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.

* * * * * * *

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.

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My Review

‘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 sacrifices that have to be made.

Despite Avery Capulet’s independent nature and her need to marry for love rather than obligation, it’s her father’s dictates that she must vow to obey, which means that as the sole heir to the Capulet fortune, Avery’s forced to give up her freedom and any hope that she’d be able to live her life for herself and no one else.

But Avery Capulet isn’t the only person in a hellish situation; in fact, she’s responsible for the social and economical degradation of someone who was once her friend and ally, and in a cruel twist of fate, Avery and her bitter enemy, Rome Montague, find themselves at the mercy of sadistic bastards hellbent on making both of them suffer for sins they don’t quite understand.

There’s quite a large list of Capulet enemies, so it’s difficult to ascertain who’s behind the latest attack on this powerful family, but what is easy to understand is the fact that this is only the beginning of Avery’s captivity and torture, and while it’s not completely clear what Rome’s role is in this newest Capulet curse, what’s quite evident is that the reprehensible devils that surround Avery and Rome don’t plan to let up anytime soon.

As a high school English teacher, I adore romance stories that are loosely based off of the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, and while St. Germain’s Verona Blood is set in contemporary society, every component of the story line that makes reference to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and those responsible for helping or hurting the pair make the story that much more masterful, and I desperately need book two so that Rome and Avery have a chance to change their fate, one way or another. 

There’s a reason that Lili St. Germain is a USA Today Bestselling Author; she can write the shit out of dark romance, and time and time again, she successfully takes her characters and her readers on one hell of a messed up journey – one where they must maneuver through a series of twists and turns that keep them guessing right up to the story’s resolution or should I say cliffhanger.

4.5 Poison Apples

Lili writes books about vengeful girls and villainous men. Her USA Today bestselling 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 club, to be released worldwide in print and ebook in 2015 by HarperCollins.

Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Pinterest.

She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write


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