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Blood Always

(The Five Families #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  939 ratings  ·  153 reviews
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.

Paperback, 276 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Jill Ramsower, LLC (first published April 15th 2020)
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Maria is not your standard mafia Princess!

I liked this new and different take on the old standard mafia romance trope where the daughter of one mafia family gets forced into an arranged marriage by her father who is a mafia Kingpin in order to settle some sort of debt or to keep the peace between two families by uniting them in marriage. In this case it is the latter and Maria Genovese isn’t exactly forced into the marriage, she is loyal to her family and will do what is asked of her.

Though Mari
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafia
4,5/5 🌟
It was by far better than the other two books!! Loved it!
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Give Me Books for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Blood Always
The Five Families #3
By: Jill Ramsower

Blood Always is the third book in Jill Ramsower's Five Families series. I have read each book so far, but this story can be read as a standalone. Although the premise, mafia arranged marriage, resembles others in the genre, this book is an entity of its own. The bride, Maria, is not a horrified virgin who can't defend
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is a great wee mafia romance! In fact, it’s likely one of the best I’ve read for a while.
Wanna know why?
The heroine in this book isn’t your usual good girl lost in a harsh world, blah blah blah.
She’s a kick-ass made woman!
She’s tough, strong and determined and needs no man to help her with anything!

She comes off as cold a
Zoe-Amelia Harris
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was super lucky and won an ARC from Jill through a Facebook Giveaway 😍

So, I'm a sucker for an enemies to lovers book, I love an arranged marriage and then throw an age gap in there and this book was right up my street!

"This was a business arrangement, not an episode of The Bachelor."

I was curious about Maria from the few interactions between her sisters in previous books, and was very intrigued by Matteo from the brief glimpse we got of him in the first book, and then their surprise annou
Villains Do It Better
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Paperback Princess
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Blood Always: An Arranged Marriage Mafia Romance by Jill Ramsower is book Three in The Five Families series. This is the story of Maria Genovese and Matteo De Luca. I have read and Loved!) the past books, which did help me to enjoy this one. But I did feel you could make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Maria isn't your typical Mafia Princes. Maria has a role in the family business, knows how to defend herself and is a strong women who doesn't back down. But she too also knows that a ...more
S.E. Rose
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Maria’s character and story unravels seamlessly throughout the plot. This is by far my favorite mafia series!
Melissa Mendoza
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"His mouth tasted like paradise. Savory and dangerous and all man."

5 Mafia Princess Stars!! I love a good mafia book and this had it all!!!

Maria is a mafia princess daughter, but he's not your typical mafia princess daughter. She's strong, independent and knows how to hold her own. And she's not afraid to call shots when she needs to. Matteo is the underboss for the Gallo family, and do I need to mention he's the most powerful one in the family? Probably not... Maria's family and
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m new with this author, I was a lucky winner of an ARC on a Facebook giveaway.

This is the third book of a very interesting series, which I need to catch up on it, and maybe because of that I got the feeling of missing very important events and episodes with some of the characters that appear as secondary’s in this book.

I love arranged marriages and if is mafia, ohhhh you totally got me, so when I read that this book is all of that i can’t not let it pass.
I liked that Maria is a thought girl,
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a bit better than the previous book however, where the last book lacked my fill of mafia life and this one delivered it two fold (loved fierce Maria and calculated Matteo) this one lacked a genuine love and it was rather slightly unsatisfying as an insta-lust, almost pushing it on us. And mainly this was due to a major WTF moment..I’ll get to that in a bit.

Maria was a badass independent ice queen who held her own as practically the right hand of her dad but harbored many secrets that m
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!!

I'm always a fan of arranged marriage. So, I was excited to dive in. The premise was good but the instant attraction with a hot guys and sexy beautiful woman somehow disappoints me. Why? Because I wanted to read something that's more realistic like the girl was plain Jane.

Also, I am having a hard time grasping the names of the characters.... what's their role or what happened to them.

I love that Maria is feisty... unfortunately on most part, weak when it comes sex. Matteo has that p
Karin The Dark Bookworm
Sorry, not my cup of tea.
Everything was so confusing to me.
The h was weird, the H was confusing as hell
The plot incoherent, and nothing made sense to me .. sorry.
ARC won from author

I swear this series keeps getting better and better! Matteo and Maria are everything.

I’m such a sucker for arranged marriages and this one was done so right. Maria agrees to marry Matteo since she is loyal to her father and his mafia family. Matteo is related to her kid brother’s killer, so already she is not planning on a love match. She’ll marry him, live with him, but not tolerate him. They have a couple of run-ins before the wedding and this is already where they start t
Chrissy Russo
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Ok so help me out Matteo, did you love your ex or did you “come close” to giving your heart away? Because first you say one thing and then the other. You couldn’t reassure your new wife (heroine) by having a conversation with her where you tell her that the past is in the past and she’s not second best? No? Better to just let her wallow in insecurity and self-doubt, thinking that she’s a poor replacement for your dead love?

Total story killer. Without that the story would have been a good 3.5-4 s
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I have read the others in the series and each one is even better than the last. This is an arranged marriage book. The joining of two families that haven't been on the best of terms for a long time. Matteo is hot as sin and a perfect match for Maria even if she hates to admit it. I think Maria is one of my favorite characters that I've read in a long time. She's tough, but not afraid to show her softer side when needed. It was great seeing the other characters from th ...more
Amanda Thomas
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC of this book and even though the author didn’t request I read and review, I wanted to. I am a stickler for series reading order, though, so I had to read the first two before I could get to this one. I am so glad I did. While they can all be read as stand-alones, the story of the Five Families world is built upon in each book. I can also confirm that each story is better and better than the one before. I loved Matteo and Maria. I loved how their relationship developed. And I loved t ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Where do I even begin...

I went in with such high hopes because of the hype and the trope and wow was this an absolute disaster.

Everytime authors try to write a "not your average heroine" oh she's out there she answers to no one.. It's absolute trash. They just make the heroine sound and look insanely cringe. And that's what Maria was. Also, hated the name. The name game could have been strong but oh well.

Maria is cringe level 4000 and Matteo, who appeared to be some badass big guy for literall
All Booked Out
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it

Jill is a new to me author and I can say without a doubt that I will definitely be reading more of her work. From the very first page her writing style just clicked with me. I became entirely invested in the plot and the characters, devouring the entire book in a couple of hours.

Matteo and Maria are from feuding mafia families but a marriage between the two is proposed to end said feud and bring the five families closer together with their union. Due to her brother’s death, supposedly c
Beyond The Covers Blog
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celeste
Finally, the distant, standoffish sister Maria Genovese gets her own book!  Blood Always by Jill Ramsower is the third book in the Five Family series.  I have enjoyed getting to know each of the Genovese sisters as they each have their own standalone story.  Ramsower does a great job telling this enemies to lovers’ mafia romance that is sure to have you reaching for a cool glass of water because it is hot!  I loved how the rough and hardened mafia boss, Enzo Genovese, seems to inadvertently play ...more
Inga Lady Of Bookland
4.25 stars

"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, Matte
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What happens when your father asks you to marry into the family that you’ve hated your entire life? You agree because you would do anything for your family and you go into it like the business arrangement it is.

Except, Matteo is more than just a business arrangement, he’s oh so easy on the eyes and those tattoos? Those are just the finishing touches. And Maria has to admit, he’s pretty charming.
As far as Matteo, he’s drawn in from the start. Maria is feisty but clever, she can be rash and quic
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Mine to devour and mine to protect…”

Well this was a really steamy surprise!! This is my first book by Jill Ramsower, I won it as an ARC in the Pepper’s Playground group on fb and I couldn’t be happier that I got this chance to know and fall in love with another author who can hypnotize me with her Mafia Romance writing!!

Maria is one of the princess daughters of mafia, but she’s nothing like you would expect her to be, she’s strong, independent and has a place in the outfit, she’s known as the I
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Blood Always is the third book in the Five Families Series ( I recommend reading the first two books in this series; it will make it easier to know what's going on) To say that I have been patiently waiting for Maria's book would be a lie! I've been dying to know more about her... and Jill Ramsower did NOT disappoint!

Maria & Matteo's relationship started as a "business arrangement" a way to unite their families but the 🔥🔥🔥 connection that blooms from this arrangement... well there simply isn't a
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
From start to finish, BLOOD ALWAYS was absolutely amazing and had me all in the feels. I was instantly in love with Matteo. But I knew I would after all the times he made appearances throughout the series. There was just something about him; something magnetizing. I was so very excited to dive into the very essence of Matteo De Luca and get to know him more.

I wasn’t sure how I would take a book based off Maria. She was always this untouchable character to me with hardly any emotions. But thankf
Jenn the Readaholic
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This author has me completely hooked on her books! Matteo and Maria are expected to form a partnership of the most sacred variety, but they have to learn to trust more than their libidos in order to make it work. Add in the fact that Matteo has a missing mafia boss, secrets he’s unable to share, Maria has secrets of her own and old, painful memories, and we have a recipe for possible disaster. And the second these two start to trust, another wrench is thrown into the mix. When tempers are short ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
*****5 Swoon Stars*****
This series gets better with each book. Maria is not like her sisters she was like them once to be but things changed her a long time ago. Matteo is not like anything Maria thought he would be but he’ older a complete alpha male, possessive, jealous, dominating, ruthless, tattooed and all these thing s take Maria by surprise. Matteo wasn’t expecting for the Ice Queen to make him feel different about their arrangement she's sassy, she's speaks her mind and is blunt and to t
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love mafia books especially with forced marriages involved.

Maria is forced by her father to marry Matteo De Luca who is her sworn enemy. Their marriage is supposed to stop feuding between their families. Maria is strong willed and not afraid of a little blood and revenge. Eventually passion ignites between her and Matteo; however, she can’t stop trying to find out who is responsible for her brother’s death. The question is was Matteo’s family responsible?

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Also, thi
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Tough as nails

Maria is a tough made woman, but she has suffered more than anyone knows or sees. You wouldn't know it because she buries it deep under a hard shell no one can crack.... well until Matteo. Sparks fly between those two among other things.

The only reason this isn't a 5 star is because of all the unanswered questions regarding Matteo and letter girl. He moved on fast and for someone in love it just didn't fit. Maria never told us if she got over feeling like second best and there was
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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…

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