Velvet by Temple West | Book Review

velvetBlurb: 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?

Thoughts: This book was honestly great. As the blurb might imply, it is a little cheesy at some points, but I feel like the cheesiness just makes everything so much better. There’s cute romance, an interesting background to the vampire, great characters and chock full of snark.

Caitlin has to be one of the funniest and snarkiest protagonists ever. I loved reading from her perspective and her sassy remarks to Trish and Adrian had me laughing out loud sometimes. West also has a hilarious writing style and it propels the book a ton. I thought it might take me a few days to get through this almost 400 page book, but I ended reading it in one day!

“You drink ‘donor’ blood so your body can function the way a normal human body should, except with a bagillion more steps thrown in for supernatural for kicks and giggle.”

Since this is a paranormal YA romance book, we have to talk about the amazing-ness that is Adrian de la Mara. I love him so much, he’s probably one of my new favorite characters, plus he doesn’t sparkle! Adrian is this crazy gorgeous vampire who has to protect Caitlin, but with one catch, he can’t fall in love. The forbidden romance in this novel was great because both Caitlin and Adrian loved each other while they were pretend dating, but nothing can happen and that adds a nice amount of tension on the romance.

Also, the side characters are so wonderful. Caitlin’s parents have died so now she’s living with her aunt and uncle and a cousin she’s never met before. Watching her grow closer with her new family was so sweet because you see how Joe and Rachel want to comfort Caitlin, but they don’t know how, but eventually Caitlin begins to except her new family members. Trish is another super funny character in this novel and helps to push Caitlin into adjusting to the small town of Stony Creek. Then we have Lucien, the adorable little misfit. I’m with Caitlin, you can’t help but fall in love with him.

I’m so excited for the sequel because West leaves the book in quite a cliffhanger and it will be interesting to see how she takes it. So basically, if you’re looking for a funny/romance book to cheer you up or you like vampires, read this book. Seriously, it was great.


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