Fated Match has spent centuries pairing supernatural mates together. Witch and matchmaker, Chloe Donovan, takes pride in helping her clients find their happy endings. But when werewolf alpha and millionaire playboy Kieran Clearwater stalks into her office, she may have finally met the one man she can’t help.
Kieran has no intention of finding his mate. Love is a weakness he can’t afford. But with his pack growing more concerned over his single status he, needs to assure them all is well. What better way to do so than to hire a fake girlfriend he can parade around at the annual pack retreat?
Chloe is coerced into becoming the wolf’s temporary mate, but she’s determined to keep their agreement professional. But her seductive partner in crime has other ideas, and his considerable charm makes it difficult for her to keep her eye on the prize. While these two burn hot when they’re together, behind-the-scenes politics work to rip them apart.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Covet via NetGalley
I really enjoyed this paranormal tale and its hints of many a contemporary HQN/M&B romance, in the use of a hired/employed girlfriend brought in to keep the family off a rich bachelor’s back, but with an added hint of wolves and witches. It’s a straight forward, easy read that packs in a nice amount of heat and mixes past hurts with present problems to tangle up the path to love.
It would be easy to dismiss Chloe as being an overly optimistic romantic. She works in a dating agency and loves matching up supernatural mates. She’s happy and friendly and bubbly – but a witch without a coven. Actually, there’s a lot more to Chloe than she shows at first. In fact I wish we’d learnt a lot more about her past and just how she came into her powers. I would have loved to have known more about her magic. She uses it a few times to put Kieran playfully in his place, to even her odds against some of the wolves and for handy little things like turning on lights and taking off clothes. These little glimpses made me all the more curious about her witchy ways, which sadly weren’t explored.
However, despite that slight disappointment, I liked Chloe. She’s nice and far stronger than she looks. I loved how she handled the wolves and rarely backed down. She was a perfect partner for Kieran, which definitely wasn’t what I expected from the start, and I loved that.
As for Kieran, he’s a typical alpha guy with commitment issues thanks to his past. Despite a rocky start where I wasn’t sure that I could like a man who saw Chloe’s objections as amusing, and tended to dismiss her concerns and ideas because she was just an employee. However, he does grow and change as the book progresses and I loved how their relationship slowly thawed him out and made him into a decent person again. I would have liked to have seen more of his wolf, if I’m honest, but as with Chloe’s magic it was a disappointment I could live with.
Overall this was fun. The magical world isn’t too deeply developed, leaving the whole thing feeling like a contemporary romance with a twist rather than a full on paranormal, but that’s not a bad thing. If you want something fun, engaging and easy, with a hint of wolves and witches, then this definitely fits the bill – and even has a nice amount of heat to go with the political and emotional manoeuvering. This is my first taste of Victoria Davies’ work, but on the strength of this tale it won’t be my last. I look forward to seeing what else this series has to offer.
The Alpha’s Temporary Mate is out November 9th!
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