Cashmere (Velvet Trilogy #2) by Temple West
Publisher: In Medias Res Publications
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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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?
In case you missed it, make sure you check out yesterday’s stop for the Cashmere Blog Tour here. We hosted Adrian and Caitlin for an exclusive Cashmere-spoiler-free Q&A session, and it was a ton of fun!
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 4.5 stars! This book was an epic, emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish! It’s hard not to feel a tad jumbled as we bounce between the joyous, cute moments shared between Adrian and Caitlin, the tenser times with the Council, the mystery surrounding Adrian’s demon dad and the disappearance of Lucian, and all the highs and loves of everyday life in-between, but Ms. West knows how to chart the course of a book and so this stayed consistently amazing.
Cashmere is full of action and playful downtime, swoons, and snark. We might have gotten some of the answers I was begging for in Velvet, but Cashmere certainly leaves you with a whole host of new ones, too. I can’t get book three in my hands soon enough.
♥ Review: We immediately fell back in to the routines of the adorable, secret relationship happening between Caitlin and Adrian–Man, I full-on ship the hell out of their cuteness!– and all the vampire business regarding the Demon Dad and the illustrious Council. I love the way the author manages to incorporate the vampire side of the story while still maintaining a semblance of the day-to-day life that your average teenager will go through; regular relationship stuff, school work, and a home life with Caitlin’s family. But then a shift happens and Caitlin is given a real chance to chase her dream of being a fashion designer through an internship opportunity while still having to deal with Council/Vampiric Business, and so the storyline changes a bit, but the rhythm of the story stays the same. I love how this plot always has a realistic feel to it with a paranormal edge. It allows me to connect with Caitlin while still being engaged and mystified by all the scarier, more confusing elements of the unique vampire world that West has truly created, adapted, and made entirely her own. A lot of crazy (SPOILERISH) stuff happens as Caitlin undergoes more intense questioning about why Adrian’s demon father is so truly captivated with her, and this allows Caitlin to learn things about herself, about what she truly is. It was completely unexpected but downright cool as hell if I’m being honest when it all comes to fruition and we get that big answer. But then other spoilery things happen that I can’t talk about (even though I have an unlimited amount of thoughts and feelings about them!!!), so just know that an ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF SHIT HITS THE FAN AND I AM NOT OKAY!!!! I’m terrified/perplexed/anxious about how West plans to continue the storyline and end the trilogy after ALL THAT CRAP THAT JUST HAPPENED AT THE VERY END OF THIS BOOK went down. I mean, I obviously have faith because she just spun the hell out of that story and turned the entire vampire world on its head with her own interpretation of their lore, but I’m a little whole freaking lot scared witless about how things can go from here on out. I’ve become slightly invested in this world and certain characters (this includes some pretty incredible new characters we meet and some old ones that are shown in a new light that I’m quickly learning to love) and I will literally cry if they don’t get a HEA. I need that or I won’t be okay, and right now, I have major concerns that those things won’t be able to happen. Please, Ms. West, don’t do these things to my heart! My emotions are easily manipulated and I’m trusting them with you. Okay? Okay.
If I had complaints they’d be so minuscule that it wouldn’t really be worth mentioning and, in fact, they’re more about my personal preferences than any real issue with the book. There were a few things that I would have wanted to go a little differently, but I’m only going to comment on one thing, but it can be a bit spoilerish, so I’m going to hide it with a tag. View Spoiler »Caitlin and Adrian are given this one night out from underneath the Council’s nose and they can spend it however they want, because– WOOT! WOOT!– no chaperones. Their alone time as been seriously cut down since they’re no longer in school together (which sidebar: Those gym closet scenes were among my favorites!) and them being hormonal teenagers, their brains immediately jump to sex. I seriously love how they discussed it and came at it objectively even though their minds were certainly all about going the full distance. I sincerely appreciate that they ultimately decided not to have sex only because the opportunity presented itself, so that’s not my gripe at all. My issue comes in when it felt like they were saying it had to be an all or nothing thing. Just because you don’t do straight-up le sexytime business, doesn’t mean they couldn’t have taken the time to explore…um, each other’s bodies in other ways. If you know what I’m saying. (Quite frankly, that’s some of the best bits.) I think, mostly, I’m just trying to say that I’m thankful for West making this sex-positive in a way, but I wish that there had also been a message through the characters’ actions that said you can totally be intimate without dumping off your V-card. That aside, I loved how incredibly awkward yet totally adorable this whole scene was portrayed. It felt the way it should have, realistic in that it was two, inexperienced teens who were in love and wanted…things, but didn’t know how to go about getting to that destination and didn’t want to rush the moment just because they could. « Hide Spoiler
I do know that if I hadn’t have felt so sick, I would’ve read Cashmere all in a matter of a few hours. Every time I woke up, I pounced right back on it. It was a damn good book! Especially when Cait and Adrian were being all adorkably cute together, just like the teaser quote I’m about to post below.
♥ Teaser Quote: Just fyi, this adora-cuteness happens at 1%. Freaking. One. Percent. That’s how I knew I was about to love this book and being back around these two dorks! (