Review: HARD RULES (Dirty Money) by Lisa Renee Jones @LisaReneeJones

Review: HARD RULES (Dirty Money) by Lisa Renee Jones @LisaReneeJones

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Review: HARD RULES (Dirty Money) by Lisa Renee Jones @LisaReneeJonesHard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Dirty Money #1
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
on August 9, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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.

my thoughts

Lisa Renee Jones gives her readers a BRAND NEW SERIES to DEVOUR with Dirty Money! An enticing romance laced with passion, mystery, and seduction…there was NO putting this one down for one second! THIS is romantic suspense at its finest! I would love to quote this book all throughout this review, but I can’t give anything away. I will give you just a taste though. But believe me, HARD RULES was brimming with heat, seduction, and passion and with each turn of the page brought on a new emotion. I absolutely LOVED this experience…AND…it’s only the beginning!

“I want you to leave with me, but be clear. That means I will fuck you every possible way, with the full intent of ensuring that I’m the man you compare all others to.”

Yeah, there are sexy gems like this from our intense and swoonworthy hero, Shane Brandon, all throughout this romance. From the very beginning, in the prologue, you know there is tons of mystery afoot! This is how the author reels her readers in. She did this with the incredible INSIDE OUT series and I was a goner from the very start. From Chapter One, you get a sense of how powerful, gorgeous, and unrelenting Shane Brandon really is. It’s sexy as hell! From the moment he sets his eyes on Emily Stevens in a coffee shop…his mind will not go anywhere else. The pursuit is on! The author gives us a dual POV story so as soon as Emily pipes in, there is even more mystery behind her story. She’s intensely attracted to Shane Brandon, and she knows she can’t afford to be. You get the sense she is running from something or someone. I had my theory at the beginning, but as each chapter passes, a new puzzle piece comes into the fold, and I’m back at square one. Emily has her secrets…Shane wants them all. They are both playing a dangerous game, but neither one show signs of stopping. Emily can run all she likes, but no one gets away so easily from a Brandon.

“I’m quickly falling hard for this man and I will destroy him in the process.”

At the beginning of the synopsis, the author states that this series is Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy. Well, THAT is NO JOKE! it’s a perfect description for HARD RULES! This was one HELL of a start for a new series! Lisa Renee Jones has a way with words that gets to me every single time. The secrets, lies, and deception mixed with the passion, seduction, and angst, makes book one in Jones’ DIRTY MONEY SERIES an ultimate WINNER for me! I can’t wait to see what happens next! The ending of this first book….WOW!!! I definitely need more FAST!


About Lisa Renee Jones

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) 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, Lisa 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.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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