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Publisher's Summary

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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  • IMEE B
  • Queensland Australia
  • 12-07-2017

*****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.

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  • Cheri
  • 30-05-2016

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
  • 05-02-2016

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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  • Kindle Customer Dee
  • 04-11-2016

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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  • Sharon Demond
  • 31-01-2016

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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  • Sandie
  • 09-08-2018

Never disappoints

Another great read. I am never disappointed with this series. I love the struggle and faith shown by both saber and Tyler.

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  • Goddess of Chaos
  • 07-08-2018

Some guys need a swift kick in the rear...

From the day they met Taylor has been challenging Saber in every way, great and small, whether he needs it or not. And in those early days he rises to the challenge, proving himself her equal... but when life knocks him down, it takes one back of a wake up call to help him see there is more than one way to be strong enough for, or worthy of, the one you love.

The first half dozen chapters felt slow, having just listened to the previous three books in the past few days, in part because they were offering a different perspective on a timeline I was already familiar with. I can't help but wonder if that section feels more engaging if there's been more time between books.

I continue to enjoy the world building, and characters, though so much happens that inevitably I feel threads are dropped, and I find myself wondering if they will be picked up in another story.

The male narrator does a good job overall, his voices work for me... I've found myself enjoying the gruff guys more than I expected.

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  • MzDew
  • 06-08-2018

Great !

This story was good. Saber, and Taylor, were introduced in earlier books, so you think you already know them.
It is an emotional, and dangerous story. With as turn or two to keep you hooked.

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  • Amie S
  • 30-07-2018

Awesome series

This another great story in the series. I liked Saber’s story but the end got a little confusing and the story ended suddenly. I am on to the next book in the series and I know this is a series I will read again!

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  • Nice 0320
  • 21-07-2018

Awesome Taylor’s story!

Taylor is the youngest of 3 sisters, and we’ve been waiting 7 years(in Alliance time) to hear her and Saber’s story. If you haven’t read Jessie and Jordan’s stories, you’ll love all of this book. If you have, you’ll go through about 1.5 hours of Taylor and Saber’s relationship already covered in earlier books, albeit in a bit less detail. I skimmed through the first part. BUT, the rest of it is so exciting I’d have bought it anyway. Taylor is no victim, sitting waiting to be rescued, she gets the escape started on her own. The following escape takes up most of the rest of the book, with Saber and her sisters’ husbands part of the rescue team. Overall a great story, super romance, even a couple of times got me choked up and teary.

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  • quilteragogo
  • 09-07-2018

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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  • Kindle Customer Cecilia Mary O'Shea
  • 02-04-2018

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
  • 19-09-2016

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
  • 07-05-2016

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
  • 02-02-2016

Great series

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