⭐️ Excerpt * Review : The Bellator Saga : The first Trilogy 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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“If you only read one series in 2016, make it The Bellator Saga by Cecilia London!” – Irene, The Literary Gossip 

“I can’t recommend this series enough. It’s one for any contemporary romance reader, any Hunger Games lover, any dystopian lover, any fans of erotica. I IMPLORE you to read this series. You don’t want to miss it.” – TeriLyn Reviews 


“…One of the most unforgettable reads of my life. This riveting and compelling story gripped me. Stole my heart. And I don’t think I will ever get it back.” – Bianca, Biblio Belles 

“This series is unique, poignant, and unforgettable. Readers will be irreversibly captivated by London’s writing and intensely invested in the exquisite creativity that her mind has to offer.” – Vivian, Beauté De Livres

“An unforgettable saga unlike anything I’ve ever read before…I can’t recommend this series enough!” -Suzanne, Tied Up In Romance

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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.


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How can I sum up eight hours of enthralling reading??

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I was utterly captivated by this political- erotic story and Jack is definitely a book boyfriend material and Caroline was my freaking hero out there.

Three incredible books that gonna stuck you to your seat!

I won’t write a review for each book but more as a whole part. When I read the prologue, I was already hooked, the mood was settled and just when things was getting interesting, I had to discover how the main characters; Jack and Caroline met and finally got into this situation. Two  political opposites. One EPIC love story!

Alternating between present and past, mostly through Caroline’s POV.
I’ve never though being hooked into a political plot tainted with a huge erotic background. And the author, Cecilia London managed to pull the strings with brio, suspense on top!

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Caroline Gerard, widowed mother of two girls was managing her personal and professional life, the best she could. As representative Gerard, her political side, she is fierce, witty passionate, and defending her opinions. She’s not afraid to stand for what she believes.

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This woman is a force of a nature. A beautiful soul with a clever mind and a hot tempered side.
Jack McIntyre … Sexy Silver fox, charismatic, suspenders lover …  damn sexy!

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Anyway when it comes to that man, I was sold. More experienced, with an smoking hot charisma, I was under the spell. More aged, with a Playboy-millionaire reputation, he meant trouble!  A complex man with so many sides but only dedicated to the one he loved, mysterious and mesmerizing.
When he met again Caroline, after some first disappointments, he wanted to be her friend but couldn’t deny the chemistry and hot sexual vibes between them … These two could put a room in fire, even just by their witty banter and sexual innuendos!
Oh my … I love the smutty moments in the books! Caroline was pretty adventurous and bold out there, exploring her deepest desires and Jack was aimed to please. Alpha-dominant and just smoking hot, be ready for some cold showers. Intense, passionate, rough, and kinky, these moments were putting their relationship to another level, revealing how much they craved, loved each other, with a complete trust.

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I have to warn you that was only the tip of the iceberg because be prepared for a freaking tsunami of emotion, not only about their love story but also what was coming next : a period of extreme drought, when Caroline had to fight for her life and her ideals while a conspiracy was preparing, under the shadows, waiting for the best moment to strike. When this moment came, nothing would ever be the same.
Even if I had to say that the second part of the book was pure torture to me, with some unbearable times, when I was almost praying for the coup de grace, and the darkness was invading Caroline’s body and soul, I felt hope. This story stirred so many emotions. A constant battle of power, in the political arena where everything could change in a blink of an eye, and the world you knew didn’t exist anymore.
The writing was stunning, with enough foreboding to challenge the reader; the political narrative was elaborated and perfectly combined with the romance.
As you might guess, I loved it!

5 stars are not enough and if I don’t read the second trilogy soon, I’m gonna lose it, really!

Highly recommended, a must read!

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** My rating **

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