Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

As you all know, I have a tendency of finding new books to read on Facebook. As it turns out, it has gotten the best of me. Not only did I begin a new series from an author I had never heard about, I also ended up pre-ordering a paperback copy of this book.So here goes everything.


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. (via Goodreads)


Honestly, I don’t know where to start. I literally just finished this book and had such a huge reaction to the ending, I have no idea where this post is going to go. 

Okay, so basically, the story follows Emily Stevens and Shane Brandon. (My two new favorite characters) But it mostly follows Shane. But seriously, though. They are some of the wittiest characters I have ever read. And they’re both hiding something from the other. We find out what Shane’s secrets are, but Emily is a complete mystery, even to me. 

By the synopsis, I figured it would be a romance. But I was kinda wrong. Sure it was there, but there was so much drama and mystery. To be fair, I do get the impression that they’re both trying to protect each other from their messed up worlds. Or at least, he is. Because we know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about Emily. 

Honestly I was left with more questions than answers. But that’s absolutely OK because there is going to be another book, titled: Damage Control. In absolute candidness, I’m more interested in discovering Emily’s secret and what Shane found out. Because seriously that is one of the biggest cliffhangers I have ever read… which is saying something, because I read. A LOT. 

All-in-all, I enjoyed the book with its various twists and turns. I’m fairly certain I’m going to end up pre-ordering the next novel. I recommend this novel and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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