Review: By Any Other Name by J.M. Darhower

By Any Other Name By Any Other Name by J.M. Darhower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is likened to a Shakespearean tragedy. Romeo and Juliet to be exact. And its title definitely makes the reader want to draw comparisons. However, the tragedy of this story is far greater than what Shakespeare created.

The love that developed between Genna Galante and Matty Barsanti was both sweet and pure. It was also strictly forbidden. Their families were more than feuding. They were at war and were mortal enemies. The hatred festered and was fed from one generation to the next. Genna was taught that the only good Barsanti was a dead one and Matty's lessons weren't any different. But that didn't and couldn't stop them from falling for one another.

"A smile lit up her face, the kind of smile that could replace sunshine without you even noticing a drop in temperature." Dante, regarding Genna

"That's what I want," he said quietly. "What I get for winning."
"You had me," she whispered, cheeks flushing at the reminder.
"I did," he agreed. "But the past isn't what matters. I live in the present, Genna. I live in the now. I had you, yeah, but what I want is to have you."

There was so much bitterness and hate and anger and violence. Genna and Matty wanted no part of it. Unfortunately, the choice wasn't theirs to make and it seemed that everyone got caught up in the war. The death count rises and Matty just wants to escape it all, with Genna. But their families have other plans.

I'm excited to read book 2. I need more of these characters and I need to know what really happened to Dante. The epilogue was excellent but I'm wondering how long the stalemate will last.


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