The Bellator Saga~by Cecilia London

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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.

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Dissident:

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.


Conscience:

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?

Sojourn:

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?

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When they reached the ballroom he locked the door behind him. Jack walked over to one of the decorative side tables and produced a box wrapped with red paper. 

“Merry Christmas,” he said, handing it to her.

“Why didn’t you give this to me earlier?”

“I needed us to be in private when I gave it to you. Open it.”

It had to be jewelry. “I told you not to get me anything outlandish.”

“I don’t have to listen to you. Even if we are married.”

Caroline ripped the paper away. She opened the box and was greeted with an exquisite emerald necklace. Fringe design, with each individual green stone framed by tiny sparkling diamonds. The necklace was dripping with jewels from end to end. It looked like a prop from an eighties soap opera except it was stunningly, gorgeously real. She wouldn’t even want to speculate about the cost. “Jack-”

“Do you like it?” he asked.

She was convinced he only gave her presents just to gauge her reaction. To see how long she’d gawk at them before starting to gush. Caroline wasn’t refined when it came to her spontaneous responses to him. Did she like the necklace? A rather silly question since it was one of the most amazing things she’d ever seen. 

“It’s beautiful,” she whispered.

He took the box from her. “I didn’t recall seeing you with anything other than sapphires or diamonds. We’re going to have to do something about that.”

She could only imagine the media attention they’d get if she paraded around wearing a necklace that cost more than what the average household made in a year, several times over. Sometimes her husband forgot that he was running for governor, not auditioning for the cast of Falcon Crest. “It’s too much, Jack. It’s so…elaborate. I can’t wear that in public.” 

He smiled. “Then don’t. Wear it just for me.”

“Just around the house? Like, when I’m watching baseball and stuff?”

He laughed. “‘And stuff’?”

Her language was less polished than usual. “I’ve had a ton to drink today. I can’t always be articulate.”

Jack pulled her to him, leaning toward her ear. “How about you wear the necklace and nothing else, and grant your husband a dance?”

Now she saw where he was going. “A nice Christmas waltz?” Caroline suggested. “Fully clothed, of course. We must always be proper.”

He tugged at her sweater. “Try again.”

His romantic and seductive gestures were sweet, but impractical. “It’s cold in here.”

“I’ll turn the heat up.”

“What about you?”

“We don’t need to worry about me.”

Caroline sighed. “I meant your clothes.”

He unbuttoned her pants. “They’re staying on.”

That seemed unfair. “I’m not sure I like this power differential.”

Jack ran a finger under the waistband of her panties. “I think you do,” he whispered.

She shivered when he pulled her pants and underwear down. “Will there be music? Or are you going to parade my naked self around the ballroom in silence?”

“I picked a special song for the two of us.” He grinned. “And you won’t be naked. You’ll be wearing the necklace.”

She ran her hands down the front of his shirt, imagining how it would feel for her bare chest to rub against it while they danced. “You will undress at some point, right?”

He kissed her again. “Upstairs. Let me do this,” he said softly, stripping off the rest of her clothes, even her bra and panties. He laughed when he reached her socks. “Are those dinosaurs?”

Caroline liked wearing fun socks. She didn’t care if they were juvenile. She’d get away with it for as long as she could. “They’re wearing little Santa hats.”

Though he’d started to yank them down, he hastily pulled them back up to below her knees. “These can stay on. But only because they make you look so damn adorable.”

She tried not to think of what she’d look like wearing nothing but whimsical dinosaur knee socks and an emerald necklace, but the expression on his face indicated that Jack didn’t particularly care. He kissed her deeply before retrieving the necklace. He took his time placing it around her neck, then stepped back to look at her. It took all her effort not to blush. She hadn’t anticipated the night ending this way. 

Jack tipped her chin up. “You look fucking marvelous.”

Her face had to be as red as a cherry. “Even with the socks?”
He brushed a stray hair out of her face. “There are few things sexier than a woman wearing an emerald necklace and dinosaur socks…and nothing else.”



Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She’s filled several roles over the course of her adult life – licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.

 Elizabeth’s Review
~5 Unforgettable Stars~

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~The Bellator Saga~ is a stunning series. Full of political intrigue, passion, romance, and mystery. It is unique and unforgettable! I simply cannot say enough about the intensity of this roller coaster ride! I enjoyed every single second!

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~Dissident~Part 1~

“My Monty. I love you so.”
Dissident is an action packed thriller with suspense, romance, and passion. It is the first book in the Bellator Saga. As the action shifts between flashbacks of the past and scenes in the present, Dissident is sure to hold you captive until the very end.

Through the flashbacks, we experience Caroline and Jack coming together. Caroline Gerard is a passionate Democrat making a name for herself on the steps of the Capitol. As a widow, she has spent time pouring love into the lives of her two precious daughters. She has a great support system of friends, and her life seems to be complete. However, when Republican playboy Jack McIntyre makes his way into her life, everything changes.“Would you consider yourself a sex fiend with a sentimental streak?”Although the two sit on different sides of “the house”, together they form a friendship that quickly develops into so much more. Jack and Caroline have an intense attraction to one another, and when they come together, Caroline finds that there is still time for her yet to experience passion and love with another man. However, the road isn’t smooth sailing as Jack and Caroline have much to discover.

“Just hold on to me.”
“Always.”
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Meanwhile, in the present Caroline is battling the aftermath of a government uprising. Will she have the strength to persevere?

“This is bad. This is really bad.”
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“I want you to be happy. Joyful. I want to give you everything you’ve ever wanted.”
Told in mostly Caroline’s POV, Dissident has a perfect blend of action, suspense, and passion. The dialogue is witty, and the characters are complex. As the first book of the Saga, the main focus is to establish the conflict brewing in the government and to mark the beginning of the epic romance between Jack and Caroline. The tension from the present kept me on the edge of my seat. At every moment of horror, I thought I was going to break from the harshness of the present. And then, magically the story shifts to a flashback where love and tenderness are in full bloom. This twisted combination had me on a constant swing of emotions!

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~Conscience~Part 2~

“You and me. You’re my heart Caroline. Nothing else matters.”
Conscience is the second book in the Bellator Saga. You must read Dissident to fully enjoy this read. Told again through flashbacks and the horrors of the present, Conscience turns up the passion, increases the pain, and the mystery of the corrupt government begins to unfold.“One day you’ll pay for everything you’ve done.”As Conscience begins, Caroline wakes up in the Fed’s Prison where the stakes are high. She is subjected to continuous interrogation and is forced to maintain control over her body and mind. As the physical pain increases, the emotional pain engulfs her like a virus.
“They were going to tear her apart, smash her and break her bit by bit, bone by bone and day by day until there was nothing left.”
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“Any harmless gnat can turn into a monster when granted access to power he doesn’t need or deserve.”
It is only the reprieve of her memories that bring her comfort and a sliver peace to grasp onto.“I would do anything for you.”The memories of Jack and Caroline together left me breathless. Their relationship has matured and strengthened into an unbreakable force. The intimacy shared between the two is explosive, and the tenderness of their love had me swooning at every turn. Jack is quite the dominant in the bedroom (my kinky reading friends need to experience JACK!), and Caroline is happy to submit to any and all of his demands.
“When we get back to our room I’m going to fuck you so hard you’re going to feel me with every move you make tomorrow.”
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Told in mostly Caroline’s POV, Conscience most definitely brought more. More love for Caroline and Jack (and their sweet girls), more fear of the twisted government, more passion for exploring, and more intrigue. To state it plainly, this writing is smart! The plot is complex, and every piece of the puzzle is important. The relationship between the characters remains at the forefront as the backdrop of torture continues to develop. I simply could not put it down.

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~Sojourn~Part 3~

“She wanted him inside her. Forever. She dreaded the thought of being without him. Without his touch, his voice, his smell.”
Sojourn is the thrilling third book in the Bellator Saga. The action and terror have increased, and only one question remains, where is Jack?“There were times when she was so blinded by pain that she’d almost forget the reasons behind it.”Caroline is in trouble. The mounting pressure is pressing her down, and it is questionable if she will be able to survive. The Feds have put her through torture and the emotional combat warring in her mind is starting to take a toll. The memories of her past, which had previously brought her so much joy, now serve as a weapon of mass destruction.
“She’d never be okay. Not with the ghosts of the past dogging her every step.”
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“Her memories had no rhyme or reason. No order, no predictability. They’d engulf her, choke her, pull her under.”
And yet, hope still remains. Caroline’s determination to remain true to herself and stand firm as a patriot of the United States is what keeps her grounded throughout the terror. As the story shifts from the present to the memories of the past, we grasp onto the love between Jack and Caroline. Their sexual desires are explored (and enjoyed) while the government is falling all around them.
“What do you say I suck your clit for a couple of hours while you practice calling me Mr. Governor?”
Sojourn is like a roller coaster ride. In one moment you are holding your breath from the pain Caroline is experiencing and then in the next Jack and Caroline are acting out their sexual desires that make even that “shade of grey” book pale in comparison.
“How about Fucking your Wife on the Dining Room Table?”
Yes! Yes, please! I think I would like that! And you will too!

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“Whether he was angry or sad, joyful or indifferent. He was hers and always would be.”
Told in mostly Caroline’s POV, Sojourn was a nail biting addition to the series. I was utterly terrified of what was to come (or more accurately stated, what might not come!). The complexity of the plot continues to amaze me. The characters are developed more thoroughly through each book in the series. As each layer is revealed, my love and devotion to Caroline and Jack increased. My heartbreak for the terror they experienced became my personal terror because of the close connection I felt to them both. Additionally, there are some secondary characters introduced in Sojourn which brought, even more, depth to the plot. I have no doubt they will play a pivotal role as the series continues to develop.

Sojourn is by far my favorite in the series to date. It truly brought me to my knees. There were moments of tears, laughter, and heartbreak all mixed to create an unforgettable blend! Every character is critical. Every moment is unforgettable. Every choice matters. I am simply hooked on this series. My only complaint is that I have to wait a few more weeks to read the next installment. Thankfully, Phoenix will be released soon! I am on pins and needles waiting to see what happens next. I cannot recommend this series enough to my book buddies that enjoy a challenging read full of dark twists and turns and super sexy scenes! Bravo Ms. London! Bravo!

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The Bellator Saga was such a surprise! I had been looking forward to reading it and yet, I had no idea how much I would truly adore it! It is, by far, one of the most complex plots I have ever read. If Ms. London is writing, my Kindle will be ready! Phoenix, I am ready and waiting! To Ms. London, I say, bring it!

***The Bellator Saga***
Dissident (Bellator Saga, #1) by Cecilia LondonConscience (Bellator Saga, #2) by Cecilia LondonSojourn (Bellator Saga, #3) by Cecilia London

*ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!*


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