Release Date: Aug 8, 2017
Series: Dirty Money
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
Bad Deeds picks up right where Damaged Control ended. Emily and Shane have decided to weather the storm despite the danger that is plowing straight towards them. They are gathered at his family’s house for dinner and it is nothing short of an all out verbal brawl. Eventually, with the Cartel’s influence over the family’s business, they all realize they must come together. They all may be family but they are also enemies as well.
Emily and Shane’s relationship is still going good. I’m rooting for their HEA but it is so hard with the many obstacles that they face. There is so much going on with the family, the cartel and all of the drama. The book starts off with a lot of information dumping again but things rev up and the drama explodes.
Shane is so charming and swoon-worthy. He is not just this lusty beefcake as I had conjured him up in my mind from previous reads. He is more emotional. He is willing to risk getting burned by his family and everyone else for Emily. He sees her as his asset and not just a liability or a threat.
He’s angry. I hear it in the bit of his voice, feel it in the tension in his body. That’s the emotion he feels, and that comes from his certainty that his father is lying. I don’t even think it’s real. This is about fear, fear that he will feel hope and discover it’s false. I step to him, aligning our legs. “Shane-“
“You aren’t my weakness,” he says softly, but somehow vehemently. “You’re just the opposite. You’re the complete contradiction to everything that is this family, and you remind me of the change I’m fighting for.”
I can’t believe that I’m saying this but I feel some sort of sympathy for Derek. He is still a hard character to like. However, LRJ shows a new side to him. We learn more about him and Teresa. I’m warming up to him…well let me say that I’m a bit more intrigued. I also want more of Jessica and Cody. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if I need a book solely on them.
Spoiler Alert: This ends in the mother of cliffhangers. I’m not a fan of cliffhangers and this one is no different. I literally jumped up and yelled out for a few seconds. Now we have to wait for the last installment to the story.
I know there is more to the story but I wonder if we could have wrapped this up into a pretty trilogy. After two or three books, it is hard to continue reading about the same characters. Of course, once you are three books in, you are invested. So I find myself anxiously waiting for the next addition.