Monday, August 24, 2015

Conscience by Cecilia London


Publication Date: August 17, 2015 

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An escape plan foiled….
A determined woman…. One last tiny sliver of hope…. Jack will find me. The Fed wants answers. And Caroline is determined not to provide them. They pull out all the stops, testing her sanity, testing her strength, testing her humanity. Jack will find me. Subject to cruel and merciless treatment at the hands of a government she once trusted, Caroline clings to her sole lifeline, her only chance at maintaining her tenuous hold on reality: her memories of her husband, Jack, her children, Marguerite and Sophie, and the friends who mean the world to her. Jack will find me. But what happens when hope starts to fade? How long until her interrogators cross over into the unspeakable sadism she fears ? How long before she finally breaks apart? Part Two of a Six Part Saga. Conscience (approximately 115,000 words) is not a standalone and must be read after the first book in the Bellator Saga, Dissident. All books in the series end in a cliffhanger. For readers 18+. This book contains adult situations including graphic violence, explicit (consensual) sex and light BDSM, psychological and physical trauma, and an oftentimes raw, dark, and gritty plot.

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Dark and gritty.  This was a difficult read and I had to walk away from it a number of times to process the events.  What struck me most was the sharp contrast between the dark situation Caroline finds herself in and the beauty of her relationship with Jack, as both the past and the present unfold alongside each other.

Picking up from where 'Dissident' left off, with Caroline captured the enemy she was running from: the US government.  We find out more about what has led to this state of affairs but there is still a lot of mystery and uncertainty.  The only certainty is the love and continuing growing relationship between Caroline and Jack.

With the scenes from the present deeply disturbing as Caroline's captures use all methods available to them to get her to reveal her secrets.  The one thing that stands out about Caroline across both books is her unwavering quality in standing up for what she believes in and the incredible courage it takes to do this.  Beaten but not destroyed.

This is turning out to be an incredibly good series that has it all: romance, suspense, action, intrigue and much more.

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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 romantic relationship between our heroine, Caroline, and Jack, the silver fox playboy who tries to win her heart. 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).

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆

As the first in the series, it starts with Caroline and Jack running for their lives as the country they represent and love turns on them.  The President of the United States has turned the country into, what I would describe as, a fascist state.  This first part of the story goes back and to from the past and the present.  However, this focuses mostly on Caroline and Jack's blossoming romance.  Both are politicians but are on opposite sides of the political spectrum.

This was a stimulating read as two great minds challenge each other.  Their relationship is slow burner to start with as they start out as friends but once the spark ignites it becomes hot and sensual.

I am looking forward to unravelling the story that leads us to the beginning of this story.  It was missing this for me and it would have made it a more complete read for me.

About Cecilia London

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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