by Temple West


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Equal parts steamy and funny, with a few genuinely creepy moments, this paranormal romance has everything — compelling characters, plenty of witty banter, and a romance that just might be to die for.

After losing both her parents before age 17, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before she accidentally attracted the attention of a demon. 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?

Temple West’s debut novel Velvet is a sexy, delightful romance chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

Praise for Velvet:

“This romantic Twilight readalike shines with credible dialogue and fully developed characters.” —School Library Journal

"Velvet is fun and very entertaining with snappy dialogue, awesome characters and some solid teen angst.” —The Windy Pages

"It’s humorous yet dark, cute yet sexy, lighthearted yet heart-stopping.” —The Eater of Books!

"An excellent mix of hip and quirky with the right dash of romance!" –T. S. Reeds, reader on

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250057082
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 183,964
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seat belt), and is in the slow process of acquiring a motorcycle (and motorcycle license, which should, in all honesty, come first). She currently lives in Seattle and is quite content to have no pets, plants, or children to fail at looking after.

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"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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Velvet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Ivygirl702 More than 1 year ago
This was exactly what I wanted to read. There's snark and swoons and awesome friends {Trish FTW!} and fighting and even more snark. I adored being in Caitlin's head. Her inner monologue was a lot of fun. And don't get me started on Adrian. I loved that they were together for most of the book because their banter was hilarious. If there is going to be another book, then I'm okay with the info we got and the ending. If this is a stand alone, I will lose my mind. There are some happenings that need an explanation and some serious things that need a resolution. All in all, it was a super fun read with characters I really enjoyed. I look forward to future works by Temple. **Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Velvet by Temple West Book One of the Velvet series Publisher: Swoon Reads Publication Date: May 12, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: I honestly had no idea what to expect when I received Velvet for review. I remember browsing through Macmillan’s catalog and seeing the book, and something about this book made me pause. I’ve been on an anti-vampire streak for years, probably since about 2009 ish (that’s about six years, woah). So when I saw the word “vampire” in the synopsis, I should have been deterred, right? But I also saw the world “bodyguard”, and I was curious. Ultimately, I gave this book a shot with absolutely no expectations, and I’m glad I did! Caitlin just moved to Stony Creek, New York, after her mother died a few days ago. Her father has been dead for years. So she’s living with her mother’s sister now, an aunt, uncle, and cousin that she never knew. They never came to visit her mother when her mother was sick. Caitlin is still grieving, and pushes away her family. She has an emotional meltdown in a forest, and something strange happens, involving a boy who saves her. Caitlin begins school in Stony Creek, and becomes friends with Trish. But the boy who saves her also goes to the school. Caitlin doesn't remember what happened to her, but she remembers him – Adrian. Soon, she’s caught up in a life she never thought would exist. She has a vampire bodyguard, trying to keep her safe from a demon who is absolutely nuts. Caitlin never meant to fall in love with Adrian, but somewhere along the line, she did. But is she just a duty to him, someone to protect? And can he keep her safe from a seemingly inevitable and hopeless fate?  When I first started reading the book, I remember thinking, oh my gosh this is going to be a rip-off of Twilight. UGH. There are definitely some elements that parallel. Like a vampire male and human female together in high school. Female recently arrives, catches his attention like no other (and he catches her attention). Suddenly they're seen everywhere, and the aloof Adrian de la Mara and the new girl Caitlin Holte are inseparable. Sometimes he rescues her, and acts really protective.  Despite these similarities, I wouldn't say that this book is a rip-off from that blockbuster series, nor is it fan-fiction or what have you. There is a lot of humor to this book, and there is angst, but legitimate angst (unlike Twilight). Caitlin's mother died just days before this book begins. She's allowed angst for the whole series! I think I liked Caitlin a lot! She's a bit reserved, very angry, feisty, caring in her own way. She is angry with her aunt and uncle, for never visiting her mother when she was sick. Caitlin finds it hard to forgive them and move on, which is understandable. Caitlin is tougher than she lets on, and deals with finding out Adrian is a vampire, and that a demon is after her, pretty well. What's more, she comes to care for Adrian's broken little brother, Lucian, who was taken by Adrian's father into a demon world when Lucian was really little. Lucian is a little... messed up. But Caitlin is sweet to Lucian from the start, and cares about him. Adrian was difficult to read in the beginning of the story, but I grew to like him pretty quickly. He's pretty sweet himself, though he does have a caveman streak at times. I constantly wondered, why her, throughout the first part of the story, but when we got the explanation about the demon after Caitlin, everything starts to make sense. Adrian is a nice bad boy, though he's waaaay older (obviously, vampire), forever young, and restricted by tons of vampire rules. The explanation about the demon being after Caitlin makes sense, and isn't cliche. It isn't because she's gorgeous (she might be, she might not be), or because she has some sort of immunity to vampires/demons (she doesn't). Caitlin isn't anything special. The demon is after her for a purely coincidental reason, and to me, that reason made sense and wasn't too cliche. Basically, the story was well-developed and very interesting! There is romance, of course. Caitlin is drawn to Adrian, at first because she vaguely remembers that he carried her home (in the first few pages of the book, no spoilers), but then in school, because he's gorgeous and a bit antisocial and has an air of mystery about him. Adrian is given the duty of protecting Caitlin fairly quickly, so we're sure that it's a job for him. Since this book is written in first-person, limited to Caitlin, we never know when Adrian falls for Caitlin. But Caitlin lusts after Adrian, and eventually, falls for him. The lust-turned-love feelings totally worked in this book. I loved seeing the two of them wrestle with their growing feelings - and their attraction to each other. Of course, there are vampire rules, and Adrian is a good vampire. But there is no shortage of chemistry and romance in this book! The ending of this book is quite dramatic! There are some things that made me cringe, some things that made me sad, and some things that, well, totally heated up this book. The ending has a bit of everything in it - right until the end, when a huge bombshell is dropped. The ending is slightly cliffhanger-y, but involving a secondary character. Meaning, the protagonists aren't part of the cliffhanger. Someone else is! In any case, it's an ending in which you'll want the next book, but it's not an aching, cruel need. It's more like a gimmee-asap-I'll-wait-not-so-patiently need. What I Did Not Like: Mmm, I can't think of anything at the moment. Perhaps the Twilight parallels were a little too much, in the beginning? I can see why some people got frustrated with the book initially. It does have a Twilight vibe at first. But that kind of disappears as the story goes on. In my opinion. Would I Recommend It: Coming from the girl that stayed away from vampire books for years on end... yes, I would! I can definitely see why the Swoon Reads imprint of Macmillan picked up this series - it's humorous yet dark, cute yet sexy, lighthearted yet heart-stopping. This one is definitely worth the read, if only to get your swoon on! Rating: 4 stars. I'm glad I gave this one a chance, on a whim. I had no expectations and had read no reviews nor seen any feedback, and I'm really glad that was the case. This one was a fresh read for me, and it really worked! I can't wait to read the sequel.
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Velvet! It was awesome, fun, cute, hilarious and emotional. I liked the plot and literally the first line! A lot of things made this novel work for me. It was exciting and it was mesmerizing. I didn't want it to end! The characters were absolutely amazing. I totally loved Caitlin's personality and snark and I loved that Adrian had a strong personality too. Trish was definitely an amazing and loyal best friend to Caitlin. And Lucian was just totally adorable! I felt that Adrian and Caitlin were really right for each other. And the whole pretending to be dating thing was really fun to read and at some points just awesome! I'm really looking forward to see what happens in the next novel! I would most definitely recommend fans of fantasy and romance to give Velvet a try!
_TeenlyThings More than 1 year ago
A Brief Summary: Caitlin Holte, a seventeen year old girl who is recently orphaned, has moved in with her estranged aunt and family in the middle of Nowheresville. As much as she hates it there, the only good thing is the sexy neighbor, who just so happens to not be human. He's a drop-dead-gorgeous half-demon vampire.(Did I mention he's hot?) Adrian is fine flying solo, until of course, his evil demonic father, who currently is trapped in hell, starts craving lil' innocent Caitlin. Being the chivalrous type, Adrian decides to be her bodyguard. The catch? He also has to pretend to date her. My Rating – ★★★★☆ My interest in this book began with the simple elegant cover. It was illusive and mysterious while at the same time it drew me in. I knew it had to be some kind of paranormal type book, but when I read the back, I knew I had to have it. Caitlin’s initial interaction with Adrian was unconventional and that immediately grabbed my interest. As a character, I find Adrian to be more unique to the typical doom and gloom vampire type. Actually, upon reading the school’s gossip about him, I almost laughed out loud at the unexpectedness of it. (No spoilers, but the book is worth reading just for the comedic aspect) Caitlin seems to be the typical good girl trying to get out of her shell. She stumbles upon this bad-boy type and is almost immediately enamored. This part might have been a little cliché but this is typical across YA vampire books. The part that does irk me is that the title of bad-boy doesn’t really fit Adrian’s description. Adrian seems to caring and sensitive to Caitlin’s emotions to even come remotely close to the bad-boy type. In that aspect, that is one of the reasons I gave this book a 4/5 stars. On my original Goodreads rating I gave it 5/5 but as the summary is a little skewed, I had to lower the rating. The only other problem I had with the book is that it honestly seemed to short. Maybe it was the fact that the climax of the book seemed a little rushed, but I felt like the story ended abruptly. I understand the idea of a cliffhanger, however the ending left a little to be desired. Overall the book was well written and it had some really cute scenes as well as a few hints a proactive teen romance, but in a well-balanced way that wasn’t above age recommendation. My overall favorite parts were definitely the snarky back-and-forth arguments between Caitlin and Adrian. My Favorite Quote, which hints at the adorable humor within the book: “EVERY INSTINCT I HAVE IS TELLING ME TO USE POLYSYLLABIC WORDS TO IMPRESS YOU.” – Adrian, Velvet by Temple West -BRYGITT PFAFF BOOK BLOGGER Link to original review:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vampires with a twist. Yes, she was heavily inspired by Twilight, but other than some mild similarities, this is an amazing read. She creatively rewrote the vampire-romance drivel and its wonderfull. I fell in love with the characters and every one had a distinct personality. I can't wait for the sequel!
Nevy More than 1 year ago
Something worth indulging after the horrible Twilight series. This young adult vampire series is much better and makes the vampire monstrous and yet still sexy, with a more believable vampire creation story. No glitter please, thank you.
bookinganadventure More than 1 year ago
I know what you’re thinking. Paranormal romance with vampires? The genre doesn’t exactly have a good reputation and the characters tend to have a problematic streak. Plus this book screams TWILIGHT but it’s not what you think, I promise! Not your normal vampire. The vampires are a mix between a vampire and incubus/succubus. An incubus is a demon that feeds off of sexual energy but in this case draws energy from any strong feelings. Adrian, however, also needs blood because his body is not able to produce it. Though they soak up feelings, Adrian’s family isn’t exactly the most friendly people. There’s a rule that vampires can’t get connected to humans (no friends or relationships) resulting in a family that doesn’t know how to love each other because they never learned kindness. Adrian is different. He learns compassion and loyalty from books like Harry Potter and vows to teach his little brother, Lucian, the concept of love. I watched as Adrian’s influence turns Lucian into a smiley child who honestly stole my heart. Lucian’s the sweetest little thing ever. Science! Adrian is a science nerd. He goes on a rant about how why vampires need blood on a molecular level. He talks about hemoglobins and oxygen bonding. He explains the science behind vampire healing with his supernatural platelets. Adrian tutors Caitlin on water properties while scaling a library using harnesses (Yes that happened. Flying in a huge library). It was the most interesting EVER. My inner AP Biology nerd was crying with happiness. Would I ever need to use vampire science in my life? No, probably not. But it was SO awesome for West to include it in the book because I was soaking it up. Wonderful side characters. Caitlin’s girl friends at school have lives. It’s not something you see often in books. This one girl was explored so much that I thought she had an angle for the entire book because I wasn’t used to side characters getting attention. I really appreciated her friends. Perfect pacing = BFFs before romance. There’s no rush in this book. It spans out for half a year allowing us to slowly fall in love with Adrian as Caitlin did. There’s no INSTA-anything in this book. The two spends more time in the book as best friends than a couple. They are so silly and their banter made me laugh a ton. I aspire to have a friendship like these two one day. Caitlin spends the beginning of the book thinking that Adrian is gay which is why the “I know what you are” scene is as hilarious as you would think. All this together is why when Caitlin realizes she’s in love with Adrian, it was perfect. What I didn’t like: Since the book was inspired by Twilight, there are some similarities. It is more noticeable in the beginning which puts some people off. But I promise you, once Adrian explains the problem with his demon father, thus becoming Caitlin’s bodyguard, his brooding act ends and the hilarity begins. There is angst. It’s understandable though because Caitlin’s mother died just days before the book starts, but she’s really angry. Angry enough to lash out at people and refuse to be grateful. This ends eventually but be aware it’s hard to connect to Caitlin in the beginning. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am anxiously waiting for the next book. Velvet is exciting, funny, and everything I wish the paranormal romance genre to be. I hope anyone who reads this book enjoys it as much as I did!
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