Temptation Trials Part I
Publication date: June 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
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?
Rated Mature 18 +
Adult, Dystopian Romance with sensuality and sexual content.
Prologue (Excerpt #1)
* * * Cali * * *
My eyes reached the heavens. But I was glad I’d finally listened to Stefani and come, needing desperately to live a little. People filled the large living area. Everyone danced to the beat and seemed to be having a blast. Bout time I did something to make me feel like I was still in my late adolescence, I convinced myself.
With harsh mandates, there wasn’t much adventure in society. Going to school and work pretty much summed it up. Leisure actives were limited. We were allowed to date … that is, until you turned twenty-one. Then the government assigned you a partner for life. A sick joke.
Social functions and parties were a violation of the law. There were no national music groups, except for bands approved for his Highest’s events. The new Emperor of the entire globe had been in rule for the last nine years. The only music we listened to were old CDs, but there were secret local groups, just like at this defiant affair I was attending. This cryptic band had three members. The lead guy’s spiked blue hair was only a part of the show. He couldn’t be caught on the street with that hair style, or enforcement would toss him in the brig. I threw my head back, giggling like a school girl.
“What’s so funny?” Stefani asked.
I inclined my head toward the band. “That guy’s blue-do would render enforcement speechless.”
Stefani’s eyes bulged. “Damn right.”
The next song they performed sported the lyrics “Screw the Law.” A wide smile spread across my face. It was exactly how I felt at the moment. After my second cup of punch, my body began to mellow out. I bopped my head to the beat.
“I’m thrilled I persuaded you to come with me,” Stefani purred.
“Yeah. This is fun.”
“I’ll have to remember that in the future. Get you toasted, then you’ll be more willing to defy the law.”
We both laughed, and I hit her playfully on her arm. A moment later, a male’s voice whispered in my ear. “You’re gorgeous. Wanna dance?”
I turned to face him—Stefani giggled. “Thanks for the compliment.” He raised his eyebrow up and down. He wore gothic attire and had more piercings than I could count. Ears, nose, mouth, tongue. Good looking—just didn’t seem my type. I didn’t want be appear high diddy, so maybe I would accept his invitation after another drink. My shyness wasn’t effaced from my system yet. The thought of dancing with a man made me jittery. I smiled coyly. “Maybe in a bit. Raincheck?”
“Um … sure. I’ll hold you to it.” He straightened his black jacket before walking away.
“You’ve got guys lined up already,” Stefani teased.
“Shut it. You’re getting several stares, too.”
“Well, I’ll definitely take a cutie up on an offer.”
She winked—I shook my head. A fast beat started. Stefani threw her arms up, waving them in the air.
“I love this song! You have to dance with me, Cali.” She dragged me to the dance floor before I could protest.
I did love music, even dancing—I was just bashful about dancing with guys. The melody had a slamming vibe, easy to groove to. Stefani’s shoulder-length caramel hair swayed to the beat. Her grin was contagious. I swung my hips with the grooving bass, and the liquor I consumed heated my veins. The atmosphere was warmer than when I’d arrived.
A very attractive man with smooth, toffee-colored skin strolled up behind Stefani. She giggled, and then plastered her butt against his front. He was hawt! They both moved in a choreographic rhythm. I continued to sway my hips, in my own element, until I felt a radiant heat sizzle up my body. The force of this sensation was coming from the wall. I whipped my head to the side, and my breathing ceased. Damn, this party was full of taunt delectable men! The guy leaning against the wall was even more gorgeous than the dude dancing with Stefani. The definition of pure hotness. His hungry gaze seemed to eat me up. Unashamed, I also wanted to be his dessert. His stare was so penetrating, I couldn’t look away. His arms were crossed against his chest and his mouth parted. Time seemed to stand still, as we were both absorbed in each other’s gaze. In my alcoholic state, I would gladly dance with him if he stepped up to me—kinda hoped he would. I settled for imagining that he was behind me. In a lustful trance, I moved my hips in slow motion—our eyes stayed locked. Hotness must have approved. He grinned wide, and I was undone. His smile made him even more attractive. Definitely the most gorgeous man I’d ever laid eyes on.
A ferrous bang vibrated in the room. The commotion broke our “undressing one another’s lustful stare” down. Screams drummed through the air.
“The Popo are here. Everyone scatter!” a dude hollered.
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 and Adult Romance, Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal.
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.