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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 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.
I knew I had to have this book as soon as I read the synopsis. Danger, secrets, mafia men and some sexy times. Yes, please and thank you.
So, I dove in and found the beginning to be a little hard to follow as it was detail heavy with a total info overload. I like it to flow a little more naturally, to get hooked by a chemistry rather than feel like I have to study everything thrown at me. I kept going though, and am glad I did because it suddenly became clear that all I needed to know was that Shane wanted to be legit and his brother and dad didn’t. If I had gotten that right away it could have saved me from putting the book down for a few days, but once I got through the beginning I was in, oh so in.
Main characters – Emily was skittish and mysterious, but then her interactions with Shane…she couldn’t stay away from him, or say no to him. I wouldn’t have been able to either. I just loved his honesty about his attraction to her. It was romantic, sexy and on fire. Which leads me to the chemistry. Oh man, the chemistry was hot and I feel like we haven’t gotten started. It led to this trust between them that was so organic and natural and have I mentioned HOT??
Secondary characters – I liked Jessica and I liked Seth too. They were both loyal and genuine and I want to know more about them personally. They both gave the reader great conversations and banter, part of which made this book so entertaining. They were a huge addition to the story. I also have to say that I’m pretty curious about Derek, Shane’s brother. He is a “bad guy” but I feel like there’s something I don’t know about him, something that drove him to where he is today. I want to know all about his baggage and find out if there’s a good guy in there somewhere. He’s awfully jaded but maybe it’s not too late?? Yes, I’m an endless romantic.
So, I love prologues. Love them. When I get to that moment where it ties in I get all tingly. However, it never happened in this story. To me, the prologue was irrelevant…. unless….unless I CAN’T SAY IN CASE IT’S A SPOILER. dang it. I want to talk about it but will have to wait. *zips lips*
You want to know about the ending? Well it was a cliffhanger and it was a doozy. I don’t normally mind them, but this was big. In the end the book felt like a prequel because the cliffhanger was so big. I kind of wish I had book 2 in hand and I hope that the intense feelings don’t fade while I wait.
Rec this? Yes! It was smart, sexy and full of mystery. A great addition to your TBR. A plot with many layers and a great romance just waiting to really explode. I have a feeling this ride hasn’t even started yet. Buckle up!
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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
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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