Monday, May 2, 2016

Phoenix by Cecilia London (Bellator Saga #4)

by Cecilia London

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Bellator Saga - Book 4
Publisher: Principatum Publishing (May 2, 2016)
Publication Date: May 2, 2016
Genre: Political fiction \ Romance \ Action
Print Length: 398 pages
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One epic love. Two wounded souls. Three impossible words.

Ripped away from each other by circumstances beyond their control. Reunited in a place they never expected. Separated but never quite apart.

“You’re still the only woman I see. The only woman I need. I know you’re in there somewhere, sweet Caroline. We’re going to find you and we’re going to help you, until you come home to me where you belong. Then we’re going to finish what we started. Together.”

Her confidence shattered, Caroline finally starts to deal with what happened at The Fed. Jack is determined to convince her that she’s more than she thinks she is. That she wasn’t destroyed by her experiences. That their relationship is worth the fight. But will he give up before it’s too late?

Phoenix is the fourth installment in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first three novels in the series.
 Phoenix by Cecilia London (Bellator Saga #4)

Phoenix (Bellator Saga, #4)Cecilia London is back with book four of the Bellator Saga, Phoenix. The romantic in us fervently prays that the title means the renewal of the love between Jack and Caroline in spite of all that has happened since they were separated. We want their love to soar, new, alive and reborn, but they are now damaged, especially Caroline, who has endured more than humanly possible.

Caroline has been tortured, abused and demoralized, the woman that shows up at Jack’s compound is shattered, scraped raw, and trusts no one, especially not Jack. Where was he when she needed him? Where was he when she was mentally and emotionally raped, stripped of the woman she once was, now only a bizarre facsimile of the beauty she once had inside and out? Jack wants her, soul deep, she is the only woman who could truly make a man out of the predator he was. She gave him a conscience, she accepted him, but this Caroline wants to break him, to make him pay as part of her own penance and self-flagellation. All in the name of fear, feaf of believing in love, trust and new beginnings.

When Ms. London could have given us hearts and flowers, she gives us Hellfire and Brimstone. She flays her characters to the bone, to their very essence and they need it as much as we do to do justice to a series that has never held back, never apologized for shredding our own lives to pieces with each page, helpless to intervene. THIS is masterful writing, truly creating a new world, filled with all of the warts and brittle shards of life in turmoil. This is grasping her readers by the neck and holding them captive, hanging on every word, every emotion and every torturous scene. Follow the journey that Jack and Caroline must take, it’s okay to wince, to want to cry, to want to throttle everyone, including the author. It’s even okay to re-read the worst of it, hoping to find a different outcome. Saying Ms. London is a powerful writer is like saying being slashed by a jagged knife hurts. This woman writes for her readers and she gives it her all.

I received this ARC edition from Cecilia London in exchange for my honest review.


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