RELEASE BLITZ with REVIEW: Blood Always by Jill Ramsower (GIVEAWAY + Excerpt)

Dear book-lovers,

Welcome to release blitz organized by Give Me Books Promotions and also book blitz organized by Xpresso Book Tours for a dark mafia romance – Blood Always (The Five Families #3) by Jill Ramsower. *Note. All the books in this series can be read as standalones. This blitz includes some details about the book and author, couple of excerpts and teasers, giveaway and a review. So, here is the book of the day 😊

Blood Always FOR WEBTitle: Blood Always
Author: Jill Ramsower
Series: The Five Families #3
Genre: Adult, Mafia Romance
Release date: April 15th 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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Excerpt 1

I arrived at my apartment at nine o’clock sharp and found Matteo waiting for me outside my door. I’d had two martinis with dinner, and on top of the champagne, even food hadn’t been enough to counteract the alcohol. I wasn’t about to stumble in front of any trucks, but I was far more affected than I would have preferred.

It was my own fault.

I’d known I would see him. I’d known how important it was to be in possession of all my faculties in his presence, but I’d indulged in the drinks anyway. I had told myself it was my reward for spending a day with my family, but that wasn’t the truth of it. Deep down, in a darkest part of me that I refused to acknowledge, I wanted to drop my defenses.

All my life I’d kept the world at gunpoint.

It was exhausting.

The ease of letting go was shamefully alluring. He was my enemy. Of all people, he was the last person I should entrust with my protection. And yet … that’s exactly what I’d done. Handed myself over in a state of intoxication, unable to fully defend myself.

It was time to see if Matteo De Luca would keep me afloat or use those capable hands to hold me under.

He leaned his muscled frame against the wall in a statement of casual indifference, but his eyes betrayed him. Even with alcohol clouding my vision, I could still see the 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.

Batter my jagged defenses until he’d smoothed all my hard edges and whittled me away to my foundations.

He pretended to be a simple passing storm in the distance, but I knew the devastation he could wreak. I could feel it not just in my bones but in my core where fissures of lust uncoiled and warmed me from the inside out.

I wanted to launch myself at him.

To kiss him. To kill him.

To end the debilitating torture of the unknown.

I wanted to experience whatever it was Matteo had to offer, and I hated myself for it. Unfortunately for me, my own self-loathing wasn’t enough to keep me from inviting the lion inside my den. Without a word, I unlocked my door, feeling his stealthy presence stalk behind me.

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I wiggled from his grasp, sliding down off the counter. “I actually have somewhere I need to be tonight, so I need to finish what I was doing.” Somewhere, as in, not here with you. I picked up my gun, assessing my progress.

Matteo’s stare was an incessant wasp buzzing in my face, refusing to allow me escape.

“What?” I bit out, glaring up at him. “Do you need me to show you the door?”

His gaze sparked—icy flames scorching every inch of me. “What plans?” He’d teased and prodded, coerced and demanded, but now his words were the deadly strike of a viper.

I could respond in one of two ways: play my flute and soothe the beast or hiss back with my own venomous attack. I knew which one was wiser. I also knew I felt exposed and vulnerable. There was nothing more vicious than a cornered animal, wounded and afraid—not that I would ever admit my fears to him.

It didn’t take any debate or consideration to know which option I would choose. I went with my instinct, and that instinct screamed to protect. I’d been a flight type of girl before and spent years reprogramming my brain.

Now, my brand of defense was to fight.

“Until I walk down that aisle, my affairs are none of your concern.” The innuendo had been strategic. My voice, a whip snapped in warning.

Matteo wasn’t one to back down easily. If anything, my response only poked the angry bear.

He slowly, menacingly positioned himself so close I could feel the sultry heat emanating from his broad chest. “You go near another fucking man, aisle or no aisle, and I’ll kill him.”

Matteo didn’t do idle threats. He was making that crystal clear.

“What happened to just business?”

“That was before. Before I you sucked the air from my lungs like your life depended on it. Before I’d felt your claws retract and saw a glimpse of what’s hiding beneath the armor. Before you made my cock so hard it hurt to breathe. I don’t know what this is between us, but it is certainly not just business.”

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JillWithin 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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Blood Always FOR WEBTitle: Blood Always
Author: Jill Ramsower
Series: The Five Families #3
Genre: Dark Contemporary Mafia Romance
Publication 2020
Source: eARC via Give Me Books Promotions / Xpresso Book Tours
Rating: 4.25 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended to readers who enjoy dark mafia romance, readers who love arranged marriage trope and and to readers who can deal with triggering content. Only for mature readers (18+) *Note. This book can be read as a standalone, but I would still recommend to read the first two books if you don’t want to get some spoilers for them.

My Thoughts

If I walked through that door, our trajectory would alter irrevocably. From enemies allied by strategic marriage to … what? Something dark and consuming. Something that tasted like obsession.

This was an entertaining and emotional read for me. The dynamic between Matteo and Maria was intense and explosive. The romance was sweetly dark with hate-to-love and arranged marriage trope, both of these are my favourite tropes, so of course I was very happy with this romance, especially, Matteo was actually a very decant guy for mafia man. I didn’t even hate to love him, I just loved him 🙂

Loving my wife hadn’t been in the plans, but something told me I had little say in the matter.

Matteo and Maria were both part of mafia (just different families), therefore, you can expect morally questionable actions and cold blooded murder from both of them. Hence, Maria was a very refreshing character in dark mafia romance for me. As usually the heroines in these type of romances are naive and innocent damsels in distress, even virgins at times, but Maria was none of those things. She was strong, emotionally closed but at the same time over emotional, and kick a$$ female with some very dark and blood chilling secrets from her past.

She was wild, untamed – a goddess of war. The personification of indignant rage.

This book had intriguing mafia world, flawed and realistic characters, entertaining plot, dark secrets, emotional growth, heartbreaking experiences and intense romance. There were some steamy, some swoony, some funny, some intense, some sweet, some heartbreaking, some bloody and some triggering moments.

He wanted to slay my demons for me, but some demons were personal. Some demons could never be slayed except by the hands of their victims.

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What are your thoughts on the synopsis, excerpts, teasers and quotes? Are you ready to join this sweetly dark mafia romance of Matteo and Maria?

Happy reading,
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