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Warrior's Woman

(Ly-San-Ter Family #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  8,369 ratings  ·  368 reviews
In the year 2139, fearless Tedra De Arr sets out to rescue her beleaguered planet Kystran from the savage rule of the evil Crad Ce Moerr.

Experienced in combat but not in love, the beautiful, untouched Amazon flies with Martha, her wise-cracking, free-thinking computer, to a world where warriors reign supreme - and into the arms of the one man she can never hope to vanqui
Paperback, Large Print, 448 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Avon (first published 1990)
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Nalini Singh
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love
I was chatting to some fellow long-time romance readers last night and this book came up and we all made that "OMGitwassoawesome" noise. If you haven't read it, you must! It's sf romance written back when there was hardly any sf romance. But if you read it, go into it with it knowing you're going to get a barbarian alien hero who drags the heroine off to his lair.

It's fun, has a great world, and the romance gets me every time. I saw Meljean Brook's review in which she said it's a guilty pleasur
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** 3.60 ***

A buddy read with the ladies at Abtastic Ab Loving Geishas who research books with abs on the cover for science!!!

We wanted barbarians in space, we got them!!! And look at this cover drawn by the artist Elaine Duillo - how can we pass on a book with Fabiolicious on it???

I decided to do some research and read the reviews of my fellow readers on GR. Wow! Not very flattering, many complaining of this and other books of its ilk singlehandedly reversing every centimeter gained by any of
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I have mixed feelings about this book. I was impressed that Johanna Lindsey wrote this futuristic, science fiction romance when she was a historical romance author, but at the same time, I felt that the hero Challen was very much a caveman, moreso than her heroes in even her most bodice-rippery romances.

I loved Tedra. She was pretty awesome: independent, upbeat, fashionable, intelligent. I found it hard to believe she would be happy being the 'little woman' for Old School Macho Guy Challen. I k
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
What a strange book this was.

Don't get me wrong, I found it quite enjoyable? I think?

But I feel like it suffered from not knowing quite what it wanted to be.

It started off as a call to arms, with Tedra fighting to free the females of her planet from slavery. But the way she went about getting their freedom seemed... ludicrous. Submitting to and obeying a warrior on a planet in another galaxy? Who willfully and knowingly uses her lack of knowledge about his customs to his advantage? Makes total
First of all, let us appreciate the glory that is the (original) cover.

Look at it. Just stunning. The hair floating unnaturally in the background is an added bonus.

I'm kind of torn on this one. In a way, I really liked it, but then there was a lot of in-between stuff that was kind of boring. Oh, let me just say that some people will not like this. It takes place on a barbarian world where women do not have equal rights and are submissive and expected to obey the men (warriors) and they have slav
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-romance, pnr
Rating was almost a 4.
This was a spur of the moment read from raiding the MacHalo's dungeon yesterday. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this barbarian prose in all its glory! Tedra was a super fun, smart-mouthed, take-no-shit female and Challen was the ultimate "I am a barbarian hear me roar" do what I say kinda warrior! But I think my favorite character was Martha, Tedra's all knowing computer best friend who would stop at nothing to get Tedra laid! HaHa! The plot was minimal, and any adversa
Scott Rhee
I suppose if it didn’t have such a creepy, rapey vibe---not to mention the actual rape scenes---Johanna Lindsey’s 1990 novel “Warrior’s Woman” might actually be decent. But, no, now that I think about it, no, it would still suck.

The one good thing about this book is the Avon paperback book cover. It’s a gorgeously painted Boris Vallejo-style romance cover with a shirtless muscular man with flowing blonde locks (clearly modeled after Fabio) holding a voluptuous brunette in a skimpy purple dress t
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
I would like to introduce you all to my very first romance novel...imagine if you will, a naive 10 year old girl...
Heading into a new section at the library, likely on a dare, but no bother I would hand this novel (a la over the top cover) to my kind librarian and check this puppy out. THEN imagine that I re-checked this out about 5 times...
This my friends, started my romance addiction and I haven't looked back since.

RE-reading this now, at a slightly older and much less naive age, this was funn
Commence rolling those eyes!


Gonna get me some of that misogynistic barbarian man!

Read for the URR 2017 challenge Bodice Ripper category - which I will probably leave out next year! (I totes own it)

Setting / Time / Genre: Future, off planet, somewhere out there....

Series: Apparently.

Sexy times: This is the 80s or 90s or whatever. Tame. Even though the two of them were schtupping left and right.

Plan on reading more by the author: Unknown

Synopsis SEC level 1, rare for a woman in case you were
Aly is so frigging bored
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, aliens
Thia is the precursor to alien erotic romance :))
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was first published in 1990 and I read it several years later, when I was in high school. I’ve been recently re-reading old books on my Nook and this one popped into my head.

Warrior’s Woman is pure, fantasy silliness and it’s almost embarrassing that I like it. Then again, my favorite movie of all time is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and I feel the same way about it, so I’ll describe it the same way: it’s like loving a big, dumb jock.

All right, here’s the plotline: Tedra De Arr is a
Jul 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
I saw this listed on some list of romances, and remembered that I read this back when I was a teenager, I think. This was one of the stupidest romances I've read. Start with a supposedly self-sufficient and capable woman who learns that what she really wants is a primitive warrior who will abuse her to keep her safe. (He punishes her for getting in danger by arousing her and not letting her come.) Then add in a stupid artificial intelligence who keeps telling the woman that this is what she need ...more
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Half the time i did not understand what was going on. I was thrust into a new world . When it comes to space travels and intergalactic missions, i don't really care for it so i struggle to say i enjoyed it. Johanna Lindsey's writing is excellent as usual but this book was not for me. Still good enough to wile away time.
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Enjoyable, pleasant story about a space traveling futuristic woman falling in love with a sword wielding barbarian.

Tedra is a top level government security police person on the planet Kystran. People have sex sharing for pleasure not to procreate. The government creates humans by taking cells from the most desirable subjects, grows them in test tubes, and then raises the children in group centers and schools. There are no parents, families, etc. Machines create all food. Th
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Just as enjoyable this time around. Fantasy romance that isn't dark, just a fun sexy story with good world building and a bit of humor.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was awful, and it made my feminist self feel awful for her being a total dumbass and him being a giant misogynist. It huuuurt. Half star?
Lakshmi C
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, trash-bin
Lost me at: 65%

I don't know if the author wanted to be ironical. Sure as hell she should have stuck with the bodice-rippers. At least in a so called historical setting some things do have a (warped) sense.

Why writing about a warrior woman, a woman in the secret service, good enough to defend presidents and the like and then, a few chapters later, transform her in to a useless, weak, dumb "prisoner". If strength was all that jazz, martial arts wouldn't exist. She is supposed to be expert in them
Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)
Meh, I didn't hate it but it wasn't that great either. Its like a Conan the Barbarian meets Barbarella but not nearly as fun as those movies.

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The constant use of the word "woman" and "kiddo" is extremely irritating, demeaning, degrading and humiliating. There are moments where Tedra is strong and fearless but most of the time she seemed just fine with her forced submission.


Challen is oppressive, obnoxious and chauvinist. Plus all Challen and Tedra did was fi
This book is basically a "How to justify rape culture and Toxic Masculinity." Feminists, do not attempt this book.

Challen is a humanoid "Giant" (7ft and all muscles, muscles that are rocks apparently) from a primitive world. And because it's a trope romance, he is, of course, the equivalent of the king of his people and also the strongest most bad ass in town. Tedra is a Sec 1 security officer (the highest level of "soldier" from her planet) whose planet was just overrun with people that origin
Tedra is a tough combat lady, and when her planet is invaded by unstoppable Conans, she flies to the Conan origin planet to get her own Conans to stop the invader Conans. This is never a good plan – it’s like when you have a bug or something that eats sugar cane and you introduce a cane toad to kill it, and then the cane toad has no natural predators and suddenly your country is just completely overrun by these things. They are ugly and noisy and they eat everything, and sure, sometimes people g ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
I have completely backpedaled when it comes to these covers. Get it, girl.

Do I still think they rob the story of its dignity? Yep. Do I think they perpetuate unfair gender stereotypes while discouraging greater legitimacy in the genre? Oh yeah. Sure. I just don't give a good goddamn. I adore what I see, and I think the artists that create(d) them deserve a bit 'o credit. It's hard to contain that much glory in one picture, but someone they manage(d).

(I'm not being ironic, btw.)

That said, this i
Sheila Melo
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: npr, space
Guilty Pleasure Sorta Sci-Fi Romance

"She was waiting for the man she wouldn't walk all over to come along. She'd been waiting a long time."

FINAL DECISION: Over the top and literally out of this world, WARRIOR'S WOMAN was before its time with a woman who is willing to have sex and enjoy it without worrying about love, but ends up falling for the hero anyways. Guilty pleasure read.

THE STORY: Tedra De Arr is strong and has not found a man to have sex with because she can beat most of the men of her
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Johanna Lindsey is at her best in this rollicking, rough-and-tumble romance with a sci-fi twist.

Picture a fiercely independent uber-feminist, forced to flee her home, taking refuge in an apparently-friendly port -- only to discover that her "safe haven" is a place where men rule and women obey, and where she is quickly captured by the first man she has ever encountered who cannot be overpowered by her.

Tedra has never met the man she cannot beat in a fair fight... until now. And when she challeng
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

This took WAY too much time to read! It felt like the book went on for forever. This was not the best place to start reading a much-loved author, that's for sure. I liked the characters of Tedra and Challen well enough. Challen was super arrogant and domineering, but he had a sweet and caring side that I liked. Tedra was thankfully a strong woman with a mind of her own, because if she wasn't, the romance between her and Challen wouldn't have worked. And it very nearly didn't work for
Megan Moon
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's been a really long time since I read a true romance. The "I'm not kidding around, it's basically porn" kind of romance. I don't mean that in a graphic way but, in the way all the characters are written like they have some kind of hormone imbalance. Ridiculously jealous, full of insecurities that seem to range from one extreme to the other, and all of them drama junkies and crazy nympho-maniacs. Plus endless moral compromises and personal violations that in reality would NOT leave you feelin ...more
May 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: futuristic romance readers
Shelves: fiction, romance
One of the first romance novels I ever read. It was pretty fun, but also pretty third-rate. It had the trashy feel of one of those late-night, made-for-tv sci-fi movies you see (or used to see) on HBO and USA. Those movies are fun sometimes though, and this was too. Basically you've got your strong, over-achiever heroine who's dissatisfied with the men of her race because she wants someone capable of dominating her. After a political coup leaves her in danger with nowhere to go, she ends up seek ...more
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-lighter-side
My mother gave me this book when I was really down one day, and it brought a much needed smile to my face. This book will have you laughing out loud. The main character is a head strong woman who encounters a man she can not wrap her head around. Very entertaining.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, a2z2016
What the hell did I just read?
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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becom

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