Monday, February 3, 2014

eBook Review: Love at Stake

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 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.

For some reason romances/paranormals/urban fantasies that involve a woman being the sole human in a work/social setting of all paranormals is something I love. Maybe its a bit of wish fulfillment (but hey that's reading in general). LOVE AT STAKE, as I mention in my short review, reminded me a lot of Jessica Sims' "Midnight Liaison" books. Especially the first one - in which the human Matchmaker gets coerced into being the date for one of their high profile clients (much to the disapproval of her job, her boss, and the rules in general).

However Midnight Liaisons as a series is a light hearted romp through paranormal dating. LOVE AT STAKE had a slightly more serious edge to it as our dear Abbey is very certain that there can be only one outcome to her and Lucian's affair. One very sad, very lonely, very hurt filled outcome.

The third person POV switches back and forth with Abbey and Lucian, though we get more from Abbey's POV then his. It mostly seemed liked Davies would switch to Lucian so we could see that no he wasn't just toying around and yes he was as conflicted as Abbey. Nice to have that confirmation, but it also made a lot of what Abbey would fling at Lucian seem unnecessary or as if she didn't understand.

Melissa, Lucian's "daughter", was an interesting secondary character, but we don't get very much from her other then 'I want my father to be happy. Also maybe modern.' She's pretty instrumental into getting the two together--pushing them both to recognizing certain truths.

Something I found to be very important and ultimately made this a better then 3 Star Read for me. Abbey makes it clear, numerous times that she is happy being human. Maybe in the future she'll change that stance, but right now she's happy being the way she is thank you very much. She has nothing against the transformation in general terms, but she lays out her argument to one particularly insistent suitor quite well. It basically boils down to the fact she sees no reason to change what isn't broken.

It was also nice to see the woman taking charge of how a relationship would end. Abbey faced the problem straight on and didn't flinch. She made Lucian understand that he was offering her nothing - great sex and some form of affection, but she knew she deserved something better. She deserved to be loved--for all her faults and quirks and humanity and deserved to be told she was loved.