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#ARCReview Blood Always (The Five Families #3) by Jill Ramsower


Title: Blood Always

Series: The Five Families #3, Standalone

Author: Jill Ramsower

Genre: Mafia Romance

Tropes: Arranged Marriage | Age Gap | Enemies to Lovers

Release Date: 15 April 2020



It was supposed to be business.
Two families, one wedding, zero emotion.

My father’s mafia outfit had saved my life.
I owed them everything.
An arranged marriage was hardly a sacrifice when I would have already been long dead had it not been for them.

I would give up my independence for the Lucciano Family.
I would bind myself to the man whose family tore my life to pieces.

Matteo De Luca was vicious claws sheathed in refinement and class.
He saw my untamed independence as a challenge.
I saw his alluring authority as a threat.

There was a ruthless storm that raged in his oceanic gaze. A majestic tidal wave of temper and domination looking to break on my rocky shores.
He would annihilate me.
Rip open my layers until all my pretty secrets were scattered at his feet.

The worst part? I wanted to experience whatever it was Matteo had to offer, and I hated myself for it.
I wanted to launch myself at him.
To kiss him. To kill him.
To end the debilitating torture of the unknown.

The moment our paths collided, our lives were altered irrevocably.
Taking us from enemies allied by a strategic marriage to something dark and consuming.
Something that tasted like obsession.


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5 Stars

ARC Source: Author via Give Me Books Promotions

“Blood Always” is by far my favorite of the series. Even though I didn’t really like Maria in the previous books, the author managed to make me love her!

Maria is the eldest sister of the Lucciano family. She’s been part of the mafia dealings for years. Her involvement with the family helps her channel her anger. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for the Luccianos, including accepting an arranged marriage into the family she hates, the Gallos.

Matteo De Luca is the underboss of the Gallo family. The brief glimpse we got in book 2, gave the idea of a deranged man but he’s nothing but that. He’s ruthless when it comes to business but there are other sides of him. His relationship with Maria bring them out.

“She was savagely broken, doing the best she could to remain whole.”

Both of them have demons, especially Maria. While learning her story, the way she previously behaved is justified. The cold and silent demeanor is her shield from the world. Matteo is the one that coaxes her armor away piece by piece. They are both headstrong and they are constantly clashing. Matteo’s possessive nature just makes Maria to want to fight back. Their chemistry is born by hatred and they are like a bomb waiting to detonate.

If you are looking for an explosive couple, then you’ve just found it. Matteo and Maria’s story will grab you from the first page and take you in a wild ride. Mafia secrets are unveiled through the pages and there are enemies lurking. However, their biggest enemy is their selves. Could they overcome their demons? You have to read the book to find out…!






Within a year of self-publishing her first book, Jill Ramsower quit her job as an attorney and dedicated her days to churning out romantic adventures. She likes to think of her books as contemporary romance with a touch of fantasy—at its core, her writing is about the connection between two people. Sometimes that connection involves a little magic…

With Jill’s books, you can count on confident heroines, plenty of steamy tension, and deliciously assertive leading men. There are no guarantees in life, but with her books, you know everything will work out in the end. However, a perfect ending would not be nearly as satisfying without a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Jill loves to add plenty of adversity in her stories, creating unforgettably dynamic characters and sneaky plot twists you will never see coming.

Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s a travel junkie and loves to read when she is not lost in her own stories.

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