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September 07, 2016

Review: HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones

A Dirty Money Novel
by Lisa Renee Jones
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 9th 2016
by St. Martin's Griffin

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Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in 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.

I have to be honest, this was my very first novel by Lisa Renee Jones. I have about 4 of her books on my bookshelf and just haven’t had the chance to read them. I happen to come across HARD RULES on NetGalley and immediately thought it was my kind of book. And, since I am big on e-books at the moment, I was able to jump right into it.

I started HARD RULES the day I got it and finished it the next day. It was very entertaining and super sexy. I won’t lie, there were a couple of things that bothered me about the story. I was not happy with the fact that even at the very end of the story we still don’t really know what is going on with Emily, and what she is running from. On a good note though, the next book in the series continues Emily and Shane’s story. I am hoping we get a little more on Emily.

HARD RULES is told from Shane and Emily’s POV, so that was a plus. I love it when authors do that.

Overall, the story was filled with lots of romance and sexy time, tons of suspense, and a bunch of twisted secrets. Shane’s family is so screwed up it’s not even funny. HARD RULES sort of reminded me of J.R. Ward’s THE BOURBON KINGS. So if you liked that book, you will like this one too.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

4 Stars!!

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