by Templ e West
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires
Rate: 4.5 Stars
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First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.
After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad- boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half- demon vampire.
Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?
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I sped through this book late last night, and it's honestly one of the most fun reads I've had in a long time! Velvet is loads of fun and doesn't take itself too seriously. I couldn't stop grinning while reading this. If you need a pick-me-up, this is the book for you!
Velvet was just the book I was in the mood for. Something kind of horrible happened yesterday, and this book actually had me laughing out loud and captivated my attention. It's care-free and fun and addictive. Temple's writing is quirky and fun; her writing has such a sass and spark to it. There are so many quotable lines
I love the protagonist, Caitlin, and her hilarious inner-thoughts and dialogue. She's got a sparkly personality, and I could see some of Temple in there! I love when writers infuse a bit of themselves into their character(s). Adrian is a hottie through and through, and I love how awkward yet sexy he is. The other characters aren't as significant, but they sure are vivid and unique.
The romance in this book is all flirty and adorable. It was fun, and those two have such an awesome dynamic. I love the banter and the hilarious moments that are all too often.
Unlike most paranormal books, this one explains how and why and what exactly vampires are. They get into demons and other science-y stuff. This put a unique spin on the usual paranormal tale. Usually we're told they're vampires "just because" or they don't know why, or it just happened. It was great to have some concrete details on the matter!
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Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.