Monday, February 20, 2017

REVIEW: Triumph by Cecilia London

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REVIEW:

Admittedly I was a little nervous to start this final novel in the Bellator Saga series but can you blame me? Cecilia London has had me on an emotional roller coaster for five books and I had no idea what she had in store for me--would I be terrorized, crying, laughing, swooning, or would she introduce me to a whole new set of emotions? Good news, Triumph was the perfect ending to this series and all of the armor I put on to steel myself from the hard stuff was wholly unnecessary. The characters were softer, funnier, and just seemed better equipped to handle the world they were living in. Instead of cringing in anticipation of what would hardship or horror Jack or Caroline would encounter, I was smiling and hopeful and fist bumping with them (in my head, of course). Make no mistake, there were still moments when I still held my breath in nervousness or felt the prickle of anxiety but my prevailing mood as I read was one of relief and happiness as Jack and Caroline continued to triumph (see what I did there? *insert eye rolling emoji here*) over the evil that had descended on their nation.

 After going on such an emotional journey in the previous five novels, Triumph was a welcome respite from the heaviness and loss that Caroline and Jack endured; it managed to honor the seriousness of the events from the previous books while also imbuing a sense of hope for better days to come.

Now that all six books are out and I have some closure with these characters I can't help but feel excited for all of the readers who are new to this series..and maybe a little jealous that they can read all six books back to back. This series is unlike any other series we've reviewed--it has politics, intrigue, horror, psychological aspects, romance, friendship, rivalries, and, of course, baseball. Every single one of these aspects is explored deeply and with a sustained attention to detail that makes the entire series feel cohesive and thoughtful and purposeful.

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“All of your ideals, your hopes and dreams…they cease to matter if you abandon them in your darkest hour. We have to see this through to the end.”

Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard have never shied away from a challenge. As dual commanders of the American rebel forces, they now face the greatest adversity of their lives. Every decision has permanent consequences. Relationships are tested and restored. Hard truths come to light. When the reality of their situation finally hits them, there is one thing they know for certain.

No sacrifice is too great for love.
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Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She's filled several roles over the course of her adult life - licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.
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