After World War III, the surviving nations are united and ruled by a single dictator. Laws are hard and enforced harshly. When a young adult reaches the age of 21, the government assigns them a marriage and divorce is illegal. The only way to have a chance to choose who you love is to compete on the reality series, The Temptation Trials. Stefani and Cali have been best friends since middle school. Both agree that dating is pointless and will only lead to heartache. When Stefani convinces rule follower Cali to sneak out to a secret party, neither expected to meet men they would fall for. When the party is busted by enforcer, the couples are thrown into an intense moment that quickens and heightens their attractions. Stefani can’t get enough of Tobias. And his best friend Kincade is the only thing Cali can think about. As their relationships proceed, all the attempts to stay unattached go out the window. As the young couples race to the age of marriage, they decide to take their chances with the Trials.
This book was just ok for me. Honestly, it’s not my genre, but I was trying to stay open minded. The story arc plays out over about a year, so the author could have slowed the pace, but this book fell prey to the problems many romance novels have. Things were too immediate and didn’t make sense. The story had an interesting premise, but lacked depth. There were some spicy sex scenes, which at times struggled with juvenile vulgarity.
Get past those complaints and the story is not bad. The further I read, the more interested I became. It really picked up for me once the couples arrived at the islands. Would they be faithful? It didn’t seem as though they would be given a choice to remain so. What was really going on with how out of character the behaviors were? And what is up with the random blue mist? As the mystery starts to unfold, I began to read faster. My frustration with each couples betrayal and then my desire to learn how things would turn out for the pairings, only grew. And then the book ends.
I should have known that would be the case, since it is a part 1, but i was very frustrated by the cliffhanger. I would have enjoyed the story more, if the author had filled the first half of the development with more depth. The second half did feel more captivating and saved the book for me.
If you enjoy easy to read romance with some spicy graphic sex, this will probably appeal to you.
3 out of 5 stars.
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?