Book 1, Dirty Money - A Dirty Money Novel
Lisa Renee Jones
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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 that could that destroy them both.
Excerpt from Hard Rules (Dirty Money book #1) coming Aug. 9, 2016
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?”
From Publishers Weekly
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OMG! I am in love with Shane Brandon!
OMG! I am in love with Shane Brandon! This hero is so yummy and perfect you can't help but root for him. Shane was a big shot lawyer working in New York City, and far away from the shady family business and he gets called back home to Denver to help his father and brother, Derek, out of sticky mess. Shane makes the decision to stay in Denver and fight for control of the family business, Brandon Enterprises, along with removing all of the illegal activities that his family has gotten involved in. Shane's dad may be slowly dying from cancer but he is still an S.O.B. Dear old dad is pitting son vs. son to see who will win in taking over the family business. The entire Brandon family is really messed up!
While in a little coffee shop across the street from BE, Shane has an unique encounter with a mysterious woman named Emily. Shane cannot seem to get Emily off of his mind and he unexpectedly runs into her again and this begins the dance!
I loved the way these two lives were suddenly weaved together. They both are good at keeping secrets from each but at the same time they are slowly starting to trust each other and those secrets are starting to become known.
Shane and Emily are both very strong, determined characters and I loved that! And their sexual chemistry together was HOT! I can't wait to see where this story is going and what is the big secret Emily is keeping!
Great new series!
Shane is battling his father and brother for control over the family empire. He's determined to clean house and run Branden Enterprises as a completely legitimate enterprise. He's smart, sexy, in control, and doesn't trust easily. He's at war with his own family and has few people he can trust. Emily is newer to Denver and desperate to find a job. She's smart, determined, private, and clearly hiding out from something or someone.
Both need an escape from the stresses and demands of keeping one step ahead and they find that in each other. They have great chemistry from their first meeting. Neither want anything complicated, but they are drawn together and find someone who seemingly has the ability to see right through them. With everything at stake, Emily could easily become the one weakness that Shane can't afford to have.
Hard Rules is thrilling, suspenseful, and deliciously sexy. Lisa Renee Jones draws you into this world where everyone seems to have an agenda and there are plenty of unexpected developments along the way. Hard Rules is a great start to the beginning of a new series.
*Advanced copy provided by NetGalley.
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.