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Verona Blood

(California Blood #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  847 ratings  ·  230 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
Paperback, 1st edition
Published May 29th 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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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
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,
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 ki
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
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
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 Blood may
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
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤


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 it
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
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love. Makes. You. Weak.

Real rating: 3.5 stars.

Inizio subito col dire che aspettavo Verona Blood con un ansia e un eccitazione fuori dal comune. È stato rinviato per ben due volte perchè Lili non era contenta del risultato finale, quindi potrete immaginare la mia delusione quando ho aperto il file sul mio Kobo, e ho scoperto che erano appena 150 pagine. E ho pure scoperto che questo è il libro più lungo della serie (sono quattro libri in totale, per il momento), quindi ci sono rimasta un po’ m
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't exactly say anything right now because of the cliffhanger .......
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
J o d i  B i b l i o p h i l e ♥
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 but hopefully will in the next one. Still, I enjoyed myself and finished it in one day.
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
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
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."


Reseña Pendiente...
Feb 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
Going in.
Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

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
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
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“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.

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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'll keep it short. I liked it a lot, it had all the elements that I love, however I thought this would be a full-length novel, so I was somewhat disappointed that this was so short and ended with a cliffhanger.

However, I can't wait for the next one to find out what happens next to Avery and Rome.
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.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, favorites
"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 fav
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
Amber- Leave Me Alone I'm Reading
Verona Blood

I wanted something dark, and this this book fit the bill perfectly! It’s intense and brutal, and I loved it! The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars, was that it felt too much like another series I’ve read. Things that should’ve came as a shock to me, were not surprising because I’ve already read a very similar storyline. Otherwise, Verona Blood was awesome and I can’t wait for the next book!
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡

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 va
Glenna Maynard
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the next
Suzanne (Lily)
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part One...

A page turning heart stopper, that is just the beginning. This book ends on a cliff hanger and I hope we’re not going to be left dangling too long before the next book is released!

With the promise of a dark Romeo and Juliet story promoted to readers who enjoyed reading Gypsy Brothers, I was ready. Patiently waiting for some months, I devoured Verona Blood in two sittings. I could have easily read through without stopping but I needed to stop to feed the family.

Verona Blood is graphic
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Lili writes dark, disturbing romance. Her #1 bestselling Gypsy Brothers series was created in a serial format – quick, intense episodes released frequently with some wicked cliffhangers. The Gypsy Brothers series focuses on a morally bankrupt biker gang and the girl who seeks her vengeance upon them. The Cartel series is a prequel trilogy of full-length novels that explores the beginnings of the c ...more

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