Hard Rules

Hard Rules

By Lisa Renee Jones

  • Release Date: 2016-08-09
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 5
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Description

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 could destroy them both.

This is book ONE of FOUR in Shane and Emily's story.

Excerpt from Hard Rules (Dirty Money book #1)

His hand curls around mine and he drags it to his knee, and the way he’s looking at me, like the rest of the room, no, the rest of the world, doesn’t exist, steals my breath. I haven’t allowed anyone to really look at me in a very long time.
“Emily,” he says, doing whatever he does to turn my name into a sin that seduces rather than destroys me.
“Shane,” I manage, but just barely.
“Did you say yes to dinner because you didn’t want to be alone?”
I am not sure where he is going with this, if it’s about reading me or if he needs validation that I am here for him, so I give him both. “I like being alone,” I say, and on some level, it really is true. “I said yes to dinner because you are the one who asked.” My lips curve. “Actually you barely asked. You mostly ordered.”
“I couldn’t let you say no.”
“I’m actually really glad you didn’t.”
“And yet you say you like being alone?”
“It’s simple and without complication.”
“Spoken like someone who’s lived the opposite side of the coin.”
“Haven’t we all?”
“Who burned you, Emily?”
I blanch but recover with a quick, “Who says anyone burned me?”
“I see it in your eyes.”
“Back to my eyes,” I say.
“Yes. Back to your eyes.”
“Stop looking.”
“I can’t.”
Those two words sizzle, matching the heat in his eyes, and my throat goes dry. “Then stop asking so many questions.”
He reaches up, brushing hair behind my ear, his fingers grazing my cheek, and suddenly he is closer, his breath a tease on my cheek, his fingers settling on my jaw. “What if I want to know more about you?”
“What if I don’t want to talk?”
“Are you suggesting I shut up and kiss you?”
Yes, I think. Please. But instead I say, “I don’t know. I haven’t interviewed you as you have me. I know nothing about you. I want to know if you—”
He leans in, and then his lips are on mine, a caress, a tease, that is there and gone, and yet I am rocked to the core, a wave of warmth sliding down my neck and over my breasts. He lingers, his breath fanning my lips, promising another touch I both need and want, as he asks, “You want to know if I what?”
Everything. “Nothing.”

Reviews

  • Shane and Emily promise to be the next great series from Ms Jones!

    5
    By RZirkle
    This novel is fantastic... I can't wait to read the next book in the Dirty Money series. Much like the Careless Whispers series, I was sucked in completely.
  • MUST READ!!

    5
    By User072119
    Oh. My. Goodness. Hard Rules is such a fabulous book that I am not even sure where to start. Shane Brandon is a sexy, rich, smart man who is fighting to be good when he is surrounded by his corrupt family. Emily has her own demons and secrets to battle and keep hidden from Shane, for his own protection. Shane is sexy, protective, and full of motivation, which makes him even more attractive. Emily is sweet, protective, and has a take-no-BS type attitude that is so similar to my own, I can't help but love her character. Jessica has to be my favorite though. She is strong, independent, protective, and a loyal tell-it-like-it-is type of girl. I am still not sure how Shane grew up to be a good man with parents like his and I have a feeling I will wonder the same about Emily, once we find out more about her past and who she really is. All of you 50 Shades of Grey fans can keep your Christian Grey, I'll gladly take Shane Brandon for myself. The only thing I didn't like about Hard Rules is there won't be more until book 2 is released in Feb. 2017! How will I survive?
  • Hard Rules

    5
    By Mom's Guilty Pleasure
    I've yet to be disappointed by a book LRJ has written. This book has by far been my favorite and I don't know how I'll wait for the rest of the series to be released. Hard Rules has everything...suspense, betrayal, trust, love, friendship, suspicion.... Shane moves back home to take over the company business that his brother Derek is determined to also take over, but with only dollars in his eyes. Derek will do anything illegal or not to make sure the company is successful. Shane wants the empire to be built up and successful, but he wants the family legacy to be with honor. Their father pits the sons against one another. Their fathers health is failing. Their mother Maggie can't be trusted and will turn a blind eye to everything as long as she continues in the lifestyle she is use to. Emily has secrets and is running from something that keeps her looking over her shoulder. So when she meets Shane she wasn't looking for a connection...yet they are both drawn to one another. They know they are putting each other in danger, but can't seem to stay away from one another. They both demand honesty. Yet, they both start doubting each other's integrity and start to question each other's motives. This book leaves quite a cliff hanger that I can't wait to see where it goes!
  • Hard Rules

    5
    By Tessa 1927
    Good read looking forward to the next part of this series, as much as enjoyed the relationship between Emily and Shane I can't help but wonder about Derek ....
  • Book 1

    5
    By MelissaNY666
    Bravo, Lisa Renee Jones have written a suspense thriller with Secret, family betrayal but Love is stronger.
  • I need more!!

    5
    By Featherlight97
    OMG! What an ending!! Are you kidding me- I have to wait until February to find out what happens?! I can't wait!! It's that good! There's so many lies, deceit & secrets going around mixed in with a bit of Romance & sexiness! Ah, the suspense! This book had me intrigued from the beginning to the end! If you read the teaser, that's enough to give you the basis of the book. I'm not gonna give anything away, you need to check it out for yourself! I don't think you'll be disappointed! Great start to Dirty Money series!! Ready for Part 2 now!! I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Great new series!

    5
    By ChristiLofton
    This first book in a new series by Lisa Renee Jones is awesome! It is full of intrigue and is hot as can be. Shane and Emily are positively combustible when together. Not only are they good together in that way, they are good together in most all ways. The only problem is Emily's secrets and what she is running from. Shane has a problem trusting anyone remotely connected to his family or the family business. Will Emily's secrets keep them apart? This book does in a cliffie so if you aren't a cliffhanger fan, hang on for more of the series. Otherwise, grab this one as soon as you can. I am now in a major book hangover waiting for the next one!
  • Wow!

    5
    By Tjordan28
    I absolutely love this book! The characters and story line is amazing and draws you in to where you lose all sense of time and your surroundings. Can not wait for the next installment of this series! Once again Lisa has got me hooked! ❤️
  • Review: Dirty Money 1: Hard Rules

    5
    By @LisaHines711
    Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones is the first book in her brand new series Dirty Money. In true Lisa Renee Jones fashion, the suspense is high, the steamy factor is scorchingly off the charts, and the story just flows from page to brain to paint the pictures for you as only a great book can do. Emily is hiding all her darkest secrets and when she meets Shane, by chance, she feels a strange connection to him. When she has vowed to keep everyone out, she wants nothing more than to let him in. Shane is doing everything within his power to take his family's business and legitimize it. His dying father and warped and sinister brother are doing all they can to prevent him. So when he encounters Emily in his building she immediately enthralls him, being a bright spot in an otherwise terrible day. Ending on a cliffhanger, as only LRJ can manage I am chomping at the bit for the next book in this series, Damage Control expected February 2017.
  • Great new series!

    5
    By kimperry
    Shane is battling his father and brother for control over the family empire. He's determined to clean house and run Branden Enterprises as a completely legitimate enterprise. He's smart, sexy, in control, and doesn't trust easily. He's at war with his own family and has few people he can trust. Emily is newer to Denver and desperate to find a job. She's smart, determined, private, and clearly hiding out from something or someone. Both need an escape from the stresses and demands of keeping one step ahead and they find that in each other. They have great chemistry from their first meeting. Neither want anything complicated, but they are drawn together and find someone who seemingly has the ability to see right through them. With everything at stake, Emily could easily become the one weakness that Shane can't afford to have. Hard Rules is thrilling, suspenseful, and deliciously sexy. Lisa Renee Jones draws you into this world where everyone seems to have an agenda and there are plenty of unexpected developments along the way. Hard Rules is a great start to the beginning of a new series. *Advanced copy provided by NetGalley.

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