Review: Staking His Claim by Tessa Bailey

Posted February 3, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Staking His Claim by Tessa Bailey
Staking His Claim
by Tessa Bailey

4 Stars


Released: Feb. 3, 2014
Series: Line of Duty #5
Published by Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC


STAKING HIS CLAIM is possibly the sexiest of them all! It hits harder, hurts more and stings so sweet! ~ Under the Covers

STAKING HIS CLAIM is the last in the Line of Duty series by Tessa Bailey. Does that mean we won’t be having any more dirty-talking heroes!? This upsets me! However, Bailey does end off with a bang! STAKING HIS CLAIM is possibly the sexiest of them all! It hits harder, hurts more and stings so sweet!

Matt Donovan has some Dom tendencies. He likes control in the bedroom and his last relationship he had made him resent it. However, when he is responsible for driving his best friend’s sister home, sexual tension mounts quickly between them until a filthy romp in a cheap motel room ends up changing both of their lives. Both Matt and Lucy want what they can’t have, but it isn’t as easy and telling her brother that they want to be together. They have to figure out HOW they are going to be together, especially as Lucy is receiving great career opportunities as far as Paris.

As you can expect with a Tessa Bailey novel, there is a ton of sex n this book. But it’s done very well and has a slight BDSM feel to it. Paired with dirty-talking, I think several of these pages will make readers swoon and overheat with Matt’s words. That being said, the sex scenes for me are always one of my favourite things about the series.

In addition, seeing the past characters in the series is always nice. Their interaction almost reminds me a little of Elle Kennedy’s Out of Uniform series as well, so if you’re a fan of one, definitely check out the other!

If I had to pick out a negative, I would say that sometimes, the plot or the set up of a scene seems like it is all made up to lead into an epic sex scenes. As I mentioned before, the sex is one of the most important and best parts of this series. However, I do sometimes feel like some of the events feel too contrived in order to set up the sex scene well.

Other than that, STAKING HIS CLAIM is a great addition to the series. Saturated with lust-crazed sex scenes and hotter-than-hell dirty talk, you’ve got a story that will singe your eyebrows if you aren’t careful!

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Tessa Bailey

I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.

Thank you for being a part of it.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene ( I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

When I’m not submerged in a good book, you can find me musing about makeup and planners or dreaming about Kpop boys and beaches. Until then, check out my reviews and let’s talk books!
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This was on my kindle this morning but I still need to read book 4 first.


I will have to check out this series….thanks annie


Thanks for the review Annie…looking forward to reading it!


I loved this series.


This series is awesome 😀
At this moment I am reading Staking His Claim and I love it 😀

Super review Annie 🙂

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