Book Review: Dissident (The Bellator Saga #1) by Cecilia London

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“I will always be with you…”

Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard hasn’t had an easy year. After losing her husband, she is raising two small children alone while trying to navigate the tricky and sometimes shallow halls on Capitol Hill. A string of nasty speeches has her scrambling to apologize to any number of candidates, including newly elected Republican Jack McIntyre. Falling in love again is the last thing on her mind.

Jack McIntyre might have a reputation as a playboy, but he has his sights set solely on his new colleague. Can he break through Caroline’s 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 contemporary romance, and undying love.

For readers 18+. Ends in a cliffhanger. The first part in a six book saga.

My Review (1)

Disclaimer: I received The Bellator Trilogy (1-3) from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Another disclaimer: This book (as with other books in the series) ends with a cliffhanger.

There are some books that you JUST KNOW are going to tear you apart – as a reader it becomes second nature to guess those books – and that’s the first thought that came to me when I read this blurb.

In her own words, the authors told me that EVERY SINGLE BOOK in this Saga (a total of 6 books) will end in a cliffhanger – BUT I wouldn’t mind the cliffhangers – And she was SOO RIGHT!

Too bad it took me so long to get started on this Saga – time enough for my photo to appear in the thesaurus against the definition and example of “MORON” (don’t believe me? Read this saga and THEN argue with me!)

“I discovered that you aren’t compensating for anything with your giant house and fancy cars.”
He looked down at the bulge in his groin, bringing her hand down to touch it. “You’ll find out soon enough.”

Two politicians on opposite sides – the billionaire playboy John Montgomery McIntyre, Jack aka Monty and widow Caroline Joan Gerard aka Punky –  did NOT have a great start together. But they do however have a connection after the rocky start.

This first part in the 6 book saga is slow to start, it has to be but it’s also a story told in current events spaced with flashbacks and a mystery that hooks you without even realizing it – because YOU know that there is something worse coming for these characters that you are just starting to fall for.

This installment is more of a slow burn romance punctuated with a bit of politics ( more often than not, dirty!) – but don’t let the term “political mystery” dissuade you from trying this saga – not only is it well written (the first book definitely is!) but it is also genre-spanning – as in everyone from a dystopian fan to a literature fan to a romance fan will find something to enjoy and that is a feat I hope to see as well delivered as it was in this installment!

I know this review is vague – I know there isn’t much I could say about this that could peak your interest, so I am just going to eave with the question that plagued my mind from the first page of this book –

If you knew what was coming for you. If you knew that you would end up in a world of hurt, would you make the same decisions you made? Would you still fall in love? Would you still believe? 

“Just hold on to me.”
“Always.”

My Rating (1)

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(Originally, the rating was oscillating between 4/4.5 stars, but since then I am halfway through Conscience and trust me the Rating shot way high aka if I had been giving more than 5 stars to any read!)

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