Review: The Challenge (Rystani #1) by Susan Kearney

June 21, 2013 Review 0

Review: The Challenge (Rystani #1) by Susan Kearney

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.

Title: The Challenge
Author: Susan Kearney
Series: Rystani
Published by Bell Bridge Books
Source: Publisher
Published: May 24, 2013
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
Pages: 272
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Stars: two-stars
Flames: three-flames

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. I could have handled the suit and the things it did to Tessa had this been an erotic romance, but this is not an erotic romance. The Challenge itself was lost at some point in this tale and then picked up again as an afterthought the give a final wrap up to Kahn and Tessa’s tale.

I will not be moving on in this series. While there are many interesting aspects that would move me along in a series the heroine for the next is a definite deal breaker.

Susan Kearney


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