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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!
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably deep and complex story with a lot of love and friendship. 12 March 2016
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Panty Scorching- 5
Angst- 4
Overall Rating- 5
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3 books (Dissident, Conscience, and Sojourn) with more to follow

I have to say I have never read anything like this. When I first started reading it, I was a tad bit confused. Then I discovered the way it was written, it goes from past and present. It goes back and forth that way, and it took me a few chapters to realize what was happing, hey… Bear with me, I am slow. LOL

So you have Caroline Gerard, you learn that her husband has died in a car accident, which is suspicious… a new car that had brakes go out. She has two daughters and is now grieving the loss of her husband. Caroline is in politics, which I don’t know a lot about, so it took a lot for me to follow that part of the story in the beginning, but as you continue to read along, it all sort of just falls into place.

Well not long after Caroline’s husband’s death, she goes in a downward spiral. She disrespects another politician publicly, even though what she says in just opinion, and not fact.

The politician she disrespects is John McIntyre, “Jack”. He is an older HOT and GOOD LOOKING man. During a party Caroline meets Jack in person and apologizes for behavior. At first Jack won’t accept the apology, but then later, after some of Caroline’s friends talk to Jack, they start over.

During the first book, Dissident, you learn about the past, and get introduced to the future.

In Conscience, book 2, you move forward throughout the story, and at this point, I felt a lot better about all of the political discussion. Things happen to Caroline that you read about in the “future” section in book 1 and it continues to show you how she is doing, and moves forward.

Then in book 3, Sojourn, the story continues. Caroline is one tough chick, but with the love for her children and Jack, she knows she has to endure what she is going through to get back to her family.

This is an emotional story and you are on the edge of your seat throughout most of it. The love and connection that Caroline and Jack have is amazing, and the hot and steamy love they have is off the charts.

You don’t have to know a lot about politics to know a good story such as this… and I highly recommend giving it a try. You won’t regret it… now if the next part comes out soon, I will be a happy camper, because I need to know what happens next.

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