Title: Hard Rules
Series: Dirty Money #1
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Hard Rules, 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.
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Lisa G’s Review: 4 STARS
I’m a fan of Lisa Renee Jones’ storytelling – when I was offered a complimentary copy I jumped at the chance. This is a new series by Lisa, Hard Rules is the first book in the Dirty Money Series. It looks like their will be 4 books in this series. While this story does leave us on a cliffhanger – it isn’t a jaw dropping cliffhanger. This series is going to be much more than a romance book – it is more of a suspense thriller with a twinge of romance. Don’t get me wrong – the romance is HOT but only played a small piece in this first book.
Emily Stevens has secrets she is keeping from everyone – including us the readers. She definitely has my curiosity peaked, I am anxious to hear her secrets and learn a bit more about her. Shane Brandon is an attorney – who left a large law firm to become an attorney for the family business, Brandon Enterprises. What we didn’t expect is his father is ill, Shane and his brother are at odds and it seems there is a family war going on for the business, the enterprise, the empire. Interesting plot. We also can’t forget Shane’s mother – she’s a meddler and honestly, I am not sure if she is a “good guy” or a “bad guy”.
Shane doesn’t have time for love or romance – he is much too busy keeping up with the ongoing craziness within the company – until he meets Emily and things change. I am curious to see where the story goes and when the secrets will be “outed”.
4 Stars from me.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Tanya Rae’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Go get Hard Rules while it is on preorder because it is on sale and will go up after the release! I loved reading Hard Rules. Hard Rules is the first book in the new series Dirty Money. I have never read any of Lisa Renee Jones books before and this one had me on the edge of my seat. So much so I couldn’t put it down even while having a migraine. I just read it on the dark screen so it wouldn’t hurt my eyes too much. That is how much I needed to read & finish this book.
I will leave it up to the author for you to read the synopsis. Not only were there some HOT scenes in this book it was full of suspense. This is Shane Brandon’s and Emily Steven’s story. And, Hard Rules ended where you know there will be another book and that book can’t come soon enough! I can’t wait to hear what Emily is hiding!
I received a complimentary copy of Hard Rules for an honest review and I give it 5 suspense filled stars.
Lita T’s Review: 3.5 Stars
Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones Shane is a successful New York lawyer who is on the rise when he is called home to defend his father. Now he is back home to help clean up his father’s empire. The problem is Shane’s father has been doing dirty dealings with the company and now Shane is trying to clean things up. His father is dying from cancer and his big brother is trying to drag the family company further into illegal dealings. As Shane is dealing with his family and the twisted things they do he meets Emily. Emily is this cute thing that has caught Shane’s attention. The problem is she has too many secrets. She has no business getting involved with Shane let alone fall for him. There are so many twist and turns in this story; it is hard to keep it all straight. Heck it is hard to know who is on Shane’s side and who means him harm. The book ends with more question than when it started. We will have to wait till the next book to see if some of our questions are answered and who is on whose side in this game of good versus evil. Definitely a lot of twist and turns plus who is telling the truth and what secrets will be revealed. I was given an Arc of this book for an honest review. I give this book 3.5 stars. I am curious as to how this will end. I just will have to wait till the next book.
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EARLY PRAISE FOR HARD RULES
Over 100 5-star early reviews on Goodreads!
“Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment.”
“High-octane romance set above the glittering lights of Denver is enhanced by the dominance of a powerful man and the cunning sweetness of a woman who isn’t cowed or swayed by his wealth…a fascinating mystery and characters with distinct voices.”
“I was hooked from beginning to the end and was gasping when I reached that last page. I am in desperate need to get book two. The characters are completely charming. Shane and Emily are perfect together,”
–Lindsey, The Smut-Brarians
A NOTE FROM LISA
This series will have FOUR full-length books in it. The first four will be Emily and Shane’s story and there will be a fifth fir a secondary character’s story (more information to come soon). I don’t have covers or buy links for these books YET, but I DO have titles and tentative release dates!
- Book One – Hard Rules – August 9, 2016
- Book Two – Damage Control – February 2017
- Book Three – Bad Deeds – August 2017
- Book Four – End Game – February 2018
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! PLEASE be sure to sign up for my TEXT LIST (link below). 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!
Lisa Renee Jones
My order appears and I straighten, intending to claim my coffee and find a seat, when a pretty twenty-something brunette races forward in a puff of sweet, floral-scented perfume, and grabs it.
“Miss,” I begin, “that’s—”
She takes a sip and grimaces. “What is this?” She turns to the counter. “Excuse me,” she calls out. “My drink is wrong.”
“Because it’s not your drink,” Karen reprimands her, setting a new cup on the counter. “This is your drink.” She reaches for my cup and turns it around, pointing to the name scribbled on the side. “This one’s for Shane.” She glances at me. “I’ll be right back to fix this. I have another customer.”
I wave my acknowledgment and she hurries away, while my floral-scented coffee thief faces me, her porcelain cheeks flushed, her full, really damn distracting mouth, painted pink. “I’m so sorry,” she offers quickly. “I thought I was the only one without my coffee and I was in a hurry.” She starts to hand me my coffee and then quickly sets it on the counter. “You can’t have that. I drank out of it.”
“I saw that,” I say, picking it up. “You grimaced with disgust after trying it.”
Her eyes, a pale blue that matches the short-sleeved silk blouse, go wide. “Oh. I mean no. Or I did, but not because it’s a bad cup of coffee. It’s just very strong.”
“It’s a triple-shot latte.”
“A triple,” she says, looking quite serious. “Did you know that in some third- world countries they bottle that stuff and sell it as a way to grow hair on your chest.” She lowers her voice and whispers, “That’s not a good look for me.”
“Fortunately,” I say in the midst of a chuckle I would have claimed wasn’t possible five minutes ago, “I don’t share that dilemma.” I lift my cup and add, “Cheers,” before taking a drink, the heavy, rich flavor sliding over my tongue.
She pales, looking exceedingly uncomfortable, before repeating, “I drank from that cup.”
“I know,” I say, offering it back to her. “Try another drink.”
She takes the cup and sets it on the counter. “I can’t drink that. And you can’t either.” She points to the hole on top, now smudged pink. “My lipstick is all over it and I really hate to tell you this but it’s all over you too and . . .” She laughs, a soft, sexy sound, her hands settling on her slender, but curvy hips, accented by a fitted black skirt. “Sorry. I don’t mean to laugh, but it’s not a good shade for you.”
I laugh now too, officially and impossibly charmed by this woman in spite of being in the middle of what feels like World War III. “Seems you know how to make a lasting impression.”
“Thankfully it’s not lasting,” she says. “It’ll wipe right off. And thank you for being such a good sport. I really am sorry again for all of this.”
“Apologize by getting it off me.”
Confusion puckers her brow. “What?”
“You put it on me.” I grab a napkin from the counter and offer it to her. “You get it off.”
“I put it on the cup,” she says, clearly recovering her quick wit. “You put it on you.”
“I assure you, that had I put it on me, we both would have enjoyed it much more than we are now.” I glance at the napkin.
“Are you going to help me?”
Her cheeks flush and she hugs herself, her sudden shyness an intriguing contrast to her confident banter. “I’ll let you know if you don’t get it all.”
My apparently lipstick- stained lips curve at her quick wit but I take the napkin and wipe my mouth, arching a questioning brow when I’m done. She points to the corner of my mouth. “A little more on the left.”
I hand her the napkin. “You do it.”
She inhales, as if for courage, but takes it. “Fine,” she says, stepping closer, that wicked sweet scent of hers teasing my nostrils. Wasting no time, she reaches for my mouth, her body swaying in my direction while my hand itches to settle at her waist. I want this woman and I’m not letting her get away.
“There,” she says, her arm lowering, and not about to let her escape, I capture her hand, holding it and the napkin between us.
Those gorgeous pale blue eyes of hers dart to mine, wide with surprise, the connection sparking an unmistakable charge between us…
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series, which is now in development for a television show to be produced by Suzanne Todd of Team Todd (Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne Todd 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. I’m thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara’s whole story – her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality.
In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she 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 www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.
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