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.
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆
In a galaxy far from Earth there are many different races that live within an alliance of worlds. Within this coalition there are groups that want to do away with the order of the present leadership and take control for their own purposes. These factions are moving below the radar and testing the boundaries of the established leaders in the alliance. In S. E. Smith’s, Challenging Saber, the fourth book in The Alliance series, we have the resolution of Taylor Sampson and Saber’s story. Their relationship began in the first book when Saber helped rescue Taylor and her two sisters from a war ravaged Earth. Throughout this saga, old friends from previous series are revisited and new friends are made as they come together to protect their home planets and the known universe.
As far as Saber is concerned he is no longer a warrior worthy of claiming a mate. He knew from the moment he saved Taylor that she was his mate, but too young to claim and he would have to wait for her. While on a mission, he was wounded and almost lost his leg. A Trivator Warrior that cannot fight and protect his own is unworthy of life, he is damaged. As determined as Saber is to deny Taylor, the more his heart bleeds for his mate. When evil forces begin to show themselves by capturing Saber’s mate, nothing will stop him from rescuing her. Even a damaged Trivator can still take care of business!
Taylor loved Saber and claimed him from the time he saved her and her sisters on Earth. She has finally reached an acceptable age for Saber to claim her as his mate, but he refuses and is constantly trying to push her away. With only one final assignment before she completes her course of studies, Taylor goes off world on a relief mission. While working to help relieve those in need, Taylor is taken prisoner and held as leverage against the Alliance. In her heart she knows that nothing will stop Saber and her family from coming for her, but a girl can always rescue herself.
This remarkable book will keep you reading until the end and then have you asking for the next addition in this enthralling series. The characters are well developed and the story is woven intricately with other series by Ms. Smith. Each page is action packed, sizzling hot and filled with alpha maleness. This is a must addition to everyone’s library and will not disappoint readers that love a science fiction romance.
***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
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