#MBreview “Hard Rules” by Lisa Renee Jones


Hard Rules (Dirty Money Book 1) by Lisa Renee Jones
Review Tour: February 13th-17th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

HardRulesreview My musings…

4.5 Crowns

Hard Rules follows the story of Shane Brandon as he tries to purge his family’s company of the duplicity and immorality that has plagued their family business and Emily as she attempts to run from her past for an unknown reason.  They are truly two characters that are right for each other but are meeting at the wrong time.

The characters of this story are interesting.  All of them are battling between good and evil.  Shane desperately wants to purge his family’s company of their villainous ways, but he may have to cross some lines to get it done.  So, he is left with the question, do the ends justify the means?  Then he struggles with his emotions for Emily.  He wants to be with her, but will she become a causality of the Brandon war?  His dilemma with the company and Emily develops his complexity as a character.  The heroine of the story, Emily, is an interesting character as well.  She is described as being sweet but is clearly hiding a secret.  This secret has the potential to rock Shane’s world, so she tries to sever ties with him.  The reader is given snippets of information that draws him/her into Emily’s character.  These two are clearly right for each other but are meeting at the worst time.

The main aspect of their relationship that I like is that they are both dominant and submissive, which is really an accurate reflection of a relationship.  They both stand up to each other and give into each other when it is necessary.  Everything they do is for the benefit of the other, even if it seems ridiculous to the reader.

Jessica, Shane’s secretary, is another character I truly enjoyed.  Her sass and strength and her ability to stand up to Shane while supporting him is fantastic.  I completely love the scenes she is a part of.  Overall the characters are intriguing, as the good guys aren’t all good and bad guys are truly heinous individuals.

The plot of this story is complex.  The whole way through the story I was trying to figure out who was on whose side, what Emily’s secret is, and what would be the outcome of Emily’s secret.  Usually, I am able to figure out the plot of stories based on foreshadowing or a general understanding of basic tropes, but I haven’t figured out the major plot points of the story.  I honestly have no idea what is going to happen, and this makes the book that much better!  I will be anxiously waiting for the second book in this duet to see how this chess game is going to play out.

I really enjoyed Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones.  The reader feels just as embroiled in this war to save Brandon Enterprises with Shane, as he/she is trying to figuring out who to trust and what information every is hiding.  I definitely cannot wait for Damage Control.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.



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.

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Damage Control: A Dirty Money Novel by [Jones, Lisa Renee] Synopsis:

Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.
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 sites on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

 You MUST read this book before you read DAMAGE CONTROL

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About Lisa Renee Jones:

Lisa Renee Jones (1)New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa ReneeJones 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 BENSENseries, 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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