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As Abbey coaches Lucian through his dates, she can't deny the chemistry ...
As Abbey coaches Lucian through his dates, she can't deny the chemistry between them. But humans are toys for vampires, and risking her heart isn't a part of the plan.
Posted May 22, 2014
Posted March 26, 2014
Abbey and Lucian took a long time to figure out the other was what they needed in their life. I have to hand it to Abbey she didn't sit around
like a simpering flower.
Posted March 20, 2014
Posted February 16, 2014
I loved this one. it was funny, hot and had some heart-wrenching moments ...
Abby works for "Fated Match", a company which finds the eternal mate for the supernatural community. although she is not against dating supernaturals she would prefer a "normal" human and has a strikt "no vampire" rule. Then her boss asks her to get a special contract because the business is slowing down. The daughter of one of the most important vamps, Melissa, wants to be a client of Fated Match but her father doesn't want that. for that he makes a condition: Abby has a month to find the perfect match for him. if she is successful, his daughter is allowed to do the same. But he only deals with and through Abby ... and so the fun beginns. and I mean this literally. the first half of this book is so funny I had to laugh out loud several times.
the chemistry between Abby and Lucas was great and it made reading this book a real treat. but even as we don't get to see the side characters so much, they were great as well. I liked Abbys friend Chloe and of course Melissa.
If you are looking for a great love story with a lot of fun and real chemistry, don't hesitate and read this book.
I really hope we get more books in this world and to see Abby and Lucian again.
Disclaimer: I got a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Posted February 13, 2014
And we have here another absolutely spectacular cover from Entangled. The choice of mostly black with just a splash of red in the lipstick (and the bottom)..drool-worthy. I want a Covet cover some day. ::sniffle:: Enough drooling, sorry. On to the actual book review.
The concept of this book, a dating agency aimed specifically at non-humans finding their soulmates, was fantastic. I mean, the supernatural creatures (as envisioned by Ms. Davies) apparently are immortal (ageless at least), so who can blame them for wanting to find (and believe they have) their soulmate? And in this day and age, what a shock that they use technology to help them, right?
What's different (at least for me) is that Fated Match is apparently an above-board business, with an actual functioning business office and all that...and yet the humans have no clue about it being for supernatural creatures. The humans in general (unless, as in Abbey's case, they have a family member bitten and converted to a were of some sort) have no clue about the supernatural world existing, yet clearly they have their own functioning businesses that cater only to their kind.
I thought the world building was fairly well done, with all the tensions between species you might expect.
Abbey - I loved her "no dating vampires" rule, though of course Lucian makes her ultimately break it. She was fine with other fanged creatures, even possibly a demon, but absolutely no vampires. She loved the supernatural community, but she was also perfectly fine being human, had no interest in being anything but human, and in fact if she hooked up with a supernatural creature, wanted them to accept her as a human without expecting her to change into such a creature.
Lucian - harder to get a read on him because we spent very little time whatsoever in his head. I kind of wish Ms. Davies had spent more time with him, but in the length of a Covet book (70k max), something has to be cut and the male POV isn't necessary to carry the book. He remains suitably enigmatic throughout, but I love how he comes to realize his love for Abbey in the end.
There was a great secondary cast to this book, including many I hope get their own books, especially Lucian's child (who was the driving force that led Abbey and Lucian to meet in the first place) and Vivian, the head of Fated Match (a siren).
The love story was believable and I really wanted these two to find their way to each other. It worked out (of course - what do you expect from a romance?), but not without some bumps along the way.
I really hope there will be more Fated Match books coming. 4 stars for me! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 11, 2014
LOVE AT STAKE's blurb didn't really excite me but I talked myself into it because I usually love Entangled titles and it ended up being a nice, emotionally charged love story with plenty of drama, spicy scenes and interesting characters.
When Abby's boss sends her to land a new client she ends up signing the sexy vampire Lucian instead. Lucian makes it clear that she is the only one he is willing to work with and from the beginning their 'working' relationship brings frustration to not only them but Abby's boss who makes it known that Abby isn't good enough for him.
I really enjoyed Abby's character. She ended up being a pretty strong woman even when she was down. She was drawn to Lucian but she believes in her companies matching program and it says they are not even close to a match. He makes his intentions towards her pretty clear but she thinks he is just trying to throw her off her game because he doesn't want his daughter using Fated Match. Lucian took a bit for me to like. He seemed over the top, arrogant and just all around full of himself. As the story goes on you get a better feel for who he really is and by the end I was a little in love with him. The relationship goes from work to personal pretty fast but it wasn't too fast to seem unbelievable. Feelings are held back on both sides and it takes both a while to get their heads out of their butts.
I admit I am an emotional reader and I was in tears a few times during LOVE AT STAKE. Both characters are pretty emotional throughout and the author did a great job making you feel what they felt. I really liked Lucian's daughter Melissa and would love a story that involves her. I would definitely read more.
I gave it 4/5 stars
* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 8, 2014
This book was a great read. I really enjoyed reading Abbey and Lucian story. You never know how you will find your perfect mate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2014
Abbey Sinclair works at a supernatural dating service, surrounded by Sirens, Witches, and Weres. She's your everyday, average human woman who loves brightness, chaos and her job at Fated Match. Until she lands an unexpected client, but even then she's not going to give up without a fight.
Lucian Redgrave is a ancient vampire who doesn't believe a computer program can predict and find someone's true mate. He's never been in love before but believes a dating service can replace that moment when you see your true match for the first time. When his charge wants to sign up at Fated Match, he himself gives them the challenge of finding HIS match in 30 days.
This was a fun read. Abbey was a very real character, with very real quirks and emotional reactions. I cheered for her and shouted when she made bad decisions. Lucian is the kind of vampire to make women swoon and he knows it. His internal struggle seemed real and I shouted at him for making bad decisions too. I would highly recommend this if you like humorous paranormal romance.
Posted February 3, 2014
<i>I was given a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing for an honest review.</i>
Abby is a human working in the supernatural world at Fated Match, a dating site for all forms of supernatural. She helps them to find their life mate. Enter Lucian Redgrave, the oldest vampire in town, whose daughter wants to join Fated Match. Not a believer in computers finding the one he signs up for a month to try it out before allowing his daughter to join. What he didn’t plan on was finding his life mate in a human, Abbey.
I thought the dating company for supernatural was interesting, and that it wasn’t always with your own kind that it looked. And any new twist in the human falling for vampire story is great because there are so many stories out there that I love finding one with a different telling. Also it shows that 2 completely different people, old fashioned vampire and modern whirlwind human, can still fall in love.
Posted February 3, 2014
This was a really cute and light story. I totally enjoyed reading it. Abby was a female lead that you had to love from the start, perfectly normal. She has her flaws, is caring but also strong and stands up for herself. I really liked her.
Lucian was of course dark, strong and sexy. But even though Abby and Lucian were described to instantly feel a physical connection I didn’t really had the impression. This changed throughout the story. They were perfect and just bad together. I could totally get why they were so unsure of the relationship.
After the first half of the book I wanted to rate it with 3 stars. I had the impression the story was a bit shallow. It didn’t really go into great details about the characters and I didn’t get to know a lot about other characters besides Abby and Lucian. However the end made up for it. Abby became a really strong character. I loved how she stood up for herself and didn’t take up with the BS the guys gave her.
The story was well written and smooth to read. I liked the concept of the paranormal match making company and Abby as human within a supernatural world. The book started off a little bit boring but the end made up for it. Some of Abby’s witty comments were amazing!
Posted February 2, 2014
This was a really good paranormal romance. The characters in this story were really easy to like, and I found myself laughing quite often at some of the interactions between all of them. I cannot wait to read more from Ms. Davies.
Abbey Sinclair is the only human who works for Fated Match, which is a company that works with people who are supernatural and looking for their mates. The agency receives a call from Melissa Redgrave, a vampire socialite who is interested in using Fated Match to find her perfect match. It would be a huge success for the company if they can get her as a member. The only problem is Abbey will have to prove to Melissa’s father that the agency really does find a member’s true mate.
Lucian Redgrave is the oldest vampire in the area, and he is very set in his ways. He does not believe that Fated Match can really find someone’s true mate, so he’s decided not to let his daughter use the agency unless Abbey can find his mate within one month. The one stipulation he has is that Abbey mast be his coach for each date that his will go on. The chemistry sizzles as Abbey coaches Lucian with his dates, but she knows that no matter what the heart wants nothing lasts between a vampire and a human. Right?
I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 31, 2014
Covet is an exciting imprint that never fails to disappoint. Contemporary love with dollop of paranormal is a winning combination time after time. I am always tickled pink when I get the chance to read and review a Covet romance.
Love at Stake by Victoria Davies is about matchmaking and finding love in the world of supernaturals. Abbey is the only human working for Fated Match, a dating service catering to the supernatural society in New York City. She gets roped into wooing a new client, who just happens to be a vampire, a species that she does not care to much for.
Lucien Redgrave is a very old and very wealthy vampire. His daughter Melissa wants to become a Fated Match client, so in order to ensure that the company is on the up and up, he agrees to trial their offerings himself, before he allows Melissa to do so. However, as a condition of enrollment, he wants Abbey to be in charge of his dating account. She agrees reluctantly, because her job and well as the firm's success is on the line.
Abbey and Lucien spend a lot of time together, which evolves into much more than a just professional relationship. In fact, they are both experiencing true love for the very first time. Which in Lucien's case is extremely rare because not only is he gorgeous, but he is over 900 years old. However, a relationship between a human and a vampire is riddled with an uncertainty that both Abbey and Lucien are slowly discovering.
I really enjoyed this story. I learned that the supernatural community has many different species and that each one garners their own little idiosyncrasies that can be exploited to lure a potential mate. Lucien and Abbey are steamy together and their sexual chemistry is undeniable. Overall, a solid, contemporary read that even non-fans of the paranormal genre will enjoy.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 31, 2014
Abbey works at Fated Match a place that sets up all kinds of paranormal beings up with their perfect mate. Business has been slow and when a young vampire wants to sign up it's up to Abbey to convince her sire the company works at finding mates. Lucian agrees to let his young daughter sign up but only if they can find him a mate in a months time. He won't work with any other than Abbey as she intrigues him and she lets it known she won't date vampires. As they work together top set him up they both can't deny they want each other but their percentages don't seem to link to any type of perfect match.
From the start I liked the idea of this book. A dating service for paranormal creatures just sounds so good. Abbey doesn't like vampires or any kind of creature that snacks on humans. She has no plans to fall under Lucian's spell. Her job is at stake in this book as it is up to her to get him a match and help the company bring in new clients. She doesn't usually work personally with the clients but Lucian won't take no for an answer. Lucian doesn't believe this system can work and in some ways is old fashioned. He is up for anything even if he just gives it a few minutes of his time. He wants Abbey and can't stay away from her. I love the chemistry between the two and how even while dating others they can't seem to stay away. I do have to say I didn't like Abbey's boss much as she doesn't care what it takes to get more business. There is plenty of tension between Lucian and Abbey and you get several laughs as well. This book is very entertaining and I look forward to reading more by this author.
Posted January 30, 2014
Love at Stake remind me so much with one of my favorite series that have same name "Love at Stake" by Kerrelyn Sparks. Basically, both are a light and fun paranormal romance that heavily focused on supernatural creatures such as vampire and werewolf. The "match maker" and "dating service" plot also not now, for I know that Jill Myles also have same series with the same theme. Even that, I enjoy reading this.
I love how Ms Davies write about Abbey (even I wish her name is Abby, just Abby). Yes, she can't resist the hero, Lucian Redgrave, charm. But she stuck with her principal. She doesn't want to be turned into vampire or werewolf and remain human for the rest of her life. This, make me grateful. For I'm so sick and tired with paranormal romance troupe, that state if one of the main character is supernatural, the rest must follow. Yes, I know that feel romantic, for HEA must be strictly HEA. But I see it as a selfish decision, and somehow an excuse to make "deux ex machina" plot. It's not that Abbey doesn't want to be turned, but she want Lucian to accept her fully as human.
The story is in novella length so it's perfect for an easy and quick read. More like old Harlequin but with supernatural character, so there's no suspense or villain. Maybe just some rival, make this book somehow remind me of Twilight. But, thanks God, of course Abbey is better than Bella, lol! I would love if Ms Davies give story to the secondary characters like, Chloe, the witch that also Abbey's friend. And Christian, the werewolf who desire Abbey. Maybe both can have their own HEA?
Recommended for you that love paranormal romance that a little different from any PNR title that available now.
Posted January 28, 2014
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
The use of a paranormal matchmaking company, Fated Match, is definitely a first for me to read about, and I liked that it was a unique approach to the mating process between supernatural beings, but I really liked that the traditional ideals of mating weren't downplayed or forgotten in this story. That soul deep connection, that instant acknowledgement that the other person is your other half, that need to possess and protect what's yours is the theory that's put to the test in this delightful romance between a human and an elder vampire.
The chemistry between Lucian and Abbey is undeniable. From their first meeting to their first intimate encounter, every look and touch and word solidifies that attraction, makes it tangible and HEA worthy. It was that attraction plus everything else--memories, revelations, needs, wants, acknowledgements--they encountered from Page 1 to The End that made this such an enchanting story.
I loved how the past was not only identified as a problem but it was shared and talked about between Lucian and Abbey. And it wasn't merely glossed over. It was told in detail and seen as the reason for the discord between them. Lucian's struggle with his past was evident in how he reacted to Abbey's questions or observations. But stepping over that bump and seeing that loving another was worth the risk made me believe their future together was secure.
Ms. Davies' paranormal world is bright, colorful, and bold. She's written a love story with a cast of characters (primary and secondary) that worked well together even when they stood at odds with one another in a setting that's unique and refreshing. I don't know if she will write more about Fated Match but I hope she does. She's made a fan of this reader and I can't wait to read more of what she writes.
Posted January 28, 2014
Fated Match is a high profile match making service for supernatural. They specialize in finding that elusive connection that they are all looking for - a mate. With a very high success rate, but rising competition, they jump at the chance to match up a very high profile vampire. Abbey is one of the few humans that knows about the supernatural world, and Lucian is instantly curious about her. Something sparks an interest deep down and he insists that she personally handle his entire case.
Abbey isn't afraid of most supernaturals, but the vamps are a different story - well anything that may view her as a snack is strictly off the relationship radar. She is surprised to find that she can't keep Lucian out of her mind. Both try hard to deny their attraction and prove it isn't right between them - but deep down they both know they were meant to be together.
This was a humorous and inventive story. I loved the idea of the matchmaking agency - and it's really for all paranormals. This could turn into an amazing series with Fated Match as the linking point. I really hope it does, because I would love to read more like this.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Posted January 28, 2014
Sometimes you have a paranormal story with romantic themes and sometimes you have a romance with paranormal twist – I think that Love at Stake definitely falls into this second category. I think it is an important distinction because some people aren’t big fans of paranormal books but they’d be OK with just a touch of it in their love story. Here, we have a couple who have what could be an everyday issue (she doesn’t fit into his world), but one of them just happens to be a vampire. This could very easily be in a different setting and the theme would be the same.
Not to say that the woo woo factor doesn’t make it fun. It’s always interesting to see what take on the supernatural world a particular author will take and Davies brings all sorts of creatures together, which is always fun. And even better, she has them dating … thru a matchmaking service! It’s not a comedic story, but there are definitely flashes of humor.
In Love at Stake, Davies gives her readers strong leads, with great chemistry and a lot of drama, who steam up the sheets but also tug at your heart. You know that things are going to work out for them in the end but it is an emotional rollercoaster getting them there.
(Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress.)
Posted January 28, 2014
Love at Stake. Victoria Davies
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I'd had a run of books that weren't really working for me, and needed something I’d definitely enjoy so picked up this one. Entangled Covets are always a fun read, always up to standard, sometimes a five star, usually a four but never less than a three, and that’s what I needed to get my reading back on track. Anyway – Abbey and Lucien – what a fun couple. Abbey is “no vamps” while ancient vampire Lucien finds her fun, and determines to change her mind. He bets her that she can't find his perfect match via the agency in under a month, insisting that she is the liaison and that she waits for thirty minutes to see if the date is working. Of course he's got an ulterior motive – this way he's got time to work on Abbey. Abbey needs to do it as the agency numbers are down, and signing up Lucien's daughter will give them a much needed boost, with other clients then coming forward, and that means job security for Abbey.
There some smouldering sensuality – in romances the old vamps do that so well, and of course with hundreds of years of experience Abbey doesn't stand a chance with him, he has all the answers to every doubt she has. Slowly he wears her down. He thinks he just needs to get her out of his system, and she thinks one night will allay the feelings she has, get the experience over and back to normal. Of course for both its one night, plus and another , then another...all the while telling themselves its only temporary. He's not the only one after Abbey though – she's come up as a close to perfect match for a werewolf and he's not giving in easily.....
As expected its a realistic, fun read, with some sensuality and hot, erotic sex, Covets aren't vulgar, they don't give sex that makes the reader cringe. Well me anyway, sometimes that phrase “ I just threw up a bit in my mouth” springs to mind when I’m reading some books, but never with covets. They're not deep and dark, but neither are they silly and smutty. This read is a typical Covet, its fun, well written, easy to follow and a perfect way to lose yourself in another world for a couple of hours. Victoria is an author new to me but I won't hesitate to try other books of hers.
Stars: Four, a fun read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley
Posted January 27, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. It is about a human, who works for a matchmaking company, for the paranormal. A socialite comes in and wants t
to use their services, but her father will not approve of this, unless the matchmakers can first find a beloved for him, first. It turns out that
love grows between our human, and vampire, even though they try to resist their growing attraction. Lots of adventure and fun ensues.
Posted January 27, 2014
Love at Stake was a whole lot of fun. I just love the "falling for the matchmaker" troupe, and the paranormal twist here made it even more enjoyable. I kept sneaking back to the book when I was supposed to be doing schoolwork...no self control!
Fated Match claims to use both science and matchmaking to find their clients' mates. At the opening of the novel, they're setting their clients up with 80% matches, but Abbey argues to her boss they should go higher due to the high number of misses they've recently had. Lucian, however, tells her that science can't possibly predict a true mating bond--and the novel's outcome suggests he's absolutely right. According to their profiles, Abbey and Lucian aren't even 50% compatible.
But of course it's their differences that make them so perfect for one another....
I liked that both Abbey and Lucian had issues that they had to work through before they could really come together, and that they did so in a realistic way. I also loved that Abbey was such a strong person. Even though her job demanded that she keep Lucien a happy client, she didn't let him push her around. She stood up to him (and to her boss, and to her rebound guy, another strong alpha male) when she needed to and defended her right to be human throughout the book.
Take that, Bella Swan!
Abbey struggled a bit with body image issues (though, really--her boss is a siren. Can you blame her?) but it didn't consume her and become annoying as it sometimes can. If only there were a nine-hundred-year old guy who appreciates "curvy" women out there for all of us, right? ;)
The plethora of supernatural creatures served by Fated Match was mind boggling--and at times, giggle-worthy. How exactly do "were-mice" work? Are they really mouse-sized? On second thought, maybe I don't really want to know...and "were-squirrels"? The mind revolts...
By the time Lucian and Abbey got to their happy ending, I believed in it 100%. They'd worked through their problems--both singly and together--but still stayed true to who they were. They complemented each other nicely--Abbey added some much needed color (literal and figurative) to Lucian's life, and Lucian helped Abbey to see that many of her preconceived notions about humans vs. supernaturals were just wrong.
I'll bet she keeps on wearing her "Team Human" shirt, though. Especially when in his company. ;)
Finally, can I just say that I think we should absolutely take a cue from the supernatural community in this book? Gifts given on a first date sounds like an awesome idea, IMHO...
4 stars/B+ rating
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.