Name: Her Claim (Legally Bound #2) by Rebecca Grace Allen
Date Published: April 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult Fiction, Erotica
Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an ebook copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion below.
She’s no princess. He’s no prince. Then again, they never wanted a fairy tale.
Cassie Allbright takes no prisoners. A half-Cuban ball-busting attorney, she’s too tough to admit what she wants in bed. But tough is the only way to cut it in her high-powered firm, and Cassie doesn’t need a knight in shining armor. And she definitely doesn’t need Patrick Dunham—an arrogant, chauvinistic man-whore with a knack for pissing her off.
Bound to the helm of his family’s publishing house, Patrick is shackled to a life of power and wealth he never wanted. Seduction is his only distraction—his nights of pleasure always temporary, because happily-ever-afters are not for him. But while luring a woman into his bed has always come easy, the high-and-mighty Cassie has never succumbed to his charms.
Their verbal sparring turns to foreplay, but instead of scratching an itch, it only whets their appetites. Patrick gives Cassie a taste of what she’s secretly craved, and Cassie’s dark desires stir up things Patrick never knew he wanted. Enchanted, he offers to fulfill her most dangerous fantasies. She agrees, with an iron-clad escape clause: her heart is off limits, and so is his.
Funny thing about hearts, though. They have a way of ignoring the fine print.
Reading Level: ★★★★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★
This is the second book in the Legally Bound Series. I never read the first book, His Contract and I was worried I would be lost but these seem to be stand-alone books. I never felt lost or confused. That being said, I loved this book so much I can’t wait to read the first one.
Cassie is an attorney looking to make partner at her firm. She is a no-nonsense, get what she wants type woman who isn’t looking to find a husband or have children until she gets partner. Patrick is as the book describes “an arrogant, chauvinistic man-whore” and he is not looking for a wife or children. Ever. Cassie and Patrick are both strong willed and won’t take shit from anyone. Because they are both so pig headed, they fight, all the time. Patrick finds Cassie challenging and he’s never met a woman who could resist him. Cassie finds Patrick annoying and full of himself, but she thinks he may be the only one who can fulfill her fantasies. Because they are not fantasies she can just tell anyone. Their relationship is very unique. They are both strong people who are really just looking to “fix and itch” and not have feelings get involved. However, we’ve all heard the story of friends with benefits. Someone’s heart always gets involved.
The chemistry between Cassie and Patrick is very evident with each new chapter. Cassie is 39 so her mom is constantly asking her when she’s getting married and having babies but for Cassie she’s not ready. She is a strong willed woman who knows what she wants and part of that involves her dark fantasies. Patrick is able to fulfill those fantasies without making Cassie feel ashamed. In fact those particular scenes are extremely hot and it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that has a well-written sex scene. Rebecca Grace Allen does it again and again throughout this book.
The ending of this book was very predictable but I loved it non-the-less. Rebecca Grace Allen was able to give Cassie and Patrick the relationship they needed and while it wasn’t easy, they grew with each other and I wish I could keep reading more.
As many of you know, I read a lot. I was gone on vacation and read 6 books in 2 weeks. I’ve read a lot of romance novels and have found some good ones but none like Her Claim. It’s been a while since I’ve “missed” characters after I finished a book. Normally I just pick up the next one and start reading. I miss Cassie and Patrick. I miss their connection and their fire. I wish I could keep reading about them, even though I know their story is done. I highly recommend this book. To anyone.