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Review | Verona Blood by Lili St. Germain

Verona Blood

by Lili St. Germain


An arranged marriage. A brutal abduction.

And a love so forbidden, it might destroy them both.

San Francisco is going to burn if the coveted princess of California’s criminal underworld isn’t returned to her family in one piece …

Avery Capulet is missing.

Taken by a madman. Kept in the dark.

She might not survive.

He’ll use her body. Destroy her mind. All before he ever lays a hand on her.

Rome Montague is a drug dealer. A criminal. A thief.

And he needs the secrets Avery and her family are keeping – even if it means cutting them out of her pretty Capulet flesh.

Rome Montague is missing – but nobody will miss him.

Not that it matters; After the things he’s done to this girl, he doesn’t deserve to be found.



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If you love Romeo & Juliet and dark romance, then you’ll love Verona Blood. It is the darker, gritter and more violent retelling of Shakespeare’s famed play.

Personally, I haven’t read St. Germain’s Gypsy Brothers series. However, I have read the precursor, the Cartel series. I know St. Germain will send you down a dark path filled with devious twists and depraved characters that will leave you questioning your sanity. I also know she’ll write terrifying and distorted scenes not for shock value, but because it actually adds substance to her characters and story line.

While Verona Blood is a modern interpretation between two star-crossed lovers, there isn’t much love happening between Avery Capulet and Rome Montague.

Never sin against your family, because in our religion, there is no forgiveness. There is only loyalty, or death.

In Avery Capulet’s world, family is everything. She’s facing the ultimate reality of having to marry someone she doesn’t care about for her family. While she’s headstrong and fierce, Avery isn’t willing to outright defy her father’s orders.

One simple, sickening twist of fate throws Avery into a situation she never expected. She’s attracted the attention of an unknown psychopath and her nightmare really begins.

In my wildest dreams—or my most terrifying nightmares—never once did I think that I’d be trapped in hell with him.

Rome Montague is an interesting character, with an aura of mystery that surrounds him. He defies society’s expectations, using his bad boy appearance, lax attitude and numerous tattoos. He also harbors immense hatred for the Capulets, though underneath that anger, he burns for Avery.

Verona Blood is dark. I appreciate that St. Germain incorporates the depravity and violence to serve a genuine purpose in driving the story forward rather than adding it to shock her readers. I found this story to be more in line with a novella format than a full length novel, as it is quick to devour.

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