Dissident (Bellator Saga, #1)

Dissident (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.

"I highly recommend Dissident to any reader that loves a fast-paced, intriguing work of fiction with a hefty dose of sexiness and steam, a reader who enjoys thrills and political intrigue, or anyone just looking for a highly engaging and fun read." - Readers' Favorite (2015 Silver Medal Winner for Fiction-Dystopia)
"London breaks new ground in Dissident, deftly intertwining the over-the-top, naughty sensuality of the best contemporary romance novels with the nail-biting excitement of more traditional political thrillers. Loved it!" - Author Lila Monroe
"With equal parts political thriller and captivating romance, Cecilia London has crafted a novel that's hard to put down and kept me wanting more! I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!" - Author Melissa Brown

"Every character, every exchange, the way the story is written...I loved it all! Smart, suspenseful, sexy, and exquisitely written, I dare you not to fall in love with Dissident!" - Irene, The Literary Gossip
"London has one powerful and chaotic series breaking out of the gates at full speed! At no point could I see where this would end up and I must say, the ride to the finish and balancing on the edge of this cliff hanger is well worth the ticket to ride!" - TomeTender
"I highly recommend this series. It's so well written with witty, sexy and smart characters and dialogue, and a plot that will leave you guessing and wanting more." - Suzanne, Tied Up In Romance
"Cecilia London blew me away...If you like serials with a different flare to them - some thriller, some politics, a lot of romance - Dissident is definitely the book to get you hooked on a new series!" - TeriLyn Reviews

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046554434
Publisher: Cecilia London
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 136,235
File size: 331 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

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Dissident (Bellator Saga #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
When asked to review this book; I had to jump on board because the synopsis of the book was rather captivating. I had a feeling this would be a Winner, and I was right! I had to get in on the “ground floor”. I was so pleased that I did. I had not read a book about dystopian society, and had not heard of one involving adults, so this had me my interest right away. This is the first of 6 novels and I cannot wait to get to the second book coming out in August, 2015. Cecilia London is definitely a gifted story-teller, and I was surprised it was her first story because it was superb. I highly recommend you get this book under your belt. I am sure you will await book two with the same excitement I am. The main characters Caroline and Jack are marvelously written. I was in love with them. The Prologue was intense, and once I read it, there was no putting this down! The story flip-flops between present day and the past, and Cecilia does it with such ease. I was loving the present day story, just as much as the past. The story begins with Caroline and Jack running through the woods, and being tracked. They were in New York running north, with the hopes of getting to Canada with a Flash Drive that had information on it…You could feel the absolute importance of this Flash Drive, even though you had no clue what was on it. What Jack and Caroline decide to do in the prologue will bring out your tissues, and make you wanting more. Even if you believe you would not enjoy a Dystopian story, I have to say; give this book a try…it will change your mind. It changed mine. This is a story of love, government gone awry and adventure. It was nice reading something totally different than I typically do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love almost instantly with Jack and Caroline. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one has bee in my library far too long before I could get to it, but now I can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read so far this year!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this series and seeing her posts on Facebook I wouldn't recommend her books to my dog. She is one sided inciting violence against our POTUS it is truly disgusting how she reacts to other points of views if you are not in agreement with her own. If you don't agree with her your the enemy a truly childish person.
CuriousKReader More than 1 year ago
This book is very different from what I typically read – but maybe that’s why I was in a funk…. I needed something different, so when the author emailed me and asked if I’d be willing to review it – her email made me laugh so much I couldn’t say no. After reading the synopsis? I was very interested. Dissident’s prologue is action – suspense and cultivating questions left and right as our heroine, Caroline is on the run with Jack – from who you ask? At this point, I wasn’t 100% sure, but I was pretty excited to find out. When Caroline realizes they’ll never make it together – she sends Jack off alone in the hopes that he’ll make it out alive, sacrificing herself for the man she loves. But as the story begins we’re sent back in time, five + years as the story develops in both past and present tense, slowing unveiling the deep dark secrets lurking at the end of every chapter. I started this book at the beginning of my HORRIBLE book funk – HUGE mistake. I had to shelf it and come back to it when I could give it a proper read, and I’m soooooooo glad I did. When I picked it back up this past holiday weekend? I was hooked form beginning to end. Cecilia London gives us a story of a woman overcoming many obstacles with fierce independence and humor. Caroline is maneuvering her way through the politics of Washington after the devastating loss of her husband, trying to pick up the pieces and care for her two young daughters on her own. When Jack comes into her life, a man of whom she has eviscerated in the press as a millionaire playboy and anything but a reputable politician, her life gets a little more interesting. The banter between these two was some of my favorite parts of the book. The conversations between these two characters was fluid and flawless. As the past and present interweave through chapters, Cecilia gives us a little more each time – letting us know there is a far bigger story that’s going on behind the curtain. As Jack and Caroline cultivate a relationship – things in the US Government are changing……. and not for the greater good. As US States threaten secession – and the darkness of the present starts to overshadow the past – you slowly start to realize the depth of danger Caroline is in now…. and where the hell is Jack? This is the 1st installment in Cecilia London’s Bellator Saga – a six part series, each story a full length novel between 60,000 and 120,000 words each. Be aware though, she LOVES a cliff hanger ending.
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TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
In the last year, Caroline’s husband has passed away and she is raising their two children on her own and working on Capitol Hill. After offending some of her candidates she is in the process of apologizing when she meets Jack. This is a fast paced action packed read with lots of drama and suspense. I was hooked from beginning to end and I am looking forward to more. Great Start!
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Cecilia London's "Dissident" is the first tale in the Bellator Saga. It's an interesting premise. Something has gone wrong and states are seceding from union and government leaders are enemies of the state somehow. This storyline is being slowly revealed in an intertwining way with the backstory of the leading lady, Caroline. Half political thriller and half romance. The intimate scenes usually just include the foreplay elements and hint at what happens - more of a "closed door" approach - some of the foreplay, however, is described in full yummy detail!
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
Um. HELLO new favorite author of mine. What did I just read?! This spellbinding story took me somewhere that I have never been. To a world that I never thought was possible. And I cannot wait to go back. Ok first, let’s chat about the prologue. THAT is how you start a book! We are immediately immersed into the story where Caroline and Jack must part ways. We don’t know how or why, but what we do know is that these two have so much love for each other. And the idea of them being apart hurts. I felt like I was there in that moment. Making the hardest decision in my life. That set the tone for me. I knew I needed to get deeper into this story. We are introduced to politician Caroline Gerard, a widower with two small children. She has a blooming career in the House of Representatives. Enter John (Jack) McIntyre, a fellow politician whom Caroline said some not so nice things about. Through an apology and a drink these two start a friendship that becomes more over time. The attraction was always there. As Jack and Caroline spend more time together, these two easily become one of my favorite couples. Their love story is inspiring and beautiful. This captivating and thrilling story will hold on to you. And not let go. This author is extremely talented. Brilliant. She is a master of words. The story is told in the present as well as a series as flashbacks. The author effortlessly transitions between the two. She is very strategic on how she places these time frame. You are so involved in the story that just when you think you’re getting somewhere, it transitions. Such a talent as I never fault lost or confused by the story. If anything, the transitions intrigued me more. Kept me wanting more. As the prologue hints, everything in this political world is nothing as it seems. There is danger in this world. And lies. But where does it lurk? And with whom? When the story is told in the present, things start to slowly unfold. But how do Caroline and Jack eventually separate? How does she end up in that government hospital? And what do they want from her? So many questions. So much more to come. And I cannot wait! I have to admit. I am a lover of romance. So when suspense is thrown in I am weary. Unsure. Do I take this leap? Suspense either works or it doesn’t. It either grabs you or it doesn’t. But this book? You don’t read it. You live the words. Experience the emotions. The suspense and romance has a PERFECT balance. The author puts you in the story. Places you within the hearts of her characters. She engrosses you into this couple and unique world of politics and mischief. And it’s addicting. Every page gets you deeper into the story and yet you still have no idea where it’s going. I was on edge. I clutched my e-reader. I have never experienced a story like this and probably never will. Dissident was such an unexpected yet intriguing and magical read. I would also like to commend the author for writing such a strong and inspirational heroine. And Jack? My love for you is endless. That’s it. My goal in life is to find a Jack! The synopsis grazes the surface of the story. This is a chilling story of politics and love. And so much more. This author is in a class of her own. Her writing leaves you breathless as you are weaved through the pages of this book. I didn’t know I could love a story like this. Had no idea I needed to read something like this. If you are looking for a thought provoking, captivating read, then look no further.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of Dissident by the author in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved it! I had never read anything by this author, but the book blurb cover design intrigued me. I must admit that I am not too familiar with a lot of the political lingo used in this book, but I still understood the storyline. Dissident is the first installment of the Bellator Saga and by reading this through, I do believe that the second installment will be exceptionally interesting! This story begins with a man and woman, lovers who have been wounded by soldiers as they run through the woods. Their agenda is to make it all of the way to Canada where they believe someone will help them with their current predicament, but what is it—that is the question? When Jack has to leave Caroline behind, he is completely traumatized by the fact that he may never see her again. With a promise to come back once his mission has been completed successfully, the story begins its perpetual back-line of how these two lovers met. My favorite characters are Jack and Caroline, the main characters. I deeply enjoyed both characters because each had a totally different personality which attracted one to the other. Jack’s first impression seems to be that he is a selfish, uncaring human being who is wealthy and highly successful in the political world. Caroline’s first impression seems to be that she is loving, kind and passionate about her work. Once Caroline’s loses her husband, a rash woman appears from the depths and her persona becomes more violent and uncaring—much like Jack. I really enjoyed watching both characters warm up to each other and become something more than just friends from opposing sides. Another aspect that I enjoyed, was the constant flips between time. While I was understanding the past that allowed both individuals to come together, the story also followed the present after the soldiers find Caroline in the woods without Jack. I must admit that I did tear up a few times, but the story was immersed with many different emotions ranging from happiness and joy to sadness and tragedy. Overall, the story is very well written—but I believe that there is a strong pull towards politics. There is so much creativity and originality in the expanse of the world that this author has created, the superb character development and the political concept of each individual mentioned. Even though this story was not originally something that I would have picked up, I do like to review all book requests by author submission. I do not have any specific genre because I can typically get into any book and this particular book really affected me! Again, I am not too familiar with political jargon, but I feel that this installment was a wonderful introduction to her six-book series. I would highly recommend this to primarily women who enjoy reading about politics and/or romance, considering that both genres are mostly prevalent within the novel. I rate this story with five stars due to the complexity and credibility of this story. Dissident is a terrific introduction to what seems like a spectacular series and I can’t wait to dive in to the second installment!
khulseman More than 1 year ago
This is a six book series. The review is based on book one only. Why do I need to state this? If you follow my reviews, you'll note that I normal write as I complete the series. Book 2 is available and book 3 is to be released Dec 7th. So, for this series, I've elected to review as I read. As you know, 3 stars aren't bad for me - "I liked it/will probably finish the series". Re-read it? Not sure. I'll have a final decision at the end. Yes, I liked it. I didn't really like nor did I love it. However, the storyline and characters have some potential, so I will stick with it. The book did take me longer to read than normal. At 43% I did read some reviews as I had a complete misconception about the book as who had recommended it to me. Granted, she didn't describe the novel to me, yet it wasn't what I expect. It was a bit -schizophrenic. Thus the multiple shelves I review it by. Political fiction - You really need to love politics to enjoy this part of the story. It plays a major part as book 1 is clearly set up to what will be happening and why. As other reviewers have commented, the prologue gives away direction. Also the book is written in memory/flashback to set up for present day. There are fewer chapters in present day but not the focus of the storyline thus far. Ms. London is setting the reader up to understand the politics of the time and characters of what happened in the past to get to the present. At times this does drag down the pace of the story, but I suspect it's necessary for later books. Contemporary Romance - Here is where I was thrown. I read ALOT of sexy romance. Many of it highly erotic to same sex. So when I read reviews like "Hot" "Sexy" - at 70% of the way in I wasn't seeing it. Maybe there are a few choice words that Nora Roberts would never use, but yep, it was very 'light' sex for me. It was hard for me to pick this shelf as sex scenes limited to short paragraphs to put with my other contemporary romance. Now, the building relationship - i.e. - the romance. This is definitely Caroline and Jack's love story at the second half. Adult Dystopian - This is where the book really fits. I know I'm repeating but I think it's important, book 1 is the set up of the series. Now this is also where I didn't really like or love the story. Like some other dystopian I've read, I have not connected with the characters. There is nothing that makes me want to have the main characters come out on top. I don't feel like I know the Hero, Jack, that well. He's handsome, sexy, former player, first time in love, but that's it. The character keeps telling me he feels bad about how he behaved in the past, but has nothing to endear him to me. The heroine, she's tough. Literally. Sometimes I like her. Sometimes her behavior irritates me as being a bit overreactive. But, I've got to give this series the credit. The storyline does have me intrigued and maybe this items that I am not enjoying will make sense. So do I recommend it to you? Not sure. What I do recommend is that you read reviews 5 star, 4 star and less than 3 to see how it weighs on your TBR. I may get more enthusiastic reviews as I progress with the series. Like I've tried to convey, the storyline has potential and why I'm sticking with it.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite Political thrills and chills. Intrigue. Romance. Sexiness. All things that make up a great read in my estimation. And all of these and more can certainly be found in Dissident, the first book in The Bellator Saga by author Cecelia London. Our story follows protagonist Caroline Gerard, a young widow with two children, as she gets further involved in the life of politics, and further involved with Jack McIntyre, the steamy politico with a real reputation as a playboy. When both Caroline and Jack find themselves on the run, the targets of a political plot that puts both of their lives at risk, they also find themselves more and more drawn to each other. Will they survive to find a life together? Dissident was a fantastic book. Fantastic. It had me hooked from the very first page and through to the end. Equal parts excitement and sexy, steamy scenes kept me reading long past the time I should have put the book aside to sleep, and I read it through to the end. Author Cecelia London does a great job with character development, scene setting and writing fantastic yet realistic scenarios that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend Dissident to any reader that loves a fast-paced, intriguing work of fiction with a hefty dose of sexiness and steam, a reader who enjoys thrills and political intrigue, or anyone just looking for a highly engaging and fun read. This is the first book of a planned six-book series, and I certainly hope that Cecelia London is hard at work at the next installment. I, for one, will be lined up to read it when it’s out!
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of cliffhangers and books that have several parts (which I was unaware of until I’d committed myself) and the fact that this is 1 of 6 parts almost made me want to put it aside, but it has politics and romance in it and I love both of those things. I’m glad I took a chance on this because Ms. London knocked this out of the park, for a debut! DISSIDENT employs a mix of flashbacks and present-day narratives to introduce the reader to Caroline Gerard, John Montgomery McIntyre (AKA Jack) and an America where a brutal regime has taken over and all power resides in the executive arm with both the legislature and judiciary rendered ineffectual; an America where the slightest opposition to the government is considered dissension and the military has become a personal goon squad used to stamp out opposition by any means necessary and with territories seceding? Absolute chaos and fear rules. The focus of DISSIDENT is the development of the romance between Caroline and Jack and I really enjoyed it especially because they belong to opposing parties and their relationship had a shaky start. Caroline is a Democrat, Jack is belongs to the GOP and Caroline’s scathing remarks about Jack’s candidacy set the stage for their less than favorable first meeting but they become friends and then a romantic relationship develops between them. But this is D.C., where secrets and scandals thrive and being on opposing sides of the aisle means that they have to keep their relationship private and mostly out of the media’s eye. Unfortunately, it’s not all about Caroline and Jack’s relationship. There are different political agendas in play and the game is on, one that puts Caroline’s relationship with Jack in danger. DISSIDENT blends passion, romance, conspiracies, murder and uncertainty and by the first chapter, I was hooked and interested in what would happen in the rest of the series. I enjoy politics and have been known to spend a lot of time following the political happenings out of D.C. so I really enjoyed how Ms. London incorporated all of that into this book. Her characters are well-developed, mature people who find the balance between their personal and public lives; who are great together and who in spite of their different political positions, actually have a lot in common. Ms. London’s writing style is amazing, with a steady pace to the story and every piece of it appears to be relevant to whole story. There are so many questions unanswered and I will love to see what she does with the series and what the future holds for Caroline and Jack and also what happens to the country. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your people should read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much so. ShelleyMA