Staking His Claim

Staking His Claim

by Tessa Bailey


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He wants her. All of her. NYPD sniper Matt Donovan is in Hell. Instead of driving his best friend

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ISBN-13: 9781499257786
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/03/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 442,207
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Staking His Claim (A Line of Duty Novel) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Let me put it this way: this book was so HOT, I actually had to check my hands for burn marks by the end of it. Tessa Bailey knows how to bring the steam and her latest book in the Line of Duty series is no exception! She has created two very sexual characters that deviate from the sexual norms and give us a scorching, tantalizing journey of how just how far each of them is willing to go when it comes to one another. After having graduating from college, Lucy Mason is heading back to New York City to start the next chapter in her life. Having been ditched last minute by her best friend Sasha, she now must make the trip alone- with her older brother's best friend at the wheel. Meeting Matt Donovan in person is an experience that Lucy will never forget. Nor is overhearing him mention that he heard she was a bit of a nuisance. She is hurt by this, as she does feel that way when it comes to her family. After getting into some trouble, Lucy gave up her wilder ways and buckled down to do what she needed in order to help her family. Having Matt Donovan eye her in the coffee shop like he wants to devour her from the inside out, launches her into a lie so he will continue looking at her in that way. Yet Lucy has no idea what looms just under the surface with Matt. She finds out his desires run darker and instead of shying away from him like most women do, she embraces his darker side and finds she's a bit more wicked in her tastes than she originally thought. Of course, there's only so long that Lucy can keep up the act of being someone other than herself. Living in New York, where she's bound to meet up with her brother's friend again, she knows she needs to come clean about her true identity, but doesn't. If there's one type of Matt Donovan can't stand- it's a liar. He is angry and upset once he finds out just who made that mini road trip with him. He knows he should stay away from Lucy for a number of reasons and yet he finds himself seeking her out, even after she had lied to him. While this bordered on stalker, I actually really liked how Matt would show up (as she left her itinerary in his car). Seeing Matt's playful side with Lucy is really sweet and by far my favorite sweet scene of the book is the FM. (Guess you'll have to read to find out what that is!) I liked Matt's character, but he drove me a little crazy with the self-deprecation. He is the one who constantly pushes Lucy away and then pulls her right back in again. He knows it's wrong to sneak around with her behind her brother's back, but most of all he's insistent she won't be able to withstand the darkness within him and will turn heel and run for the hills. Women have been disgusted by Matt's deviate sexual nature in the past, leaving him a bit self-conscious about his approach. He looks at Lucy and sees goodness and light and he knows spending time with him will only drag her down and he would resent himself for taking that light away from her. Yet Matt is the one who constantly hurts Lucy with his words (or lack thereof), not his actions. She is all for the mixing of pleasure and pain, and likes him being in control. However, Matt has a really hard time reconciling that this beautiful, wonderful girl could really want to be with him and give in to his needs. I enjoyed this story quite a bit, but I did feel there were a few points towards the end that seemed a bit rushed for me. Matt spends most of the book fighting his inner demons about how to deal with Lucy and I felt like I missed the falling in love part. We went from blind attraction and lust to love and while I do believe he absolutely loves her, I just felt we missed those moments where we got to see him stop and realize that he wanted to fight for her and not against her. Despite that minor issue, I really enjoyed Matt and Lucy's story and fans of the Line of Duty series will really oooh and aaah over that adorable epilogue!
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
Smoking smoking hot! Tessa Bailey, you are the Brazen sexilicious queen. All of your books pull me in right from the beginning and always have me fanning myself. Staking His Claim is no different, it starts right with hotness, turns into to explosions, and ultimately has an ending that has you happier than pie.  Matt has always been the one of the group who kept to himself, the mystery man... but a dang sexy one. When we meet Lucy, younger sister of the delicious Brent Mason, you immediately see how different she is from Brent. Yet at the same time I loved Lucy just as much and she reminded me a lot of myself. At first with these two, I have to be honest and say I thought Matt was a little too intense for his own good but watching these two end up being so perfect for each other changed my mind. Just one more Tessa Bailey couple I have come to adore.  Overall, I just loved this book all around! Tessa Bailey absolutely never disappoints. Staking His Claim is sexy, cute, fun, eventful, and it's always awesome to see the gang from past books! Make sure you definitely buy this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading ALL of Tessa Bailey's previous books, my expectations were very high. She does not disappoint! You are hooked from the 1st page to the last, and then left wanting more. She has a knack for creating characters that feel like they're your friends. The witty, smart-ass comments the characters make leave you laughing hysterically. The men in her books have the perfect combination of caring, tenderness, sexuality, and are just plain smoking hot! The series should be called Scorching Hot Alpha Males 'R Us! Keep' email coming Tessa!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucy falls for Matt the moment she sees him. To get closer, she lies about her name. So, when Matt finds out, he's not happy. He's already struggling with his past. The story is just so amazing how they go back and forth with their own struggles. I just felt the ending was blah, there was such a wind-up on how it could go, the erotic scenes were tastefully done, but I just felt like they left out pieces...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alpha male, smart open female, HOT HOT love scenes what more can you ask for. Loved all the brazen books from this author.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
We've drooled over Derek, been tempted by Troy, devoured Daniel and were bowled over by Brent. And now it's Matt's turn. Silent, brooding, moody Matt. Our last enforcer of the law is a sniper. He handles his weapon with confidence, precision and perfection. 10 pages in and I was in a trance on the sofa sighing. 10 pages! With no hope for me, I knew I was a goner as the phrase "the quiet ones are the the worst" was created for this man. He is a complete contradiction of himself; protective yet vulnerable, strong yet insecure and dominant yet reticent. But Lucy Mason gets him in every possible way. Brent's sweet fearless firecracker of a sister is challenging, strong and unleashes the parts of Matt that he has desperately tried to keep hidden. She exasperates him, he intrigues her and this is what makes them such a wonderful couple with an amazing chemistry and an enthralling journey that is paced perfectly between knee-quivering panty-busting hot and heart-stoppingly touching. If Tessa Bailey writes it, I will read it. She has consistently proven she has an absolute gift of bringing us a man to fall head over heels for, a lady you would want as your best friend and antics together that will make you heart, and many other places, flutter. Not one of her books has been subpar and if you haven't read the Line of Duty series, go do so now because every single one has been that outstanding, it's criminal. Along with the previous 4 in the series, this is an absolute keeper.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Staking His Claim is the first book by Tessa Bailey I’ve read. I will definitely be reading more of her books! To say I didn’t know what to expect was an understatement. I mean, this is an Entangled: Brazen book. I’ve read those before. This book is unlike any Brazen book I’ve ever read. HOT and INTENSE aren't even the right words. You need something more to describe this book. The book had me when I saw that Matt was a sniper with the NYPD. I mean really what else do you need? Matt Donovan is one of Brent Mason’s best friends. When Brent is unable to pick up his baby sister (Lucy) and her roommate (Sasha) up from grad school, he convinces Matt to pick them up for him. At the very last minute, Sasha decides to ditch her week with Lucy in New York to spend it with her boyfriend. When Matt finally arrives to pick up the girls, he inadvertently insults Lucy. Regardless of this, she feels an instant attraction to him as him to her. Lucy knows that Brent would never sleep with his best friend’s sister, so she lies and tells him that she’s Sasha. Things quickly heat up for these two until they are unable to control themselves. As with most lies, the truth is revealed and this happens fairly quickly in the book. Brent and Lucy are left trying their best to fight the attraction between them but consistently fail. Besides the fact that Brent doesn’t know about them, Matt is fighting his own demons that his friends don’t know about. In the end, it’s Matt’s need for dominance and control that could be the end for these two. As characters, I loved Matt and Lucy. Lucy has the wrong opinion of what her family thinks of her, which sometimes affects what she does. Matt is blinded by her strength and passion. Matt is the hero that every woman dreams of. He’s flawed but wants to live a better life after falling for Lucy. My only complaint about the book is that as much as I loved Matt, I found him to be too domineering, aggressive, and rough for my taste. Source: Publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading this author. Will definitely read more. Enjoyed to the fullest, kept me engaged to the end.
mkendallauthorMK More than 1 year ago
So as a lover of the Brazen line I jump at the chance to review their books. And when I talk about fave series in the Brazen Line the Line of Duty books always come up. So when I picked up this book for review it had big shoes to fill. I loved the previous books and OMG I loved this one too. This was an amazing book  that had me hooked from the start. Fast paced sexy and oh so tortuous everything I love in a book.  Matt had the sexy tortured hero thing down pat and I loved that he let Lucy wake him up.  If it wasn't for one scene at the end of the book that I found a little unrealistic this would have been a 5 star book. Overall i give it 4.5 out of 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Seriously? Tessa Bailey hits another one out of the park. How does she do it? No freaking clue. But man, am I glad she did. I have loved and I mean loved all her previous books (my favorite being "Protecting what's his") and this one is no exception. I adored this couple. They were scorching hot together. Once again, this book has fabulous sex scenes! I loved that Matt was so intense in the bedroom. Ms. Bailey's sex life must be off the charts (is it hot in here?). Another thing I treasure is that each of her books are so vastly different even though they are part of a series. Oh and thank you Tessa for not writing Matt as a man-slut like most authors do today. Man that sh*t gets old. Most importantly, whenever I'm in a book slump (several sucky books in a row) I simply pull up one of Tessa's books and re-read and all is right in the world again.
Kiwibooknerd More than 1 year ago
Tessa Bailey at her 5 star BEST!!! One of the things you come to expect when you read a book by Tessa Bailey is that it is going to be good... And this one is no exception. From the very beginning you are drawn into the world of the hot ESU men and for me I could not put this book down. This is the story of NYPD Sniper Matt Donovan and ladies let me tell you this man is probably one of the hottest character in the series. He is asked as a favor to his buddy Brent to go and fetch his sister Lucy and bring her back to NY for him. One look at Lucy and Matt is immediately attracted to her. Lucy feels the connection as well and decides to pretend to be her best friend as she knows there is no way her brothers best friend is gonna make a play for her. What ensues is a wicked hot encounter in a crummy motel where Lucy lets go of her inhibitions and submits to Matt in a very naughty and decant way. Matt likes it rough and he likes to be in charge. When he discovers that Lucy lied to him about who she is, he is angry and hurt and decides to keep away from her. Problem is he just cant seem to stay away and is drawn in like a moth to a flame. This is their story and it is hot, hot and did I say freaking HOT!!! Tessa Bailey at her best and of course 5 awesome stars!!!
rn-writes More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Tessa Bailey since her first Brazen release with Entangled publishing and loved each book in turn, but I have to say that Matt's story is my favorite to date. Ms. Bailey does an amazing job of revealing Matt's dark desires, and the struggle he's undergone to suppress them. Just when he thinks he'll never meet a woman who understands his needs,in walks Brent's baby sister, Lucy.  Lucy is a perfect match for him, and it's so refreshing to see the way Ms. Bailey allows Lucy to acknowledge and indulge in her own desires in an honest and straightforward way. As Matt reveals his brand of pleasure, Lucy discovers a few surprising things about herself. Ms. Bailey keeps the reader on the edge of her more ways than one with this very emotional, extremely sensual love story, and while I know she can do it, I'm quite frankly wondering how she'll top this one with her next release. Two thumbs up, Tessa! Very well done indeed. I received an ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review...and ladies, this is as honest as it gets. Want a tortured hero with a body to die for and a way of loving that makes your mouth water? This is your book.
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Staking His Claim is the fifth, and sadly the final, book in author Tessa Bailey’s Line of Duty Series.  This is a series I had fallen in love with from the very first book.  I was beyond lucky to read an early copy of this last installment and I have to say….Tessa ended it with one of the best books in the series. Finally finished with grad school, Lucy Mason is ready to get on with her life and enjoy some time off with her brother and her family before diving into career life.  Being thought of a nuisance by her older brother too many times to count, she was on a mission to prove him wrong by being a grown-up and helping him out and returning the favor of helping her though grad school.  Of course, this would require one last favor from him….asking his fellow NYPD buddy, Matt, to give her and her roommate a ride from school back home.  Easy peasy, right?  Not exactly.  Her roomie bails and when Matt walks into the coffee shop to pick her up she finds herself in way over her head in lust with one of the most delicious guys she’s ever laid eyes on. Oh, one last problem? She kinda tells Matt she’s Sasha, her roommate.  No way she’d stand a chance with him if he knew she was his buddy’s kid sister.  And Lucy really, really wanted a chance.  A little whit lie never hurt anyone, right? NYPD sniper Matt Donovan wasn’t too keen on the idea of driving his buddy’s kid sister and her roommate the four hours back home.  Scratch that, Matt wasn’t too keen being stuck with only the roommate for the four-hour drive back home.  Fresh-faced and full of life, the minute he saw her his inner demons came to life crawling inside his head and filling him with all sorts of visions he knew he shouldn’t be having.  He was used to keeping everyone at arm’s length and it would be smart is he kept her there as well.  Far away from him.  But even the strongest willpower can crumble….and damn if she is chipping away at his from her very first hello.  He didn’t stand a chance and figuring one night wouldn’t kill either of them, he gives in….and not long after finds out she isn’t Sasha.  She’s Lucy….his buddy’s kid sister and is beyond off limits.  Not only because of who her brother is but because of who Matt is and the darkness he hides. The beauty of a broken soul is that there is always the room to heal.  It’s in taking that first step and letting someone help mend the hurt and heal the pain.  Matt being resigned to his feelings that he would never be good enough for anyone and Lucy seeing right through to the heart of him and showing him just how much he matters.  Matt needing to take and Lucy willing to give….emotional beauty in all it’s essence. As I sit here and write this review I can’t help but get a little teary eyed.  Tessa has given us some of the most delicious alpha males ever written and some of the most amazing gals for those men.  I’m sad to see this series end.  But if the series had to end, this was the book to end it on. Matt has been the quiet guy in the shadows and we haven’t heard much from him.  We kind of got a hint that there’s a story with him but didn’t get much else.  I think the most he’d ever spoken was in Brent’s book and the minute he spoke I knew I would love him.  His story is a gut-wrenching one.  He’s broken and tortured and sees himself as unworthy of someone like Lucy.  He’s lived thorough war and has been hurt by the ones he’s loved most.  He hasn’t had much to be hopeful for…until he met Lucy.  Lucy who is bright and fun and full of life.  Lucy who makes him want to be a better man even with the knowledge that he will always have his dark desires. Lucy who is willing to be who and what he needs when he needs it most.  Lucy who isn’t afraid of him and treats him like a man and not like a monster. The push and pull between them is tangible.  She’s the forbidden fruit and knowing he will be damned, Matt takes a bite anyway, and is instantly addicted.  He can’t believe that Lucy could be feeling the same way for him.  Matt has some lines in this book that ripped my heart out but to see the affect Lucy has on him and to see him smile more each chapter was truly a gift to read.  I desperately wanted Matt to get his happy ending because no one deserves it more.  (my lips are sealed, of course…no spoilers here!) This is definitely the darkest book in the series and in true Tessa fashion, she freaking nailed it.  The passion, the anger, the angst, the emotion, the heat….she nailed all of it.  Oh and the ending?  I went from crying to laughing to cry-laughing and back to crying…but finished with a huge goofy grin plastered on my face. Tessa, thank you for giving us Matt and Lucy.  Thank you for giving us the Line of Duty Series.  Thank you for being you! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the future…because I know damned well it will be amazing!
sweeterica0712 More than 1 year ago
Damn. Tessa Bailey has done it again. I mean, I really don’t think it’s possible for Tessa Bailey to disappoint – I’m pretty sure she could write a narrative of the phone book and I’d be interested. Staking His Claim is filled to the brim with hot encounters and a relationship that has all the trimmings for success. After the insane amount of love I had for the prior book in the series, Asking for Trouble, it was nice to see Hayden and Brent back again in this one. The story stars Brent’s sister, Lucy, and some of the other guys from the series pop up from time to time as well. The chemistry between Lucy and Matt is insane. Matt is one demanding guy, and damn is he hot. Within a few pages, I was already falling for brooding Matt. He is different from the other guys in the series and has his own history, and I just loved him. I was a totally goner and couldn’t do anything but keep reading whenever I had the chance, since his and Lucy’s story was just fanatastic. Holy hell, Tessa Bailey, this may have been your best book yet. Staking His Claim was just brilliant. I already have begun my countdown for Tessa Bailey’s next release!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wierd story. One person likes to hurt while the other likes being hurt. Glad they found each other and let the normal people alone. Did laugh at the motel with pizza guy scene.
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Great read
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slz52 More than 1 year ago
Well written, 4.5 stars.. I usually don't like the books where the girl sleeps with the guy the first day they meet, but this one was written so well I didn't think of Lucy as a slut.
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This is the real rennee theres girl on here thats been pretending to be me
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