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Review: Triumph by Cecilia London

Written by Jennifer Porter
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TriumphTriumph by Cecilia London (romantic fiction, self published, February 2017)


Series: book 6, Bellator Saga


“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.


Cecilia London’s Bellator Saga is a six book series that is something very different. There is a wonderful happily ever after at the end of book six, but it is one that readers have to work hard to get to and enjoy. This is indeed a saga, one that takes readers through an arduous journey as its main characters, Caroline and Jack, meet, fall in love, rise to political prominence, run afoul of the government and strive to overcome a corrupt federal administration. It is not for those seeking light or comedic reading. I found this series particularly painful at times because of the current political climate in the U.S. Was the end worth it? ABSOLUTELY. I don’t want to even suggest it wasn’t; the climactic scene in Triumph, the final book in the series, was powerful and vindicating.


This series is something very different. I can’t classify the first five books as romance because they do not have the HEA - and Triumph cannot be read alone. Triumph does have Caroline and Jack’s HEA and their romance is told over all six books with lots of flashbacks interspersed with current events (some of which are literally torturous). But the romance is fantastic, sexy at times and so very angsty. I adore both Caroline and Jack and rooted for them from the beginning. Jack is a wonderful hero, a sexy bad boy who enjoys a bit of control in the bedroom, a man who falls hard for the woman he loves and a reluctant leader. But it is Caroline who became the cornerstone of the series for me.


Caroline is a fascinating character and not what I think of as a typical politician. She is a very earnest and ethical congresswoman who has a deep need to do what she thinks is right. Initially, she isn’t the type of character one would see causing and/or leading a rebellion. Yet she transforms throughout the series, suffering greatly and enduring significant losses, to become the arbiter of justice. Her strength and unwillingness to give up are inspiring. She is my hero.


Triumph is a powerful story about love, hope and fighting for what is right (really the entire saga is). There is a sexy romance, lots of political intrigue and a wonderfully satisfying ass-kicking for the ages. If you are looking for something different and empowering, give this series a try.


Cecilia London: http://www.cecilialondon.com


Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the author.

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