Review | Dissident by Cecilia London (@authorclondon)

19 April 2015


Publisher: Principatum Publishing
Pages: 268

In a new America where almost no one can be trusted, Caroline lies unconscious in a government hospital as other 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 sage 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).

A few weeks ago, Cecilia contacted me and asked if I would like to read her book in exchange for an honest review. I read the summary and knew I had to read it!

After reading the prologue, where Caroline (the female lead) and her husband, Jack, are running from soldiers who are hell bent on catching them. You see, America is nothing like it used to be and they have vital information to pass on.

The book then shifts to the past and Caroline's life before whatever has happened (we don't learn what's caused this regime in America, we just know it has happened and that states are breaking away from the USA). She has recently lost her husband and is a Democratic member of Congress. Being from the UK I don't know much about how the US political system works but I managed to figure it out with the help of some googling so that part of the story wasn't too much of a bug bear for me.

At the start of the book  John McIntyre (also known as Jack) enters, he is a silver fox Republican playboy millionaire who Caroline ripped to pieces in a speech. I'll admit that in my mind I was picturing Clooney...

He has a reputation and you begin to think how the hell are these two going to become friends but they do and they become more than that. I absolutely loved Jack and how he is nothing how he is perceived to be with Caroline in his life. He really is lovely and I loved reading the two of them together. They have such chemistry and you just want them to be together! Their interactions with Jack were lovely too. You just knew they felt so much for each other. Their love story was very endearing.

As you read the book you begin to learn that Caroline is a lovely woman who has lost the love of her life. I loved reading Caroline's interactions with her daughters, you could just feel the love she had for them and how much they mean to her. About halfway through the book they head off to camp so I hope we get to see more of them in the second book.

What follows is a back and forth look into the past and future, in the future Caroline is in hospital, and what we read in the past is what she is seeing while she is sedated and recovering. Running parallel to this is the story of the women trying to care for her while government officials are hounding for Caroline to be released into their custody. Maureen is incredibly strong and knows this isn't right and she's trying to keep Caroline as safe as she can.

I guess what stopped me giving this book a higher rating was that some parts of the story didn't grip me. It took me a while to connect to the characters and I think it might be the jumping forward to the future. I was just getting into where we were and we were back in the future. However, I did enjoy this book and I really, really want to read the next installment, I think maybe in the next one I would love to read some of the story from Jack's POV. I think that would be interesting to read...

I also have my suspicions on some of the characters in this installment and what has happened to America. I think they may be involved in some way...

1 comment:

  1. I'm curious about the backdrop of this novel: political arena. I'm Canadian, but I follow American politics closely. I must admit, I've been curious about a love story between a staunch Republican and a Democrat for a while now, but sadly, I haven't found one. I think I would like to give this one a go in the near future, though.


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