Staking His Claim - Tessa Bailey

Staking His Claim

By Tessa Bailey

  • Release Date: 2014-02-03
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 298 Ratings


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…

Each book in the Line of Duty series is STANDALONE:
* Protecting What's His
* Officer Off Limits
* Asking for Trouble
* Staking His Claim
* Protecting What's Theirs


  • Uncomfortable and disturbing, not sexy

    By indigirlinDC
    I can’t believe I managed to finish this book - I wanted to quit several times. The male character is so mentally unhealthy and obsessive it brought to mind how a serial rapist or killer might think - his aggressiveness and overconfidence followed by intense insecurity, his confusion about his actions, his justifications, his self-talk... all so screwed up. NOT sexy or hot in a male character, no matter how many muscles he has. And the sex scenes feel anything but sexy, especially the farther in you read. They start off hot but quickly derail into uncomfortable and then just disturbing. Acting out faux rape scenes... ok, maybe, if pretending to fight off a guy is your thing... but the descriptions of the acts just seem somewhere between painful to physically damaging. I kept waiting for them to notice her bleeding at the end of every sex scene. And it will take a long time to get the awful image of the “impaling” scene, where he finally shows his “true self,” out of my head. Ugh - awful.
  • Love that it can be read as a stand alone

    By kathyesf
    Lucy has graduated and is ready to start her adult life. Her brother sends his friend to pick her up from school and Lucy decides to lie to him and pretend that she is someone else. Matt is reluctant to interact with anyone because of his past, but this girl has his heart beating and his mind racing. Lucy has a very fun loving easy way and her humor with Matt is great. Even though this is part of a series it can be read as a standalone. Very good read!
  • Really Good!

    By HappySmilingOne
    A really fantastic 5 star read! It is a book that I have re-read often. You will love all the characters as they are funny and relatable. You can't help but to fall in love with the story and Matt!
  • Really good!

    By 0010122
    The book itself is really good. However, all the pages jump around and are all mixed up so I can't read from one page to the next. This is the only book so far that I've seen it happen to.
  • 5 stars!!

    By pris.89
    Absolutely amazing! Characters were all so likable. The story was funny and entertaining, and I loved watching their story unfold. Loved it!!!
  • Brilliant!

    By asanginmimi
    Tessa Bailey delivers another scorcher with Matt and Lucy's story! A roller coaster ride of emotions. You will laugh, you will cry, and it will leave you breathless and hot! A must read! GET A FAN!