An epic conclusion to this wonderful Romeo & Juliet duology retelling; the stakes were higher, the tension at times unbearable, and the writing even stronger and more addictive than its predecessor. The tragic love between Roma & Juliette, while bloody, angry and brutal on both sides, at its core is a pair of soulmates who understand each other like no other. Gong captures the forbidden perfectness of Shakespeare’s original romantic tragedy, while fleshing out these revamped lovers and daring you to dream for a happier ending than the play provided. Aside from the love story, we are once again watchers of battles within battles; Red Scarlets vs. White Flowers, Nationalists vs. Communists, Shanghai vs. Monsters, friends against friends–it’s a stressful yet exhilarating read, but near the climax of the story you recall that, oh yeah, these violent delights do have violent ends. — Kirstin Swartz
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!
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 a mission. 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.
About the Author
Chloe Gong is the New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and its sequel, Our Violent Ends, as well as Foul Lady Fortune. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double majored in English and international relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Chloe is now located in New York pretending to be a real adult. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok under @TheChloeGong or check out her website at TheChloeGong.com.