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Heart of a Warrior

3 out of 5 stars 232 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Ly-San-Ter Series

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Setting: Seaview, USA, present day

Sensuality rating: 8

They say men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but according to perennial New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey, men, especially huge hunks like Dalden Ly-San-Ter, are from the planet Sha-Ka'an, and women, especially strong-minded, statuesque beauties like carpenter Brittany Callaghan, are from right here on Earth! Lindsey's latest offering is out of this world--literally. Brittany meets the first man she's ever had to look up to when she sees Dalden at a political rally... like she could avoid noticing a 7-foot tall Hercules clad in form-fitting leather pants. When he disappears without a trace, Brittany is unaccountably put out. But when Dalden just as mysteriously reappears in her apartment the next day, her already piqued interest--and libido--goes into overdrive. Brittany thinks Dalden is just visiting from another country, never guessing that his home is actually in a whole different solar system. Dalden is hunting an unscrupulous enemy who has stolen a shipment of mind-altering weapons, a situation with potentially cataclysmic results. But the virginal Brittany is a distraction Dalden didn't count on. Add a smart-mouthed computer, the burgeoning passion between the oh-so-different protagonists, and Heart of a Warrior offers a wild romp that only Lindsey could write. Fasten your seat belts and relish the ride! --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lindsey revisits alien worlds in her latest (after Warrior's Woman; You Belong to Me; etc.), and the result seems cobbled from Star Trek and bad sitcoms. Six-foot-tall construction worker Brittany Callaghan has had trouble finding a man who doesn't mind her height; nearly 30 and still a virgin, she's used to taking care of herself in the small town of Seaview, Calif. At the local mall, she meets Dalden Ly-San-Ter, a seven-foot barbarian alien stud who tells her he's pursuing a troublemaker from his "country" and asks for her help. Of course, the two are wildly attracted to each other, and Dalden's hokey, wisecracking supercomputer, Martha, has to remind him the mission comes first: his quarry is an alien king who's looking for subjects and planning to use a stolen device called an Altering Rod to take over Earth. The two giants quickly fall in love and succeed in capturing the errant king. Dalden declares his intention to make Brittany his "lifemate," and he and Martha reveal the truth about his origins when they take Brittany aboard their ship. Her stubborn disbelief which she clings to even as they arrive on Dalden's planet, Sha-Ka'an tests the patience of her warrior beau and any readers who should get that far. It takes a near-fatal incident to finally make her accept the truth, and she inadvertently introduces a peculiar version of feminism to her new, barbarian-run home. Despite the derivative plot and excruciating dialogue the aliens say things like "I love you to pieces" and "hold on to your socks" it's doubtful that Lindsey's legions of fans will mind the book's shortcomings in the least. Everyone else will be more entertained by Earth Girls Are Easy.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061260525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061260520
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)

More About the Author

johanna Lindsey is one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of "first-rate romance" (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-three previous bestselling novels, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.

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Format: Hardcover
I had extremely high hopes when I heard that Dalden was getting his own story. Warrior's Woman and Keeper of the Heart are two of my favorite books by Johanna Lindsey. Though this book was good, I felt a bit disappointed. After experiencing the explosive passion of Tedra and Challen and Shanelle and Falon, these characters didn't strike the same spark..also I would highly recommend that anyone reading this book, read the first two beforehand, else some major confusion may set in.
Dalden heads to modern day earth in search of Jorran (a character from Keeper of the Heart) who has stolen mind altering rods from Sunder (also from Keeper of the Heart) in hopes that he can take over the planet. Brittany, a statuesque, construction working red head, first encounters Dalden at the local mall as he is attempting to speak with the mayor about Jorran's plan. His expression indicating that he is highly uncomfortable in the confined area, Brittany whisks him aside. Equally smitten, Dalden and Brittany converse with the help of his mother's Mock II computer, Martha (first introduced in (Warrior's Woman). Deciding that Brittany can be useful in the endeavor to capture Jorran, Dalden hires her to help him spot outsiders in her small town, while keeping his exact origins secert.
Jorran and his cronies are caught with little effort or time, and I am left wondering what I actually read that took up the first 200 pages. After the capture of Jorran, Martha transfers Brittany to the ship (as Dalden has claimed her for his lifemate earlier on). The next several chapters are of everyone, mainly Martha, doing their best to convince Brittany that the ship is real, Dalden is really from another planet, and everything isn't some elaborate hoax.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are a major Johanna Lindsey fan and have read Warrior's Woman & Keeper of the Heart, there is nothing I can say that will keep you from going out and spending your money & time on this book. I know, been there, done that!
The fact that the other reviews mostly agree that this book disappoints but then gives it three stars are more, will have you wondering if it just is not as good as the other two, but still a good read.
If this had not been a Johanna Lindsey book, this is one book most would have given no stars if possible. Save your money, save your time!
The begaining and ending of this book is it's only saving grace; however a Harlequin Romance could have done it better. Out of 368 pages, more than a 150 of them need to be rewritten. I found my self skipping pages just to get though it, and never did it occure to me to go back and pick some of thoes pages back up. I didn't miss a thing.
There are so many places she could have gone with this book but didn't, I just feel let down after years of waiting for Dalden's story. If you realy want to know how far she's come down read Warrior's Woman (5 stars) and Keeper of the Heart (4 stars) and cry for the waste she made out of this one.
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Format: Hardcover
Having waited years for the third installment in Lindsey's futuristic series, I was disappointed with this novel from start to finish. The successor to "Warrior's Woman" and "Keeper of the Heart" does not live up to the expectations of its predecessors.
To put a fine point on it, when a sci-fi fan opens up the third installment of an eagerly anticipated futuristic series, they expect it to actually take place in another time or dimension, they do not expect that the first 198 pages (of a 368 page novel) will happen on earth!
Another mark against the novel is the heroine herself. Brittany is, in a word, annoying. When the reader is finally transported from earth after 198 pages, their diligence for sticking with the book is then punished by a heroine who refuses to believe that she's on a spaceship (and then the planet Sha-Ka'an) for the next 150 pages. Instead, Brittany believes that everything around her is a great conspiracy and that her captors are merely trying to mess with her mind. And this for literally 150 pages!
As if that isn't bad enough, the freethinking computer Martha has more lines than either of the protagonists do. Martha does have her good moments and there are places in the novel where she is truly funny, but overall she is given far too much to say with Dalden being allocated not nearly enough.
The reason why Martha has too much to say in the first place brings me to yet another gripe with Heart of a Warrior, namely that in this installment Lindsey suffers from what I call "explanation-itis", or the need to over-explain things.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
... Brittany is supposedly an adult, strong, self-sufficient woman. But she acts like a total imbecile. Dalden �beams� out of nowhere into her living room and she barely bats an eye. Half a second later, Dalden offers her a job. Brittany has no clue what this job is all about or even if it�s for real, but she immediately agrees to quit her jobs where she is slaving away night and day to earn enough money to build a house � her lifelong dream - to go off with this guy and do who-knows-what. She doesn�t know squat about him or how much he�ll even being paying her, for pity�s sake. He is totally vague about what he�s hiring her for and even says he has no money. He offers to pay her with his gold medallion, which Brittany, being the smart cookie that she is, thinks is fake. She says he can pay her later. But she�ll only accept a fair wage. She refuses to take advantage of his generosity. Puhleeze. Later he tells her some lame story about not having a place to stay, so she invites him to stay in her apartment. Glad I�m not her roommate! He is a complete stranger. And she is a complete moron. He could be a murderer, a stalker, diseased, or just plain crazy. But she doesn�t think about any of that stuff. After 28 years of sexual frustration, she just wants his bod. Little things like who the hell he is and what he�s doing there matter not at all.
The thing that bugs me most is the way Lindsey goes on an on about what a modern, strong, independent woman Brittany is. Even Martha gives Dalden a lecture about how difficult it will be for Brittany to accept his way of life because she�s so �liberated.� Funny � except for the fact that she doesn�t believe in the whole spaceship thing, she has turned into the perfect little subservient Betty Crocker of a lifemate.
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