Dissident by Cecilia London


Title: Dissident
Cecilia London
Bellator Saga #1
Principatum Publishing
Release Date:
March 17th, 2015
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Summary: (Goodreads)

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.

Part One of 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)



I was given this book by Cecilia London in exchange for an honest review. I was a little unsure about this book in the beginning. After reading the synopsis along with some information Cecilia gave me, I just wasn’t sure if this was going to be my type of book. The novel begins with the main female character, Caroline, and her husband, Jack, running for their lives. The prologue immediately caught my attention! It instantly added a little mystery and suspense!
Chapter one kind of lost me. I had to re-read it a couple times in order to stick with the story, I just couldn’t keep focused. Personally, I would have swapped chapters 1 & 2 in order to keep the reader engaged right from the beginning. I love that Cecilia used the past and present to tell the story. The characters were very likeable. The scenes with Caroline and Jack were witty and entertaining. The way Cecilia built up the relationship between Caroline and Jack was spot on for me, I’m not a big fan of “insta-love” situations and considering Caroline’s history and the loss of her husband, I think the pace was very realistic.
I enjoyed the past portions much more then I enjoyed the present. I found that the present moved a little too slowly and in the beginning jumped perspectives a little bit too much. I think it would have been better to read just Dr. Maureen Savage’s perspective. I found myself wanting to skim through the present parts but when it went back to the past, I couldn’t put the book down!
The book ends in the present with Caroline realizing that she’s been captured and is currently handcuffed to a hospital bed. Definitely a cliff-hanger and undeniably makes me want to read book 2! I’d really like to see more of Caroline’s daughters, as well as some more steamy scenes with Jack! I have a feeling the present is about to become a lot more action packed, and can’t wait to see what Cecilia has in store for Caroline and Jack!

Rating: 3/5

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