Reviews, Romantic Suspense

My Review of Dissident by Cecilia London


Dissident by Cecilia London

Series: Bellator Sage #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: March 17, 2015



She once was important. Now she’s considered dangerous.
In a new America where almost no one can be trusted, Caroline 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 in a shockingly easy way. As she recovers from her injuries, all she has are her memories. And once she wakes up, they may not matter anymore.
Dissident is part contemporary romance and part political thriller, with elements of romantic suspense and speculative fiction. Told mostly in flashback, it details the budding romantic relationship between our heroine Caroline and Jack, the silver fox playboy who tries to win her heart.
The Bellator Saga is a six part series. Each part is a full length novel between 60,000-120,000 words and 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 and gritty plot (particularly in part two)

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Wow I really don’t know what to think about this book.  A part of me LOVED IT and a part of me equally didn’t care for it. I think the plot was a little confusing to me.  My favorite part was Jack and Caroline falling in love which took about 85% of the book.  The other part leaves you with nothing but questions.

It immediately starts off fast paced where Caroline and Jack are running from someone.  You don’t really get a lot of information other than that they are married and he is keeping some information on a flash drive that must be protected at all cost.

THEN BOOM….you are thrown five years into the past were Jack and Caroline are politicians of the opposite parties. At first they despise one another but they quickly put their differences aside and become friends (with the help of wine lol).  Previously losing her husband the year prior, Caroline is in no way, shape or form ready for a relationship but she craves Jack’s company. Though rich, he is humble and charming and she determines not to listen to all of the others claiming that he is a womanizing playboy.

AND NOW the story leaps back to the current time where the government is in shambles and Caroline is being heavenly sedated at a military hospital.  The feds are ready for the Congresswoman to wake up and provide answers but her doctor is adamant she is not ready.

Hop back five years and the beautiful story of Jack and Caroline continue.  I loved Jack’s character.  He appears patient, kind and attentive.  The author really did a good job at portraying their ever growing love for one another.

While their relationship grows in the past, in the present things are reaching a climax.  Caroline’s doctor winds up dead and his assistant is left with the role of protected her.  From what she doesn’t know.  Their time is running out. 

Like I said the book left me with nothing but questions and though I realize it’s part of a series I wish a little more information would have been disclosed. Like when did Jack and Caroline get married?  What triggered the fall of the government and their need to protect what’s on that flash drive? 

Oh well guess I’ll just have to read the next book in the saga. Good news is part two, Conscience, is out now!

Favorite Scene: Where he calls her in the coffee shop. 

Favorite Quote: When she picks him up at he bar and he slurs “Am I safe in this thing?” lol

“It will be a cold day in hell before I join the Republican Party.  Nothing personal,” she added.
“Such strong language.  You’re a little defensive, Caroline.  Come to the dark side.  You know you want to.”


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Cecilia is my pen name. I may or may not live in San Antonio, Texas. I’ve been known to apply quotes from ‘The Simpsons’ to everyday life. I live for baseball season.

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