Love at Stake
Author: Victoria Davies
Date of Publication: January 27, 2014
To snag a young vampire socialite as their next client, Abbey journeys to the home of Lucian Redgrave, the oldest vampire on the East Coast. But he’s not willing to allow his vampire daughter to use the agency… 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.
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.