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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.

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.

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?

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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! Addictive! Epic! 29 February 2016
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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.”

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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars **********10 Fabulous stars for the first half of the Bellator Saga & Jack/Caroline********** 2 March 2016
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This story truly touched my heart last year as I was reading each installment I have felt all sorts of emotions while reading the first half of the series & I really can't wait to see what the final three installments have in store for us! Author Cecilia London you brought me to tears, made me laugh, made me swoon over Jack, put so much angst into their story and deliver such a complex love story that is mixed up in a dystopian society, that you just have to read this half of the series & you will fall in love with it just like I have! (It's a LOT of emotions, I know)

Dissident Review
In the first installment of this book we meet Jack and Caroline. They don’t get along at first and despite his charms; she tries to push him away. The chemistry between the two of them is phenomenal. I had to go back to read this book in order to get a feel for what was going on in Conscience. I received that book just before publication in exchange for an honest review, and when I started it I felt I needed the background of how Jack and Caroline got to where they are in Conscience. He is very playful and flirty with her, and she really tries hard to push him away. But once the two come together, wew! It’s amazing how Cecilia has incorporated this love story into this broken version of the world you will read about in the series. I feel like this series for me is like mixing The Hunger Games and the Divergent Series together to get this dystopian society that you really just see the beginnings of the crumble in this book. So many sub-characters are introduced during this book that you will love throughout the 1st half of the 6 part series that you really want to pay attention to them so you really connect with all the characters and not just our stars. Although they are the best. Thank you Cecilia for giving us this series and I can’t wait to read more!

Conscience Review
I am new to this series/author and honestly had not read the first book. I got to go back to the beginning for this series, to Dissident in order to review Conscience, and was very glad I did!
This series follows Caroline and Jack, both political Representatives in DC. In the second installment of the six part series, we get more background information on how Caroline and Jack have ended up where they are now. In present day, they are running from the Presidents men that have pretty much overtaken the government and in doing so, Caroline ends up hurt and ultimately captured by his men. Jack is forced to leave her behind when she is slowing him down, at her request, and she insists he gets the documents on the flash drive to where they need to go. We still don’t get a lot of information on who the documents need to go to, what they are, or why the people holding her captive have done so. I did struggle to get through some of the more gruesome details of her being tortured by Santos’ men during this part of the book. I do not do well with those types of detail in book or film, so it was tough during most of the “present day” chapters. I do think this has been very well written, in that she kept thinking about the past during her time in captivity and that somehow gets her through it. She has flashbacks and memories of time with Jack and that somehow puts her mind at ease and gives her hope that she will be rescued. Several other characters make disturbing appearances in the present day, in this installment from the first book as well.
The way the book flashes back and forth from present day, to back when Jack and Caroline were getting to know each other and still just working in DC as representatives, fills in a lot of blanks and questions I had form the first book.
This series is a political thriller with a love story mixed in. Throughout both books I found myself on edge wondering what is going on with all the politics/government secession's and what will happen with Jack and Caroline. I love the mystery of this novel series because it stirs up so many questions. As much as I don’t want a six part series, and want my answers to all my questions NOW, the way this is played out is sort of entertaining. Not getting all your answers about the who, what, and whys as to everything going on with Carline, Jack and the government. I can’t wait to see what happens next and get even more background information on their story and what has happened with them since they were married and Jack became Governor of Pennsylvania.

Soujourn Review
…and I honestly absolutely LOVED and devoured this book! I began the series late this summer and fell in love with Caroline and Jack. In the second book I was so sad and hurt at what was happening with Caroline that I didn’t think anything was every going to go her way again. Until I read Sojourn! This has been the best book hangover I’ve EVER had and I just can’t wait to see what is next in this series!
Sojourn picks up right after Caroline is rescued from The Fed by three young men that are part of the rebellion. Two of them even work for The Fed as their cover. I fell in love with these new characters in Sojourn so much! The story of how everything plays out with them and the safe house is so well written and brings so much life back into her character that has been so beaten down and struggling for something to keep her going everyday and give her motivation to not just give up entirely.
Caroline struggles both emotionally and physically in this third installment as she recovers from the mental trauma she has experienced loosing all those close to her, hearing them being executed or being dragged off to their deaths, as well as physically recovering from them breaking bones in her face, hands and other injuries she will have to struggle to move forward. She spends time with these men at the safe house as she recovers; Gabe, Crunch and Jones become her saviors in many ways. These three really do help her during their time together both physically and mentally. They are there to help her recover from everything she’s been through.
Where the last book was a nail biter because of reading all the gruesome details of the things that happen to her at The Fed, this book has softer notes of healing, recovery and still some very steamy flashbacks of her and Jack! The sex scenes were hotter than ever and this book is very sensual in nature in regards to their relationship as seen through her dreams, or nightmares as she begins to see them as. Although very pleasant memories, they become nightmares to her as she will never see him again or any of her friends and family, and these memories does torment her throughout the story.

“I relish doing things like this to you,” Jack said. “I love to give you a good spanking but this is so much more intense. I can see how much you enjoy it too. I’ve never met a woman who wants to please me as much as you do, not just in bed, but in all aspects of life. You’ve given up so much for me, Caroline, and given me so much in return.”

This book ends in a place I tried to see coming one of my own theories, but most people just won’t see the ending coming. The last chapter I was biting my nails and crying so much, I am still raw and vulnerable from reading these book days even after the last sentence. You won’t regret picking up part three of the series, as you will too gain a whole new perspective on the character Caroline is and meet some new characters to love along the way!
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
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every American Should Read This Saga! What an eye opener! 27 August 2016
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Cecilia London slayed me with this First Trilogy. I wasn't really sure what to expect, only that I was told by a reader friend that she was an AMAZING AUTHOR. I have read many amazing authors but, truly, Cecilia London is an amazing author. She is well educated, uses a wide vocabulary and easily and artfully describes each scene in such a way that keeps you continually reading until you forget what time it in "OMG! Is the sun rising? Have I forgotten to sleep at all?"

This saga is a dystopian, political romance. That is the best way I can describe it. For sure it IS a saga, "a long and complicated story with many details" ([...]).

This is one of the hardest reviews I have EVER had to write for a series that I absolutely love and one that tore me up inside and spit me back out.

Every American should read this series. While it has a beautiful, yet heartbreaking love story intertwined, it also has some eye-opening realizations that, as a country, we all need to think about and wake up to. Being empathetic as a nation can get us into DEEP trouble and we all need to be extremely aware of what is going on in our country and what our government is doing. Not that our country is doing exactly what this trilogy's USA government did, but it does make you think about what empathy can allow to happen if we, as a nation, don't wake up, vote, prepare, and protect ourselves.

I have had this book read for several days and I had to REALLY THINK on how I wanted to approach this review and the review for book four, Phoenix (which I have also read.) It is hard to convey all of my thoughts on these books and not give the story line away, but just know these books are SO WORTH READING!

Besides having such a beautiful love story, they have a deep well written message. One that will leave you with a book hangover wanting book four, which is already out, and book five, Rhapsody, which will be out Sept 13th, and book six, Triumph, which will be out in 2017. I can hardly wait to get to that last book. I will admit there have been some times with books three and four I had to lay my kindle down and take a break. My poor heart needed it. But, believe me, these books are entirely worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love this political marriage 1 May 2016
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I’m one of those readers who swore off buying anything on the sponsored books ads on FB. Nine times out of ten I’ve been left with the tracks of bitter tears and the sense that I just frittered away hours of my life that I could’ve put to better use. Thank God, I succumbed to one of those ads a few weeks ago. The Bellator Saga – The First Trilogy was on sale for some ridiculous pittance. I was in a reading rut and ignored my own rule. I one clicked. After all, I was curious to see exactly what a romantic, erotic, political thriller would look like. I’ll tell you what it looks like – one of my top reads for 2016.

The Bellator Saga, which is projected to be a six book series follows the lives and love of Caroline Gerard and Jack McIntyre. Modelled on an aisle crossing coupledom ala Mary Matalin and James Carville, Cecilia London uses their unlikely romance to propel the reader into a neofacist, dystopian nightmare with roots in a presidential election which bears more than a passing resemblance to our current political landscape. But don’t discount this as meta fiction. It is sooo much more. To me, it’s far more a tale of what can happen when people hesitate to do right – and how much good can be accomplished when people try to do right. More importantly, the beautiful way in which Ms. London structures her story is a powerful testament to the ability of the memory of love to sustain us. Not to mention we get a couple that is mature, relatable and full of witty teasing and sassy banter. Their courtship – and it is a courtship – is a welcome respite from the insta love that is so prevalent in the romance genre, but that doesn’t mean Jack and Caroline are a ‘fade to black' couple. They’re hot, sexy, adventurous and FUN.

The First Trilogy consists of Dissident, Conscience and Sojourn. Phoenix, the next installment, will be released shortly.

Dissident opens with Jack and Caroline fleeing their home and country on a bitterly cold night on foot, having been accused of treason. Injured, alone and running out of options, they separate and Caroline falls into the hands of government soldiers. Slipping between past and present we watch how Caroline, a liberal, devoutly Catholic widow serving in Congress finds love with the most unlikely of men, Jack Mc Intyre, the rich, Republican, silver fox, uber playboy of the Senate. They even meet cute (if you’re a political junkie) – she very publicly calls him out on the campaign trail for being a dilettante. London deftly juxtaposes the past and present, weaving the story of their blooming love through the escalating danger and suffocating dread of the VA hospital/prison ward Caroline finds herself in after her capture.

Conscience continues the spider’s web of past and present. Caroline’s situation has become dire. Yanked from the relative safely of the hospital and dumped in a secret prison, Caroline’s source of strength and her only escape from the continuous torture and interrogation are the dreams of her past with Jack and her family - both blood and chosen. I’ll be honest with you – Conscience is an emotionally grueling read, but the structure of the storytelling makes it mesmerizing and unputdownable. Like Caroline – the refuge of the past gives the reader the strength to move forward towards the uncertain future that is Sojourn.

Sojourn is Caroline’s journey out of the rubble. Physically and emotionally battered from her time in the Fed prison, Sojourn is all about Caroline picking up the pieces of her fractured psyche and finding purpose in a world gone mad and devoid of any happy connection to her past. Again, the memory of the past is woven through the story of the present. Caroline’s memories of Jack become the glue that holds her together.

Bellator Saga is a story that will haunt me and one that I urge you to read. There’s something for everyone. A tautly crafted story of political intrigue that captures the true flavor of working on the Hill - populated with fully developed secondary characters in the staffers, colleagues, friends and enemies that we meet . A frighteningly realistic dystopian tale of a new future where power and deceit run amuck. A middle aged, "every woman" heroine who has the hopes and dreams of a safe, happy world that we all have for our children and friends. A romance between a mature couple with authentic baggage and a deep abiding passion for one another. For me, it’s the holy grail of stories – an epic, thrilling tale of heroism that wraps around the quieter story of a deep, emotional love. After all, those are the makings of the tales that survive millennia. How can you go wrong? FIVE STARS!