Rhapsody (Bellator Saga #5)
by Cecilia London (Goodreads Author)
TeriLyn's thoughts: **Rhapsody generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
Here we are. Finally. The highly anticipated Book 5 of the 5+ star Bellator Saga series and Cecilia London once again doesn't disappoint. Since it's inception I've been a huge fan of this politically charged, sexy, gritty love story, the characters that make it so special, and the intelligent, gorgeous writing that fuels each and every installment. With the end of each book Cecilia London promises more extraordinary story telling to come and always delivers. The Bellator Saga is one unlike any other and cannot be missed.
If you haven't started the series you must start at the beginning with Dissident, the books cannot be read as stand alone's. In Rhapsody, we start where we left off in book 4 with the ever present tension running high between Jack and Caroline. To preserve the beauty of this particular plot and the forward direction we're rolling in I can't mention much in terms of plot and specific character details. However, I will say that this book is exactly what fans of this power couple have been waiting for without a doubt. It's evocative, heart breaking, and compelling. The way the story continues and perseveres through the chaos and tragedy surrounding them proves the writing chops of London exquisitely once again.
As much as the Bellator Saga hails as Caroline Gerard McIntyre's story, and I love me some Caroline real hard, the beacon throughout Rhapsody is without a doubt Jack. His patience, his motivation, his growth throughout the saga hits full force in this one. His belief in Caroline in her strength and fortitude is invigorating. It solidifies his belief in himself and his own strength and fortitude. You'll fall in love all over again with Mr. McIntyre and with their EPIC love story. I'm sharing a favorite passage below spoken by Jack that really captures the essence of him in this story:
"Listen to me," he said. "Everything good I have ever done with my life was because of you. I want you with me. I want to help you heal. I don't care what I have to sacrifice in order to save you."
Cecilia London takes an interesting perspective in this one examining their marriage pre tragedy in a whole different light. She redirects and strengthens how that previous bond defines where they are now and how they move beyond the anger, guilt, and sadness. It's a concise look at the tests of marriage and love and loyalty and how far they'll each go to preserve what they feel even when those feelings aren't properly expressed. It shows the true strength of these two together even when they're emotionally apart.
Other developments happen along the way too as much is happening in Jack and Caroline's world outside of their relationship indeed. However, Rhapsody for me focuses on revival and healing so much reminding you of the beauty that is Jack and Caroline even during the dire trials of their marriage.
Cecilia London took an ordinary, political couple and made them extraordinary with her intelligent writing. She gave us characters we feel intimately familiar with and relish being a part of their story. She compels us with each book. She shows us the strength of the human spirit reminding us no matter how often or hard it's tested our resolve can remain whole. She ultimately and most importantly gifts us the belief that love conquers all and if we hang in there for the tough stuff we'll have the most precious gift of all.
Only one book left. I can't even believe it. Bring on Triumph. I can't wait to see how Jack and Caroline's story concludes. It's been worth every bit of angst, heartache, joy, and healing we've had.