Will you be Tempted? Will Love save your soul?
One nation under his reign.
Cardinal sins of man caused humanity to pay the price. Cali Nasser grew up in a world succeeding World War III. The aftermath forced the world dictatorship that she must now live in. A new Regime arose from the ashes. They demanded obedience and cooperation from every citizen, even in matters of the heart.
One domain ... One accord … One nation. That is the moral code. In Cali’s eyes, it all revolves around a twisted plot for control.
It used to sicken Cali how people would allow the Regime to test their love through the Temptation Trials. That is, until she met Kincade. Cali’s entire point of view changes when she falls for him. She struggles with herself, debating if she should challenge the government’s law of arranged marriage.
Cali’s childhood friend, Stefani, always kept a positive perspective about their lives until she was threatened with the same dilemma, at odds over the man she loves.
Now Cali and Stefani face a desperate choice—submit to the Regime’s will, or fight for what they value most—love. Although lust, mistaken for love, could lead to damnation. Do they give up on love or sign up for the Temptation Trials, a reality TV show where every temptation is laid before them?
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Can love save their souls?
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About the Author
About Brandy B Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and is grateful to have accomplished this dream. She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She's addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of action and suspense. She writes New Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance. In the Sonar series, B Truly said, “It was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.” B Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person she today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At first glance, this is not the kind of book I'd usually choose to read because I have little fondness for reading about romance and lust and all that sort of thing and the description leaves no doubt that this book is all about that. On the other hand, I love dystopian and I'm always interested to see what concepts authors can come up with in this subgenre. Also, I admit it, I do like a fair amount of reality TV so why not give it a try? The idea of a dictatorial government choosing who you can marry is odd but not unheard of---The Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie comes to mind and I loved that story so I had high hopes for Temptation Trials. Right away, I ran into a worldbuilding problem that I've seen all too many times before but it was more obvious here because it shows up in the first paragraph. The likelihood that the world would have an apocalyptic war and descend into a worldwide, highly organized dictatorship in a mere six years just doesn't make sense to me. I realize the author wanted the main characters to remember the way things used to be but... Then, when Cali and Stefani go to an illegal party, they naturally meet two hot guys, Cade and Tobias, who happen to be sort of heroic and the dreaded insta-love sets in. OK, so I can put up with that if the story is strong enough and, in this case, it begins to get interesting when the background and the qualifying requirements of the Temptation Trials begin to come out. I could see how such a show could appeal to a lot of viewers, especially those who opt to toe the government line and accept their assigned spouses but, when these two couples decide to try the Trials, they have no idea what they're getting into. Although I have only myself to blame, given the maturity warning, I was put off by a lot of sexual activity and talk but the overall story was interesting and I think it will appeal especially to readers who enjoy hot romance in a science fiction setting.
When I read the blurb for Temptation Trials, I had to grab this book. I enjoy reading dystopian and I enjoy reading romance. So I figured that I would like this book. And I did, up until Cali and Stephani went on the Temptation Trials with their boyfriends. I couldn’t get into the book after that. I felt that love triangle, and I can’t believe I am going to say this, sex took over the plot. And not in a good way. The world is ruled by a dictatorship called the Regime. The Regime took over 16 years before when some sort of apocalyptic disaster happened. Life has been rebuilt under the Regime but it isn’t easy by any stretch. Stephani and Cali have only know the Regime. Both girls chafe at the restrictions placed on them. There is one source of entertainment, a TV show called Temptation Trials. That show lets people who are convinced that their SO’s are their soul mates go on and see if they are the one. They are separated and set up on dates with other men/women. Then they have to watch their SO’s go on dates. It is a source of embarrassment and entertainment for the people. Stephani and Cali decide to apply for the show after falling in love with their boyfriends. They don’t want to be married off at 21 to someone they don’t know. Amazed that they both got picked, they hope that they both make it to the end of the show. Both girls are pretty sure that their boyfriends will stay faithful to them. But, what the girls didn’t expect was the instant attraction to Dom and Zion, two of the male contestants. they also realize that there is something pretty shady going on. When I started reading the description of the book, it sounded very familiar to me. I couldn’t put my finger on it until I did a quick Google search. Then I remembered. Going to date myself here but there was a show in the early 2000’s called Temptation Island. I watched the first two seasons and loved it. It had the same concept as the author’s fictional Temptation Trials. Except Temptation Island didn’t go to the extremes that Temptation Trials did. I didn’t care for Stephani. She came across as immature and only out for herself. Being on that show didn’t raise my view of her either. I did feel bad when she dropped a bombshell towards the end of the book. Other than that, she rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t doubt that what she felt for Tobias was real but still…. I did like Cali and wished that the book focused more on her and her relationship with Kincade. I shouldn’t have been surprised when stuff happened with Zion but I was. I thought that she would have resisted. I did like that while she had conflicted feelings for Kincade and Zion, she was trying to work them out. The sex was very hot in this book. I did think it was a little weird that the show chose to air all the girls’ sexual exploits. Even Cali and Stephani were shocked by that but realized it was for ratings. The hottest sex was between Dom and Stephani. I had to fan myself afterward. Cali’s came in a close second. There was a twist in the plot that I saw coming. I also guessed what would happen after the girl (not saying who) gets the information. There is a smaller plot twist that did surprise me and I am wondering how that is going to pan out in book 2.
***This book was reviewed for XPresso Blog Tours Temptation Trials by B Truly is one of the more unique dystopian novels I've read. After World War III, the earth is united under a global dictatorship with strict rules governing all aspects of life. While dating is not forbidden, falling in love has its consequences. At the age of twenty-one, spouses are assigned. They may be in the same city or half-way across the world, it doesn't matter. There is one way to escape the arranged marriage though. The Temptation Trials is a government sponsored reality show designed to throw all manner of temptations at lovers. Men go to one place, women to another. If they make it to the end, they are free. Cali never liked the show, and certainly never expected to enter. But she and her friend Stefani are unwilling to give up the men they've fallen in love with and so they enter. However, they underestimate just how strong the temptations can be. Will they be able to stay strong? So, I found the premise quite interesting, combining reality show, with arranged marriage. The writing was good. I loved the reason the Temptation Trials were so hard! And gods be a good, I am glad we don't live in that world. It as a quick read, and my only real qualm was the cliffhanger ending. I can read the second part soon though, so no biggie there.
After World War III the world is now controlled by a dictatorship. This dictatorship controls everyone’s lives including who they will love. The only exception to this is if you are willing to take part in a reality television show called Temptation Trials. Essentially the couple get split up on separate islands full of sexy people that are trying to get you to cheat on your love. But this is no simple test of love, you have to date and raging hormones are not going to help keep you true to your love. Initially the story catches you up on what is happening in this new dictatorship and those that want to rebel. Then the story is told from alternating viewpoints of Cali Nasser and Stefani Ponce. Both girls try to guard their hearts to try to distance themselves from the love. But when they meet two sexy guys they fall for them and decide to try the Temptation Trials. That should be easy, right? No one has successfully made it through the Trials but Cali and Stef just know that they will make it. But this is a rigged game. This story is well written and filled with lust. I really liked the concept of the dictatorship ruling everything about your life and giving people a chance at making themselves a fool in front of the world for their true loves, especially when no one has successfully won the Trials. But I have to say following the girls did get frustrating since it seemed that they took every chance that was bound to be difficult instead of thinking through their actions. Of course the book stops with some unanswered questions. I did enjoy the story and I would like to see what happens in book 2 and what the answers to those questions that are left open will be. I received Temptation Trial from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.