Release Day Review: Vengeful Queen by Lili St. Germain


Genre: Dark/Mafia Romance
Series: Violent Kingdom #2

Sometimes, we lose ourselves in the devastation of love.
But sometimes, we find ourselves there, too.

Avery Capulet. The forbidden fruit. The apple of her Daddy’s eye. The newly-minted Queen of California’s criminal underworld. And now, the missing girl nobody can find.

I know where she is, though. Kneeling before me, tears spilling from her eyes as the last bit of her dignity bleeds from her. I don’t want the pound of flesh that the girl who betrayed me delivers, but I don’t have a choice.

Avery Capulet. Moaning underneath me, as pain merges with pleasure, skin to skin as we do what we can to survive. In the dark, in the wild, we’re like animals. I try not to love her. I try so damn hard.

But the war waged inside my heart was won a long time ago.

By a girl who should have known better than to trust a man like me.

Rome Montague. The boy from my past. The man in my nightmares. The dark, secret lover who makes me feel things I never knew I could feel.

Love and pain can both drive you insane. I fight, and I fight, until all I can do is surrender. Be pulled under. Submit, until I barely recognize myself.

Rome Montague. When he looks at me, I forget the lies that destroyed our past. When he makes me come apart underneath his touch, I forget where we are, and that a faceless enemy pulls our strings like marionettes.

The outside world beckons bright, teasing us with mirages of safety and respite.

But the light of day is a cruel lie.

Because once we find a way out of the dark, we both realize that our nightmare has only just begun.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

I read the first book Vicious Prince two and half years ago, so I didn't remember a lot of what happened between Rome and Avery in that book. So I made sure to check the highlights and scroll through the book to refresh my memories. I was excited to get back to the world Lili created for the Violent Kingdom series. Lili is one of my favorite dark romance authors so I was certain that she would deliver a great book. Vengeful Queen picks up where we left off and Rome and Avery are in the hands of a psychotic killer. It was very difficult to see how this monster broke the two main characters down day by day. A lot of horrific and evil things were done, and it really broke my heart. While Rome and Avery are enemies, you see them grow closer together in captivity. They try to motivate each other to hold on and not give up.

"Everything about you turns me on. But it doesn't just turn me on, Avery. It sets me on fire."

First of all I loved that the author took her time in this book. If I remember correctly I found the previous book a bit too fast paced and wished it was longer. She totally delivered in this book and set the mood for each part of the book. I was fully hooked to the story and intrigued to see what would happen next. There were a couple of twists, which I am used to from this author. I had my theories about certain things but I have to say that Lili did an incredible job in throwing me off the scent. There is a lot going on but it never felt too much. I loved seeing the characters grow. Especially Avery went through a transformation and I admired her determination. This book was dark, sexy, romantic and suspenseful. I saw a couple of things coming but the ending definitely has me super excited to get my hands on the last book in this series.

About the Author

Lili St. Germain is a USA Today bestselling hybrid author who writes books about vengeful girls, villainous men, and forbidden love.

Her books have sold over a million copies worldwide since January 2014.

Aside from writing, her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Instagram. 

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

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