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08ea5-love-at-stake-500Abbey 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 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.

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, and there are quite a few people in Abbey circle that I’m anxious to see get their open Happy Ever After so I’m hoping to have more in this world. 

As for Lucien and Abbey, their path to a happy ending is definitely rocky but oh-so-addictive.  Lucien, being an old and powerful vampire, has some very set views (as you can imagine) and these clash quite a bit with Abbey’s young and human ones.  But when they get together they are charming and funny and very very hot.  While Lucien has had a lot of time to perfect his charm and swagger, he’s also gotten a bit jaded.  Abbey still has an exuberance and earthiness that only a mortal can have and, while this difference is part of their attraction, it is also part of their problems.  Full of power and passion, the back and forth between the two can be intense but totally riveting.  I had trouble putting it down until it was over … and then I wanted more. 

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.