• Page Count: 416
  • Release Date: May 12, 2015
  • Publisher: Swoon Reads
  • My Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Velvet (Velvet, #1) 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?

My Thoughts:

I just saw something about a “vampire bodyguard” on the cover and instantly bought it for a good laugh (because sometimes silly plots are my thing), but IT IS HONESTLY SO GOOD. Like I cannot believe how much I loved it.

The strong writing definitely made this one stand out from other YA vampire stories. Yeah, a lot of comparisons could be made to Twilight, but there are definitely lots of creative bits like how the vampires feed off energy and can’t turn people into vampires. And for all the other similarities… it really only improved on Twilight.

Sometimes the main character’s anger/emotional flare ups got old, but this book was solid fun overall. The witty banter was funny, their library setup with the harnesses was AWESOME, and the whole story was just really easy to read. And it was super refreshing to see a main character have a strong female friendship. I totally recommend this one if you loved Twilight (or wanted to like it but saw room for improvement).


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