ARC Review: Hard Rules (Dirty Money #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2016 12:38 PM
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Title: Hard Rules
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Dirty Money #1

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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.
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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.
Another new series by Lisa Renee Jones!

It feels like a few months ago when I read my very first book by Jones, which by the way was a new series as well, and now I’m lucky enough to have gotten an ARC of yet another new series.

Hard Rules tells the story of Shane Brandon, a billionaire who is trying to keep his legacy from sinking and Emily Stevens, a woman on the run. Both have secrets that could get them killed but yet staying away from each other seems impossible.

The book started off great! We get a glimpse into Emily’s life before we get to see her literally running into Shane. Even from their first encounter you can feel the chemistry between them and I was very excited to see how that was going to develop. Their relationship was scorching HOT but there were times where Emily’s behavior became frustrating. She wanted Shane but she was also afraid that being with him might bring the person she’s running from to his door, which caused a lot of drama and uncertainty between them.

Hard Rules was just the beginning! We might have gotten but a glimpse into Emily’s life but we sure got a lot more information about the Brandon family and their messed up relationships.

I really liked the first book in the Dirty Money series, and the cover is to-die for as well, but be warned that it is a cliffhanger. If you get frustrated with them, I suggest you wait before starting the series.

*ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Sofia T.
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