on March 17, 2015
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Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Series: The Bellator Saga #1
Source: ARC via author
What would you do for love of country?
In a new America where almost no one can be trusted, Caroline Gerard 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. As she recovers from her injuries, all she has are her memories of a rich and beautiful past.
What does it take to heal a broken heart?
As Caroline clings to life her thoughts drift to before the regime, when she was a rising star in the House of Representatives, widowed, and raising two precocious children. She remembers her unexpected attraction to fellow politician and playboy Jack McIntyre. Jack captures her attention with his rakish grin, disarming attitude, and dry wit, and soon their friendship blossoms into much more.
Who can you trust?
Under the new political system, Caroline doesn't know what to believe, even her own vivid memories. Is the life she led real, or just a mirage? And is Jack truly the one to help her move on? Or are they just pawns in a political power play?
The Bellator Saga is a six part series. Each full length novel 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 plot.
My friend Carol from Beauty and the Beastly Books messaged me raving about this awesome book she’d come across and this new author – Cecilia London. I love getting new book recommendations from friends and I really enjoyed Dissident.
“You make me want to be a better human being. And I hope you’re willing to give me the chance to be the man I know you need me to be.”
Dissident is a contemporary romance between two congress representatives. I appreciated the fact they are older and established in their lives. I thought the romance was sincerely sweet yet ultra sexy. Caroline and Jack had so much sexual tension! I enjoyed that a great deal! Also, I hadn’t ever read too many romance novels about politicians and the inner-workings of the legislative branch of the government; that aspect was pretty cool.
“People never really think about the last time they’re going to have sex with someone,” she said. “The last time they’re going to kiss them goodbye. The last time they’ll hear the other person’s voice. We take our relationships, our spouses, our partners for granted until one day, poof, it’s over. Maybe we’d all be a little better off if we lived each day as if it might be the last.”
This book also has a secondary plot that I would describe as suspense. The side plot takes place five years in the future and is pretty much a minor part of this first book in the saga because the main focus is on the romantic relationship between Caroline and Jack. I have a feeling the suspense is really going to revv up in book #2 though.
I have to admit, I straddled the fence a little bit on giving this book a 3.5 star rating. However, towards the end, the romance became extremely angsty. Tears were falling down my cheeks, and I knew Dissident deserved a solid 4 stars.