The Dare (Rystani Warrior Series #2)

The Dare (Rystani Warrior Series #2)

by Susan Kearney


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All Dora wants is to be the woman he loves . . .

All Zical wants is to complete his mission . . .

All the enemy wants is total annihilation . . .

Blocked by the limitations of her computer hardware, Dora has used only her smarts, her humor, and her sinfully sexy voice to intrigue Rystani warrior-pilot Zical. In order to experience human sexuality-and consummate her love for him-she builds the perfect female body to inhabit. Being human is more difficult and more wonderful than Dora expected. She didn't expect the sensation of touch to alter her emotions. Nor did she expect chocolate to taste so good. Or love to be so complicated.

But for a Rystani star pilot, accepting Dora as a crew woman, never mind a lover, is downright confusing. Even if Zical considered Dora fully human-which he doesn't-his tragic past has made him swear off falling in love. But as Dora's increasingly human allure becomes hard to resist, a threat to the solar system sends them on a dangerous mission to the very edge of the galaxy.

As Dora explores the full extent of what it means to love, can Zical's sense of honor and his proud adherence to Rystani customs ever let him give his heart to a woman who created herself only for him? And as their enemies turn deadly, Dora and Zical must overcome their pasts . . . if they hope to fight for all of their futures.

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ISBN-13: 9781611942910
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 06/28/2013
Series: Rystani Warrior Series , #2
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Dare 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
For three centuries, Dora was a compliant sentient computer performing her duties without question that is until she met that transplanted twenty-first century heroine Tessa Camen, who befriends her like no one has before. Through the CHALLENGE of being Tessa¿s pal, Dora meets other people like Kahn and Rystani Captain Zical. --- Dora falls in love with Zical and wants what Tessa and Kahn have. She observes that Zical spends steamy nights of sexual encounters with a holistic female that she wants to replace. She constructs a duplicate body to the one Zical spends his nights with and creates a new sentient computer to replace her at the helm. Next Dora moves her essence into the new human body she developed. However, plans of mice and computers often go astray as Zical rejects her unable to adjust to her not being a thing and haunted by his failure to save the life of his mate. When Zical accidentally triggers The Sentinel, ancient machines that were to protect the galaxy, he starts what could be pandemic devastation. With Dora at his side, he leads a counterforce with no hope except her love. --- Dora makes quite and adjustment from secondary character to lead female protagonists, but Susan Kearney makes the adjustment seem so effortlessly even with the added conversion from critical intelligence to human intelligence. The action-packed story line never slows down once Dora decides to accept the CHALLENGE of love and never slows down as she and her beloved along with their allies battle to save the galaxy. The future of the Kearney Universe looks like it is in brilliant hands as the audience can expect more twenty-fourth romantic science fiction adventures. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dora had been a sentient computer for three hundred years before she met the Earthling called Tessa (from previous book 'The Challenge'). As Dora's friendship with Tessa grew, she met many new people. One of them is a Rystani captain named Zical. Dora builds herself a body, an exact duplicate of a female holosim character that Zical often spent hot nights with. After creating Ranth, another sentient computer, to replace her computer self, Dora enters her new human body. She especially wants to experience love and caring with Zical like she has witness bloom between Tessa and Kahn. But Zical is used to Dora the computer, not Dora the sexy and sassy bombshell. She is too different from Rystani women. In addition, he still feels responsible for not being able to save his previous mate from being killed. ............................................. When Zical locates a hidden chamber within Mount Shachauri, he accidentally summons the ancient machines called 'The Sentinel'. The Sentinel protects the galaxy from invasion by a warlike horde called the 'Zin'. Zical gathers his crew for what could very well be a one way mission. They must intercept the Sentinel and take them back to the galaxy's rim. Fortunately for Dora, this puts her and Zical in very close quarters for a very long time. .................................................................... ...................... **** Tessa and Kahn's amazing tale in the previous novel 'The Challenge' had Dora as a secondary character throughout most of the story. Zical entered that adventure about half way into it. If you read the first novel then you could not help but love Dora. It never entered my mind that Dora could have her own story. Fortunately, author Susan Kearney has a more fertile imagination than I. Susan Kearney not only succeeded at giving Dora a human form, but also made her very realistic by adding a human flaw or two. .................................................................... ...................... In addition, a new character named Kirek is introduced. He is a four-year-old genius. I can reveal nothing else without spoilers so I will not even try. However, I have hope that Kirek will get his own story told someday. I highly recommend this title for fans of romance and sci-fi. ****
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wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dora has been a computer for centuries but she finds herself attracted to Zical, and wants to know him better, wants to be a human. This is a story that has been done before and better but it's readable and not too irritating, even if I did have a bit of glazing over going on when I was reading some of the sex scenes. Some of the sex felt like it was being added for no reason other than it was so many chapters or pages since the last sex scene.
Selune on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fairly good sci-fi read. It's about a computer that downloads its personality into a body created to appeal to a man that she (the computer) wants. It follows her transformation into a human and adjusting to life. There is a little chemistry between the main characters, but it could have been developed much more. The book itself is full of grammatical and continuity errors, which is incredibly annoying. Whoever edited this book did a terrible job. The ending was kind of a quick wrap-up. Overall, it was a good story, a little slow at times, but a decent time-waster. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. I'm on to the next one. Nikki
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Loved Dora.  Xander was interesting hero.  Can't wait for the next book in the rystani series.
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northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Excellent  I am thrilled that this book has made its way to e book form.  I hope it makes it too Nook soon. It is a special book that examines what it  means to be human and what it means to love through the eyes of a sentient computer who has made herself a body. The world building here is complete and engaging. The hero is someone you would want to make yourself a body for as well. The action adventure compelling and engorssing. The heroine amazing and oh so funny.  I highly recommend this book for any lover of science fiction romance. It and the series are classics that must be read.  I was given this book for my honest review but I already owned a hard copy that I have lent out many many times and reread myself.