Hunting for love is a pain in the neck...
Abbey is the lone human working for Fated Match, a company that pairs members of the supernatural community with their eternal mates. To snag a young vampire socialite as her next client, Abbey journeys to the home of Lucian Redgrave, the most respected vampire on the East Coast. But he's not willing to recommend the agency to the vampire world... unless Abbey can first find his perfect match in a month.
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.
Each book in the Fated Match series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Love at Stake
Book #2 Dying to Date
Book #3 The Alpha's Temporary Mate
About the Author
Victoria Davies's love for writing started young. Luckily she had a family who encouraged believing in magic and embracing imagination. From stories quickly scribbled in bright pink diaries, her love of storytelling developed. Since then her characters may have evolved and her plots may have grown decidedly more steamy but she never lost her love of the written word. Writing is not only a way to silence the wonderful voices in her head, but it also allows her to share her passions with her readers.
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"Fated Match, find your mate anytime, anywhere. How may I help you?"
Abbey twirled a pen around her fingers as she listened to the were-shifter sob into the phone.
"Yes, that does sound like a disappointment," she agreed as the woman proceeded to describe her date in agonizing detail.
Continuing to make noncommittal noises of support, Abbey's fingers flew over the receptionist's keyboard. In seconds, she'd pulled up the woman's profile and was sorting for a decent replacement for the client's abysmal date.
"I have a were-lion available for tonight. You two have an 80 percent match rating. Not too shabby."
The sobbing stopped.
"Yes, yes," Abbey agreed as she pulled up the reservation page. "He's open to weres of any variety, even were-squirrels. I can book you at Celeste's this evening for eight o'clock. Does that suit?"
Abbey listened with half an ear to the woman's delighted agreement.
"All right, your reservation is complete. Good luck tonight. Thank you for using Fated Match, pairing mates together since 1704."
Abbey disconnected and pulled off her headset. This was the second disastrous date she'd had to fix in under an hour. It was shaping up to be one of those days.
She didn't usually sit in the reception room of Fated Match. Ahead of her, wide glass doors opened onto a bustling Manhattan street. The reception room was open and airy. Several chairs were arranged along the white walls, and an array of out-of-date magazines were strewn on the coffee table in the center of the room. Too bad all the chairs were empty. When she'd first started this job, the reception room was always filled. Now they rarely got walk-ins.
Abbey tapped her hands against the white granite counter separating her from the waiting area. Their consulting rooms were down the hall to her right and she had a nice small office back there to handle her work. Right now, however, most of the dating consultants were at lunch, leaving her to man reception and handle the bad dates their clients phoned in.
Abbey's boss emerged from the hallway.
"I keep telling you, Vivian. We need to raise our match rating. Seventy-five percent is too low. It's starting to give us a bad rep."
Vivian sighed and came out into the lobby.
Abbey had been working at Fated Match for five years and she still wasn't used to the punch Vivian packed. As a siren, her boss was one gorgeous woman. Long silver-blond hair hung past her waist. With her willowy body and beautifully wide blue eyes, she always looked as if she'd stepped from some lucky man's wicked fantasy.
Abbey fought the urge to slump further down in her seat. It wasn't Vivian's fault the siren pricked at her insecurities. Abbey was no match for her boss's elegant height. Instead she was short and curved. Curved being a nice way of saying she could stand to lose a few pounds. Or twenty.
Her curly brown hair might be nice with the proper styling but Abbey was more of a clip-it-back-and-pray kind of girl. She rather liked her smoky green eyes, but when one worked with clients who sported exotic purple or dazzling sapphire gazes, it was hard to compete. Yes, being the human member of Fated Match was not all it was cracked up to be.
"If we raise our match rating we won't be able to cover our date requests," Vivian said, leaning against the white counter. Even slouched, there was no mistaking the elegant lines of her body. "We haven't had a new client in months."
Abbey chewed her fingernail. There was no denying the problem. A few decades ago, matchmaking had been easy. After all, they had been the only show in town. But now, thanks to Internet dating, their clients had more options. Especially those just looking for a date and not an eternity.
"We could hold another mixer," Abbey said. "You know, show the were- deer that the were-tigers aren't as bad as they fear. So many of our clients refuse to date outside their species."
"It's a thought," Vivian agreed. "But we need more. We need a high-profile client. If the community sees their leaders using our service, they will follow suit."
"Who do you have in mind?" Each race was led by a select few elders, members of the community who were centuries old and had the experience, and the funds, to ensure the survival of their people. Problem was, only a few elders lived in New York and none of them had ever shown any interest in Fated Match. Why would they? After the years they'd lived, most of the old ones were set in their ways and uninterested in change, no matter what their species.
"I just got a call from Melissa Redgrave."
Abbey sat up straighter. "The vampire socialite?"
"The very same. She wants to sign up."
Vivian shook her head. "There's a problem. Her sire."
The infamous Lucian Redgrave.
Abbey nodded her understanding. The man was the vampire lord of New York. In nonhuman terms, he was basically king of the undead, at least in this part of the country. The human world knew him as a powerful but reclusive CEO. He came out for a few photo ops every now and then but mostly kept to himself in his spacious mansion outside the city. In supernatural circles, he was well known for his resistance to change.
"Melissa wants to use us but Lucian refuses until he's vetted us thoroughly."
Abbey frowned. "Both of you are old as dirt. Surely you've met before?"
"The man hates sirens. No accounting for taste." She flicked a strand of silver hair over her shoulder. "You need to drive out there and give our pitch."
Abbey blinked. "No."
"Abbey, this is no time to be difficult. We need to land Melissa."
"I don't go near vampires. You know that. The bloodsuckers are far too peckish when they get around humans. No way I'm driving for hours to lock myself in a house with two of them."
"Probably more than two. They have servants, after all."
"I'll give you three evenings off."
"Free time is no good if you're dead."
Vivian threw up her hands. "Don't be dramatic. Lucian is a vampire elder. If he can't hold it together, no one can. You'll be perfectly safe."
"Highly unlikely," she muttered.
"I'll let you make your own schedule next week and I'll give you five extra vacation days. I'll even set you up with a nice griffin I know."
"Not interested in dating nonhumans," Abbey said for the millionth time. "I only made a profile because it was part of my job description."
"Whatever. You are going. Case closed."
"Jessie can do it when she's back from lunch. Or Chloe."
"It has to be a human. You have no allegiance to any race and no ulterior motive to get an audience with an elder. You have no idea how in demand that vamp is."
"I also have no way to defend myself if this goes bad."
Perfectly manicured nails clacked on the marble countertop, a sure sign of Vivian's waning patience. "Let me cut to the chase. If we don't land Melissa Redgrave, I will hold you personally responsible. You will be fired immediately and without a reference, and you know as well as I do that matchmaking is a small world. One word from me and no agency in this town will touch you, human or otherwise. You've got a good thing going here, Abbey. It would be a shame to lose it."
More than a shame, it'd be disastrous, and Vivian knew it. As a college dropout, Abbey had few prospects to begin with. Matchmaking was work she excelled at, and if she ever did leave Fated Match, it would be for another agency. But Vivian could ruin all her credibility with a few well-placed words. Then it'd be back to waiting tables and tearing her hair out trying to make rent.
The siren didn't look at all regretful of her vicious promise. "Take a recruitment briefcase with you. Everything you need to sign up Melissa Redgrave is in there. I'll text you the address and you can use one of the company cars. Oh, and change into something a little more professional."
Abbey looked down at her T-shirt, which read "Team Human."
"I think it suits the situation just fine."
Vivian flounced away without another word.
Abbey sighed, twirling in her swivel chair. Not only did she not want to waste time driving out to the sticks, but she also didn't relish convincing a ridiculously old vamp to loosen up a bit. But she needed this job.
She headed for her office. She always kept a spare change of clothes in there. In this line of work, one never knew what the day would bring. A blood splatter here, a gooey handshake there. At least her job wasn't boring.
Grabbing her respectable black pencil skirt and red blouse, she changed quickly. A silver briefcase waited by her desk, already filled with everything she'd need to recruit Melissa Redgrave.
Tossing her coat over her arm, she grabbed the case and headed out of the office. Her cell phone pinged as she walked past a smiling Vivian, no doubt with directions to the Redgraves'.
"This is a bad idea," she tried one last time.
"Have a good drive. Try to be back before dark."
With a roll of her eyes, Abbey stalked from the office.
Maybe she did need to find a new job. Something normal, boring, human.
Something that didn't force her into face-to-face confrontations with men who viewed her as walking Happy Meal.
* * *
"You have got to be kidding me."
She stared up at a mansion that looked like something out of Bram Stoker's nightmare. How the hell had Lucian Redgrave managed to build this in Connecticut?
The palatial home was all black. Even the windows were forbidding, with dark curtains blocking out the sun. Honest-to-God turrets twisted up both sides of the home and a widow's walk perched high on the arched roof. The whole place looked like a Gothic church having an identity crisis.
I'm checking the wanted ads as soon as I'm home, she thought, walking up to the ten-foot-tall gates blocking the drive to the house. She might not make as much as a waitress, but at least serving food didn't require hazard pay.
But for now, she had a job to do. Squaring her shoulders, she pressed the intercom button on a pole to the right of the gates.
"Yes?" a crackling voice asked.
"Abbey Sinclair, from Fated Match, here to see Melissa Redgrave."
A buzzer sounded before the black gates before her eased open.
Jumping back into the car, Abbey drove up to the entryway of the mansion. A servant was already waiting at the door when she parked. Not allowing herself second thoughts, she grabbed the silver briefcase, tugged her skirt into place, and marched up the steps.
"Miss Redgrave is in the study with her sire," the aged servant told her as she stepped into the elegant foyer. "If you will follow me."
She trailed the small old man through the spectacular foyer. Every inch of this place dripped with wealth. She'd known Lucian was successful, but what exactly did an elder do? She swallowed, remembering his penchant for blood. Maybe she was better off not knowing.
Priceless art lined the halls as they moved farther into the house. Under any other circumstance, she'd love to spend hours admiring the Renaissance paintings. Now nothing motivated her but her survival instinct. Get the job done and get out. How hard could it be?
Abbey passed under a sparkling crystal chandelier and noted the absence of natural light in the house. It was to be expected, she supposed. Vampires, especially older ones, were able to remain conscious during the day if they chose, similar to the way humans could stay up all night when they had to. But no matter how many centuries bloodsuckers lived, they never regained their human immunity to sunlight. One stray little touch of light and a vampire's skin burst into flame.
"Right in here, miss."
Snapping back to the present, Abbey glanced at a sturdy oak door.
"Shall I announce you?"
She nodded. "Please."
The servant knocked lightly before pushing the door open. "Miss Sinclair to see Miss Redgrave," he said, bowing.
I'm up, she thought. Lifting her chin, she sailed into the room.
She didn't know what she'd expected from the room, but it wasn't a magnificent library with shelves upon shelves of pristine leather-bound books. A dark fireplace was built into one wall, and comfortable armchairs littered with novels encircled it. Her gaze shifted to the massive mahogany desk dominating the room. A man sat behind it, his fingers steepled. By his side stood a lovely young woman who beamed as Abbey approached.
With a clinical eye, Abbey scanned the woman she presumed was Melissa. She would do well in their dating pool, Abbey was sure. Her fair skin and deep burgundy hair had obviously not seen the sun in decades, but she was slim and delicate. She'd rouse the protective instincts of their more alpha clients.
Abbey's gaze turned to the man behind the desk. Ice-blue eyes met hers. The ancient vampire watched her without expression but even so, everything about him screamed predator. She was painfully aware of the blood pumping through her veins and the knowledge that he could take it from her in a second.
His clothes were old-fashioned, as if he'd stepped from the stage of a regency play. She'd swear the cravat at his throat was perfectly tied. The dark riding jacket fit him like a glove, showing off his lean, honed physique. Her gaze moved higher as her heart sped up just a tad. The man was beautiful. Not "pretty in the right light" beautiful, but "move over George Clooney" beautiful. Piercing blue eyes watched her approach and his full lips tightened, no doubt in disapproval. His black hair was pulled back in a queue so nothing softened the striking planes of his face. He looked hard, dangerous, and just a little bit too enticing. Like a fallen angel ready to take her soul with a smile.
Abbey stopped before the desk, pulling her professional facade around her like armor.
"Mr. Redgrave, Miss Redgrave, it's a pleasure to meet you. My name is Abbey Sinclair and I am a representative of Fated Match. Thank you for your interest in our organization."
Melissa's grin widened. "I've been wanting to try your services for decades. My friends rave about your matches."
Abbey transferred her attention to Melissa, figuring she was the easier sell. "We have a very high success rate for those looking for long-term relationships."
Melissa nodded eagerly. "Exactly what I need. I'm ready to settle down."
"Melissa is interested in your company but I, on the other hand, have my doubts. How can anyone promise to match mates when the bond is so innate?"
Lucian's deep voice shook Abbey to her bones. She could just imagine how he would sound whispering dirty words in a woman's ear. Heat pooled low in her stomach at the thought and she mentally shook herself. Vampires were off her list for a reason, sexy voice or no.
"Why don't I walk you through the process?" she asked. "May I sit?"
Lucian didn't reply, merely watched her with his wolf gaze.
Taking his silence for consent, Abbey perched on the high-backed chair and laid the briefcase on the desk. "We are well aware of the elusive nature of the mating bond," she said, opening the case. "Which is why we mix science with matchmaking. Melissa, should you choose to pursue this course, I will take a swab of the inside of your cheek and a hair sample." She held up her tools as she explained. "We'll collect pheromones with this tissue" — she held up the object in question — "and a trace of venom if you produce any. If you have any other gifts which create a physical effect or scent, I'll need samples of them as well."
"What do you do with your collection?" Lucian asked.
"We run the data through an exhaustive testing procedure at our lab, which distills your physical presence into a computer program. With that information along with your personal preferences, we can run you through our database and find possible matches for you based on your biology. We will set you up on dates with matches of 75 percent or higher."
"But a mating bond is more than genetics," Lucian said, his gaze never leaving hers. "There is instinct, fate. How can your computer program replace seeing your mate across a crowded room and knowing she is yours?"
Abbey swallowed, wondering if the room had just grown hotter. Looking into his eyes, she almost agreed with him. How could science replace physical attraction? That animalistic combustibility everyone yearned to find just once in their lives?
"I'm sure they've done all the proper testing," Melissa said.
Abbey turned her attention to the other woman gratefully. "Yes, of course." She cleared her throat. "Matches happen even without the 75 percent rating. I know of one pair who only had a 33 percent compatibility rating and yet are deliriously happy. Mates could find each other outside of our services. We just make the process easier, eliminating the time-wasting that normally comes with searching for a partner. We don't guarantee success, but we'll get you on a much better footing to find your intended."
Excerpted from "Love At Stake"
Copyright © 2014 Victoria Davies.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fun paranormal read. Abbey works in an unusual capacity in the secret, supernatural world. She is employed by a dating service, Fated Mates, that specializes in finding the one true love for those in the supernatural community. Her boss sends her to interview the top vampire whose daughter wants to join the agency to find her mate. Lucian Redgrave agrees only if Abbey can help him find his mate first. Although he is drawn to Abbey rather than the seemingly perfect prospects she finds for Lucian, he resists a serious relationship knowing that humans are all to fragile. As a typically arrogant vampires, he see himself as superior to mere humans. It's fun watching Abbey hold her own against him and his community. In a very crowded field of paranormal writing, I found this book to be new and entertaining. The premise of the story of supernaturals using a dating service is quite a fresh take on the supernatural world. The characters are interesting and well done. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Loved this book cant wait to read more from this author
Delicious sexual tension, awesome conflict, sexy scenes, heart melting HEA.
This was a good escape. I enjoyed Lucien and Abbey, though both are terribly hard headed. A few times I wanted to reach through the pages and strangle them! Lucien refuses to think of Abbey as his mate and luckily Abbey is smart enough to not wait around until he figures it out. Do they figure it out? You have to read it to find out!!! A hint....I could not put it down and stayed up way to late to finish it. That is always a good sign.
Never a boring moment.
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.
it's just good folks
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
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.
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.
This book was a great read. I really enjoyed reading Abbey and Lucian story. You never know how you will find your perfect mate.
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.
<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.
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!
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.
Good Book! 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.
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.
3,5 stars 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.
***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.
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.)
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*