Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Review: Lisa Renee Jones "Hard Rules (Dirty Money #1)."

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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 rea:dy 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.

Review: Surj 

"Hard Rules" is my first read by Lisa Renee Jones and I have to say, it definitely won't be the last. This was such a fabulous beginning to what looks to be quite the explosive series. In fact, as I read Shane and Emily's story, I couldn't help but be reminded of so many 80's prime time American tv soap opera's. You know, the likes of Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest etc where money made the world go around but the one thing it never brought was happiness!!! Yup, "Hard Rules" was about the Brandon Family Empire, the wealth that came with it and the evil that followed it around, trying to bring about it's downfall. This was about a family at war. It was about good versus bad. It was about right versus wrong. There was so much corruption, so many double crossings and so many lies and this was amongst people that were supposed to love one another. Oh the joys of family. If ever there was a fucked up family, this was definitely it!!! 

"You want to be God. I, on the other hand, prefer the fires of hell.”

When I initially began reading "Hard Rules", It did take me a bit to get into it and the main reason for this is that there were a couple of themes that ran central in this book that had also ran pretty central in the book I had just finished. I'm not saying these books were the same, not at all but more that sense of familiarity that washed over me, that sense of de-ja-vous made me feel like I'd read Emily and Shane's story before. However, that feeling did not last long and the further I read, the more my mind boggled when trying to work out the secrets, lies and deception. There were so many links, so many alliances and so many allegiances but how strong were these? Was anyone loyal or did everyone have a hidden agenda? 

She’s a drug I could easily call an addiction when I don’t have any addictions.

Emily's character was one shrouded in mystery. Who was this girl and what (if anything) was she running from. She had secrets, that much I knew for sure and I couldn't wait to get to the bottom of what she was hiding. As for Shane, well now he was quite the hot, alpha, sex on legs multi-millionaire but for once, it appeared he was all about doing good. Unfortunately he had been dragged into the underbelly of his family empire, caught between a rock and hard place and there were so many times I wondered how/ if he would ever come out on top or if the black sludge that tarred the Brandon family name would pull him under, leaving him to drown. 

He deepens the kiss, kissing me like I have never been kissed. 
I am his next breath and I have never been anyone’s next breath.

I loved this epic introduction to the "Dirty Money" series. It was intriguing, captivating and sexy as hell. And yes, there was a cliff hanger which of course has left me dying to get my mitts on the second book... next year.... seriously???? I'm sure the wait will be worth it though. 

I rated "Hard Rules" ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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