Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Hard Rules, the smoldering, scorching first novel in the explosively sexy new Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.
How bad do you want it?
The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family’s business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil.
Emily is consumed by Shane, pushed sexually in ways she never dreamed of, falling deeper into the all-encompassing passion that is this man. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Emily has a secret, the very thing that brought her to him in the first place, and that secret could destroy them both.
This is book ONE of FOUR in Shane and Emily's story.
Excerpt from Hard Rules (Dirty Money book #1)
His hand curls around mine and he drags it to his knee, and the way he’s looking at me, like the rest of the room, no, the rest of the world, doesn’t exist, steals my breath. I haven’t allowed anyone to really look at me in a very long time.
“Emily,” he says, doing whatever he does to turn my name into a sin that seduces rather than destroys me.
“Shane,” I manage, but just barely.
“Did you say yes to dinner because you didn’t want to be alone?”
I am not sure where he is going with this, if it’s about reading me or if he needs validation that I am here for him, so I give him both. “I like being alone,” I say, and on some level, it really is true. “I said yes to dinner because you are the one who asked.” My lips curve. “Actually you barely asked. You mostly ordered.”
“I couldn’t let you say no.”
“I’m actually really glad you didn’t.”
“And yet you say you like being alone?”
“It’s simple and without complication.”
“Spoken like someone who’s lived the opposite side of the coin.”
“Haven’t we all?”
“Who burned you, Emily?”
I blanch but recover with a quick, “Who says anyone burned me?”
“I see it in your eyes.”
“Back to my eyes,” I say.
“Yes. Back to your eyes.”
Those two words sizzle, matching the heat in his eyes, and my throat goes dry. “Then stop asking so many questions.”
He reaches up, brushing hair behind my ear, his fingers grazing my cheek, and suddenly he is closer, his breath a tease on my cheek, his fingers settling on my jaw. “What if I want to know more about you?”
“What if I don’t want to talk?”
“Are you suggesting I shut up and kiss you?”
Yes, I think. Please. But instead I say, “I don’t know. I haven’t interviewed you as you have me. I know nothing about you. I want to know if you—”
He leans in, and then his lips are on mine, a caress, a tease, that is there and gone, and yet I am rocked to the core, a wave of warmth sliding down my neck and over my breasts. He lingers, his breath fanning my lips, promising another touch I both need and want, as he asks, “You want to know if I what?”
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Dark, provocative, and sexy, the first book in the Dirty Money series features a bad-boy hero who lives on the edge of the law. When Emily Stevens meets Shane Brandon (of the infamous Brandon crime family) she's only looking for a one-night stand. Instead, she finds herself swept into Shane's world of wealth, power, and corruption. Fans of Sylvia Day will love the angst and passion in Lisa Renee Jones' writing. The cliffhanger left us longing for the next installment.
Seduction, lies, and secrets dominate the first Dirty Money contemporary from Jones (the Inside Out series). Shane is a lawyer, and a formidable man in all areas of his life. He and his family are used to getting what they want, when they want it and now Shane has to save the family legacy from his own relatives. Emily is hiding from her past, and from herself. She finds herself without a job, but not without hope. A fateful meeting in a coffee shop throws the two of them together for what promises to be explosive sex, then turns into much more when both are least expecting it. High-octane romance set above the glittering lights of Denver is enhanced by the dominance of a powerful man and the cunning sweetness of a woman who isn't cowed or swayed by his wealth. The somewhat repetitive prose and lack of answers to pertinent questions are balanced by a fascinating mystery and characters with distinct voices.
Keeps you guessing!
Emily is on the run and hiding. She bumps into the son of her soon to be boss, unaware that he is the son, and has a one night stand. Both want more but Emily can't risk it. What she wasn't expecting was to get in the middle of a family at war in their company that lead to the Cartel and possibly the FBI. Emily and Shane can't stay away from each other and all she wants now is to help Shane fight against his family to protect the company. She knows Shane is the good guy but staying with him could bring more trouble he doesn't need.
Great start to the series! There is so much going on in this story. I love a story that keeps me guessing and Lisa Renee Jones is good at that. I don't think I'm anywhere close to putting the pieces of the puzzle together and I'm dying to know what Emily's secret is. It's going to be killer waiting for the next book. Loved it and highly recommend it!
***ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rule #1, No more lies
It's a cliffhanger and I have to wait patiently for the next book!
This is quite the story with many turns that can get you supremely confused if you aren't paying attention. It's superbly written and engaging. Things are so extremely tense you can feel the pressure building like a volcano ready to erupt.
Lies, deceit, family, all out war, romance, what could be better? Grab your copy today and meet the dangerously sexy, incredibly smart, highly successful, Shane Brandon along with the super secretive, equally smart knockout, Emily Stevens.
He is sure to be your next book boyfriend. He is a straight shooter in a family of underhanded takers. He wants nothing more, except maybe Emily, than to rid the family business of it's corruption.
You can help to like Emily. She is quiet, loyal, fierce, and a force to be reckoned with. She comes with a price though. She's super secretive as the secret is the price tag for her life.
I'm ready to be able to delve into the next book to find out what's going to happen.
Another hit series!
Lisa has done it again! This has everything a book needs: suspense, intrigue, angst, blossoming love, and hotness. The chemistry between Shane and Emily is wow! The ending was crazy. Can't wait for the next book! I received this ARC for an honest review from the publisher and Netgalley.