Velvet by Temple West ~ Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ By Jaime!

by Temple West
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires
Rate: 5 Stars!


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?

I am absolutely more hesitant nowadays with vampire stories than I used to be. I still love them, but I feel like there are more mediocre ones than great ones these days. Because of that, I wasn't so sure about Velvet to begin with. The cover sucked me in, though, and the premise made me pause. And I am more than happy to say that I LOVED THE HECK OUT OF THIS BOOK! 

As usual, I hate giving away the plot to a story. It is so fun to go in and immerse yourself in the story, learning about the characters, and living the plot alongside them. With Velvet, that is even more the case. So, this review will be short and sweet!

Caitlin has just moved in with her aunt, uncle and cousin. Her mother died just days ago, and Caitlin is angry. Not normal angry. She is filled with this uncontrollable, completely understandable rage. While out in the woods, getting away from everything, a freak storm comes out of nowhere. And with it, a strange guy with glowing eyes. Then the storm turns into a fire storm, and she is at a loss. Thus begins Caitlin's introduction into the world of the supernatural. Vampires and Demons, to be exact.

I adored Caitlin. From the first sentence she uttered, she had me. Even with this rage that she carries, she is a completely relate-able, utterly lovable character. I was rooting for her from the start. She definitely has her guard up. With her family, it is obvious, and even to the kids at her new school it is obvious. But right away, she meets a girl named Trish who just doesn't care. AWESOME best friend, Trish! All of the secondary characters in this book are Top-Notch. I cared about them, enjoyed their scenes. They made the book feel even more complete. And then there is Adrian. Ah, Adrian. He is a good guy. Very different from his family. He takes care of Caitlin, protects her as much as possible, and gives her what she needs while she is grieving. Between him and her new friends, and the patience and understanding of her family, Caitlin had an amazing support system, and they were there no matter how much she pushed them away. I am sorry to be going on and on about the characters, but they were such a huge part of the reason that I loved Velvet as much as I did. They deserve the gushing! 

Anyway! The plot is very fast-paced, with humorous and light moments thrown in, with a very sweet, very complicated romance, and a villain that is very... villainy. Evil, to the core. Caitlin is thrown curve ball after curve ball. The plot moves forward at a great pace, with just the right amount of lightness. The writing flows really well, and keeps you fully invested in the story. 

I LOVED Velvet, and I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series. I would absolutely recommend this.  To whom, you ask?! Anyone. There is some language, and sex is mentioned, but there is nothing graphic in the least. If you are worried about another boring vamp story, have no fear. Velvet is something so different, and oh so good! 

Thanks to FFBC and Swoon Reads for sending me an ARC of Velvet for review! 

“Sorry I dragged you away from dinner,” I said, realizing the time. “You want to eat with us?”
He seemed to consider it, then shook his head. “I’d better get back. Gotta take my medication.”
I arched a brow questioningly. “I thought your immune system kicked ass?”
He laughed. “Sorry, ‘medication’ is what we call it when we need to drink blood. It’s kind of an inside joke.”
“Oh.” I said, blushing for some reason. I should have kept my mouth shut, but curiosity got the better of me. “Does it…taste good?”
He stared at me for a long moment, before his gaze drifted down to my neck.
“You can’t imagine.”
My pulse jumped, half in fear and half in…something else. His voice had gone low and liquid, his eyes were burning silver.
“Hey Cait?” he murmured, and though he hadn’t moved an inch, it felt as though he were leaning towards me.
“Yeah?” I whispered.
He wasn’t looking at me in the eye anymore, just staring somewhere above my chest and below my jaw. The sound of my own heart seemed loud in my ears, and if I could hear it, so could Adrian.
His eyes flicked to my face. “You should really get out now.”
I blinked. “Yeah.”

I scrambled to undo my seatbelt and almost fell out of the truck. I could hear the click of the automatic locks snapping into place the moment the door was closed. Adrian peeled out of the driveway, back into darkness.

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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.

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