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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.
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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 that could that destroy them both.
Lisa Renee Jones introduces a brand new series surrounding deceit, vengeance, power and family.
Shane Brandon is back home to help his family’s enterprise stay clear of the corruption that his father and brother have brought to the family’s legacy. His father’s health is rapidly declining and Shane is torn between sticking around to help him build back the legacy or returning to New York to continue his rise as a no-nonsense attorney. A chance encounter in a coffee shop with a beautiful brunette changes the course of everything for Shane.
Emily Stevens is running. She needs a job and stability quick. Her run in with Shane is everything but stable and calm. He sees right through to her core and her instinct is to run. Instead of running, she agrees to one night with Shane to get him out of her system. Nothing is ever simple with Emily and her one-night turn into so much more.
Hard Rules is a family saga full of greed, lies and power plays. Each chapter is like a move in a chess game. No character is completely good or bad. There is no clear definition of anyone’s intentions. I became completely enthralled with the story as I tried to figure out what was going on. At this point, I’m not sure who can be trusted.
The chemistry between Emily and Shane is intense. They are both clear that a relationship would never work and they shouldn’t continue seeing each other but the magnetic pull is stronger than either one of them care to admit. The love scenes are hot! I love the intensity of them.
Brandon Enterprises is into some shady business. There is blackmail, drugs, and scandal looming over Shane’s head. Despite all of that, my attention was more drawn to Emily and the secrets she harbors. There are some clues but I can’t be 100% certain with all of the craziness that is going on.
I’m not sure why the blurb for this book references Sons of Anarchy because I didn’t get similarities from the book. I did like that each chapter began with a quote from a fictional or real-life organized crime member.
Hard Rules ends on a cliff hanger and I am anxious to see what happens with Emily and Shane.