Verona Blood (California Blood, #1) by Lili St. Germain
Series: California Blood #1
on May 30th, 2018
Genres: Dark, Romance, Suspense, Crime, Mafia
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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.
“But I paid attention to Avery Capulet, and she paid attention to me. And something about the fact that we were forbidden only made me what her more.”
There are several things that make me jump for a book. Not a whole lot but there are several. First there is the Beauty and the Beast theme, second is marriage arrangements and then they fall in love tropes (theme?), and finally there is the Romeo & Juliet (well any Shakespeare theme) story lines. It’s probably because those are my all time favorite stories. I will always give the books that take those story lines, and make them their own, a chance.
“Love makes you weak..Hate keeps you strong.”
I really enjoyed this take on Shakespeare’s story. Not only does it spoof that but it has a mafia feel, dark romance, and suspense aspect to it. Talk about catnip for a reader like me. Stories that push you to your comfort level, maybe push you past that some, and make you question whether you are actually sane, yeah those will always be my kinda books. I have a feeling this series will fall into those categories. Verona Blood is dark and scandalous. It’s turbulent is some parts, end of your seat in others, and very very clever throughout all of it. I can not wait to see what is next for this series.
Oh and for those that love to know this sort of thing…Rome is mine. DIBS 😉