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Challenging Saber

The Alliance Book 4
Written by: S.E. Smith
Narrated by: David Brenin
Series: The Alliance, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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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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  • Soriea
  • 2016-02-05

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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  • Cheri
  • 2016-05-30

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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  • Luv2Read
  • 2019-11-10

Good Book, but...

I like reading series and this one does not disappoint if you're into sci fi romance. There are only two issues that caused me to give it 4 stars; the narrator gets a bit dramatic in parts and the next two books aren't offered on audible escape. If a series is offered the whole series should be available.

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  • Kindle Customer Dee
  • 2016-11-04

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
  • 2016-01-31

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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  • TheaC
  • 2020-03-09

Excellent!

Every book in this series is a highlight. The suspense, the twists and turns in the plot, together with the scalding heat create an experience that lingers long after the book has ended. As always David Brenin delivers an impeccable performance!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-03-01

Cliffhanger

There is a big 'ol cliffhanger at the end of this book. At least our heroine runs circles around Saber in every meaningful way including sexy bed play. Well, he is pretty good at blunt force combat.

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  • iamb
  • 2020-02-29

DNF disappointed

After I read Hunter's Claim I couldn't wait to get my hands on Saber's book.. But this book felt like it was written as an overview of the story. Lot's of time skips , just dropping in to give an overview of what has happened and a conversation or two. That left me very unsatisfied, I never felt in the story.
When I read the synopsis I thought it was an interesting, exciting , dynamic way to tell Taylor and Saber's story.. It was handled poorly imo.. SPOILERS ahead
Yes, Taylor was young and it was a given that Saber was waiting for her, but since he was injured at the end of Hunter's Claim, we are told that Taylor has been going over to deal with depressed Saber for 5 YEARS!. Five years where he has no intention of claiming her but still lets her come everyday to try and buck him up. Does that make me like either character? No. He's a selfish mofo who should have let her go years ago if he wasn't going to claim her and she put WAY too much time in a person who feels sorry for himself and won't do anything about it. imo.. Two reasons why I stopped reading this book is because after 5 years he sleeps with her and then dumps her the next morning. Nice.. She goes off to another planet that's in trouble and now his two friends Hunter and Dagger come over to tell him to stop feeling sorry for himself.. and ... he DOES!! Who knew? One talk with his friends made him change, not the 5 years Taylor put in. UGH.. I just didn't feel anything for this story and I am sad because I wanted this one.

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  • Jess HybridRose
  • 2020-01-27

Another great story

I love this series. The sisters are courageous and crazy. Their stories are unique and interesting.

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  • Kimberly Buckley
  • 2020-01-26

Good story

Another good story. But I still liked the last one better. if you're a fan of this series I recommend this book.