Monday, February 6, 2017

TRIUMPH by Cecilia London

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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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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How I felt for most of this story:



There were so many moments that gave me a triumphant feeling. So many incredibly awesome triumphant moments. Cecilia London truly outdid herself.



As I told the great author herself, this book was PHENOMENAL!! I went into it with extremely high expectations because TRIUMPH's five predecessors had left me in a state of high alert. I was cool but it was the calm before the storm. I had no clue how this story would play out. Would all of my remaining questions be answered? Would the resistance/rebellion gain new ground? Would there finally be an end to the political unrest caused by a corrupt president? And would Caroline and my sweet, sweet silver fox, Jack, make it out unscathed? I needed this conclusion to give me all of that and more and Cecilia London definitely delivered!

TRIUMPH picked up right where Rhapsody ended. I was immediately immersed, once again, in the tension-laden plot that had kept me on my toes throughout this series. Caroline and Jack were tireless and worked together like a well-oiled machine. They were as one with a common focus: to bring back democracy to the American people; to wrest control from the tyrannical and totalitarian power of President Santos; and to restore order, faith and value to the judiciary and congress systems.

Through previous books, Caroline has proven her warrior status. Many times over and over again. This book was no different. I also got to see glimpses of the “old Caroline”, which gave the story appropriate moments of levity. I watched her face up to the repercussions of the decisions and actions she’s made and not only come to terms with them but to start to forgive herself in the process. Through her times of reflection I had the chance to remember why I adored this character in the first place. She was loyal, just, self-sacrificing and fierce (in addition to the obvious). Ultimately she was more than deserving of the love she was surrounded by and of the unexpected reward that this plot gifted her with. I’m sorry for being vague, but I REFUSE to give away key parts to the plot.

As for Jack, my sexy and sweet silver fox… if you’ve noticed anything from my previous reviews, he gives many reasons for his praise. He’s my homie. My darling. My numero uno. He can do NO wrong in my eyes. He’s Prince Charming, a knight in shining armor, and a sexual dominant all rolled into one. Definitely my cup of tea. In this book, once again, I got to see Jack in his plethora of roles: protector, warrior, father, friend, avenger, lover, etc. I never once forgot why I loved Jack so much and this book only made that love even stronger.

Now I could wax poetic about politics or draw parallels of this storyline to the unsettling political climate that America finds itself in right now… but I won’t. In all honesty, it would be way too easy to do so and I’m a debate champion. Just one of the many skills I acquired in law school ;) I’d rather quote the author though: "Be engaged. Be involved. Question your leaders. Demand accountability. Work for justice. Most of all, be kind." I don’t think I could have said this better myself.

And I’ll even quote myself because my words from RHAPSODY can apply to TRIUMPH. This saga is "about hope, loss, family, friends who might as well be family, vengeance, revolution, honor, respect, integrity, principles, and most of all… love. So much love. And how could love ever become irrelevant?" There are a bunch of surprises in store for you when you read this book. Absolutely wonderful surprises. For those of you who haven’t officially met Jack and Caroline, I urge you to pick up Dissident. You won’t regret it. For those of you who have met them, you’re going to LOVE this conclusion to their saga.

P.S. Chrissy freaking rocked!!

My reviews for the first five books:
Dissident
Conscience
Sojourn
Phoenix
Rhapsody

Release Date: February 6, 2017
Genre: Political Romantic Suspense
POV: Heroine - 3rd person
Steam: 3 out of 5
Book Type: Book 6 of the Bellator Saga (cannot be read as a standalone and must be read in order)


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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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