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?
Although there's several books in the vampire genre, Velvet by Temple West is one you won't want to miss! It proved to be an amazing, humorous take on your typical vampire story.
The premise of a vampire having to pretend to be Caitlin’s boyfriend for protection caught my attention right away. It seemed like the set-up of an awesome rom-com to me :) It turned out to be just as funny and romantic as I hoped.
The humor kept the book lighter and stopped the plot from being too heavy all the way through. The snark was amazing and there were so many lines that had me laughing out loud. I don’t think I’ve ever read a paranormal book this funny before. Caitlin’s outlook on the whole vampire situation was especially funny. She'd reference the powers they had as "Jedi mind tricks".
A huge part of this novel is the relationship between Adrian and Caitlin. I really loved them together! Adrian was a slightly nerdy, quiet vampire. I thought it was sweet how Caitlin brought him more out of his shell and made him laugh. On the other hand, Caitlin, who's a new resident of Stony Creek after her mother’s death, inadvertently gets sucked into the vampire craziness and requires Adrian's help. The progression of Adrian and Caitlin’s relationship was so sweet! The fact that they were only pretending to be together definitely led to some pretty awkward yet hilarious moments with her friends and family.
Adrian’s family also played a role in the novel, showing a different side to the vampires than the one initially presented by Adrian. Lucien, Adrian's little brother, was one of my favorite characters. His lack of people skills made me laugh a lot.
I'm excited to see what will happen next. It seems like certain things may not be what they seem, which has me really curious!
Velvet is my favorite novel in the SwoonReads imprint so far! I loved it so much and I’m just wondering when the next novel will come out ;) I’d give Velvet 4.5 out of 5 flowers.
“I scoffed. “Why would I fall in love with you? You’re just a hot, closet-nerd vampire with a bazillion dollars and a Harley. There’s absolutely nothing attractive about you.”
“I’m repulsive, I know."
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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.