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Closer Than Blood

(Closer Than Blood #1-3)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Forbidden passion, blackmail and murderous intent in the cold, glittering heart of Manhattan.

Against his better judgement, slick hitman Frank Mancini falls for the sultry sister of his latest client. He is also hiding a dark secret, but can he get her into bed before his past is revealed?

Tony Freemantle is diseased, dying and desperate. His last wish is to seek vengeance
Kindle Edition, 490 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
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Kristi Cramer
I read this a while ago, and thought I had posted a review, but I can't find it anywhere. So I'll give the quick and dirty version of it. Closer Than Blood is a dark romp through forbidden territory. There are twists and turns, drunken nights and passion-filled trysts. I don't want to give anything away, but suffice to say, if you like dark-ish reads with a taste of the forbidden, with plenty of spicy sex - and you don't mind a bit of violence or rough language - you will enjoy this book. Very ...more
Tamela Miles
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful, thoroughly engaging read from start to finish, with so many intricate plot turns. A woman would have to be dead not to be thoroughly turned on by the rough edged, complicated Frank Mancini. Pagan Freemantle is more than a perfect match, as she is mouthy and determined to stand her ground beneath the cool exterior. She's definitely my kind of female character! This is not your sort of book if you're looking for a sweet romance. This book is gritty, violent, and wonderfully ...more
Liz johnson
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable. This was originally written as 3 separate books. So I think I am right in saying the first part ,they meet, lots of drama occurs, they split up. The second book is dealing with the split and their dealing with meeting again after time spent apart and her new relationship. The third part is their coming together again. There is a lot of drama and plotting and some twists and Frank is a great character as the invincible hit man with a lot more to him than that. I enjoyed the ...more
Storm Chase
This will sound weird but this book has some strong themes including murder and incest but its not a super dark read.

Closer Than Blood is a saga style novel covering about ten years in the lives of Pagan Freemantle and her very dysfunctional family. While Pagan is a straight up normal career woman, her brothers are involved in organised crime. They drag her into their world, and the story starts there.

I cant describe any part of the plot without giving away spoilers. Lets say its well written,
A.J. Sendall
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Deal Breaker, the first part of Closer than blood, a few months before downloading The Whole Story. I had really enjoyed Deal Breaker, but questioned how Lockwood could effectively follow what was a complete and well-rounded story in itself. Any doubts I had were soon exiled to Old Cynicism.
From start to finish, Closer Than Blood has a twisted and intriguing plot that at times takes the reader to the edge of discomfort. The characters are deep and well-rounded when needed, and always have
Jodie Lauren
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pagans life isnt as she expected, her useless brother was a drain and when he brings Frank into their lives, things get a whole lot more complicated. Tony, the brother, is a waste of space who wants revenge for all the wrong reasons and hires Frank to kill their other half brother, Richard. There are secrets and lies which unravel and things take a dark twisted turn.

Eventually Pagan married Greg, but he is not the man she thought he was. More lies, hurt and deceit follow.

People will lose.. their
Terra Drynan-Werder
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had a bit of everything, it was dark, had that forbidden theme, it was hot and the characters I had a love hate relationship with. It took me on a journey that I wasn't expecting, but very much enjoyed. There was deception and twists/turns around each and every page of the book. A very enjoyable read.
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