Series: Standalone though technically is #7 in The Bellator Saga
Release Date (Print & Ebook): April 14, 2020
Length (Print & Ebook): 80,000 words
Subgenre: Women’s Fiction/Mainstream Fiction with Strong Romantic Elements
Warnings: content warnings for death, violence, psychological trauma
Christine Sullivan isn’t an easy person to love. She knows how the world sees her – aloof, standoffish, cold…perhaps even bitchy. After a lifetime in politics, including a stint with an expat government in exile, President Sullivan has taken her share of body blows, but now she’s back in Philadelphia…a widow, a recovering Republican, a former public servant seeking a quiet, private existence.
On her to-do list – rebuild her relationship with her estranged daughter and invent the rest of her life. She has her best friend Caroline, her brand spanking new condo, and her ever frustrating Secret Service detail to keep her company. That should be enough for anyone, right?
Until Alexander Guardiola comes along… liberal, emotionally unguarded, younger. A lot younger. Everything Christine isn’t. And isn’t ready for.
But opposites attract, don’t they? And hearts and minds can always be changed…
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 and footy 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, and its spinoff, Songbird. You can most often find her causing trouble on Twitter or, less frequently, on Facebook.
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*** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. ***
Oh my… I’d miss these characters and this universe so much.
After all Caroline, Jack, their families and Christine went through, I was glad to see that time a « sense of normalcy » for two of my favorite heroines and besties.
I was so glad that Christine got her story. I missed her sarcastic interactions with Caroline, her BFF’s feminists rants and her family, and Jack…(still have a crush on that one)
Christine is a tough woman, introvert but not afraid to speak her mind, knowing to press where it hurts. A complicated relationship with her daughter and some heavy baggage, a bit lost after the end of her mandate as a president.
I loved this character, she wasn’t trying to please people, they had to accept her like she was.
I guess the author has written the perfect match for her, a man who managed to break her walls, and he wasn’t afraid to be honest and willing to fight for her battles, to push when she needed to but damn if she wasn’t fighting too hard. Most of all, he was accepting her wholeheartedly. Ah Alexander… swoon, swoon, swoon!
Christine could frustrate the hell out of me sometimes, stuck doggedly to her positions. I just wanted to feel like she could breathe again and finally live and not act.
Still, I adored every moment. I read it in one sitting and I was so delighted to discover more about Christine.
Alexander and Christine have such an amazing chemistry, a real connection and a banter I loved, filled with sarcasm, humour and outspokenness.
I just adored them together. Le freaking sigh!
Anyway, seeing again some characters I fell in love with warmed my heart. I was so happy to watch them reunite, to catch a glimpse of their lives after facing such tremendous trials for freedom.
Cecilia London almost made me cry with that story. Songbird was such a beautiful and emotional journey.