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Staking His Claim

(Line of Duty #5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,058 ratings  ·  619 reviews
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

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 tr
ebook, 176 pages
Published February 3rd 2014 by Entangled: Brazen
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Spank me harder Matt stars


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“You come because I allow it. You only do it for me.”

Nicely done Tessa Bailey! Matt's book may have been a shorter one, but it was packed full of yummy goodness. I enjoyed it very much. Insta-love in books are either a hit or miss with me and this one worked for me. I would have loved it to be longer, and some of the dirty talk didn't flow right for me. It was like one dirty line he would say would be hot as hell, and then next he was like a newbie not u
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
3.25 STARS

One look at her had rattled the chains he'd wrapped around his needs, tempting his inner demons to the surface. Demons that belonged in the past, but refused to stay there.

I can tell you one thing for sure about this book, IT WAS HOT. And I mean hot! Like filthy dirty talk hot. But really, can you expect any less from Tessa Bailey? I think not.

Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I love it as much as the other books in this series? Sadly, no. How do I feel about giving less than my typical 4.5
• Lisa •
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brazen-addict


I have fallen well and truly in love with my latest Brazen book binge.Tessa Bailey is the queen of a sexy fix and 'staking his claim' has certainly taken the crown for my most favourite of this series. You must not miss out on this sexy book it comes complete with the most tempting dirty talker, Matt Donovan. He is one broken hero that I'd love to help fix, here are my helplessly in lust book thoughts ...

What's it all about?
Matt Donovan finds himself with the task of driving
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'Be My Air' Stars!

Finally finished this series! I loved all the Line of Duty books so much, it's sad to say goodbye to all these amazing characters! I really enjoyed Matt and Lucy's story and their off-the-charts chemistry (Matt is a bossy hottie!).

Only thing that I missed in Staking His Claim (being the last book in the series) is a longer epilogue/ending and a closure with all the characters. Still, Tessa Bailey is awesome in her Brazen books, I love her writing and her heroes so I definitel
5 Claiming Stars.

When Matt does a favor for his best friend and picks his younger sister from college he never in a million years imagined that his life would be about to change.
Lucy knew that faking her name and pretend she was her best friend in order to deceive her older brother best-friend, wasn’t a good idea. But some things can’t be undone.
Despite their rocky start and the fact that Lucy is the younger sister of Matt’s best friend they can’t be apart and can’t far from the other. But as
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tessa Bailey Fans, Romance
3.75 Restrained, Boiling, Claimed Stars
* * * 3/4 Spoiler Free
February 8, 2014
I am an Entangled/Brazen Hussy... they are my go-to happy place... and one of my favorite authors with this publishing house is Tessa Bailey. I spent this last weekend having a Bailey Marathon...and Staking His Claim, the fifth in the Line of Duty series was one of my reads.

I find comfort in Ms. Bailey's writing; it is strong, direct, and clear. Her characters are full of personality whether intense, humorous, or sarca
Feb 02, 2014 marked it as dnf

DNF at 15 percent.

This book got too weird for me. His thoughts about not being clean was disturbing.

"Right now, she looked at him and saw a decent-looking man, a departure from the younger hoodie-sporting guys she met on campus. She didn't see what lurked behind."

"When he occasionally let himself explore the need he kept shoved down deep inside him, he went for curvier women. Women with some meat on their bones who could withstand what he dished out."


Huh? I'm all for enjoying what you like but t
Kelli C
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads
4.5 Smoking stars! Now that's what I'm talking about! Tessa Bailey owns me with this series!

Matt Donovan

This man is a dominant God! His need for control is off the charts...who could possibly accept him with all that dark sensual anger inside....well, one feisty little college grad with a pension for thrill seeking behavior just might bring him to his knees!

Lucy seems to be a "nuisance" to most her fam, including big bro cop Brent, as her crazy behavior has landed her with a flighty rep...but
Gio Listmaker
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
There Was A Lot Of This!

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And A Lot Of Dirty Talk

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A Little Of This

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I Needed One Of These

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Fun Hot Read With No OW/OM Drama

Duchess Nicole
This was my least favorite so far :( Something kept me from sinking in to this story as much as I thought I would. I usually love the whole "debauch the young maiden" theme but Matt's whole self flagellation got really old. Fair warning, this is one of those stories in which the hero stays away from the heroine because he thinks he's not good enough for her. Like I said in a conversation with a friend...people are selfish creatures, especially when it comes to romance. If you want a person, you' ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
As always, loving Bailey's writing. I did like the couple for the most part but I also thought his whole thought process of "I am so bad, if she finds out what I want to do in bed she'll be disgusted" a tiny bit unbelievable - he wasn't even into anything super outside the box, plus she was enjoying everything he tried with her. Also, could they maybe, just maybe, just talk to each other? ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Stars

I'm not sure why I jumped into this series at book #5 but I did. I am not sure if I had I started this series at book #1 that I would feel differently about it but unfortunately this book just didn't work for me.

What it comes down to is that I really never made a true connection with the main characters, Matt and Lucy. I had trouble believing in their connection as a couple and things just never took off for me.

There were some pretty steamy moments between these two but in the end I fel
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Staking His Claim by Tessa Bailey
Book Five of the Line of Duty series
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: February 3, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Purchased Kindle copy

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 all
Emma ~ The Indecisive Reader ~
3.5 stars

I enjoyed Staking His Claim, it was hot, sexy, hot!!! Of course Tessa Bailey delivered in the hot sex, the dirty talk and great couple. I do enjoy the best mates sister/brothers best friend. But I just didn't enjoy them as much as the others in this series. But the ending and epilogue, awwwww loved it!!
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5..... I'm in love with Matt... Stars

Jointly review for Totallybooked :


Gitte & Jenny: Well what more can we say about Tessa Bailey and her heroes that we haven’t already said? We’ve loved every single story and every single hero. Tessa rocks at writing pure sexy raw indulgence. What this Author crams into a short story is fantastic, it really is. When you need a hit of something hot, passionate, thrilling and drama laden there’s not much better than a shot of Te
Jan 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This was good, but Daniel and book 3 will hold their spot as my favorite of the series! Tessa Bailey is my favorite Brazen author, I would love to see her write a full length novel where more character development could take place. This series is a lot of fun for anyone who hasn't read it! New York has a pretty big police department, so as long as she keeps coming up with new delicious dirty talking officers, I will keep reading:)) I would recommend starting at the beginning with book 1 because ...more
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2.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

It could have been a more enjoyable read if I knew I was joining a pity party, but Matt made it all better with his "sweet talking"...

Colleen Fauchelle
I have been having trouble sleeping so this book has kept me company over the last couple of nights. a good spicy read.
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
3 stars

Matt gets called in to help drive his best friends little sister home from college. Lucy has other plans, knowing he wont make a move for his friends sister, she tells a little lie.

I wasnt convinced by Matt the Alpha-Dom. Maybe I was spoilt by Daniel, I dunno I didnt feel I understood him well. Lucy was a kickass heroine though.

I love this series but I felt the sexy time in this book outweighed the storyline. But I cant deny Im a sucker for cheesy endings. Worth a read if you are look
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
3.5 SpAnK mE sTaRs

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As always another hot read from the queen of Dirty Talk.... the 5th in the series of 'Line of Duty' novels.

Tessa Bailey will always be on my instabuy list, nobody does hot dominant alpha males like she does.

And Matt Donavan has to be the most dominant of them all.

......his broken, smouldering, dark and intense.

Matt reluctantly does a favour for his best friend Brent by agreeing to collect Brent's little sister Lucy from Syracuse who has just graduated and bring
Kim Bailey
✭✭✭✭4 STARS✭✭✭✭

Another great installment in the Line of Duty series. Tessa Bailey knows how to deliver a very steamy, fun and angst filled read.

Liar, Liar, Pants on fire …

Lucy has just finished graduate school. She’s tired of being cooped up, studying and living in sweats. She’s ready to get back to her fun-loving, living on the edge lifestyle. So when she meets Matt , the quiet, hard-working ESU officer and best friend of her brother …. she lies and says she’s someone else … because, ho
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tessa-bailey
Good googly moogly! Matt makes Derek look tame. Don't get me wrong though, I still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Derek. But wow, Matt and Lucy are in a league all by themselves... in a good way.

Ok. I loved it, I got the hot flashes and everything that I always get while reading a Tessa Bailey book.

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and is not a paid review.

I'll be posting my full review on around Feb 3rd.
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, erotic
Read my top ten reasons to read here -
Possessive Sniper ft. Mrs.Sunshine - ♫♪"Love the way you lie" 2 Stars ☆☆
I actually expected more from Matt. Or, maybe not more. But something different. More mystery or something. He has been described (in previous books) as a man of few words,mysterious, but kind and sweet. Not outrageous and jerky like Brent,i.e. :)

But this book presented him in typical way, slave of sexual attraction and instant "Let me just f*ck you, spank you, devour you, you're mine from the second I saw you".

I don't know
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, arc, entangled
ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review

4.5 Chuckling stars..

Matt Donovan is a sniper with the NYPD, and his friend has asked a favour of him to go and pick up his little sister and her roommate from college, and bring them back to New York. His little sister’s reckless, daredevil reputation precedes her, and Matt just isn’t in the mood for babysitting.

Lucy Mason is heading to New York with her college roommate Sasha. Her brother, Brent, has the honour of picking her
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2/7 - Another one I forgot to review! This was almost, but not quite, as good as books three and four of the series, but better than books one and two. Since it's been such a great series I just didn't feel right giving it only four as I really did enjoy it more than Protecting What's His and His Risk to Take.

I loved both main characters, individually, but didn't feel their chemistry as strongly as I did with the characters of the previous two books (hence my dithering over my rating, despite it
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
Ummmm, as much as I've loved this series and was really looking forward to Matt's story, I must admit I didn't like it as much....I didn't hate it by far. I think I just was expecting more from it, maybe?!? Those silent types are usually my fave kinda guy to read about, but IMO, the story sort of repeated itself over and over. For example.....

let's get it on, now chicka wow wow, oh wait she's to good for me run, I can't stop thinking about her, we need to talk which turns into more bow chicka wo
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feb-2014
WHAT?? How didn't I know Tessa Bailey has a book coming out in February???

EXCITED!!! Whoohooo :)
Currently $0.99, and worth every penny. 176 pages. Review to come!
The Line of Duty series is one of my all time favorites. I fell in love with Derek and Ginger in Protecting What's His and knew immediately Tessa Bailey was an author to watch out for. Then I proceeded to fall in love with each book that followed. Through all this, I have been very curious about the ever silent and brooding Matt Donovan. So of course when I saw it was finally his turn and Staking His Claim had been released, I pounced. I devoured this book much like I had with the others in this ...more
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