This is my stop during the book blitz for The Tempted Series by B Truly. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 28 January till 10 February. See the tour schedule here.
Temptation Trials Revolution (The Tempted Series #1)
By B Truly
Genre: Dystopian Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: July 13, 2018
There are always two sides to a story. Can love withstand the ultimate temptation?
A new Regime has arisen from the havoc and destruction of World War III.
Society now has to follow the strict mandates, reign under the dictatorship of His Highest Eminence or suffer the consequences.
Tobias and Kincade are part of a cryptic organization that’s trying to uncover the secrets behind the Regime. Something is suspicious with the new world order—why else would they want to control the most powerful emotion of love? With mandatory arranged marriages at the age of twenty-one, the only way to fight for love is through the Temptation Trials—a government-sponsored reality TV show.
Kincade and Tobias know the rules, but after they meet the women of their dreams, they face a difficult decision. With their impending birthdays around the corner, the guys have to decide if they will bend to the Regime’s will or fight for their relationships.
Lust, mistaken for love, will lead down a treacherous path. They soon learn that the spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak.
Can love redeem them or is lust too tempting?
This book can be read before or after Temptation Trials Part I. Find out the guy’s POV in a new story that unravels through the Trials.
You can find Temptation Trials Revolution on Goodreads
You can buy Temptation Trials Revolution here on Amazon
Temptation Trials Rebellion (The Tempted Series #2)
By B Truly
Genre: Dystopian Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: November 30, 2018
Can love defeat the greatest temptation ... lust?
In a post-apocalyptic nation where the land of the free is now run under a dictatorship, there is one factor that holds the key to keeping world order—love. The new Regime controls the emotions of the heart. It’s their most vital law. At the age of twenty-one, every citizen is forced into an arranged marriage. The only way to escape the arrangement is to enter the Temptation Trials—a government-sponsored reality TV show where the loyalties of the contestants are tested by Tempters and Temptresses who are impossible to resist.
Catalina enters the Trials as a Temptress in hopes that she can win the funds to save her brother. Sahara’s been ridiculed in the eyes of the public. By being a Temptress, she’ll be able to have a fresh start. The Regime promises that if she fulfills her role on the show they will wipe her slate clean.
The problem is that the Trials are rigged for failure. In all the prior seasons, love’s rival, lust, has proven to be more powerful. No contestant has ever won the Temptation Trials and be allowed to stay with their chosen partner. Lutheran Eminence, the world’s dictator, has shown that he’s the ultimate matchmaker.
As the Temptation Ball approaches, conflict is at an all-time high. Most couples are too hurt by betrayal to reconcile. With the odds stacked against them, Kincade and Tobias try to mend their relationships, hoping that the greater good will prevail.
Attempting to uncover the true meaning of love may cost the contestants more than they bargained for—it may cost their souls.
You can find Temptation Trials Rebellion on Goodreads
You can buy Temptation Trials Rebellion here on Amazon
The wind roared. Glancing outside, Sahara saw it was pitch black and raining cats and dogs. The lights flickered on and off. Hopefully, this wasn’t more than a tropical storm, or they were in trouble. The lights flashed again. Sahara had returned from her date with Travis. He’d introduced himself at the Intro party and he was a gentleman. They were attracted to each other, but clearly, he had been missing his lady, Melody. On their date he mostly talked about her and Sahara was happy to listen. She could respect him for wanting to fight for their relationship. Travis asked Sahara her story, but she hadn’t felt inclined to share her dirty secrets. At the end of the date, she’d wished him luck.
The lights flickered, there was a loud pop, and then the facility blacked out. Sahara blinked, attempting to focus in the darkness. She was in the downstairs lobby and decided to have dessert. She headed to one of the restaurants. Staff members were roaming about lighting wall sconces. They must not have a generator, or it had blown, too. Sahara thought the sconces were just for decoration, but maybe they were used for both. The sconces provided some light, but it was still opaque.
After taking a seat, Sahara ordered herself a slice of apple pie with vanilla ice cream. This resort had the best food. Thus far, everything she’d eaten tasted delightful. She hummed, closing her eyes, savoring the taste of pie—so good.
When Sahara opened her eyes, she spotted a tall, muscular body in the restaurant’s entrance. The light was dim in the building, but she could still make out who he was. They made eye contact and her heart began to race. She waved him over to join her. Tobias came over to the table, offering her a warm smile.
“This storm seems to have come out of nowhere.” Sahara scrunched her nose.
“Must be the Hawaiian weather. It just comes on a whim,” he joked.
Sahara laughed. “Have a seat. I’m having dessert, biding my time until the lights come on.”
Sitting in the booth across from her, he eyed the huge slice of apple pie and melting ice cream. “How’s the pie?”
“Delicious. This place always gives such big servings of food. Have some, please.” She pointed to her plate. “There’s no way that I can eat all this.”
“I might try a piece.”
“Did you make it back from your date before it started pouring?”
“Barely. What about you?”
“I’ve been back for about an hour. Luckily, I didn’t get caught in it.”
“Cade’s not in his room. I’m not sure if he got so lucky.”
Sahara had put two and two together that they were friends. “He’s probably holed up somewhere until it lets up.”
“That’s more than likely.”
“Did you have a nice time?” Sahara asked, dipping into the ice cream.
“On my date?” She nodded. “It was fine.” Vanilla dripped from her lips. Tobias watched her mouth for a moment before tearing his eyes away. He retrieved a spoon from the other place setting. “May I?”
“Please do. I’m already full—just being greedy.”
He stuffed a big piece of pie with ice cream into his mouth, also closing his eyes in delight.
“I told you it was yummy.” Sahara grinned. Her body tingled in a pleasant serenity—almost as if she was tipsy.
Strange. That couldn’t be the case. The resort didn’t serve alcohol, since no one was over twenty.
Maybe it was Tobias’ proximity and the fact that she was very attracted to him. But she found herself wishing he would scoot into the booth with her, so she could run her hand over his bald fade. She shook her head, trying to banish the desire. Tobias was here because he was in love with another woman. Sahara couldn’t forget that, or she’d set herself up to get hurt again. Of all the men there, though, she had a connection with him.
“How did it go on your date?” Tobias asked.
“Travis is a great guy and a gentleman. We pretty much talked about his girlfriend, Melody, the entire time.”
“Is he having a hard time?”
“He misses her.”
“It was sweet of you to lend an ear.”
“I didn’t mind. Maybe love can work out for some people.”
Tobias frowned. “Why do you feel that way about love?”
Shifting in her seat, Sahara relied, “What do you mean?”
“You’ve told me before that once upon a time you believed in love. Who hurt you?”
“It’s a long story.”
“I think the lights will be out for a while, but I don’t wanna pry if you’re not comfortable talking about it.”
Sahara thought about it, and although she hadn’t felt comfortable sharing with Travis, she did with Tobias. She wasn’t sure if that was a good or bad thing. She tried her best not to think about what had happened—maybe it would help if she talked about it. Tobias finished the rest of the pie.
Blowing out her breath, she said, “Maybe I need to. I still get so angry every time I think about it.”
“Well, I’ll listen to whatever you want to share.”
“His name was Calvin. We were high school sweethearts.” She shrugged. “We both knew the rules. It’s just hard to fight against your feelings when you connect with someone….” She paused, and Tobias nodded, waiting patiently. “Calvin was almost a year older than me. We continued to date up until.…” She swallowed hard but didn’t continue.
“He got arranged with someone else,” Tobias finished for her. “You don’t have to talk about it if it’s too upsetting.”
“No, I need to make peace with what happened.” Sahara ran a hand through her long, midnight tresses. “Calvin had only moved to Inglewood, just a few hours away. At first, we didn’t contact each other, and then he reached out to me. Calvin and I started texting weekly, followed by phone conversations, and then we met up a few times.”
“Love is hard, Sahara. You shouldn’t beat yourself up about it.”
Her amber irises grew wide. “After Calvin got married, we never messed around sexually.… I still loved him, and he claimed he loved me. I’m only human, so I knew if we continued to see each other a physical affair was bound to occur. It was difficult to accept that we couldn’t be together, and that he was married to another woman.” She hesitated again. Tobias reached his hand across the table, giving it a gentle squeeze. She grinned sheepishly and continued. “I wanted for us to at least be friends—desperately wanting to hold onto him in any way that I could. Finally, I realized a situation like mine would never work—not if you’re still in love with that person.”
“So, what happened?”
Rehashing her past felt like a knife was gutting her. She would never forget Calvin’s last text messages. Sahara had been relieved that he’d texted when she had gotten out of jail. She wanted to know how he was doing but had been too terrified to text or call him.
Calvin: Sahara, I’m so sorry about what happened. Bonnie went through my phone and went crazy. There was no reasoning with her—she’d already reported us. She told enforcement that you’d been harassing me.
Calvin: I got fined, but they didn’t arrest me. Said I would get a warning this time.
Calvin: You were right, we shouldn’t see each other anymore. You’ll always have a special place in my heart.
That was the last Sahara had heard from him. She’d been so heartbroken she hadn’t bothered to respond. At that moment it was clear he had not tried very hard to explain—to his wife or the authorities. At least she’d learned that when the going got tough, Calvin wouldn’t stick around.
Returning to the present, Sahara answered Tobias’ question. “Unfortunately, his wife went through his phone and found our texts. To top it off, the bitch reported me, so they gave me the Floozy charge.”
Tobias’ eyes grew wide. “You gotta be fucking kidding me.” Sahara shook her head. “And Calvin?”
“He got a warning and a fine.”
Tobias narrowed his eyes. “What? That’s not fair! Why did you get the most bullshit?”
Apparently, not only was our Regime running a world dictatorship, they were also chauvinistic pigs.
“They really put you in jail over that shit?”
“I had to stay there for two days. The charge is on my record.”
“Did they even bother to explain why Calvin only got a tap on the hand, but they nailed you to the cross?”
“His wife told enforcement that I was the one provoking him.” Sahara exhaled loudly. “The killing part is that I’m the one who told Calvin that we shouldn’t see each other anymore—not the other way around.”
“He didn’t admit to having an equal part in it?” She shook her head again. Tobias blew out his breath. “That sucks. I’m sorry, Sahara.”
“It doesn’t matter anymore. Besides, a perk to being on the show is that once it’s over, they will dismiss the Floozy charge. My record will be clean.”
“That’s good to hear. I’m still stunned that charge really exists. I’d heard rumors of folks getting fined and even incarcerated with situations involving arranged marriages. I just never dreamed it was really true—a far stretch.”
“Well, I can attest that the Floozy charge is real.”
The realest thing she’d ever gone through, and some days she thought what happened would haunt her forever.
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 sci-fi. She writes New Adult and Adult, Romance. Sci-fi, Dystopian, and Paranormal genres.
B. Truly likes to explore different elements of sci-fi romance, and create various realms of reality. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.
B. Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.
You can find and contact B Truly here:
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