Series: Bellator Saga #1
Published by Principatum Publishing Release date : March 17th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Political Thriller, Romance, Suspense
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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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.
Dissident is a blend of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, political thriller, and speculative fiction. Told mostly in flashback, it details the budding relationship between our heroine, Caroline and Jack, the silver fox playboy who tries to win her heart.
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.
Dissident is the first book in a 6 part series – and I am happy I decided to give this one a go, even knowing the ending would end on a cliffhanger.
What was fascinating about Dissident was the switch between past and present. We get to see how the characters came to be – what is happening in real-time – and the beginning sets the tone for what’s to come. Usually, this doesn’t work well with me because a lot of the drama that ensues you know smooths out. But my interpretation is that it’s not the result, it’s the journey.
I thought Cecilia did a great job handling the different POVs, the switch from past to present, as well as the mystery and suspense throughout. In the past – we have Caroline and Jack starting their relationship before the “fall/change” of the Government that has yet to happen. The present – is Caroline in the hospital recovering from her injuries she suffered in the prologue. So, you can see that there would be two different tones set, due to what’s happening and Cecilia nailed it.
I adored Jack and Caroline. Both have a lot in common, yet are different in so many ways. And that’s not even touching on their political stand points, either! Their different party affiliations and public spot light added a flare to their relationship, since most of it happened behind the scenes of the public eye. However, what set me off a little to their building relationship, was that most of their development was in dialogue. While I love a good, witty dialogue between the characters, I felt like I was getting to know them watching their exchanged. It felt like a bit much.
Another aspect that overwhelmed me was the political jargon. I am not an expect, but I know enough, and I still was left reeling. I had to look a few things up to fully understand the importance. Yes, this is a political thriller and I knew that going on, but whoa. Cecilia you know your politics!
Overall – I quit enjoyed it! I adored the characters overall and I am blown away by Cecilia’s ability to write in such different tones. I am excited for the sequel!
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