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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Challenge by Susan Kearney

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Domination. Desire. Destiny. He rules a future in which women are helpless, obedient, and always willing. She comes from a past in which a woman’s strength, brains, and courage are unquestioned. The challenge between them is timeless. Secret Service agent Tessa Camen took a bullet meant for the president. She regains consciousness three hundred years in the future on a spaceship, naked in the arms of Kahn, a fierce warlord from the planet Rystan. He’s been expecting her. Tessa was whisked forward in time because her fighting abilities include a psychic talent like none other. Only she can defeat an enemy who threatens Earth. The fate of her home hangs in the balance. Once again, she’s called on to serve and protect her nation. In Kahn’s world, women are meant to be ruled but also protected.  He can seduce Tessa, but can he own her heart and mind?  Can he put aside his beliefs about women to help her train for a brutal intergalactic test, The Challenge?  If she loses, so does Earth.  Tessa and Kahn are caught in a war of wills set in a future where survival is a skill, power is an aphrodisiac, and love is a challenge that could destroy everything they cherish. 


The first book in the Rystani Warriors series. I read this book for the first time back in 2007. I have read all the Rystani Warrior books in the series. There are four. My favorite is book 2, The Dare. Rystani are warriors. Alpha male, driven, and hot. Kahn is the hero, and yes I had a hard time not doing my best Captain Kirk imitation. 

Khan meets Tessa, telling her she has to undergo a fierce challenge. Khan's people don't really dig the women as warriors scene. As a former secret service agent, Tessa is not the damsel in distress. She has training but she will need more for the task at hand. Khan is the one who can train her, if he can get over his need to protect her. Talk about your sexual tension. Susan Kearney ratchets up the steam. The story is futuristic, which I enjoyed. I like watching characters learn about each other and in stories with the culture clash, they have gobs to learn. Not my favorite of the series, I was not as entertained as I wanted to be through the whole tale. Khan is irritating with his cave man, chest beating over Tessa.  

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