HARD RULES (Dirty Money #1) by Lisa Renee Jones-Review and Book Tour
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RELEASE DATE: August 9, 2016
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.
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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.
A note from Lisa:
I am SO excited for this series to come out, because it is so unlike my other series. I am hoping my readers love it just as much as I did when I was writing it! And there will be FOUR full-length novels in this series. I don’t have cover or buy links for them yet so, PLEASE be sure to sign up for my text list and/or newsletter, both found here: http://lisareneejones.com/text-list. That will be where/how I communicate when these titles, and others, are available for pre-order, on sale or when I have a big giveaway!
REVIEW: HARD RULES is the first installment in Lisa Renee Jones’s contemporary, adult DIRTY MONEY erotic, romantic suspense series focusing on thirty two year old attorney and billionaire Shane Brandon, and twenty seven year old PA Emily Stevens.
Told from dual first person points of view (Emily and Shane) HARD RULES looks at dysfunctional family dynamics; an ailing father who pits one son against the other; and the future of Brandon Enterprises on the brink of disaster. Shane Brandon is a man determined to make the family business legitimate but is facing a difficult task when his older brother Derek, along with his father, continue to surround themselves with corruption, secrets and lies. As the story line progresses Shane finds himself straddling the line between right and wrong when his family continues to push forward in a game Shane is no longer willing to play.
Emily Stevens is in hiding; her secret past is a mystery but our heroine has fallen hard for Shane Brandon-a man who wants something more than a one-night stand. When Brandon Enterprises begins to implode Shane pushes away the woman that he loves to protect our heroine from the repercussion coming their way. But Emily has her own dark and dangerous secrets; a mysterious past that is about to come crashing down.
HARD RULES is a story of romance, power, suspense, betrayal and lies. The Brandon family’s link to corruption runs deeper than Shane could ever have imagined and to even out the playing field, our hero devises a game plan of his own until the woman that he loves becomes part of the deceit and lies. Dark and dangerous secrets follow Emily Stevens-her past has been exposed-and Shane is a man no longer willing to trust the woman with whom he is falling in love.
The world building looks at one family’s history of secrets and lies; the power struggle at the top; the mystery and suspense of a potential corporate disaster, and the one man who is no longer willing to risk his career to protect those who have manipulated the path to power and control.
Lisa Renee Jones HARD RULES looks at big business, power, money and greed. The premise is intriguing and engaging; the characters are colorful, charismatic and intense; the romance is erotic and passionate, energetic and captivating. HARD RULES ends on a cliff hanger- you have been forewarned.
I do want to address the opening blurb that states ‘Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy’ because I am completely at a loss as to the connection to SOA and find it a little misleading at this point in time. There is currently no connection to any motorcycle club or affiliation thereof, but perhaps it is only with reference to the corruption, secrets and lies where the similarities begin and end, or more will be revealed in future installments.
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Reviewed by Sandy
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.
Watch the video on casting for the INSIDE TV Show HERE
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
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