ARC Review: VERONA BLOOD by Lili St. Germain

May 31, 2018

Verona Blood by Lili St. Germain
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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Prepare to step into the dark and bloody underworld of California, as Lili St. Germain brings you a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, in the same vein as her bestselling Gypsy brothers series.

The CALIFORNIA BLOOD series, set in the criminal underbelly of San Francisco, follows two warring families who are ruled by blood, power and twisted desire.

Verona Blood is the first book in the series.

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My Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Avery Capulet is a girl who should have it all. She’s got the looks, the elite education, the money, and comes from a family that operates in the upper echelons of society. Her family also happens to be the most prolific crime family on the west coast. But having everything doesn’t mean having it all. When choices are made for you ‘for the good of the family’ and your life isn’t really your own due to your birthright, sometimes all you can hope for is for it to all be gone.

Rome Montague used to have it all. He’s definitely got the looks, he went to the best school, he had the money, and his family rubbed shoulders right along with the Capulets. But when the forked tongue of a liar throws him under the bus and takes away the only life he’s ever known, his world becomes clouded with hate and he embraces the darkness.

So what happens when these two one-time lovers have to table their feud in order to face a common enemy? Well, that’s the wonderful story that Lili St. Germain has started to develop in Verona Blood. Imagine being trapped in a room with the person who hates you the most, all while being tormented by faceless and voiceless people? Oh and your stuck in virtual darkness with them watching you through cameras and a two-way mirror.

This was a real page-turner. The author sucks you in right from the start with a prologue that serves as a huge omen as to the horror to be found in this tale. It would be hard to categorize this story as a romance because there was more terror than love running amok. To be honest, this story is creepy as heck and I loved pretty much everything about it. Avery drove me a bit nuts with her childish antics and spoiled princess behavior, but I guess that was to be expected. I’m loving getting to know Rome and I can’t wait to discover even more about him and how he and Avery fare as I get further twisted by the story to come in the rest of the California Blood series.

Release: 05.29.2018 | Dark Romance/Thriller | Dual POV - 1st person | Heat: 4 | California Blood #1

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