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The Challenge (Rystani Warrior #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,341 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Tor Paranormal Romance (first published January 1st 2004)
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Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
I've read this series head over heels! LOL
So, this is how everything begun! I'm very glad I've read this one! Even if Kahn is often a caveman!
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Aug 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
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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 con ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 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
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
Judy Lewis
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: The Challenge
Series: Rystani Warrior
Author: Susan Kearney
Designation: Book One of Series, Full-length Standalone Novel, NO Cliffhanger, HEA
My Rating: Four Captivating Stars*****
After reading some of the negative reviews, I was somewhat hesitant to invest my time into reading it this novel and even more reluctant since Susan Kearney is a new author for me. It was difficult to make an informed decision since I had no exp
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 25, 2016 marked it as got-bored-didn-t-finish
Seems like a poor imitation of Johanna Lindsey's Warrior Woman, except more offensive. Even the name of the heroine and the crystals on the "barbarian" world are similar. I remember enjoying Ms. Lindsey's book. I couldn't stomach this one.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

An interesting story, the heroine is great but the hero made me mad up to 64% or after the heroine save his ass!
While I understand his background, his attitude made him looks like an idiot, good things he was changing later on and I couldn't stop once I start read it.

Night Goddess
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Challenge by Susan Kearney is a great start to a new sexy series!!! Very imaginative and funny with sensuality all rolled up in one makes a great read to pass the time........
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, romance-sf
This is definitely a romance novel rather than a science-fiction novel, and I had to check the publication date to make sure it wasn't, like, 1970. Nope. It has the gender politics of The Flame and the Flower and very graphic sex scenes, and the writing is frequently pretty clunky. The science fiction part is pretty... you know... pollution is bad, thousands of aliens, and a really talkative ship's computer that sounds like a sex-obsessed twelve-year-old girl. The author's note indicated that th ...more
This book went on where others stop. It was a thrilling and exciting story with a wonderful mix of characters and challenges. And even though no revelation was a real surprise for me it was still interesting and fun to read. Wonderful!
Kathie (katmom)
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Rita C
Feb 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is disgusting. Everything that happens to this woman is a complete turn off. I just kept getting angrier as she was emotionally and sexually abused. What the fuck? Gave up after 200 pages of everything just getting worse and worse. This author is going on my Do Not Read list.
Niki Flowers
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kat Wong
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Verrry different from what I usually read or look for in sci-fi or romance. I picked it up because I figured I should try different genres and styles, plus it was free for the day. The writing style is a bit too simplistic for my taste. The story had its moments but was too rushed during the climax and the end, even a little anti-climactic even, and there were a few story continuity issues I noticed. Minor, but still there... The world building is simple but has the potential to be greater and i ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
In terms of values and lifestyle, Tessa and Kahn were as opposite as night and day. Kahn had the caveman and stick in the mud attitude down to an art. Once he understood Tessa's motivations and learned to adapt to the chaos she brought to his life is when his personality emerged-thankfully it wasn't totally barbaric!
Tessa was definitely an independent female. She could fight with the best, strategize and did very well thinking for herself. She was stubborn and bratty about her limited options
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Hendrix Eva
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
A guilty pleasure.

For me, this started out rough and not in a good way. My nook edition had too many typos and the use of expressions like "alpha male" and "savage" elicited strong dislike. However, Tessa's escape and friendship with Dora started to erode that dislike ever so slightly. As I read on, signs of matriarchy and women's entrepreneurship truly won me over.

The premise that women are triggered to develop psychic abilities through sexual frustration is insane, especially when compared to
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love It!

A warrior from the 20th century. An alien leader of a dying race. They meet three hunded years into Earth's future.
Tessa, a Secret Service Agent is trying to save the President when she sacrifices herself.
Khan leads the Rystani, or what's left of them after they've practically annihalated themselves and their planet.
Both are on a mission to save their worlds and their people.
I read this a while ago, and couldn't help but purchase again in e-form. It held me then and captured me agai
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

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
Mary Runnion
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 train her into a whole new way of thinking into a ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of this World

This book certainly kept me on my toes very different from anything I ever read with regards to Inter Species relationships. The author has definitely made me stretch my imagination. I rooted for Tessa, a no nonsense kick-butt gal who goes from being in Earth to suddenly waking up in a new world hundreds of years into the future.
I gave it a 3 stars because I wasn't crazy about the fact that in certain parts of the book her choice was taken away. That just bothered me. Also, as
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Janet L. Hage
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mix Robert Heilien with any Amazon tale

Secret Service detail to guard the president is a dream job but when you take a bullet and wake up 300 years latter naked in the arms of a sexy alien. Twists and turns with lots of steamy sex and fantastic martial arts action. Fantastic characterization and well-written story line. Mature readers only due to sexual content and violence.
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Susan Kearney used to set herself on fire four times a day, now a USA TODAY—BESTSELLING author, she does something really hot—she writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense for Tor. She can apply the old rule of "write what you know" and never run out of ideas for characters and plots. An All-American and professional diver, expert in martial arts, sailor, real estate broker and owner of a ba ...more
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