HIS TO CLAIM
This is a companion piece to His To Possess, which follows brother Rafe’s journey. There is less certainty about his goal than the characters in the previous book, making this story less compelling. His ambivalence about his life choices slows down the flow and presents unnecessary obstacles.
Melanie made a choice to leave her job as Rafe Ranier’s assistant when he fell in love with her best friend. Even though that relationship doesn’t work out, Melanie still tries to move on. Rafe tracks her down, but even though they are sexually compatible, something is missing for Rafe. Meanwhile, Melanie is determined to prove her independence and becomes part of the road crew for Rafe’s band. Rafe is dedicated to helping run his family business and refuses to travel with the band, even though his music is important to him. The disagreement leads to a brief rift, which eventually opens them up to pursuing a BDSM lifestyle. As it happens, Melanie is open to the lifestyle, but Rafe is reluctant because he’s not sure if he can control his impulses. Trust turns out to be as valuable as love. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Sep., 288 pp., $14.99)