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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,361 ratings  ·  474 reviews
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 attr
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Swoon Reads
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Steph Sinclair
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who haven't read Twilight in years, loves PNR and gets a kick out of YA tropes
My eye twitched after I finished Velvet. I rubbed it, it twitched again. Apparently, my eye didn't know what to make of Velvet any more than I did. Was it bad or was it good? Did I enjoy it or did I hate it? Is it possible to say yes to all of those questions? Just a heads up that this review is going to be even more convoluted that usual and skip around a lot. I regret nothing.

At first glance, Velvet appears to be the same Paranormal Vampire Romance novel we've all read a hundred times. Girl mo
January, 2019: Yep, this is still as awesome as I thought it was.

Still love Caitlin and Adrian and their banter. The snark was fantastic. And though I don’t remember everything from book 2, there are some intriguing points that made more sense this time around.

I can’t even wait to see how everything plays out in book 3.


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
Sarah Elizabeth
“I mentally snorted. I hadn’t snagged a boy; I’d snagged a freaking vampire.”

This was a YA paranormal romance story, featuring vampires.

I liked both Caitlin and Adrian and thought that they made a cute couple, even if their relationship was forbidden.

The storyline in this was about Caitlin being in danger from a demon, and Adrian trying to protect her. There were a few moments that were a little twilight-like, but there were enough differences that it didn’t really matter, especiall
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
Thank you Andye from for letting me review this arc!

This was the first vampire book I've read in a long long while. Imagine my surprise when I found out it wasn't filled with sparkling vampires.


JUST KIDDING. I have nothing against Twilight.

Caitlin was a great main character and the banter between her and Adrian was constantly on point. I loved how their relationship grew. When the romance finally blossomed, they had been close friends for a while already and I LOVED
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will start right away by saying two things: one I didn’t read anything about this book before purchasing it, just simply cover lusted and bought it and two: you should know from the get go that this is Twilight meets The Lux Series with a touch of White Hot Kiss. I’m not a hater of Twilight but neither am I a fan, but I am a lover of Lux…. This put me in a weird predicament when it came to Velvet. For all the reasons I loved Lux were the reasons I loved this book. It was a sweet romance, with ...more
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I adore this book. The reread was perfection and I'm desperate for book 2. ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***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 for
Fafa's Book Corner
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friend Alyssa! Click on her name to read her review.

I had been hearing about this book for awhile. Around early March. Through Twitter and some blog posts. The cover was eye-catching as was the title, so I looked it up on GR. I read the synopsis and thought nothing of it at the time. After some contemplating I realized that I missed reading a good vampire book. When I went on GR to add it I
shady boots
Feb 16, 2015 added it
Shelves: unoriginal
What the hell is this? Would you guys just read that blurb and then check the release date for me? o_O If not for the 2015 release date I would've thought this was a book released in like, 2009 or some shit.

Just look at the glaring unoriginality of that synopsis. It's riddled with age-old YA tropes that I thought were long extinct at this point. Yuck. I probably shouldn't judge too quickly, but come on. It's 2015, y'all, give me something else.

No me gusta.
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: lol, 2015-debuts
Read the full review @ A Perfection Called Books

In a genre that's quickly starting to fade, I didn't even realize I was missing the paranormal scene until I opened this book. It's light on the clichés and doesn't take itself too seriously. It's frothy fun with a wide scope of lovable characters.

The author's voice really shines through to bring a fun and lively story. Caitlin's inner thoughts are hilarious. I love the banter between her and Adrian. There's something charming about this book that
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Ah, now this was a great read! My first love in reading has always been paranormal and it's been a long while since I've been able to read a vampire book, so this book was a pleasantly fun escape.

I really enjoyed West's writing, it's strong and the pace and flow was steady, smooth and always interesting. I really loved this particular twist on vampire lore. There is some traditional elements, but for the most part this was rather unique and imaginative and I enjoyed the emotional approa
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
By the quotes alone this book deserves five stars.


This review was originally posted on my blog, Hiver et Cafe, along with a moodboard I created.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way nor was I compensated in any way in exchange for this review. Special thanks to Nikki Kelly for the hookup! <3

Reading this book made me so happy. I couldn't stop smiling probably through the first two thirds of the book. VELV
Cashmere is coming!

Cashmere is finally almost here everyone! Squee! It's coming out on February 14th (how perfect is that?!) so be sure too pre-order! I have a feeling it's going to be awesome:)

Review (May 15th 2015):

5 Stars

This is exactly the kind of book I wanted to read; fluffy, funny, light, steamy and quirky, but with actual quality in it. It seems common with books like this to have loads of perversion from the love interest and lots of slut shaming of girls other than the MC. So you can i
♛ Garima ♛
Velvet was …interesting read. I could not find more word that is fitting to describe this but it was definitely very different read than I expected. I already checked few reviews and it seems we have another ‘Twilight fanfiction’ here.

To be perfectly clear I love Twilight Saga. I’ve read entire series like 3 times already and will read it in future because even though I might not like love stories that much – Twilight is expectation that proves that rule (well to tell you the truth, the excepti
Taylor Knight
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

When I seen the cover of Velvet, I fell in love with it. It’s so insanely pretty! I didn’t read the synopsis so when I found out Velvet was about vampires, I was a little disappointed. I’m not a fan of vampires with the exception of the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa. I started Velvet very hesitantly and got one of the big surprises in a long while. I loved Velvet way more then I could have even hoped.

Right from the first few pages, I really got caught up in this book. There was so much s
THE REVIEW. THE SWOON. THEY'RE UP ON MY BLOG. Click HERE {for the review} and HERE {for the swoon} (if you feel so inclined.)
Velvet has to be one of the best vampire books I've ever read. That's saying something because it was a vampire series--Cirque du Freak--that got me into reading. And with vampires seemingly dead the past few years, this was both refreshing and fun.

If I had to pick one word for this book, it would definitely be fun. I like to think Temple West had a lot of it while writ
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
I received an ARC copy of Velvet through Swoon Reads in January of 2015 (thanks to good friend and author of The Styclar Saga, Nikki Kelly!!!), and I'm SOOOO glad I did. Let me tell you, I could barely get through a paragraph of this book without snapping a picture of a page and sending it to Amber to giggle about it. Temple West is a fantastic debut author who is blazing a trail towards stardom. Seriously. She is my freaking HERO. So this review is pretty much going to be me raving about this b ...more
Casey Ann Books
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So in my head I said "I want to read a Vampire romance novel" "There isn't any new ones out" my next thought was. I did my research and found this bad boy.

Loved it! amazing characters, Beautifully written emotional scenes between the two love interesting! blood, biting humans all that fun stuff. and an epic twist at the end! Im so in love and I need the next one like NOW! cannot recommend enough! look out for the little spoon scene AWHHH!! <3
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

This book was a recommendation from a Goodreads friend. She thought I “might like it” and she was right! I’m glad it took me out of my book funk.
This is the first book by this young author but some serious beta reads and editing work must have been done as it did not feel tentative.

What’s this book about? The theme: vampires, demons and star crossed lovers.

The plot: Caitlin has just moved in with her aunt and uncle after her mother’s death. She is in a tiny town, in the middle of nowher
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: pub-macmillan, 2015
This is probably more of a 2.5...

A lot of this book - especially the first half seemed like a direct comparison or commentary on Twilight - girl moves to a rural town with a relative, falls for the loner uber rich boy/vampire. Girl is not clumsy, though! Plus lots of other little things that seemed similar or purposefully different. The second half of the story picked up for me…until Adrian takes Caitlin to a school dance in an Aston Martin. After that, I just couldn't take the book seriously an
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Entertaining YA paranormal story with relatable characters, suspenseful plot, and amazing romance. The beginning was a little rough for me but overall this was an amazing read and I would highly recommend it!

Opening Sentence: “By the suits and ties of Tim Gunn, I swear I will hunt you down and eat you for breakfast.”

The Review:

Four days ago Caitlin Holte’s entire world was basically destroyed. Her very loving mother died from a long struggle wit
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2016-reads, 3-stars
I really enjoyed Velvet. It was quite different from a lot of vampire stories I've read, I. a good way. I adored Adrian and hope we learn more about him in the second book out this year.

I have a few questions that I hope we get the answers to in book 2! the suspense! really great story, great characters, amazing chemistry and well...vampires! need I say more?
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
ohmygod my poor feels. Review coming VERY soon
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a nice read.
I loved the characters and have fallen in love with Adrian and Lucian.
I gave this book 3 stars because as much as I loved it, I didn’t like how Adrian revealed himself to Caitlin. I felt that there was a lot of build up to that moment but when the time actually came, the scene didn’t hold up to my expectations. Also, I felt as if parts of this book was just copying the idea of twilight. It was by a far stretch, but it took a away from the book a little.
Overall, Velvet
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment*

Reading this book is probably one of my best decisions of 2016. Seriously, I loved this book. I started it during finals (yeah, that would not be one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made) and would have rather had escaped back to Stony Creek than studied. I loved this world. I’m a huge fan of New York, but now even the small towns are appealing.

Caitlin Holte was an orphan. Four days after losing her mother, she’s forced to move in with a
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Holy Vampires and Demons!

I loved this book so much. I had so much fun reading it and when I came to the end I wanted to keep reading and wished I had book two to read because lordy lordy I need more of Caitlin and Adrian.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is "First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love."

Caitlin Holte has had a great life until her mother dies from cancer. When she is left parentless she is sent to live with her aunt and uncle who live in a small co
Oct 23, 2014 marked it as ebooks-to-read  ·  review of another edition



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“Oh my gosh, you totally have a Gryffindor scarf, don’t you? And an Elder wand and a Goblet of Fire. Tell me you have a Goblet of Fire.”
He blushed,and it was adorable. “No Goblet of Fire… I might have the wand.”

For this quote only, I'M SOLD.

“Science words,” I warned. “When you say ‘hemoglobin’ I just think of little Irish tricksters who live in caves, or Lord of the Rings.”
“You mean ‘goblin’?”

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May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
There were obvious references to Twilight throughout, and in the beginning, the forest scenes were right out of Forks...Adrian's glowing eyes, and his family is similar to the Cullens family...and he is immortal but can't ever have children (tears)...I actually enjoyed the initial funny moments and banter between Caitlin, sad from having just lost her mother, and dark/brooding/handsome/brilliant Adrian. The book took on a darker tone when Caitlin began to experience horror-filled nightmares...bu ...more
Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads)
Book: Velvet
Author: Temple West
Finished Reading: June 21, 2015 (Sunday)

I'M NOT REALLY A FAN OF A VAMPIRE-ISH book. I haven't read Twilight yet (don't throw rocks at me, okay?). This book made me start loving vampires now. I loved Adrian! I loved his library. I can't wait to read the sequel of this book.

Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This wasn't a bad book but it wasn't great either. There were times when I wanted to punch Caitlin in the face. I get that she has had a rough time but still. I did feel bad for Adrian because I can't imagine having to live life that way. Since there were things left at the end that still needed answers I will most likely end up reading the next book when it finally comes out. ...more
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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 Pr ...more

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“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.”
“You’re cute when you do that,” he called to me.
“When I do what?”
“Turn in a circle like that. It’s kind of penguin-y.”
“Great,” I called back. “Just what every girl dreams of being told by their inhumanly attractive, immortal vampire protector: they look kind of ‘penguin-y.”
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