Closer Than Blood Part 1 - Deal Breaker

Pagan Freemantle is a career woman living in Manhattan, who is plunged into a world of trouble when she meets the hitman hired to kill the wealthy half-brother she has never met.

Deal Breaker is the first part of a trilogy about one man's ruthless mission to claim the woman he loves, and her determination not to make his life easy. More
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About Jayne Lockwood

I've been writing for over 20 years. My first successful writing assignment was for the college newspaper of the County College of Morris, in Randolph, New Jersey, where I studied Journalism.

In 2001, Virgin Books published my first novel, Wolf At The Door, for their Black Lace Series. Writing as Savannah Smythe, I have published five books in that genre, before collaborating with Abi Titmuss on her 10 Fantasies book in 2005. Now I am writing more books as Savannah Smythe, details of which can be found on

The Cloud Seeker is my first mainstream novel, and draws upon my background as a Chiltern woman and my affection for the US, where I lived for two years. Cat Cartwright is the feral woman who catches the attention of a New York man with a terrible secret. In the course of one hot, hazy summer, secrets, lies and restrained passion all bubble under the surface of a quiet English village. Yet the long shadow of 9/11 threatens to destroy both Cat's happiness and that of the young boy she looks after.

Closer Than Blood was first conceived back in 1994 and is the original concept for Wolf At The Door, although the story is much more developed and there have been some dramatic changes to take it out of the pure erotica genre. Pagan Freemantle has to choose between her millionaire half-brother and the hit man sent to kill him, and discovers that passion breaks all the rules.

To date, I am working on my third Jayne Lockwood novel, again set in the Chilterns. Expect a wounded but strong woman and her scarred love interest. And there will be a US connection, but I'm not sure how just yet...

My style is easy to read but very adult in themes and language. I describe it as romantic fiction for people who hate romances. Others say it is not to every taste. Read my books and make up your own mind!

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