Staking Claim

Workaholic Gabrielle Ellis never lets her relationships make it past a couple dates. The sooner she can ditch them, the less chance they might leave her. Of course, she never picks the kind of guys she’d want anything long term with anyway… After a night out celebrating, yet another escape from her jackass of the week, and her upcoming move, she wakes up in her best friend’s truck in the middle of nowhere.

According to Jake Marshal, she dumps every guy she dates for one reason--they’re not him. He promises her, if she'll just let go and allow herself to feel, she’ll know she belongs in his bed, forever. Jake, consummate bachelor and participant in her hidden fantasies, wants to stake his claim. On her. As much as she wants him, she’s scared, too. After one touch, Gabrielle knows she doesn’t stand a chance because Jake always gets what he wants. But just maybe, she’s been his all along.

Gabrielle has one foot out the door before she even starts a new relationship. It’s easier to leave before they hurt her than to wait around for the pain. She knows failure is the only option going in. Why can’t she have a healthy loving relationship? Fear can make us hold back or move forward in life. Gabrielle is holding back. Afraid to screw up the one relationship she has managed to maintain by adding in sex, she’s content to fantasize about Jake in the biblical sense, but not pursue it. He’d leave her and then she’d truly be alone.

Jake has been Gabrielle’s friend since childhood. She has had a rough life but he’s always been there for her. When is she going to realize the reason all her relationships fail is because they aren’t the right man for her? When is she going to realize that right man is him? Looks like he’s done waiting and is going to show her she’s his. By staking his claim.

Short, short, short but hot, hot, hot. Years under their belts as friends, we join in at a critical stage of their relationship. Jake is done waiting for his life with Gabrielle. She’s never going to take a chance so he goes alpha on her and forces her hand. The following seduction is drool worthy and fantasy fodder. The serious aspect of Gabrielle’s resistance to Jake is forged from her life experiences but Jake is a man on a mission. He pushes her to make a decision about how she’s been living her life and to consider him as a partner in that life. What will she decide? Definitely a must read.


Book Blurb for Staking Claim

Workaholic Gabrielle Ellis never lets her relationships make it past a couple dates. The sooner she can ditch them, the less chance they might leave her. Of course, she never picks the kind of guys she’d want anything long term with anyway… After a night out celebrating, yet another escape from her jackass of the week, and her upcoming move, she wakes up in her best friend’s truck in the middle of nowhere.

According to Jake Marshal, she dumps every guy she dates for one reason--they’re not him. He promises her, if she'll just let go and allow herself to feel, she’ll know she belongs in his bed, forever. Jake, consummate bachelor and participant in her hidden fantasies, wants to stake his claim. On her. As much as she wants him, she’s scared, too. After one touch, Gabrielle knows she doesn’t stand a chance because Jake always gets what he wants. But just maybe, she’s been his all along.


Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 4.50