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Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series.
The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…
Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire?
Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all — one hot touch and kiss at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel has set their sights on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.
This story was action packed and full of danger, sexy times and romance. I loved book 1 (Hard Rules), so I absolutely had to read this. It had been a while, so a huge thank you to the author who did a massive recap in the beginning of the book to refresh my memory, thank goodness! I have the worst memory.
The story continues with Brandon trying to deal with his corrupt family, but now he also had to protect Emily at the same time. This was a game with many players and many dangers. I was always waiting for something to happen, and was never able to predict any of it. From Shane’s brother, father, mother and their business partners, to Emily’s own brother, there was so much back stabbing and maneuvering. It still seems impossible that Shane will be able to turn things around to remove the corruption from his family’s company, and I assume he will do it, but it won’t be pretty getting there. We only learned how much worse it was in this book. With so much at stake and organized crime involved, Shane still had to tread very lightly. I loved the danger of all of it!
Silly me, I worried the romance would be lost since I did not read this book right after finishing the first one. But, kudos to Ms. Jones because the chemistry was definitely there. So very there. Maybe even more than before. As the book opened Emily and Shane were dealing with a trust issue, but it was explained in the most refreshing and realistic way…and all of a sudden I really believed that Shane and Emily were trying to work things out. I was in the moment in a matter of pages. Now their connection was more than physical, and the physical one was a way to feel closer. It was so well done.
Emily and Shane were once again fabulous main characters. Both were very strong, although in different ways. Each one truly completed the other. They learned here how valuable they were to each other, and while it built very quickly, the powerful feelings were too big too ignore.
Like the first book, this one was also very heavy on the detail. I just did not need to know that much about the ins and outs of the business and all the wheeling and dealing. It was just a little over the top and I found myself skimming those parts. Too many technicalities, and I did feel a little guilty because I’m sure the author did a lot of research to make it seem realistic. However, it was too much (for me).
You want to know about the ending? It’s a cliffhanger!
Rec this? Yes! A page turner full of danger, romance, sexy times and betrayals. I cannot wait to start the next installment STAT.
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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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