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Love at Stake by Victoria Davies
Abbey is the sole human employee at Fated Match, a dating service for supernatural beings. Melissa Redgrave, famous vampire, wants to become a client, but her “father,” Lucian Redgrave, will not allow it unless he has first approved of the company. Abbey is selected to interview the two.
Abbey hates vampires, but her boss, a vindictive siren named Vivien, only cares about securing the contract that will insure her company’s continued financial stability.
After hearing all of the statistics, success information, and enrollment procedures, Lucien finally agreed to allow his daughter to enroll in the program. But there would be one huge condition. Fated Match had to first find Lucian’s mate.
On top of this condition, he refused to work with any of the usual experts the company assigned to its clients. He would work only with Abbey. She was to update his wardrobe, assist in preparing him for dates, and so on. Vivien was not amused. She was convinced that Abbey was trying to have a relationship with the vampire and was quite insulting in her assessment of the situation.
The more Abbey worked with Lucien, the more her attraction to him grew (and it was quite strong at first sight). She knew, though, that vampires view humans as beneath them and that such a relationship would never work, so she strove to keep herself distant, no matter the difficulty. For Lucien’s part, he met all the perfect people Abbey found for him, yet no one seemed to interest him as much as Abbey. He longed for her company, even though he knew it was folly.
Davies has written a fun, quick read with interesting characters. Abbey was a great heroine, snarky, intelligent and strong. Lucien was divine, tall, dark and handsome. Vivien made a wonderful enemy, with her controlling, overbearing ways and cruel words. Melissa was kind, sweet, and a wonderful addition as a secondary character. The characters were so real they came alive on the page.
The one problem I had with the book was that Abbey got over her alleged dislike of vampires a bit too quickly. Also, the reasons for her dislike weren’t explained very well (other than vampires being “peckish” around humans). If she truly disliked vampires, she would have needed a bit more persuasion to become involved with one.
Otherwise, the book was well-written, nicely paced, and sexy.
4 glowing stars!
The publisher provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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