Review: Staking His Claim by Tessa Bailey


He wants her. All of her.

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…


I fell in love with this story far faster than I thought I would. This is by far the best character development I have seen in the series, and for it all to happen in the fictional span of a week blew me away. The story itself was filled with plenty of moments that had me giggling and  blushing like a fool while also tugging at my heart-strings. It was a seamless journey of self-acceptance and lust turned love.

Let me start with Matt, absolute alpha perfection. He was so delicious, tempting, and haunted. I felt for him and I find his inner dialogue relate-able. I think one of the greatest challenges most people face is self-forgiveness, and Tessa flawlessly captured the inner struggle. Now Lucy, this girl was a handful and I adored the constant contrast of light versus dark in terms of Lucy versus Matt. This type of relationship mended to witty banter and scorching sex.

I have to one flaw with this story though, and its the phrase “luscious clitoris”. This particular phrase, in my humble opinion, does not belong in a book…EVER. No, just no, luscious is not an appropriate adjective, so for that I will doc a star. Otherwise, I adored the story, and I loved seeing all the other secondary characters I have grown to love over the course of the Line of Duty Series. Sad to see these hot cops go.


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