Cashmere by Temple West

CashmereVelvet, 2Temple WestYA Paranormal RomanceMedias Res PublicationsFebruary 14, 2017Paperback460

This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell, the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of-operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.

Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.

Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.

And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?

OMG, this book was amazing. I started reading this once I was reminded by a friend’s post on Instagram that she was also reading the ARC. I went crazy reading this. I, unfortunately, had to read it on Adobe Editions, so I was slowed down by not being used to the software and having to click every time I wanted a page turn rather than hitting the arrows or better yet scrolling on my phone.

Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, right. Amazing. The plot was fast, questions from Book 1 were answered (and like a hydra, for each answer, 3 more questions sprouted in its place). Caitlin didn’t whine as much, she (and readers) get to learn more about vampires, and most awesomely: meet new vampires! And she grows closer to Julian, which I thought was nice because, despite his prickly attitude in Velvet, I wanted them to become friends.

And… in case you thought I’d lost my mind and thought I’d write a review for a paranormal romance without talking about the romance, let’s move onto Adrian de la Mera. He’s as swoon-worthy as ever, isn’t spending half the book being a jerk to Caitlin to protect them both (something Cait’s friend Trish accurately calls unhealthy), and is basically perfect—making Caitlin, me, and probably many if not all readers fall in love with him even more.

Plot-wise (I touched on this a bit before), much more exciting than the first (which I thought was pretty exciting to begin with) as the mysteries of where Lucian went and what Caitlin is puts pressure on her and her allies to go against the Council after some things they learned towards the end of Velvet.

​I generally think middle books can either be great or awful, and this thankfully falls into the first category. I loved this book, think you will too, and can’t wait for Book 3!

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