Specifically, Dora wants to make love with the handsome Rystani warrior-pilot Zical. But since Dora is a computer-albeit a sentient computer-she cannot experience touch, taste and true desire. Dora's logic functions refuse to accept this, so she uses the advanced technology of the 24th century to build herself a body specifically crafted to appeal to Zical, and downloads her computer brain into it.

But Dora's sassy attitude makes her too different from the women of Zical's culture. He's attracted to Dora, but he won't make love to her. And while it would be easy for Dora to adapt to his desires, she likes being smart and funny; she's becoming good at being human.

When Zical accidentally summons the ancient machines that protect the galaxy from invasion, Dora's mission is to intercept them and bring them back to the galaxy's rim. Fortunately for Dora, this puts her and Zical into very close quarters for a very long time. But much has changed, and as Dora learns more about human emotions and what they mean, she realizes that she doesn't just want to make love with Zical--she wants to love him. And be loved in return.

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"Sultry and Intriguing Space Adventure"
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted November 2, 2006

When we first meet Dora in THE CHALLENGE we learn that she is more than a just a computer, she is a sentient being with emotions and a curiosity about human relationships, particularly love making. One human in particular, Zical who is rather liberated for a Rystani male, she finds Read more...

"A story you won't want to put down"
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 5, 2006

When Dora, a sentient computer, was befriended by Tessa, she became interested in more than just facts; she became intrigued by human feelings and emotions. In the years since the war, helping resettle the Rystani to a new planet, Dora's interest in Zical has grown into something - she wasn Read more...


The Dare
(Quest: Book 2)
by Susan Kearney

Tor Books
July 1, 2005
Available: July 28, 2005
ISBN #0765351927
EAN #9780765351920
368 pages
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Beyond Magic
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Solar Heat
Kiss Me Deadly
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The Ultimatum
Beyond the Edge
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The Hope Chest
The Challenge
Hijacked Honeymoon
Essence of Midnight
A Burning Obsession
Out for Justice
Five Times Trouble
Under Wraps
Bordering on Obsession
Saving the Girl Next Door
Defending The Heiress
Daddy To The Rescue
Royal Pursuit
Royal Ransom
Royal Target
Double The Thrill
The Battle of Betazed
Lovers In Hiding
Hidden Hearts
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