5 "Rise from the ashes" STARS
I feel like I say this with every book in this series…this was not an easy read.
“Life is about more than wins and losses. It’s about relationship. Love. The knowledge that it’s more important to maintain those ties with one another than to do anything to risk the precious bonds that bring us together.”
One thing I love to hate (not really hate, I say this in jest) about Cecilia London is that she doesn’t hold back any punches. She gives you raw, real and gritty.
This story, like this aptly named book, is very much like the mythical, sacred fire bird - the Phoenix. It’s about rebirth, the remaking or starting of many things: Caroline’s journey to mental health, the rebuilding of her relationship with Jack, and the resurgence or hope of things to come for these two and for the rebels and their collective cause. And the process is not always pretty or easy or even all that pleasant but so necessary.
“And I wondered where you went to
Tell me when did the light dieYou will riseYou’ll returnThe phoenix from the flameYou will riseYou’ll return”~ Troy by Sinead O’Connor
As a die-hard Caroline and Jack fan, there were moments where I simply wanted to jump into the pages and just hug the hell out of one or both of them and then there were times when I wanted to throttle them (one more than the other). But in either case, the process and the pain was understandable and no fault of either one of them.
For Caroline, she’s endured such emotional and physical insanity...
...the women is broken, shattered into tiny, jagged pieces and she’s at a dark and deeply troubled point where the effort to put herself back together is insurmountable.
And Jack, Jack, Jack…if you love him, seriously how could you not?, your heart will break for him.
This man is not perfect but even with his flaws, he’s my kind of perfect! Jack’s his own worst enemy and it’s torture to see this unfold.
I can’t stop recommending this saga. It’s a MUST READ! This story is about about a truly EPIC LOVE…
“…the kind of love that renders you incapable of thinking rationally…There’s nothing like it in the world.”~ Jack
“Your body tells me more than your words ever will. You still want me.”
…that can stand the test of the unimaginable and the unforgettable, a tale that will peel away the layers and delve deep into the human condition and give you an intensity, anticipation and passion that will leave you breathless, anxious and also hopeful.
Bravo, Cecilia! MUAH!!
**ARC generously provided by Cecilia London in exchange for an honest review.**
5+++ Consuming BEST OF THE SERIES YET Stars
Wowee where do I start?? First of all cudos to Cecilia, she has me gripped to the seat throughout this series, I just can't take my eyes off what's happening nor stop my mind doing somersaults on what's going to happen next. I can honestly say I have NEVER read anything like this, and you know what I don't want to again if that makes sense?. I want to keep this series in a special place as one of those keep sakes, change my course of life kinds of reads.. And come back to it in years to come!!!
So what's this one about?
Phoenix picks up straight from where Sojourn left off!! Jack and Caroline are re-united but I'm afraid to say things aren't as you would want them to be. Caroline has been through so much, I just can't begin to know what she's going through or been through. So their initial interaction isn't great, Caroline has come into the compound with her men who got her back to health. And so here we are watching a closed off very much hurting Caroline. One where I suppose she just doesn't know how to deal with her circumstances, her feelings and has learnt to FIGHT the fight. At times I was gritting my teeth with her reactions. Damn Caroline pulled at my heart at the same time test my boundaries LOL. Yep she tested me many a time... But I also UNDERSTOOD HER
Jack oh Jack MY HEART... I love him HARD.
If there was any book in this series to be his I'd say this one is it. Jack is made to look at Himself really truly see under the surface and see himself the way Caroline sees him. I loved his vulnerability and raw REALNESS , how he looked at his own faults, his past and his present, their relationship and the man he is today. But what I truly loved about him was how he wanted to be there for Caroline and was willing to be a better man for her even if the feelings weren't provoked the other way.
What a patient LOVING man
Just understand this one had me on the edge of the seat THROUGHOUT!! Talk about angst fest. Remember though Caroline has been through sooo much, this is probably alongside Conscience the hardest book in the series because we are dealing with mental health.. That is the core of the story guys.. I'm going to leave it to that as you NEED to and WANT to enjoy this the way I did...
Above all this an all consuming, breathtaking and PHENOMENAL series! And this book, this book I just can't even tell you. It's layered developed complex but beautiful love story. I feel like I'm eating a piece of chocolate gateaux of the special kind bit by bit savouring the taste.
I love both Jack & Caroline, this is the kind of love I ADORE to read. This is EpicLove this is
REAL, RAW, SENSUAL, LOVING
Sidenote and thank you
Cecilia THANKYOU for writing this, it's just the reason why I love to read, to find new authors. She knows how to story tell, what a genius. Gah I love her, I will now go to her for every book she writes but in all serious don't let the 6 books deter you. Pick them up, try them, give them a chance. I am so very thankful I tried them... So worth the time I'm telling you.
Big kisses to Cecilia & Suzy for holding my hands throughout this..
That. Is. All.
Phoenix needs to be read after the first half of the bellator Saga as this WHOLE series is about the same couple.
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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.