Dissident (Bellator Sage #1)


What would you do for love of country?

In a new America where almost no one can be trusted, Caroline Gerard 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. As she recovers from her injuries, all she has are her memories of a rich and beautiful past.

What does it take to heal a broken heart?

As Caroline clings to life her thoughts drift to before the regime, when she was a rising star in the House of Representatives, widowed, and raising two precocious children. She remembers her unexpected attraction to fellow politician (and known playboy) Jack McIntyre. Jack captures her attention with his rakish grin, disarming attitude, and dry wit, and soon their friendship blossoms into much more.

Who can you trust?

Will the doctors charged with her care be able to save Caroline before it’s too late? Or will she fall into the hands of those who seek to destroy her?

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.




Dissident is Cecilia London’s debut novel. Recommended to me by a trusted friend, I had no doubt that I would be blown away by this book. What I didn’t expect was to be completely captivated by London’s writing and so intensely invested, in the exquisite creativity that her mind has to offer.

Dissident starts off with a heart-wrenching prologue. In the middle of nowhere, desperate for safety, readers meet Caroline and Jack. Caroline and Jack, whose heartbreak is bleeding off the page. Caroline and Jack whose safety is compromised. Caroline and Jack who finally have to say goodbye. Forced to come up with our own reasons of why they are in danger and why they would need to separate, the prologue hooks readers and radiates importance.

After the prologue, the book spends quality time introducing readers to Caroline Gerard and John (Jack) McIntyre. Understanding their background, their personalities and their relationships. With both others and each other. Cecilia London skillfully paces the relationship progression between Jack and Caroline, highlighting their individual personalities so readers are comfortable and familiar with the steps they take and choices they make.

The constant shift from past to present is done with such ease; I had no difficulty navigating between the two. London seamlessly links each chapter; (both past and present) so their importance is acknowledged and the pieces of the puzzle start fitting together. With attention to detail, London gives reader’s enough information to keep reading but not enough to get ALL the answers. Knowing that this is book one in a series, it comes as no surprise that there are loose ends. With the main characters having so much passion and heart and London’s secondary characters fulfill the role of being understanding, compassionate and influential to the story. There is no doubt that readers will want to follow Caroline and Jack anywhere.

In a painful but beautiful battlefield of love, power and control, Dissident brings to life a political playground and sets the tone for Cecilia London’s Bellator Saga.

Dissident is the perfect beginning. With answers revealing themselves gradually, London has thoughtfully planned the delivery of this book and without hesitation, I believe that readers will be back for more.






Cecilia is my pen name.

I may or may not live in San Antonio, Texas.

I’ve been known to apply quotes from ‘The Simpsons’ to everyday life.

I live for baseball season.

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