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The Challenge: 1 (Rystani Warrior) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Kearney
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


Susan Kearney is the queen of futuristic romance--Sandra Hill New York Times best selling author

From the Author

THE CHALLENGE is the first book in the Rystani Warrior series. This is a full-length, 100,000+ word/377+ page novel. (The current number of pages listed are for a large Trade Size book)

This book is a Futuristic Romance, a Space Opera with Paranormal Elements.

This is the first book I ever wrote and my 23rd published.THE CHALLENGE is one of my all-time favorite stories. It's by far out sold my other books and I'm excited Belle Books has made it available in e-book.  But it's not for everyone.  Yes, it's controversial. Most romance readers love it--but a few are offended by it.  So I'm issuing a warning in big bold letters. :)

  • Hot sex is in this book
  • The sex is not politically correct in this book.

, THE ULTIMATUM and THE QUEST books 2,3, and 4 in the Rystani series are available now.

Susan Kearney

Product Details

  • File Size: 739 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611942853
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (May 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2CM380
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The CHALLENGE ROCKS May 23, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Seriously, I loved this book. But if you expect a man from another planet to have politically correct sex like a twenty first centry liberated man from Earth then this book is NOT for you. Sheesh. Kahn is from another planet. His backgound and culture and lifestyle is very different. That is the point of futuristics--to imagine other times, and places and societies. And Kearney does a marvelous job with motivating her characters.

Are these people perfect? No. Do they always act the we people from Earth think they should act? Of course not. Tha's the fun of the book. Breathe people. Reading the Challenge was a guilty pleasure. I like to watch westerns, however I wouldn't want to cross the desert in a covered wagon. I like to read about discovering treasure in jungles, bu I don't want to go there. And yes, I enjoy reading about men that I wouldn't want to date. never mind marry. Obviously other people do too because I seriously doubt many of us would really want to be with a real vampire.

The Challenge is a fabulous adventure story. Kahn's family seemed "different" but real. I's so glad I read this book.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sexy SF February 12, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't put the book down. The sex sizzled. I loved watching the tough, sexy hero fall in love with Tessa. The science fiction worlds were interesting and well thought out; the twists and turns in the plot kept me up all night. I especially liked that Tessa was strong and feminine and how she used her brains to tame a man she loved. Tessa didn't hold back. And neither did Kahn, the hero. I was sorry to see the book end and can't wait for THE DARE. If you like wild and edgy, this book is for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sci-fi love story! February 28, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Interesting premise, (hard to come up with new things for a Sci-Fi) well written with good plotting but not a "thinly disguised rape book". Yes this book borders on the erotica, but Tessa is willing all the way. But this book is not about sex, but about love. The love story develops as the story progresses (as it should). I had a hard time putting this one down.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! March 9, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Secret Service agent Tessa Camen has studied a variety of martial arts during her life. To protect the president she uses her own body as a shield and took the assassin's bullet.

Tessa woke up nude, in the arms of a handsome man named Kahn. He tells her that she has been brought forward through time over three hundred years. Earth is so polluted that it is brown instead of blue. Earth plans to join the Galactic Federation who will help the planet clean itself. However, to join the Federation, Earth must choose one person to complete "the Challenge". If the chosen one wins, Earth wins. If the chosen one loses, Earth may not join or receive help. Tessa IS the Chosen One. Of course, Tessa believes none of it. But Kahn can prove it all.

Kahn is from the planet Rystan. To seal Rystan as a full member of the Federation he must train Tessa to use the psi-abilities. He has only a few weeks in which to do it. At the same time, his nemesis, an Endekian named Jypeg, is out to kill them both.

***** I have not read a book this great in a long time! The author created a brave hero and heroine, both warriors with talent, skill, and honor, added in a sentient computer that any "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" fan will envy, and pit them against overwhelming odds. The outcome is an action packed space adventure that readers will not EVER forget! I can hardly wait for Susan Kearney's next release to come out. ("The Dare" is due for release June 2005.) In a single word, "WOW!" *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Characters May 24, 2013
By craig
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Tessa is abducted by an alien and forced to take The Challenge, I felt sorry for her. Especially when she has to put up with Kahn. But Tessa has a way of making the world see things her way. Her strength is how she adapts and manipulates the Rystani men. The book was a great way to start off the series and I will read all 4 of the Rystani books. This series is destined to garner Ms. Kearney new fans.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Challenge June 9, 2013
By Vanessa
Format:Kindle Edition
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 Earth candidate for the Challenge. A badass secret service agent who is picked to go forward into the future to for all intents and purposes save the rapidly decaying Earth oh this sounds awesome. Keep reading to see where it went way wrong for me.

Kahn is the Rystani who is selected to prepare Tessa for the Challenge. He is also participating in his home planet's second portion of their Challenge. This all still seems like a fascinating concept to me. Kahn is a bit disappointed by the fact that he must prepare a female for this, especially one who did not volunteer for the Challenge. He is a sexy alpha male, large and in charge. He is also a complete neanderthal in his attitudes towards women. I tried to cut him some slack on this. It is the norm for his people. He just made it too difficult to like him as a romantic hero

The concept of the suit and all it could do had many fascinating possibilities. The fact that the suit is used to provoke Tessa into using her unknown psi abilities in the manner that it was for the length of time that it was ruined this book for me. It was hard to wrap my mind around a futuristic world that is this technologically advanced to use sexual frustration as a means to the end that this tale was headed to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I would love to buy a planet
I would love to buy a planet! That is not a spoiler just a fact. I definitely wanted it to continue, the story was something you could sink your imagination into. Read more
Published 1 month ago by edna craig
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 in the series
#1 in the OTHERWORLDLY MEN series. I enjoyed this one. I'll be re-reading this one for sure.
Published 4 months ago by Jan - Ohio
3.0 out of 5 stars I do like fiction about other worlds and times
I do like fiction about other worlds and times. this was ok but will never be one be one of my favorites.
Published 5 months ago by barbara odonnell
4.0 out of 5 stars very very good
Sci-fi, alpha males and hot sex...he'll yes, it's in there. An excellent plot that had you on the edge of your seat at the end. Oh, I want one of those suits too!
Published 5 months ago by kathy harrington
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I'm interested in
When I downloaded this e-book, I didn't know it was erotic. I read a while until I saw it wasn't going anywhere. Not my thing.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
Wow what a story, plenty of action, sex and romance. You will fall in love with Dora the computer and adore Tessa and Kahn. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mauaqui
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a 5
If I could have done 4.5, that would have been the rating. The story was interesting and well written, but there was almost too much descriptive sex, and I found myself jumping... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karen H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Challenge
I think I preferred the blurb to the whole book, which is unfortunate because there was a whole lot of potential, and too many tangents taking this book off-target. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tina
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........
Published 5 months ago by LadyVamp
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
The culture was intriguing in this book. It is a new way to look at a romance novel. I am a science fiction junkie and I wanted a bit of a mental vacation, with a love story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by paranoxx
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More About the Author

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 romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She's written for Belle Books, Harlequin, Grand Central Publishing, Berkley and Simon and Schuster. 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 barter business as well as women's fitness and three hair salons, she has enough material for a lifetime. Kearney is currently re-releasing KISS ME DEADLY and DANCING WITH FIRE as well as her sexy futuristic RYSTANI WARRIOR series in e-book formats. All her stories include sexy heroines and the smart men who love them.

Kearney, a native of New Jersey, writes full time. She resides in a suburb of Tampa with her husband and Boston Terrier. Currently she's plotting her way through her 54th work of fiction. You can reach her through this web site

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