Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FFBC Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Velvet (Temple West)

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?

Velvet is a young adult paranormal romance that brings about a different take on vampires. Ever since Twilight I have been a huge fan of vampires and romance. There are so many different aspects that can be written about vampires and humans and so many more ways to make them fascinating. 

I thought Velvet did a great job of mixing the vampire culture with humans. Temple West brought enough back story and information into the book to not leave wonder about the vampires in the story. 

The main characters Caitlin and Adrian reminded me of Bella and Edward but still had very different images they portrayed. 

There is so much action and suspense in this story....There is a new twist to vampires that is also introduced and I really enjoyed it. I also liked the way Caitlin and Adrian were not "instant" lovers....they became friends first and then moved onto romance. This made their relationship more believable. 

He searched my eyes for a moment, then leaned down, hovering half a centimeter away, giving me the chance to pull back.

But I didn’t.

So he kissed me.

Even while it was happening, I wondered if I could count this as my first “real” kiss—because in the end, it wasn’t really real. It was soft and slow and perfect and it sucked because I wanted this, but not like this.

Overall Velvet was an amazing young adult paranormal novel that fans of Twilight will absolutely love!!! I definitely recommend it!!! 

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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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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.


  1. Thank you for the chance and for this awesome giveaway!

  2. Thanks for this review (I enjoyed Twilight so I hope to read a great story with vampires) and thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I absolutely LOVE this cover!! It is just gorgeous to me!! Thank you so much for the giveaway as well!!!!