Peter is good at being a lawyer. He also happens to be a vampire, which -- in his experience -- is far less exciting than the books make it out to be. The most romance he gets these days is watching others fall in love. But this vicarious lifestyle isn't something Peter minds or even wants to change.
Theo escaped an abusive relationship and is determined to get his college degree, even if prostitution is how he pays for it. No stranger to the supernatural, he has agreed to let vampires bite him for money, but his first client in the new city is nothing like Theo expected.
Peter has no good reason to tuck Theo into bed after that blood donation, but he does. Peter also has no reason to fantasize about Theo, and yet, Peter’s mind is soon drifting to the pretty, black-haired, jade-eyed boy he doesn’t even really know.
A chance encounter at New Elvenswood University brings Peter’s fantasies close to reality. Theo’s vampiric ex soon becomes a problem Peter will have solve. And he won’t use his skills as a lawyer to do it, either.
Praise for Legally Claimed (Elvenswood Tales 5)
"I loved how Peter gave Theo choices and only used compulsion when necessary. The steam was balanced nicely with the sweet scenes and there were a couple of funny moments."
-- 5 Stars from Jacquie, Goodreads Review
"This was such a great read to me. I really liked the way how MC Peter, a vampiric lawyer is portraited. I love how he is projecting this hard as steel persona, but does anything and everything for those who need his help. I also greatly appreciated the fact that the other MC Theo, student and human, was not a demure character in the relationship and held his own against his ex and with Peter."
-- 5 Stars from Laora, MM Romance Reviewed
"I loved this story. Peter and Theo are very lovable characters. Peter is a well thought out character who is in love with the love his friends have. When Theo enters Peter's life does he finally get the chance for a love of his own. You have to read this book to find out. The story keeps you interested from the beginning. I would definitely recommend this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did."
-- 5 Stars from Cynthia Brow, Amazon Review
"...so unique and enticing and simply good! There is a wholly unique cadence to the writing that just pulls you in. It's quite unlike anything I've read before and I was thoroughly engrossed within the first chapter. I absolutely loved this story from start to finish and it was well worth buying it, even though this was a new author to me. I highly recommend it and will be looking for other works by the same."
-- 5 Stars from Guardian_angel, Amazon Review
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Legally Claimed. The author kept my attention throughout the book. I will have to go and read the series from the beginning."
-- 4 Stars from Jocelyn Whaley, Amazon Review
"I loved this story line. Peter is so honorable despite his willingness to do assassin-like things. He has his own code of honor and he sticks to it. And caring about his friends is high on his list. And Theo definitely needs someone he can depend on. He’s a sweetheart and having someone he can trust would give him the stability he needs in his life. Do they have a chance to form a relationship? Both are such wonderful characters!"
-- 5 Stars from Emily Pennington, Amazon Review
"...it's fun watching Peter figure out how much he cares for Theo and how his own behavior changes to reflect that (he's even willing to deal with tears and snot, and that, for Peter, is a lot). Theo is resilient, smart, and making the best of a bad situation, and I liked that he stayed true to himself and took the relationship Peter offered him on his own terms."
-- 4.5 Stars from Coffee <3, Amazon Review
"It turns out Peter has a catchphrase that made me want to LOL every time I read it. This is a fun series to lose oneself in, which we still need after two years of pandemic."
-- 5 Stars from Kadlady, Amazon Review
"I loved this so much! Alexa Piper can write dark with witty humor! Dark and humor should be in its own category now because I would look for more. It's my favorite subgenres/tropes. All thanks to Alexa. I absolutely love Peter."
-- 5 Stars from J's Reviews, Amazon Review
"I really enjoyed this book. To me, it was the characters that were the star of this whole story. I found vampire Peter especially compelling and an interesting character. I liked Theo as well. Good world building and story. Good antagonist/villain in Theo's vampire ex boyfriend, and the suspense over the danger he represents. Great world building. I enjoyed this."
-- 4 Stars from Nina Diab, Amazon Review
"I always enjoy it when an author finds new ways to have vampires and humans interact and Theo's profession provides that here. There is a nice mix of instant attraction, hurt/comfort and the suspense of dealing with an ex-partner that made this story steamy and immersive. Great world building makes it easy to suspend your disbelief and buy into the paranormal."
-- 5 Stars from Ida Umphers, Amazon Review
"I enjoyed reading this story. While it is a part of a series, I didn't feel lost not having read any of the previous books. At first glance, Peter and Theo don't seem like they would be a good match but, as you get further into the book, you get to see how they work well together and have things in common. I would even love to see more of them. It was well worth the time spent."
-- 5 Stars from DLB2572, Amazon Review
"This was a entertaining and poignant read. I enjoyed the fact that the characters never ceased to show layers of their personalities and that they learned about themselves and each other up until the very end."
-- 4 Stars from Anabela.m, Amazon (Amazon.it) Review
"I love this book. Theo is sexy and Peter is funny! I accidentally read Witch Wolf first but I'm glad I did because it really paints a picture of Peter's badassery and set the tone for Legally Claimed."
-- 5 Stars from Sally, Amazon Review
This e-book file may contain adult scenes and language which some may find offensive and which is not appropriate for a young audience. Changeling Press E-Books are for sale to adults, only, as defined by the laws of the country in which you made your purchase. Please store your files wisely, where they cannot be accessed by under-aged readers.
Legally Claimed (Elvenswood Tales 5)
All rights reserved.
Copyright ©2022 Alexa Piper
Sitting behind his desk at his law firm, Peter Collins stared at the spreadsheet that was currently open on his work laptop. But the columns and all the numbers made no sense. Spreadsheets never did when Peter hadn’t had some nice fresh blood in a while, even if he normally loved himself some Excel magic. Sighing theatrically for the benefit of exactly no one because he was alone in his office, Peter leaned back in his ergonomically optimized chair and glared at the damned spreadsheet. It still made no sense, and obviously, his glaring was wasted on the damn screen. With a dismissive gesture, Peter closed his laptop and got to his feet.
He had the corner office, naturally, because he had founded the law firm Collins & Partners. Most days he liked the room that had been designed with an eye to justifying what his clients were billed for an hour of his lawyery time. But right this moment, Peter couldn’t spend another second in here because the cubist paintings just seemed gaudy.
Peter swung the glass door open with a touch and hurried down the hallway, the nice scowl on his face forcing everyone to move out of his way. Peter barged into Michael’s office, and the handsome siren looked up.
“Anything you need?” Michael asked.
Oh, Peter had a list of things he conceivably needed from Michael, and that list had grown ever since Michael had started working for him. At first, Peter had entertained thoughts of a nice, tempestuous affair with the delicious-looking siren. Peter had never had siren’s blood, and he’d wondered what Michael’s blood would taste like in the throes of passion.
However, Michael had not been interested, and Peter was not one to force his own desire on others because, the bother. Then, Michael had started dating a human, the cutest little librarian in all New Elvenswood, and that had been better, because Peter got to watch those two being adorable together. He’d also gotten to watch the cutie-pie librarian go up against a Yule cat to protect Michael, and then the three of them had enjoyed a vacation with a little zombie extravaganza on the entertainment front. It had been such fun.
Now, Peter’s siren and the cute librarian were planning their wedding, and Peter, to whom the sweet little librarian had given the epithet “the Terrible,” felt he was not involved enough. Yet, Peter could not outright state the injustice, because then he would have to explain his desire to be more involved, and the bother.
But still, in the face of a properly engaged Michael doing some paperwork or other, all Peter wanted to say was that he needed to be consulted on wedding decisions.
The goddamn bother. “Just checking in. I wanted to make sure you were dealing with your current caseload. I would understand if you needed more time with Corvin right now.”
Michael smiled up at Peter. “It’s fine, actually. Corvin’s excited and he’s still processing that his best friend is dating an Elf. And a vampire.”
Peter nodded. “Those are Lord Laurette’s lovers, yes?” That sweet, bookish Corvin was friends with one of the Elven lord’s lovers was, frankly, a wonderful happenstance. Peter had high hopes of meeting them and watching that story unfold. If an Elf such as Laurette of the Silver Moons had claimed two lovers, that romance truly had to be epic. Peter would like nothing better than to watch that love story from the sidelines, but still close enough to where the action was happening. Michael and Corvin would always be Peter’s favorites, but an Elf, a human, and a vampire? There was just no way that was not a romance built for swooning over in secret.
Michael nodded. “Yes. Corvin can’t believe he had to be engaged to a siren and survive a horde of zombies before getting told about all that.”
“Understandable. Perhaps we should go to the library? To surprise your Corvin, of course. I should like to make sure he is fine after that drama with the garden shears in Morrowvale.”
Really, Michael had to give Peter that. It wasn’t an unreasonable request, and Peter loved seeing Michael and Corvin kiss, touch -- all that wonderful intimacy.