Title: Temptation Trials Part I
Author: B. Truly
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.
Stefani * *
Chaos rang through the atmosphere as stampedes of folks fled the party. The boisterous scene turned into a disaster. Fast! I learned that running in heels proved difficult. This good-looking guy towed me to his sports car as bureaucrats chased the crowd. Cars were speeding away, smoke spewing from the mufflers. Others weren’t so lucky getting tasered and beaten with clubs.
“Get in, quick!”
“Wait! I can’t just leave my friend.”
“I promise we’ll help her. But we can’t do anything if we’re captured.”
He jumped into the driver’s seat, starting the engine. A dude a few yards away made a garbled sound. He landed on the pavement, out cold from being hit in the head with a slugger. That lit a fire under my ass. I scrambled into the passenger seat. Mr. Good-looking burned rubber, flooring the gas. My head slammed against the seat. I gripped onto the sides for dear life.
Once we cleared the corner, he glanced at me with a crooked smile. “I’m Tobias.”
“You looked freaked. Was that your first raid?”
“Ya think?” I smirked.
He chuckled. “I work for a covert organization. We can rescue your friend, but I need to get to our base-site in order to do so.”
I’d only known this man for less than fifteen minutes. He’d saved me from being tasered or getting clobbered, so that had to count for something.
“Damn it!” Tobias yelled. My head whipped from side to side, paranoid, then I heard sirens. “Hang tight. I’m going to try to lose them.”
He pushed the pedal to the metal, hauling ass. The speedometer gauge passed one hundred-ten miles per hour. I clutched the seat, squeezing my eyes shut. I silently prayed, repenting my sins. The tires on Tobias’ sports car skidded when we sped around a sharp turn. Scared shitless, my heart pounded against my rib cage as he picked up more speed. The car elevated off the pavement when we flew over an incline in the road. Then Tobias swerved into a parking garage located by a vast building. Being late at night, it was almost empty. He zoomed through the first level, and then came out on the other end. He glanced behind him, scoping out the scene.
“Looks like we’ve lost them,” Tobias said, only slowing down a tad. “Didn’t mean to frighten you.”
“Lucky we didn’t get caught. We would’ve been in more trouble.”
“Figured I could lose them if I made it to this garage.”
“We evaded the officers, but what if they snagged your license plate number?”
“Good question. My license tag is untraceable. They would come up blank. So don’t worry.”
“Another perk of your covert organization.” I wondered if he’d picked up on me being a smart-ass.
“Exactly.” He raised his eyebrow up and down. “My friend, Kincade, went back during the raid for your friend.”
“Her name is Cali.”
“Unfortunately, he got caught, also.”
“At least he was man enough to try to help her. Was he the guy against the wall that was practically eating her up with his eyes?”
“Yeah, that’s him.” Tobias chuckled. “Anyhow, we’ve been best buddies for years. I need to help him, too. So, in the process, we’ll help Cali.”
Tobias pulled into a deserted-appearing warehouse. There wasn’t much lighting, only scant towering poles spread far apart. He drove to the rear of the building and parked. A few other vehicles were in this lot. My eyes grew wide. “Do you plan on chopping me up?” I asked, point blank.
His head fell back in hysterics. “I like you.” I was beginning to like him, too, before I’d gotten the thrasher vibe. Tobias lifted both hands in the air. “This is the base of my secret organization.”
“This warehouse looks like it’s been vacant for some time.”
“It has. Our operation hideout is located underneath this building. You can trust me, but we have to go there in order to save your friend. A lot of my Opp members were taken along with Cade. So I’m sure our team director will approve a rescue.” I eyed him skeptically. He reached inside his glove compartment, grabbing a black object. Handing it to me, he said, “Take this if it makes you feel better. The on switch is here.” He pointed, grinning deviously. “Just don’t shock yourself, okay. Or we’ll have another issue.”
I couldn’t help but smile. Tobias giving me a Taser gun did make me feel safer. He seemed sincere, so I went with my gut. My initial paranoia must have been nerves.
He hopped out of the car. “Come on, we don’t have time to waste. My director’s blowing up my cell.”
Feeling more at ease, I let Tobias drag me into the dimly lit warehouse. I gripped the Taser tightly. If there was a chance that I could help Cali, then I would take it.
About the author
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
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