Monday, May 11, 2015

Blog Tour: Velvet by Temple West

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires
Book Length: 416 pages
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: Physical ARC via FFBC Tours
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?

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The thing that originally made me want to read the book was the cover. I mean, isn't it freaking gorgeous?! Another thing that made me want to read this was the synopsis. I admit, it does sound a little cliche, and the story, itself, also has quite a few cliches as well, but I still found it enjoyable.

One of my favorite thing about this book would definitely be the humor! There were times the conversations that Adrian and Caitlin were having started to make me crack up. XD

The relationship between Caitlin and Adrian was really enjoyable to read. I loved how they started off as friends and then became more. I feel as if that gives their relationship so much more meaning and that it makes them know each other better. And it makes the whole thing seem so much sweeter. I honestly had my doubts about Adrian in the beginning because at first he seems to just be shallow and rich; basically like how a stereotypical vampire is portrayed in YA most times. But after you get to know Adrian a bit better, you could totally see how sweet and nice he was!

I'm super excited for the next book because the ending of this book was just so abrupt and I really need to know what happens next!! I would definitely recommend this book ;)

Favorite Quotes

"Caitlin," he murmured. "If you tell anyone that I was the little spoon, there will be consequences."
I laughed into his shirt. "Admit it – you like being the little spoon. I'm a fantastic big spoon."

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.” 

“Just for the record, saying ‘The surprise hasn't started yet’ while pulling something out of your pants pocket is super creepy.”
“Yeah,” I heard him say, “I regretted it immediately, but it was too late to switch to something else.” 

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Advanced Praise

“This steamy YA vamp romance leaves me wanting my own hunky vampire bodyguard.” –Daniel Nenadovic
“Fantastic. I loved the way the relationship between Caitlin and Adrian, and also between her and her family, were so carefully developed. I also loved the amount of humor and banter. Some bits had me laughing out loud! Brilliant and definitely worth 5 stars.” –Kate Priestly
“I could not. Stop. Reading. There better be a sequel! I loved the humor and the dialogue. Thumbs up!” –Raimy Faere
“This is just straight up good and steamy! The author has a great voice—fresh, fun and clearly talented. An excellent mix of hip and quirky with the right dash of romance! –T. S. Reeds

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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. 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.

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