Thursday, March 9, 2017

Book Review ~ Hard Rules (Dirty Money, Book 1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Hard Rules
Dirty Money, Book 1
Lisa Renee Jones

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 1190 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 9, 2016

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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.

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Brandon Enterprises has been mixed up in its fair share of shady dealings. Derek Brandon has his hands in many illegal ventures, thinking about nothing but financial gain and running the company when his father is no longer able. Shane Brandon has other ideas; it's time Brandon Enterprises walked the straight and narrow.  He returns to Denver from New York to straighten up the mess his father and brother have made with the company. Shane may walk the line between darkness and the light but he does what he must to stabilize his family's legacy, keeping it from falling further into the pit of corruption. The intriguing woman he encounters in a coffee shop is only supposed to take the edge off, not leave him desperate for more.

Emily has just settled down in Denver. She's been on the run from her past, present, and most likely, her future. Harboring secrets that she's unwilling to divulge to anyone, she also has a past that she could get dragged back into it at any time. She just needs to get a job and keep a low profile for now, but a chance meeting in a coffee shop puts a twist in her plans.

Shane's character is strong, ruthless when necessary, yet tender and affectionate. His feelings for Emily are evident from their first encounter. After they meet again, their one night of passion proves to no be enough for either of them - not by a long shot. Emily is also a strong character; she has to be in order to survive whatever secrets are threatening to eat her up inside. She truly cares for Shane on almost every level - except the one that tells her to trust him with her secrets. Emily and Shane compliment each other. Emily illuminates the darkness Shane must maneuver through.

Hard Rules is a wonderful blend of suspense, intrigue, and romance ~ at some moments - very steamy romance! I was enraptured by Emily and Shane's story from the beginning prologue and could not put the book down. I was pulled into the drama and romantic suspense elements of the book. Every element of Hard Rules was enjoyable, from Shane and Emily's first meeting all the way to the cliffhanger ending.

I voluntarily read a review copy provided by the author through NetGalley.

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Meet the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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