Monday, 3 February 2014
Review: Staking His Claim - Tessa Bailey
NYPD sniper Matt Donovan is in Hell. Instead of driving his best friend’s little sister home from college, he’s stuck with her roommate—a fresh-faced ray-of-sunshine with a body that makes grown men weep. There’s no way he’ll allow himself to taint the little vixen, no matter how hard she tries to tempt him, so he resigns himself to the longest—and hardest—drive of his life.
Matt’s obvious attraction suits grad student Lucy Mason just fine. She had no idea her brother’s best friend was so deliciously hot. Knowing he’d never have his wicked way with his buddy’s sister, she lies about her identity and seduces him. But Matt’s no fumbling college boy. His desires run deep—and dark—and he wants to teach Lucy what wicked really means.
Matt’s demanding appetites only make Lucy want more. But when her cover's blown, he’s furious—even as his hunger for her becomes insatiable. Matt can’t trust anyone, least of all himself. And he knows all too well that darkness always destroys the light…
Line of Duty Series:
Protecting What's His
Protecting What's Theirs (Novella in the Lovers Unmasked anthology)
His Risk to Take
Officer Off Limits
Asking for Trouble
Staking His Claim
Unfixable (Standalone NA story featuring Ginger's sister Willa who originally appears in Protecting What's His and Protecting What's Theirs)
Riskier Business (Prequel to the new Crossing the Lines series which stars Ruby and Troy from His Risk to Take)
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This series has just been getting better with every instalment and Tessa Bailey ends it on a high note with Staking His Claim which is my new favourite. All of these books have been scorching hot but I think Matt would have to be the sexiest hero yet, he's one dominant alpha male who knows exactly what he wants in the bedroom and Lucy has no problem helping him fulfil his wildest fantasies!
We've already met Matt through his friendship with Brent and Daniel but he's always been a bit of a closed book, very much the strong and silent type, so we didn't know a great deal about him before now and I was looking forward to learning more. It's obvious that he has inner demons and he's very ashamed of his sexual desires believing that his tastes are too dark for any nice girl to be interested in a relationship with him. Considering what had happened in his past I could understand why he felt that way but in actual fact he isn't the darkest hero I've read about by a long shot! He likes to include a little spanking and bondage in his sex life but I didn't find his desires particularly dark or scary and Lucy certainly wasn't turned off by them. I think I'd actually have enjoyed seeing him and Lucy explore this side of their relationship even further but that isn't to say that their sex scenes were disappointing because they were some of the hottest we've had in the series so far.
Lucy is very different to Matt, she's very carefree, adventurous and more than a little wild, She has hidden her impulsive side throughout college but now she wants to have a little fun while she looks for a full time job. When she meets Matt she is instantly attracted to him but from everything she knows about her brother's best friend she understands he'd never look twice at her thanks to the man code. Determined to get a taste of him she pretends to be someone else and sets out to seduce him without any real idea of what she's about to get into. This pair don't have an easy start to their relationship, starting off on lies and then keeping things secret from Brent adds a lot of pressure on them but thankfully they are able to work things out eventually.
I don't want to say too much more so I'll just say that fans of this series are going to love this latest instalment. It has all the steam and dirty talk of the earlier books plus a little extra spice and ends the series on a real high note. Tessa Bailey is definitely on my must read authors list and I'm looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
Source: Received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
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