Sunday, September 4, 2016

Laura’s Review of Hard Rules (Dirty Money, #1) By Lisa Renee Jones

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. 

What I Loved
          Once again I’m sucked into another dark sinister world that Lisa Renee Jones has created and I never want to leave!  There is so much I love about this book I don’t even know where to begin. There are so many layers and puzzles and questions in this story that you are hooked instantly and left NEEDING more.

          The prologue leaves you completely confounded and I probably spent the rest of the story trying to put how all of this will eventually fit together, but when it does I’ll probably be completely wrong and I love it! After the prologue the story begins from Shane’s point of view, creating the atmosphere for the rest of the book that is filled with secrets, lies and games. 

          No matter the circumstances though I was in love with Shane from the very beginning.  He’s this sexy lawyer whose main goal in life is to turn his father’s business legit and take control of the company.  Right away you grasp what he is up against and every move he makes is calculated. 

          Emily grabbed my heart instantly as well.  This girl is put under the spell of a wealthy lawyer who won’t take no for an answer.  The attraction they feel is immediate and the feelings they shared for one another poured off the pages. The sex scenes were amazing and I loved every single time they were together. 

Not So Much
          I really have no complaints about this story so far.  I love Lisa Renee Jones and I absolutely love this book.  My only hang up is poor Seth, it seemed like every single minute Shane was giving the guy something else to do.  I wasn’t sure when the man gets a break if he does.  There is so much going on and every time it felt like Shane was making an inch of progress it was shut down, and that was frustrating. 

To Sum It All Up!
         I am once again addicted to another Lisa Renee Jones series and I love it!! There are so many layers of deceit and secrets from the very beginning and as a reader you don’t know who to trust.  I was questioning everyone and every action.  Also, I was completely sucked into the plot emotionally and attached to both Shane and Emily.  I am already in love with these two and I know as this series moves along that probably won’t change. 

          Be aware that there is cliffhanger at the end so be prepared for that.  If you’re not a fan of those then wait until the next book comes out or the whole series.  There is so much to say but I don’t want to give away anything away so you’re just going to find out for yourself.  I must warn you though, you will experience a severe book hangover once you’re done and think about the story constantly. 

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