Velvet by Temple WestVelvet by Temple West


byTemple West

Paperback | May 12, 2015

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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

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 i...
Title:VelvetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.22 × 5.49 × 0.73 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250057086

ISBN - 13:9781250057082


Rated 4 out of 5 by from My heart... I LOVED this book. I tend to put myself in the shoes of the protagonist and I felt every moment with Caitlin *^*
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Going into to this one I was expecting to find it entertaining and enjoyably. Probably around a three star read. Velvet is definitely both of those things, but surprisingly I also found it even more than that. Velvet is a vampire book, I don't know the last time I read one of those. You know, kind of moved on from that phase. I think it's really hard not to compare vampire books to Twilight as well. And I'm going to do a bit of that now. I did find Velvet to be a kind of reinventing of Twilight. It has some of the same elements. New girl to a small school. Mysterious hot boy. Velvet has its silly and absurd moments. But where Twilight is pretty much just ridiculous, Velvet tries to be smarter. And I think it succeeds more often than not. Velvet is definitely a light and fluffy read with quite a bit of LOL'ing. I really liked Caitlin. She's super angry and angsty, but her mom just died and she has every right to be. I'd expect her to be. She was a lot more believable as a character this way, rather than if she'd just shrugged her shoulders and continued on. Adrian was likable as well. I thought he was going to be another Edward, but thank God he wasn't. He immediately comes off as mysterious but as soon as we know him, we learn it's because he's this nerdy shy guy who has been told to not to make friends with the humans. Poor guy just wants some friends. Caitlin and Adrian had more of a slow burn romance. It has got its angsty moments. But no insta-love. No creepy co-dependency. Their just friends for most of the book. Velvet did fall into quite a bit of the typical paranormal tropes. Had some cheese. The whole vampire reveal saw Caitlin hardly bat an eye. But I was expecting that. I just liked the bit of a spin West created with the vampire demon hybrid. The vampires were a hell of a lot more believable when they don't sparkle and need to eat and sleep. Velvet was certainly a surprise of a read. And I'm really interested to continue on with the trilogy. I think it'll be even more fun.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic humour and Swoony book boy! Reading this book made me so happy. I couldn't stop smiling probably through the first two thirds of the book. VELVET is written in first person from Caitlin's perspective, so we get to see everything from her side and experience her internal monologues. I could really hear Caitlin's voice as I was reading because her internal monologues are so unintentionally hilarious and her dialogue with Adrian is similarly hilarious. It's not so much funny as in blatant jokes, but it's witty and snarky in the way that I love. I really enjoyed all the scientific explanations as to how the vampires in this world worked. It's clear that Temple put time into creating a perhaps plausible reason for the way they work. (I'm not a life sciences major and so I would have to ask my friends. ;) ). There's a lot of thought put into the lore behind demons and vampires as well, which I really enjoyed because it's different from anything that I've ever read. I really like Caitlin's character. She's hilarious, though it may be unintentional. She's not a stupid or completely helpless heroine. She's just not quite properly equipped to deal with demons herself. I enjoyed watching her open up to others through out the book, since she starts off acting quite cold. It's understandable though, as her mother just passed away. Adrian de la Mara. Can I say swoon? He's a tall broody vampire that with great style, rides a Harley and is secretly a nerd. Also his house coughmansioncough has a library with floor to ceiling bookshelves, with rolling ladders. You can also use a harness to jump and swing around in the air, in his library. Besides his fabulous library, he's super sweet to Caitlin and for the most part, a pretty great guy. (the library you guys.) Besides Adrian and Caitlin, my favourite has to go to Lucian. Lucian is an eleven year old vampire who lived with his father (a demon) in hell for ten years, before Adrian's family took him back from hell. Because of this, he doesn't understand social cues or social norms, and generally just a lot of "normal" things. I find him adorable. He's just a poor misunderstood child. I knew I was going to love this book back when I read the quotes that Temple was putting out back in July of last year and I'm so happy I wasn't disappointed. I can't wait for you guys to read and love it as much as I do. VELVET is a fabulous YA vampire novel that will have you laughing out loud with its distinct voice and of course, swooning, over the romance.
Date published: 2015-04-09

Read from the Book

"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.

Editorial Reviews

"This romantic Twilight readalike shines with credible dialogue and fully developed characters. Paranormal fans who haven't reached their vampire saturation point will cheer and eagerly await the cliff-hanger's resolution in the sequel." -School Library Journal"Dude. So this is what Twilight should have been. 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. This one is definitely worth the read, if only to get your swoon on!" -The Eater of Books!"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, reader on