Publisher: Swoon Romance on May 12, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Vampires, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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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?
At A Glance
A really good read, but nothing unique.
It’s so weird because it wasn’t the vampires or romance that appealed to me the most in Velvet. It was the emotional overhaul Caitlin goes through after her mother dies that got me hooked. Seriously, I don’t know why. You guys know me, I hate when books make me sad. But Velvet didn’t make me feel sad, it intrigued me. I think I have a fascination with how certain people deal with death, and Caitlin wasn’t the norm. There was not much crying. She was all about the rebellion. She didn’t grieve, she got mad. Not the most healthy way to deal, but it made for good reading.
The vampire and demon aspect were interesting. I loved Adrian’s family. They were so cold and unemotional. Now that is my kind of vampire. But I also loved how Adrian wasn’t like that. He was kind and warm. He had actual feelings but he had to hide them from vampire society. Adrian’s brother stole the show though. Can someone be both adorable and creepy at the same time? Well, 11 year old Lucian pulled it off. I guess his behavior is to be expected since he lived most his life in Hell, literally.
I liked Caitlin and Adrian together. They had a genuine connection. It seems impossible for them to stay together, but I know they can make it work somehow. I wish there was more resolution at the end (cliffhanger), but I feel like I got enough to want to read the next book.
I think I am blind, or dumb. I didn’t even realize how much this story reminded me of Twilight until halfway in, lol. I liked Twilight when I first read it, so ‘the bad’ has nothing to do with that aspect. However, after I finally did notice the good amount of similarities in the two books, I felt disappointed. I wanted something more unique but I didn’t feel like I got that.
There was too much downtime. I don’t like books were characters wait to be attacked. I like progressive characters.
Caitlin and Adrian were cute together, but sometimes their drama got too much.
Just some kissing, no hanky panky.
A good, solid read. Some more originality would have been awesome, but I am still happy I read Velvet. Very recommended.
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