Shanghai is under siege in this captivating and searingly romantic sequel to These Violent Delights, which New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan calls “deliciously dark.”
The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution.
After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on the warpath. One wrong move, and her cousin will step in to usurp her place as the Scarlet Gang’s heir. The only way to save the boy she loves from the wrath of the Scarlets is to have him want her dead for murdering his best friend in cold blood. If Juliette were actually guilty of the crime Roma believes she committed, his rejection might sting less.
Roma is still reeling from Marshall’s death, and his cousin Benedikt will barely speak to him. Roma knows it’s his fault for letting the ruthless Juliette back into his life, and he’s determined to set things right—even if that means killing the girl he hates and loves with equal measure.
Then a new monstrous danger emerges in the city, and though secrets keep them apart, Juliette must secure Roma’s cooperation if they are to end this threat once and for all. Shanghai is already at a boiling point: The Nationalists are marching in, whispers of civil war brew louder every day, and gangster rule faces complete annihilation. Roma and Juliette must put aside their differences to combat monsters and politics, but they aren’t prepared for the biggest threat of all: protecting their hearts from each other.
The end of this wonderful duology is something I did not want to finish. I wanted to stay with Roma and Juliette forever, but sadly I knew that as a Romeo and Juliet retelling there were many things that could get in the way of that. Gong’s ability to perfectly close out this story with action, emotion, and finality is not something a lot of people can accomplish. The pacing of this second book was well-matched with the first and I was very satisfied with the acts of the story that Gong gave us.
We see so much growth from Juliette and Roma both during the duration of their story and their closing thoughts and actions really made the journey worth it. The love that they have for each other could not be replicated anywhere else than on the pages of this book. They blossomed into fully fleshed characters as I read and the depth of their character development will for sure make anyone emotional.
This explosive and heart-wrenching end to this duology did not disappoint and could honestly be one of my favorite books this year.
Meet the Author
Chloe Gong is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, studying English and International Relations. During her breaks, she’s either at home in New Zealand or visiting her many relatives in Shanghai. Chloe has been known to mysteriously appear by chanting “Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best plays and doesn’t deserve its slander in pop culture” into a mirror three times. You can find her on Twitter @thechloegong, check out her website at thechloegong.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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