Date Published: June 3, 2017
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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Finally, it was our turn to order. “How may I help you, Sir?” asked a pretty Spanish cashier.
Cade faced the lady and her eyes dilated as if she’d seen a ghost. Cade’s expression became dumbstruck. Her cheeks grew crimson—Cade’s Adam’s apple bobbed. She glanced in my direction, then shot me a murderous glare.
“Hello, um.…” Cade stumbled over his words.
“How’s everything going today?” she asked Cade. Her question held hidden meaning. She wasn’t just referring to today.
Cade cleared his throat. “Things are well, and you?”
“Can’t complain,” Spanish Diva answered, in her heavily-accented attractive voice. She forced a smile, but not before I saw pain flash in her eyes.
Fury bubbled inside my chest, I didn’t like their exchange. Clearly, they had a history. Spanish Diva looked a few years older than us, but I still wanted to know who she was.
“So, what would you like?”
Cade placed our order. I pouted, irritated with myself because this was not an emotion that I was familiar with.
“Sure … coming right up.” Their eyes locked for a moment longer before we stepped aside and she took the next person’s order.
While we waited for our lattes and pastries, Cade slid his arm around my waist, drawing me close to him. His affection dampened some of my fumes. Silently, I had been burning inside. By the time we got our items, Cade seemed to have gathered himself. He pulled a chair out for me, at a table toward the back. He made small talk as if nothing happened. Every so often, I caught Spanish Diva staring at him—more like gawking. Unable to contain my jealousy any longer, I said, “She must be your ex.”
Cade’s mercuries grew wide, followed by his cheeks flushing. “That obvious, huh?”
Sighing, he admitted, “It’s kinda embarrassing.”
I crossed my arms, waiting. “I don’t mean to pry.” My intentions weren’t to make him uncomfortable. “My imagination’s beginning to run wild. She hasn’t taken her eyes off you, and if looks could kill, then I’d be dead.”
His expression was mortified. He scooted closer to me. “I definitely don’t want you to think anything is going on between us … Ms. Perez and I sorta had a brief fling.”
My eyebrow rose. “Ms. Perez?”
Cade raked a hand through his walnut brown hair. “Aka—Rosa. When I was fifteen, she used to work for us—our maid. Back before my father had gotten sick and made decent money. Rosa cleaned our house and I developed a crush on her.”
“How old is she?”
“She’s nine years older than me, but I was a minor then.”
“What happened? Must’ve been serious if you were on a first-name basis.”
“Over time, Rosa seemed to share my feelings. She showed interest—I pursued, and the situation got out of control.”
“So your maid stole your virginity?”
“When you say it like that, it sounds bad … Rosa didn’t molest me. I was a willing participant.”
Relationships were pointless anyhow, but Spanish Diva didn’t have a ring on her finger. She’d already been over twenty-one when the new arranged marriage law was passed. Cade could be betrothed to her, which caused my emotions to get the best of me.
The Temptation Trials has such an interesting concept, one that I haven’t come across before. In the new world, you are arranged to be married to someone that the government picks for you. Unless you decide to enter the Temptation Trials where they tempt you with others to see how much you really love your significant other. It’s a crazy thing to fathom.
The main characters, Cail and Stefani were definitely interesting to read. They are best friends, but complete opposites. Cali is cautious and does her best to follow the rules. She doesn’t want any trouble with the government and is the kind of person to always analyze a situation before acting. Stefani is care free and a bit rebellious. But even she has her limits. They both don’t agree with the laws when it comes to marriage, especially when they fall in love with the men of their dreams. Even though the Temptation Trials is scandalous and makes their personal lives open to the public, the girls feel they have no choice. It’s either attempt to fight temptation on live television, or be married off to a stranger.
The story, plot, and ideas behind this book were what really had me hooked. Think of it almost like the post apocalyptic version of The Bachelorette. That being said, there were a few things I had issues with. One was that once the girls were on the island, to keep from spoilers I’ll just say, things started to happen. They all seemed clueless. They would question it but then quickly write it off as being no big deal. I had already started to guess what was going on and had trouble believing it took these people so long to figure it out.
It also felt like these girls were very naive and weren’t being strategically smart when it came to the trials. I mean, the goal is to steer clear of temptation and be with the man you love at the end of it all. So if that’s the case why would you willingly pick guys that would be more of a temptation to you. It just didn’t seem smart to me. I would have picked the annoying asshole or someone I wasn’t attracted to in order to feel less tempted. That just wasn’t the case with this. I get it if they had done what I would have the story wouldn’t be as interesting. At the same time, it just made me feel like these girls who were supposed to be so in love had no loyalty to their men. Now they did try to explain this, kind of, towards the end. It just didn’t entirely work for me.
The other issue I had is the dialogue. The characters would all speak so formally to each other. It felt stiff and robotic, but then the author would throw a slang word in the middle of it that made it feel even weirder. It didn’t work for me and would at times snap me out of the story altogether.
All of that may seem pretty negative but it was the story and the world itself that really held my attention. To me, that was the most interesting thing to me and in the end, it was that concept that made me like this book. I would suggest you check it out, it really is an interesting read.