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Genres:  Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Adult, Erotica

The Blurb:

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 Review:

Hard Rules (Dirty Money, #1)Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***An ARC was given to me by the author, Lisa Renee Jones, via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review***

Release date August 9, 2016…..

“Hard Rules” by Lisa Renee Jones is book one in her new Dirty Money series. This is my first novel by Lisa so I didn’t know what to expect when reading it. I will say I really liked it! This novel tells the story of Shane and Emily. Shane is a lawyer, wealthy, intense and absolutely alpha! Shane is desperately trying to fight against the corruption of his father’s company, trying to make the business honest. All the while trying to stay several steps ahead of his reprehensible, villainous brother.

Emily…well let’s just say she has secrets! However, on the surface, she is a strong, courageous woman just trying to stay ahead of whatever she is running from.

Shane and Emily have intense burning chemistry and these two can ignite passion like no one’s business. Shane was so alpha! Lord that man was sinful and sexy! That being said, Emily was not a pushover. These two are very complex characters that have many secrets with a side of lies on top. I thought the story started out a bit slow but it picked up pretty quickly. I admit that I had to re read the first chapter because I was somewhat confused as to what was happening. There is a great deal of mystery and suspense. In addition, there are many secondary characters making the story even more complex. Personally, I didn’t know who to trust. The author had me guessing, that’s for sure. The pace of the novel was steady with twists and turns constantly. I recommend paying close attention when reading this so you won’t miss anything because there is so much going on and we are left with a bushel of unanswered questions and secrets still hidden. After reading the last few pages, I believe some issues, but not all, will be resolved early on in the next book. Yes this was a cliffhanger but I did know that before I decided to read this. I will definitely read more by this author. I just hope the wait for book two will not kill me!