“Hard Rules” is the first in a new series by Lisa Renee Jones. Jones is known for her suspenseful plot, and mysterious characters.
Shane Brandon wants to take over his father's company, but he has to compete with his brother Derek. Derek doesn't play by the rules and has no problem getting his hands dirty in order to get what he wants. Shane wants the company on the straight and narrow, he wants his father's legacy to really mean something.
Emily has a mysterious past that really isn't revealed in this novel. There are small hints and clues, leaving the reader to make their own conclusions about who she is. This seems to be a motif of Jones's. While it is intriguing and I like to be kept guessing, it feels too much like any of her other novels. It doesn't feel fresh and unique.
I like the characters, and there is a cliff hanger as the end of the novel. I do want to know more about Emily's past, and what that could mean for her and Shane's future.
Overall, it was enjoyable to read, but it wasn't too different from any of the author's other novels. A fan of Lisa Renee Jones's will enjoy it and any fan of suspenseful romance will eat this up.
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.
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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.