Val had the opportunity to interview Victoria Davies!
Pretending stories are among my favorite. What made you decide to have this couple be in a fake relationship?
I was actually running low on ideas of what to do for this book and I watched “The Parent Trap” as a break. It got me thinking about the idea of playing a trick on people, on having a secret only a few characters are aware of. I didn’t want to go the twin/mistaken identities route but I chewed on the idea of having a secret ruse that tied the two main characters together. And boom, the idea of Chloe and Kieran faking a relationship was born.
I haven't read the first two books in this series but I adore paranormal and shifters specifically. Can someone pick book up and read from here or do we need to start from book one?
I wrote my Fated Match series so that it can be read in any order. What ties the books together is the dating agency and some overlapping characters, not any sort of plot twists. I wanted a series where you could be reading one book, find yourself intrigued by a background character and then discover they have a story of their own. With every book I write the cast of characters gets larger and I want to tell all their tales.
Tell me something about Kieran that we don't learn in the book.
He’s a great baker. In the book, he’s the one in the kitchen since Chloe is more of a eat-to-live not live-to-eat sort of girl. He shows off his chops making roast chickens and expert pastas but really he likes the sweet things too. The man has a sweet tooth and when he gets the time he likes to bake some tasty treats. Unfortunately he’s a busy man so it’s usually just a chocolate bar tiding him over.
What about Chloe, any secrets for her you can share?
Well Chloe grew up alone as an orphaned witch so she definitely has some secrets of her own. Before ending up at Fated Match she was roaming the country trying to survive and teach herself what it meant to be a witch. With no one to guide her, she learned her magic mostly through trial and error. This means, of course, that there were more than a few mishaps. In the book, Chloe can run her fingers through her hair and have a magically perfect coif, a gift I’ve wished I had more than once. When she first started training, however, her magic skewed more towards an 80s
perm kind of look rather than red carpet ready curls.
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?
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“For whatever I need?” His voice was pitched lower, the sound almost a physical caress along her skin.
She leveled her best disapproving look at Kieran and crossed her arms. “So, is this what normally works for you? A dash of charm and all the women trip over themselves to get to you?”
Instead of withering under her stare, Kieran merely curled his lips into an amused smile. “Usually.”
“Well, it won’t work on me.” Kieran leaned closer, crowding into her space. “It has to, my witch. When my pack is watching, you need to look at me like I’m the only one in the world for you.”
“I can be a fine actress, thank you very much. I won’t give us away.”
He snorted. “I haven’t known you long, but even I know you can’t lie to save your life.”
She blinked at the words. It was true she’d never been very gifted at deception, but that wasn’t an insight she’d expected him to have—not based on their limited relationship. Unease tugged at her as she realized Kieran saw more than she intended him to. It was so easy to write him off as a spoiled playboy, she tended to forget he was much more than that.
The man before her ran a powerful, dangerous pack with an iron fist. He’d weathered challenges to his leadership and threats from intruders. If she ripped open his shirt she had no doubt she’d see scars from his many battles marring his golden skin. She needed to remember Kieran wasn’t a man to be trifled with.
He was a predator, and she very much wanted to avoid being prey.
“I wouldn’t have agreed to this charade if I wasn’t confident I could do it,” she said, swallowing hard.
Kieran moved, trapping her between his arms as he gripped the railing on either side of her body.
“You can’t jump when I touch you,” he breathed against her ear. “You can’t look at me like a wayward schoolboy in need of a reprimand.” He drew back enough to meet her gaze. “We’re supposed to be lovers. There wouldn’t be a single inch of your skin I wouldn’t have run my lips over.”
Heat suffused her face.
“There, you see? You blush when I’m close.”
“I don’t,” she denied, lifting her chin.
Kieran snorted. “People will take one look at us and know we’re pretending. If we’d really been lovers for months, there’s no way you’d still look so goddamn innocent.”
“Maybe I’d teach you a thing or two instead. Ever think of that, wolf boy?”
A chuckle rumbled from his wide chest. “Witchling, if you ever want to try and teach me something new in the bedroom, I promise I’ll be a most diligent student.”
Her cheeks were on fire despite her desire to remain unaffected by Kieran. He was right, damn him, she needed to stop acting like a giddy teen when he touched her.
“I’ll work on it,” she growled, pushing at him to force him back. “By tomorrow I’ll be ready.”
About the author:
Victoria Davies’s passion for writing started young. Luckily she had a family who encouraged believing in magic and embracing imagination. From stories quickly scribbled in diaries, her love of storytelling developed. Since then her characters may have evolved and her plots may have grown decidedly more steamy but she never lost her love of the written word. Writing is not only a way to silence the wonderful voices in her head, but it also allows her to share her passions with her readers.
Currently she writes from Toronto, Canada. While she has a healthy love for the unknown, this corner of the world will always be her home.
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