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Lili St. Germain
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Verona Blood

(Violent Kingdom #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,971 ratings  ·  395 reviews
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
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Published May 29th 2018 by CreateSpace
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Laila Basically it's the same book but the author decided to re-name it and change the cover due to some confusion about what the book is about. She explain…moreBasically it's the same book but the author decided to re-name it and change the cover due to some confusion about what the book is about. She explains it here

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May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once I started this dark crazy journey, I couldn't stop. I was utterly spell bound. The twist and turns... The one liners that had me laughing a little... The characters who are dark and complex... There are so many secrets in this book. You, as the reader, won't know what hit you. I sure as hell didn't know.

I loved the author's dark play on Shakespeare- Romeo and Juliet in the modern era. The tale has been flipped on its head and I don't know what the end result might be. Avery Capulet and Rom
Romance Readers Retreat
4.5 Stars

What the actual @#&£!!!!

Why do I seem so surprised by Lilis books? I should know by now that she's not your run of the mill Romance author. You're pretty much guaranteed something extremely dark and brutal yet almost every time it's as though I wasn't expecting to be taken on a journey quite so graphic. Not that I'm complaining in the slightest.

This book, the first in a new series, starts 8 hours ahead where Avery Capulet, daughter of the notorious Augustus Capulet, finds herself kidnap
Louise Roach
Can you believe this is the first book I have read by Lili St Germain!? Well I have to say, after reading this I think I need to go and read everything else she has written. From the first page I was hooked to the story!

Avery Capulet is celebrating her 25th birthday, but she's really not looking forward to her party. With an arranged marriage looming, the evening is looking doomed from the start. And when events happen which lead to things going way out of control, Avery finds herself in a dark,
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anti-hero, dark-read
She was second-in-line for a throne that her older sister had already been molded to fit. I was the ruins of a family legacy that had soared too high, and crashed spectacularly, the sole survivor of a broken dynasty.

Well...hell. That was certainly...something.

If you've read St. Germain's Gypsy Brothers series, then you already know that her mind can take you to some dark places. The woman's brain is downright devious, and she writes dark and depraved like no one else. Verona B
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lili St. Germain's most anticipated book Verona Blood is A dark tale of Shattered hearts and captured souls.

Lili's modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet is phenomenal, her writing is impeccable and truly worth the wait.

Buckle up, sit back and get ready because Lili is about to take you on dark ride through California's criminal underworld.

This book may not be suitable for safe readers. It contains, drugs, violence and Rape. If these are triggers for you steer clear.

Verona Blood is full of suspens
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Hell is empty and all the devils are here.’
~William Shakespeare

This quote by Shakespeare perfectly describes the decadent and deviant setting of Lili St. Germain’s newest release, Verona Blood, as well as the corrupt nature of those who not only reside in the underbelly of San Francisco, California, but who hold dominion over it, asserting their power due to their position, their bank accounts, and most importantly a bloodline that requires absolute devotion regardless of the personal sacrific
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What a ride, I didn't know what to expect in Verona Blood and what I found was very good!It was dark,fast paced it has suspense and action.I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what will happen next!


The story was brilliant.The main heroine Avery, is strong and sassy.She doesn't afraid to say her opinion. Rome is an intresting hero, he is cocky and stubborn.I'm looking forward for the next book!If you are looking for a unique story and unpredictabl
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
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 i
Melanie (mells_view)
3.5 “Love. Makes. You. Weak.” Stars

To me. This reads like a super duper long prologue. Essentially meaning it’s just the beginning AND we get a lot of back story, but probably not all of it. We learn about Avery Capulet. We learn a bit about Rome Montague, and then some other people who I pretty much can’t stand or don’t know enough about to make a decision on. What I got from this book is that I feel TERRIBLE for Avery, and her life thus far. I’m pretty sure that I feel bad for Rome too. You co
May 11, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, retellings
What I thought this was going to be: a dark Romeo and Juliet retelling.

What it actually was: explicit kidnapping, torture and rape with no Romeo or Juliet in sight.

The only thing they retained from the original story is their last names. In a way this is a good thing, because the book is terrible, no need to ruin Shakespeare further.

Juliet Avery doesn't read like a 25 year old heroine at all. She's spoiled and bratty, as one would suspect and even, dare I say, likable at the beginning. That q
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't exactly say anything right now because of the cliffhanger ....... ...more
“Hours ago, I was joking about how being married off was a fate worse than death. But I didn’t really mean those words, because I’d do anything to stop the slow, methodical slice of the knife’s teeth against my skin. I scream as my skin splits open, the knife impossibly sharp, my skin impossibly fragile.
It’s so obvious now. This faceless man doesn’t want a ransom. He wants my terror. My blood.
He wants my life.”
- Avery Capulet


“If I had to tell you what kind of person I am, I’d say I’m the very
5 Passion comes at a price STARS

"Love isn’t always a happy thing. Sometimes it’s a dirty habit, a vice that makes you miserable with need. A desperate addiction that threatens to kill you in every moment that you spend apart."


Lili nunca me defrauda, ha habido libros de ella que me han disgustado un poco, pero aun así son mejores que la mayoría.

Lili tiene un toque único cuando se trata de Dark Romance, el cual es un género que últimamente se a vuelto muy repetitivo, que y
• Jodi Bibliophile •
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
I’ve finally finished a book! Yay for me! I just loved this authors writing and the idea of this book but I wanted so much more! I wanted to feel the hatred and rivalry between the families that sadly I just didn’t get. Some parts were a little all over the place and I had to go back and re-read to try and make sense of it. I didn’t feel a connection between Rome and Avery at all.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


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

Lili St. Germain is one of the few authors whose books I'll blindly pick up. She always comes with interesting plot-lines and characters. What she in particularly excels in is creating the perfect anti-hero. She always delivers great dark romances that feed my gray soul. Verona Blood is a great start to the California Blood series. It
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Verona Blood wasn't what I was expecting at all. I love when an author throws curveballs/wrenches into my expectations, it makes for a much more enjoyable reading experience.

I will admit that I didn't love everything that went down in this book but man what a riveting story it was. My eyes were practically glued to the pages. I devoured it in about three hours and have absolutely no regrets of reading it that quickly or ignoring everything and everyone around. I just couldn't wait to find out w
Feb 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Update: Feb 27- Why am I actually shocked and disappointed this is not going to be released today? Why am I surprised to see another new release date? Ohhh, I'm actually not anymore.

Feb 13-
I'm not happy. I've loved everything I've written by this author but nothing seems to release at the date its originally expected. Personally, I'm tired of this. I get excited, the date arrives, I go to buy it, the date has been pushed back AGAIN.
This book was to release 1/30/18 then 2/13/18. Now it says 2/2
I like my shit dark, but I don't like my shit with OM or OW.
The whole chapter 2 is one fat sex scene with OM. It was so explicit I thought the guy was actually the hero, lol. I wish. Disgusting.
Apparently this was not enough, so there's also an explicit rape scene while the hero watches. Delightful, delightful book.
You can write dark without rape, you know that, right? It's really an insult to all the authors who write about rape because they actually want to say something.

My God, nonsense crap
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc
Highly anticipated, Verona Blood didn't disappoint and I'm so glad that Lili St Germain took the time she needed in order to deliver this beautiful baby!

I've been finished for 2 days now, and am still feeling from the  perfection of this story. Don't ask me what it is about in detail, I won't tell you, dear readers. What I can tell you is that it's a revisited version of Romeo and Juliet. But what a corrosive version! In the best way, of course.

The tone is dark, from the beginning you'll get ho
Feb 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
Going in.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is probably going to be a rambling mess. My mind is reeling right now, and I feel like it is moving at the speed of light trying to think about all the possibilities.


I love dark romances. Crave them. I was not, however, prepared for the level of depravity since it is my first foray into the Lili St. Germain world, and I am not just talking violence. The level of violence I have read before. I am talking about an overall lack of m
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Not much romance in this book but a set up for the trilogy. Disappointing as it was good in the beginning but just dark and no romance in the end.
This was a complete wild ride. Spoiler alert there’s a sharp brutal cliffy ending. I really enjoyed it.
Sep 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon US & on iBooks today (9/19/2019)! 🎁
Karen Mc
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

WHOA! OMG! HOLY F**K!!! Verona Blood . . . what the hell?!? What did I just read?!? What did new-to-me author, Lili Saint Germain, do to me?!? GAH!!! What a wild roller coaster of a dark romance ride! There is a thin line between love and hate, and I both loved and hated this dark romance, the darkest of dark romances. Verona Blood stuck a knife in me, wounding me again and again!!!

This book held me hostage from the very first page. Barely into this book and I was already broken! I could not sto
Anne Milne
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I could some this book in one word it would be intense but I've come to expect nothing less from this author.

From the start it grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go in fact at times it strangled the breath from my body. This is a dark twisted tale with inticing characters woven brilliantly
by the author. I read this book in one sitting in fact I'm not sure I moved from the chair once.

It was fantastic, addictive and compelling and with a cliffy to end all cliffhangers. I need more ASAP.
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
You guys!! WHAT DID I JUST READ? Lili St. Germain just rocked my world. OMG this novel was fabulous. It was sexy and dark and shocking AF!! Good Lord. I'm still trying to process what I read. Rome and Avery had great chemistry and I loved the play on the original story. But now my head is swimming with a million conspiracy theories. I need book two asap!!

Point Blank: this author is flat out brilliant. Her writing style is phenomenal and her way with words leaves me awestruck. Her words are poeti
Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
“She was second-in-line for a throne that her older sister had already been molded to fit. I was the ruins of a family legacy that had soared too high, and crashed spectacularly, the sole survivor of a broken dynasty.”


God, I love the way Lili writes her stories.

Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mafia-criminals
????? where are the trigger warnings
Glenna Maynard
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the next ...more
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Lili is a USA Today bestselling hybrid author who has sold over a million books since January 2014. She writes stories about vengeful girls and villainous men, with readers crowning her "The Queen of Darkness" and "The best when it comes to dark, brooding and bloody romance."

Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her go

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