widow, she has spent time pouring love into the lives of her two precious daughters. She has a great support system of friends, and her life seems to be complete. However, when Republican playboy Jack McIntyre makes his way into her life, everything changes.

Although the two sit on different sides of "the house", together they form a friendship that quickly develops into so much more. Jack and Caroline have an intense attraction to one another, and when they come together, Caroline finds that there is still time for her yet to experience passion and love with another man. However, the road isn't smooth sailing as Jack and Caroline have much to discover.

Meanwhile, in the present Caroline is battling the aftermath of a government uprising. Will she have the strength to persevere?

Told in mostly Caroline's POV, Dissident has a perfect blend of action, suspense, and passion. The dialogue is witty, and the characters are complex. As the first book of the Saga, the main focus is to establish the conflict brewing in the government and to mark the beginning of the epic romance between Jack and Caroline. The tension from the present kept me on the edge of my seat. At every moment of horror, I thought I was going to break from the harshness of the present. And then, magically the story shifts to a flashback where love and tenderness are in full bloom. This twisted combination had me on a constant swing of emotions!

~Conscience~Part 2~
Conscience is the second book in the Bellator Saga. You must read Dissident to fully enjoy this read. Told again through flashbacks and the horrors of the present, Conscience turns up the passion, increases the pain, and the mystery of the corrupt government begins to unfold.

As Conscience begins, Caroline wakes up in the Fed's Prison where the stakes are high. She is subjected to continuous interrogation and is forced to maintain control over her body and mind. As the physical pain increases, the emotional pain engulfs her like a virus.

It is only the reprieve of her memories that bring her comfort and a sliver peace to grasp onto.

The memories of Jack and Caroline together left me breathless. Their relationship has matured and strengthened into an unbreakable force. The intimacy shared between the two is explosive, and the tenderness of their love had me swooning at every turn. Jack is quite the dominant in the bedroom (my kinky reading friends need to experience JACK!), and Caroline is happy to submit to any and all of his demands.

Told in mostly Caroline's POV, Conscience most definitely brought more. More love for Caroline and Jack (and their sweet girls), more fear of the twisted government, more passion for exploring, and more intrigue. To state it plainly, this writing is smart! The plot is complex, and every piece of the puzzle is important. The relationship between the characters remains at the forefront as the backdrop of torture continues to develop. I simply could not put it down.

~Sojourn~Part 3~

Sojourn is the thrilling third book in the Bellator Saga. The action and terror have increased, and only one question remains, where is Jack?

Caroline is in trouble. The mounting pressure is pressing her down, and it is questionable if she will be able to survive. The Feds have put her through torture and the emotional combat warring in her mind is starting to take a toll. The memories of her past, which had previously brought her so much joy, now serve as a weapon of mass destruction.

And yet, hope still remains. Caroline's determination to remain true to herself and stand firm as a patriot of the United States is what keeps her grounded throughout the terror. As the story shifts from the present to the memories of the past, we grasp onto the love between Jack and Caroline. Their sexual desires are explored (and enjoyed) while the government is falling all around them.

Sojourn is like a roller coaster ride. In one moment you are holding your breath from the pain Caroline is experiencing and then in the next Jack and Caroline are acting out their sexual desires that make even that "shade of grey" book pale in comparison.

Told in mostly Caroline's POV, Sojourn was a nail biting addition to the series. I was utterly terrified of what was to come (or more accurately stated, what might not come!). The complexity of the plot continues to amaze me. The characters are developed more thoroughly through each book in the series. As each layer is revealed, my love and devotion to Caroline and Jack increased. My heartbreak for the terror they experienced became my personal terror because of the close connection I felt to them both. Additionally, there are some secondary characters introduced in Sojourn which brought, even more, depth to the plot. I have no doubt they will play a pivotal role as the series continues to develop.

Sojourn is by far my favorite in the series to date. It truly brought me to my knees. There were moments of tears, laughter, and heartbreak all mixed to create an unforgettable blend! Every character is critical. Every moment is unforgettable. Every choice matters. I am simply hooked on this series. My only complaint is that I have to wait a few more weeks to read the next installment. Thankfully, Phoenix will be released soon! I am on pins and needles waiting to see what happens next. I cannot recommend this series enough to my book buddies that enjoy a challenging read full of dark twists and turns and super sexy scenes! Bravo Ms. London! Bravo!

The Bellator Saga was such a surprise! I had been looking forward to reading it and yet, I had no idea how much I would truly adore it! It is, by far, one of the most complex plots I have ever read. If Ms. London is writing, my Kindle will be ready! Phoenix, I am ready and waiting! To Ms. London, I say, bring it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I can give this book more than 5 stars, there is no doubt that I would! 8 March 2016
By Elle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Hmmm…

This is gonna be one interesting review, I think, and a loooong one at that (I won’t even go into how long it took me to write this one)… There’s so much to say and so many emotions to convey… Should I do this in chunks? Do I do it as a whole? Where do I even start?

This came highly recommended by a friend on Goodreads, and now I know why. If I can give this book more than 5 stars, there is no doubt that I would! I haven’t felt like this about a book in a while, honestly… And considering the amount of books I read, I sometimes feel certain stories are a dime a dozen, so for this book to leave me gobsmacked at the end is quite a feat. And to think this is just the first 3 trilogy!!

Let’s start with the series title, “The Bellator Saga”. Bellator means “warrior”, in Latin. In and of itself, it’s got oomph, don’t ya think? And within this trilogy are the books Dissident, Conscience, and Sojourn. These titles alone definitely give you an idea of what you will be in for. Very clever!

This is the story of Caroline and Jack (Btw, very Kennedy-esque, eh? No? Just me?) This is their journey told in third-person and from Caroline’s perspective. It moved between flashbacks and the present alternately. So while I feared for the things happening currently and my anxiety level remains high, Caroline and Jack’s love story was unfolding thru the flashback and I was falling in love with them and couldn’t help but get all hot and bothered along the way.

They’re both politicians on the rise. Their first encounter was far from congenial but from that first encounter grew a friendship which blossomed into more. And in a way, you can say they live happily ever after. But as their relationship solidifies, there are things happening in the country, things that both Caroline and Jack can’t ignore and because of that, sacrifices have to be made, actions had to be taken.

If I can quickly sum up my take of each book, this is how it would look:

Dissident: lays a good foundation for what’s to come. You get to know Caroline. You start getting glimpses of what’s to come down the road, esp for Caroline. You see Caroline and Jack fall in love.

Conscience: is the hardest to get past thru. While you continue to get flashback to see how Caroline and Jack’s relationship progress, you get more of what’s happening in the present, what was happening to Caroline, to be exact, and it wasn’t pretty at all. Cecilia did not gloss over any of the atrocities and it was brutal to read.

Sojourn: shows how Caroline is starting to recover. But there’s much more to be done. Caroline and Jack on the one hand continue to be solid in their relationship as you read thru the flashback.

One the one hand, I personally am glad that I got to read this in its entirety as I think it enhanced the emotions reading the 3 books within it one after another. But on the other, now here I am, about to ramble, to try to express how much I LOVE this series…

The storyline alone gives you such fodder for contemplation. Cecilia categorized this as an erotic political thriller. I couldn’t agree more. This is romance, yes; romance layered with heat, suspense, and action. There’s also a dystopian feel to it that feels contemporary at the same time, especially considering the times the Americans are in at this very moment. It’s fascinating in a disturbing but also inspirational way.

The prologue alone hooks you right in. Immediately, the questions begin. Immediately, you feel the suspense. Immediately, you get a sense of the strength of the characters.

The characters alone give a lot of room for good discussion. After everything I’ll write, I don’t think I’ll be able to cover everything I want to, which goes to show the care that Cecilia took in developing them.

I love how Caroline and Jack are on equal footing. Both are smart and intelligent, passionate in their beliefs albeit not always coming from the same side, have very strong commitment to their civic duties, and confident with and despite of their personal insecurities. Caroline with her feminist inclination, surrounded by similarly strong friends, embodies, in my mind, what young girls should aspire to be. And Jack is the man that a woman like Caroline deserves. So what you get then is the ultimate power couple.

Their times together are impressive, witty, and explosive. There’s something to be said about the maturity of these characters. There’s a formality to some of their exchange that just seems fitting but also very heartfelt. While pretentious if taken out of context, it’s appropriate, for lack of better word. And as much as I almost want to say that things moved at a sluggish pace at times, I also realized I needed to read them all to get a full sense of their story. I suppose my anxiety didn’t help in that I just want to speed things up.

And with all the things happening, not only did I fell in love with Caroline and Jack, but I became just as enamored with Caroline’s friends. My heart broke over and over for Caroline and her friends the way things were unfolding in the present. The brutality was hard to stomach at times. I was getting just as angry and impassioned. I seriously hope one character will get his comeuppance in the hands of both Caroline and Jack.

Considering how this book ended, which means it’s the end of Sojourn, you know their fight has barely started. No matter what’s in store for Caroline and Jack, they’ve already made their marks in my mind. I bet I will cringe, I will swoon, I will be anxious, I will be smiling, I will be a lot of things, and none and all of that will matter because I’m already sold right from the prologue, and I just want to be taken thru their journey in all its glory.

My, my, my I think this is one of the longest reviews I have ever written! Yet I feel like I can talk about it some more. But I won’t. I’ve subjected you enough to my ramblings…

I say just friggin’ read it!!!!!

*I received an ARC in exchange for a review AND I also own a copy