Book Review: Velvet by Temple West

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The latest release from Macmillan’s SwoonReads imprint is Velvet by Temple West, a sexy, seductive, and addictive story filled with romance, danger, and tension.

Oh, and did I mention a hot vampire bodyguard? Yeah, that, too.

velvetFirst 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?

In a post Twilight world, many publishers have since shied away from vampire YA stories — but I’ve ALWAYS loved vampire stories, and Velvet more than satisfied my hankering. It created a whole new level of addiction — because I just want more. I want more of Caitlin and Adrian, and their intriguing world. I want more of their story.

Velvet swept me up with a lush setting, engaging and entertaining characters, and a completely addictive plot. And as the climax peaked, the ending left me only thirsting for more. I absolutely must find out what happens next! (The author has promised there is a sequel on the way — and honestly, I just want to know how long until I can get a copy in my eager little hands.)

Regardless of your feelings on vampire stories, Velvet is a fun and sexy YA paranormal, filled with plenty of twists, turns, and challenges for the characters to overcome. It will leave you both satisfied and wanting more. Look for it in stores tomorrow.


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