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Sometimes it takes losing the one thing closest to a warrior's heart to wake the beast that lives inside him....

Saber, a wounded Trivator, believes he is no longer a fit warrior, much less strong enough to claim a mate. Scarred, he does everything in his power to push away the delicate human female he has fallen in love with. He knows that she deserves a warrior who can protect her, not one that will need her constant help.

Taylor Sampson may be human, but that doesn't make her weak. She and her two older sisters survived living on Earth for four years after their world went crazy. She is all grown up now and has her eye on the one stubborn Trivator that captured her heart seven years before.

Taylor has one last requirement in order to complete her schooling. Once she finishes, she plans to show Saber that he is the man she wants, but when the planet she is on erupts into a civil war, she is trapped behind enemy lines. When Saber discovers that Taylor has been left behind, the warrior inside him refuses to think of her as collateral damage in a savage battle for power.

Journey to a lawless, alien world and discover what happens when the beast awakens inside a damaged Trivator warrior when the woman he loves is threatened.

©2015 S.E. Smith (P)2016 S.E. Smith

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Taylor Challenges Saber In Every Way!

If you are familiar with this series, then you've probably come to like Taylor, she's a fighter with a bubbly personality. From the beginning, she has naturally gravitated towards Saber, even while under Hunter's protection. Saber knows in his heart, once she is of age, he will claim Taylor as his Amate. Until then, there's a lot of banter between them, which is fun to watch.

May contain some spoilers:
In book one, Saber is hurt with a debilitating injury which makes him feel less of a warrior, and unfit to claim Taylor, and he pushes her away. However, with Taylor's determination and personality, she is not willing to let him feel sorry for himself or give up. She's even chosen a career in the field that will people with these types of injuries. She applies what she learned to help and push him, even when he does not have the strength to push himself.

After years of Saber trying to push her away, she finally giving him an ultimatum, to search his heart and soul to figure out if he wants to claim her. To ensure he has time to think about them, and for her to get hands on experience she needs for her career, she leaves on a peace mission to a planet that has recently been brought in the Alliance. During this mission things go terribly wrong, and Taylor gets caught in the crossfires. Saber's made up his mind; however, once he learns she's in a life or death situation, he will have join the other warriors, and become the man Taylor needs in order to help save her.

This story is one of these best in the series so far, and has been developing since book one. I've became emotionally invested in both Saber and Taylor. Well worth my time, and I recommend this series, sale or credit!

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  • Soriea
  • Benton Harbor, MI USA
  • 02-05-16

Very Heart Warming and Emotional.

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Taylor is all grown up! I have always loved the antics of Taylor and Saber. It started out rather innocent as Taylor was under age but Saber had always known Taylor would one day be his.

If you are new to this series, start from the first book, Hunter's Claim. That faithful day, three warrior's met three sisters and their future wives. These are not your typical woman in need of saving. Although these are capable warriors, these women are cunning, thinkers and they have brains. What they lack in brute muscle and warrior fighting skills they more than make up with brains that not only compliment these warriors, its often saved them.

This book is no different. Over the series we've seen Taylor remain Taylor but also grow up. Saber has a crippling injury that makes him doubt his having a future with Taylor. He doesn't want her to have to take care of him for the rest of his life. She deserves someone whole, someone that can protect and take care of her.

Taylor has other ideas. Instead of leaving him, giving up on him, she devotes her studies to helping people like him and Hunter, her Guardian and her oldest sisters husband, with his back injury. Saber has been fighting Taylor and wallowing in self pity for 5 years. Something happens and he tells her he doesn't love her. Taylor tells him she is leaving for 3 months, if he still didn't want her she wouldn't see him again because as she told him, she is not chasing him. You go Taylor!

In that three months Saber starts to get himself together and this because possibly because of the break throughs Taylor made in her studies. Then Taylor gets caught behind enemy lines, and the friends, Hunter, Dagger, Saber, Trig, and Razor team up to go bring her home.

This story is my favorite. I loved the others, but this one the love they all feel for Taylor and her sisters really come through. Its Deep, its emotional and these warriors made it personal. Screw council, they were getting her out of there.

This one is a real winner and more then worth a credit.

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Another great book,<br />

Love the the book ,can't wait to get the next chapter in the series. My one compliant is men reading woman's part
in the story. I think it sounds terrible, when a man or a woman tries to read the part of the opposite sex.

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Saber is one great warrior.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. You feel for the people. The love, the pain and the strength. Heart warming to say the least.

What other book might you compare Challenging Saber to and why?

Hunter's, Dagger's and Razor's stories. Each story different but each containing sadness, love, happiness and the rocky road to a great ending.

Which character – as performed by David Brenin – was your favorite?

Saber I think. Although I would any character that David performs. David is a great narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Challenging the Warrior. That sounds corny.

Any additional comments?

Please start with Hunter's story first and read the books in the order SE Smith wrote them. I think you will enjoy them that way. Good job SE!

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Taylor and Saber

Saber didn't have a chance. Taylor challenged him all the way. this was another great instulment in the Alliance series. I recommend this book and series if you haven't found it already

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Most of their chemistry you have feel . . .

David and SE Smith make the perfect team. Sci-fi romance makes it feel so real. David's voice brings to life the characters and transport you to another world. The visual effects of his voice helps with the consumption of each new addition added to the series.

Yes, before you go further. You will get some recap of what happened the first time we meet Razor, Taylor and all the rest. We see it this time from Razor and Taylor's point of view. This gives you an extra layer of what they were feeling and experiencing at that time. This also helped when it came to their romance and how it grew over the seven years before they were able to act on their feelings.

I loved seeing some other characters from other books from SE Smith and her sci-fi worlds of amazing characters, events, joinings, and more.

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It was okay

I thought this one would be better than the last but it was okay. I still enjoyed listening to it though. Each story builds the plot up and beings new characters into play. Although, I like the narrator I would like to hear a woman voice when a woman speaks, I think i would connect with them better. Overall, it's a good read and I will continue to series as there is still much to learn about the war that is looming over all of them.

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by: JAMN. 4/15/18<br /><br /><br />"Not To Be Missed"

Please, let this not be the end!!! If you have not read S. E. Smith and you enjoy space adventure, then you definitely need to try this series. If I could give this a 10+ I would not only for author but for the narrator, David Brenin as well.

This book has it all...laughter, love and sex. It's a story about family, war, loss, space and finding love, but most of all laughter and Not wanting the story to end. I guess I'll just have to read them all again...Oh I forgot to say this is not a stand alone story....to understand it all you need to start with the first "HUNTER'S CLAIM, THE ALLIANCE Book One".

Don't Miss This One....definitely worth the time and price.

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Good Stuff

Love this series. Plenty of plot and romance so it’s a great listen. Only thing that threw me off is the abrupt end of the book, felt like I ran into a brick wall.

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Grrr

S. E.. Smith and David Brenin are perfect together, her words, his performance. And that voice... I will be looking for all David's narrations.

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  • Kindle Customer Cecilia Mary O'Shea
  • 04-02-18

Challenging Saber

When you can read the story and listen at the same time, it add's an extra little bit to the excitement of the story, adding other characters from other story lines makes it that much better and this is the best one yet, keep them coming please.

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  • kanundra
  • 09-19-16

More than interesting

I found that the beginning half of this was a really great addition to the world created around the Samson sisters and the Trivator warriors, but I was a bit disappointed with how it worked out towards the ending, it was almost as if it started to become another totally different story and I personally would have preferred it to have a slightly different or more rounded ending.

I can however, only presume that this is because there are other stories in this world which the author has written or is in the process of developing. The fact that the Red Crystal ship is brought up and the future/past of earth by Dagger was neat, and it tied in a lot of things, but I'm just puzzled how it does all fit in... and I do really want to find out.

It seems that there's a lot more going to happen in the world of the Samsons, and I am going to dig around amazon to find out more.

David's voice in this series is a pleasure to listen to, his range of voices, and hidden context when needed is one of the best I've heard. I'm more than happy to follow him around the world of any audio book now. :)

Thank you so much for the entertaining series, and I hope there's many more for me to listen to from both author and narrator.

Dawn

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  • Simon
  • 05-07-16

Excellent work S E Smith :-)

I loved this book, the story gets better and better with each new book in this series and David Brenin has such a wonderful range of voices :-)

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  • menchu
  • 02-02-16

Great series

I love Saber and Taylor, so fantastic!! Definitely recommend!! All this book in the series are awesome.

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  • IMEE B
  • 07-12-17

*****five star*****

I liked Taylor and Saber's because it deals in realistic situations (not being aliens etc.) but people suffers from severe injuries that not only affects their quality of life but so their loved ones. It reminds me of our brave military men and women who got injured on duty or worst. It takes a whole community to helps heals an injured returned soldiers and it take a special woman like Taylor to support a broken man. Devid As always you are amazing, i do have a huge crush on your voice (sighs) :P thanks.