Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Dirty Money #1
Release Date: August 9th
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.
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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.
Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
This first installment in the Dirty Money series was an angsty and riveting ride of suspense, in true Lisa Renee Jones style!
Shane Brandon is a New York high-profile attorney but he left his job to return to his hometown of Denver. He intends to take the lead of his family conglomerate, clean up the dark and dirty side of its business activities and put an end to his family’s connections with cartels. His family is totally dysfunctional, with relationships based on greed and power play. There is a strong rivalry between him and his older brother, to the point that they have become enemies in a battle to gain control of the company. It breaks his heart but he knows he will have to play hardball to win and force everyone to follow him. He trusts no one in his family, not even his mother. He is a good man, with strong principles, in a difficult position.
In this highly conflictual context, he meets Emily Stevens by chance at a coffee shop and is instantly intrigued by her. She is a contradiction he wants to understand. She is sweet, but seems tormented by something or somebody and doesn’t give much information about herself. Yet, Shane is not worried by her secrets and decides to figure their relationship out as they go. He knows they both need time to build a relationship based on trust. But even if Emily wants to be honest, she has no other choice than to lie to him and she knows he’ll hate her for it.
This story had a general atmosphere of deceit, danger and secrets that I enjoyed. I found that the writing style of Ms. Jones was utterly addictive. This book ends with a cliffhanger and we are left with many questions unanswered, starting from the prologue! This book pulled me in from the first page and I’m definitely hooked!
An advanced copy of this book was provided courtesy of the publisher St. Martin’s Press, via NetGalley.