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Velvet

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First rule of dealing with vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

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After losing both her parents before age 17, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte doesn't feel like moving, starting a new school, staying with her estranged aunt, or…living at all really. But after a terrifying encounter with a supernatural force, she learns that the world is a lot more complicated than she thought. Also, 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 determined to protect her. And Adrian has decided the best way to do that is for the two of them to pretend to be dating. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. And then there's the supernatural threat that flung them together in the first place—Adrian's demonic dad!

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"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.

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ISBN 9781250057082

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"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 steamy YA vamp romance leaves me wanting my own hunky vampire bodyguard." –Daniel Nenadovic, Swoon Reader

"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, Swoon Reader

"I could not. Stop. Reading. There better be a sequel! I loved the humor and the dialogue. Thumbs up!" –Raimy Faere, Swoon Reader

"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, Swoon Reader

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