The Challenge (Rystani #1)
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The Challenge (Rystani #1)

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She was shot protecting the president, and woke up naked, in the arms of a hunk...

A hunk named Kahn, who told Secret Service agent Tessa Camen an outlandish story about traveling through time, saving the world, and a Challenge only she can accept. Kahn offers her proof she can't refute: Tessa has been brought forward through time to save Earth by winning an intergalactic
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Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Tor Paranormal Romance (first published January 27th 2005)
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Barbara M.
Trust me I do understand some of the lower ratings for this book...

But ladies I honest to goodness could not put it down...maybe because it was different; I don't normally pick something so Sci-Fi(ish) but I'm so glad I did!

Of course there were things that bothered me...like everytime I heard the name Dora (which was all the time) I automatically started hearing the theme song to Dora, Dora, Dora the Explorer, and that kind of thing... you know something that breaks your "reading flow" is annoy...more
namericanwordcat
The Challenge Review he was shot protecting the president, and woke up naked, in the arms of a hunk...A hunk named Kahn, who told Secret Service agent Tessa Camen an outlandish story about traveling through time, saving the world, and a Challenge only she can accept. Kahn offers her proof she can't refute: Tessa has been brought forward through time to save Earth by winning an intergalactic challenge.Kahn only has a few weeks to train Tessa to use the psi-abilities he insists she has. He is conf...more
Julie
I remember being excited when Tor announced (several years ago) it had a paranormal romance line, so I looked for something from it. I found this book. Unfortunately, I had forgotten that I had read another book by this author and hated it. This one is better, but it still has some big flaws, in my opinion.

Tessa Camen is a Secret Service agent who throws herself in front of a bullet meant for the (female) President of the United States and is whisked out of time and into the future just before...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I wish books would come with a virgin inside warning. This is one of the reasons I do not read historicals, young adult, or new adult. Readers first meet Tessa in present day and she is the special agent in charge of guarding the president. The prologue is action packed with an assassination attempt and Tessa doing everything in her power to protect the president. I’m excited at this point. Readers are taken forward into the future where Tessa is awakened to be told she has been selected as the...more
Daria
About half way through this I rated and the rate stuck throughout the rest of the book.
Not being able to imagine waking up in a world not your own, Tessa does just that and everything she has been taught will be challenged. Kahn a warrior and dominate male if there ever has been one. He knows women and knows how they act.... he thinks.
Tessa acts like no woman Kahn has known, and how he can he train her? Tess is strong sassy and more than capable of taking care of herself. Being a Special Agent a...more
Lori
What a great surprise! This is one of my first sci-fi romance novels and I enjoyed it very much.

Tessa is a tough and resourceful woman. Sworn to protect the president, she jumps in front of a bullet meant to strike the president. However, instead of meeting her maker, she finds herself on a space ship, naked, and in the arms of a very large, very strong, and very handsome man.

This story was a lot of fun to read. Tessa is a spitfire, completely ruthless and clever in her tactics of negotiating w...more
Kathrynn
No holds barred, hated this one. The male "hero" was cruel and used sexual frustration to ignite Tessa's "psi" (mental powers). He had her walk around in an invisible body suit that gave her no privacy and manipulated her body to the point of orgasm then walked away--repeatedly.

The idea was to get Tessa (a modern-day police officer kidnapped by futuristic species) to use other parts of her brain that would enable her to compete in "The Challenge" which was an obstacle course of sorts on another...more
Nicole
The characters have sex at wildly inappropriate times, and world-building and character development are sacrificed for very lengthy sex scenes.

However, it's fast-paced and a fun read. Our heroine is dogged, determined and clever. It's clear the author thought out certain aspects of world-building, even if she didn't show it all to us. I'll be looking for the next book in the series.
Bridget
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 agen...more
Kathie (katmom)
From Amazon:


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 wh
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Niki Flowers
One minute Tessa Camen is taking a fatal bullet for the president of the United States. The next minute she’s waking up THREE HUNDRED YEARS in the future in the arms of Kahn, a totally hot spaceman. Talk about crazy. As she continues to wake up and investigate her surroundings, she finds out that she was chosen by The Federation to come forward in time to take place in a Challenge that will save her world and Kahn’s – and Tessa has no choice in the matter.

As preparation for The Challenge begins...more
Mary Runnion
Holy freaking cow...I love what she did with this story...she starts out in current time and ends up way in the future with her main heroine and the changes she has encountered...I loved every bit of this book. It was a pleasant shock. You will enjoy it to include her new robitic friend and her wisecracking ways. She is pulled out of her own time at a livesaving moment, to be thrown into another place in time with a domineering male teacher...to train her into a whole new way of thinking into a...more
Timeforme
Main Characters:
Tessa Camen - A Secret Service agent transported 300 years in the future
Kahn - A Rystani warrior charged with training Tessa for The Challenge

Synopsis:
Tessa is brought forward from the past for the sole purpose of winning The Challenge that has been placed on Earth as part of its membership bid inot the Federation. Kahn is from a planet male dominated planet where women are protected and are expected to be totally submissive to men. Both Tessa and Kahn have to get past their prej...more
Cameron
They may not have imagined the setting or the plot, but this is what people are thinking of when they try to imagine the trashiest trashy romance.
My suspicion is that it started out as an erotic short story and then the author tried to expand it into a romance novel... and it doesn't really work. It lacks interaction between the main characters that doesn't involve sex. Seriously, if I collected all the dialog between Tessa and Kahn from the book it might amount to a page and a half, but the sex...more
Gabriela
This is one of my favorite books. The female character warped in time travel and everyone on earth she knows is gone. She didn't believe the gorgeous and hunky alien from the future and that they were in space. It got me curious and I couldn't put it down to see how it played out! Love it! Next book I absolutely love! In this story introduced Dora, a female computer system voice on the space ship get her own story to become a human and still computer linked, "The Dare". Susan K is great storytel...more
Deborah
I do love a good sci-fi romance. Although I had a hard time liking Kahn for the first half of the story,(too your-the-woman-and-will-do-as-I-say) I warmed up to him by the end.
Lisa Jon
-is a fast paced space opera. After taking a bllet for the president -Tessa is beamed aboard a space ship to be part of The Challenge-a part of a 3 part challenge of planet and trained by Kahn. His alien speices needs help in there planetary wars and the survival of his people rest in her hands. Lots of hot alpha aliens-strong female lead and a great romance makes this a great book, copy from net galley -more from this series-please!
Mary:   Harry Dresden's Love Slave
I liked this book although the actual "challenge" from the title was a very small part of it. I also felt like the fate of the Rystani people was solved a little too easily. I thought that would be handled over the series but and the end of the book she just seemed to wrap it up a little too quickly. I still want to read the other stories in the series though.
Caroline
Great story. I do not share other reviewers opinion on the cruelty of Kahn regarding the suit. It was a very small portion of the story and it was clear he was distressed by it himself. It was also necessary to separate her from his normal view of women as purely submissive, emotional home makers. Loved how the story and their relationship progressed. Recommend.
Sarah
Love Dora. So cool. She's a super duper computer.
The only problem that I had with this was the whole male-superiority thing that Kahn had going on. It's not his fault, he's an alien, but ooomg it got to a point where I wanted to bitch slap him.
Suka Babe


This book was so so. A very fast read, I liked both the female characters, but Khan wasn't alpha male as much as chauvinist. It seemed more power and control to me than a well written male you could warm to and be invested in.
Angie
This took me a couple of tries to get into, but I'm glad I read it. It was fun and sexy. If you like paranormal, this has it in spades. It isn't over the top and give a good story to go with it.
tessa maria lalonde
I swear to gawd--I read this primarily because the heroine of the story shares my name. Thanks, Darla. Thanks for the intergalactic, interspecies Raging Boners...no seriously!
Pam
07/31/05 #133
TITLE/AUTHOR: THE CHALLENGE by Susan Kearney
RATING: 4/B
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Romance, 2005, 377 pgs
Julianna
Loved it! Tessa and Kahn were great, and i loved Dora the computer:) looking forward to the next one.
Alita
Got frustrating at points, but ultimately I really enjoyed it.
Kink Ebooks
Got frustrating at points, but ultimately I really enjoyed it.
Sasha
Interesting first chapter. After that it was a bit strange.
Bridget
Fun Story. Not great story but enjoyable.
Crystal
Super Awesome Book... This whole series is...
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