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.
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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.
WARNING THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
While the story is set at a slow pace (a little too slow for my liking) it didn’t suck me into the story. Regrettably I can’t say that it was a novel that I just had to read in one sitting. I couldn’t help but to compare Hard Rules to Fifty Shades of Grey or Industrial Magic. Have you ever had one of those reads that you can’t help but to compare it to previous reads?
Here’s a few reasons why…
1) Shane is very controlling of his environment while Emily comes off as this shy innocent. Someone who shouldn’t be tainted (see the connections?)
2) In Industrial Magic Lucas is strongly moving away from his family’s business which is a hard thing to do when they are a cabal similar situation with Shane. A close call for his father has him in a power struggle with both his father and brother.
3) Where Lucas is you’re fall on sexy geek, the same cannot be said for Shane he is out and out another Christian Grey.
(Apologies for the comparison but it’s the only way I could describe how Hard Rules made me feel. All in all it had me comparing notes and finding it wanting in comparison)
Lisa Renee Jones had me intrigued with the development of Shane’s and Emily’s relationship. How their supposed differences would change the way that they act around the other.
Would I recommend Hard Rules It’s a likeable read. Its missing that certain plot twist or that spark which is difficult to describe.
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