Lisa Renee Jones gives us a whirlwind of mystery, lust, secrets, and power struggles.
Here’s the short and sweet: it’s a good start to a long journey. The book is slow, with lots of details (to the point that I felt confused and had to re-read entire passages).
This installment sets the stage for the rest of the series, so I understand the need for details and explanation, and there are a lot. I just felt (at times, not through the whole book) like a lot of info was being thrown at me and (again, at times) there was a bit of whiplash from the characters’ thoughts/feelings.
I will admit, by the time they get to *gettin’* I didn’t have any real investment in the deed. There was so much going on I couldn’t focus on the sexual tension. There were so many sources of conflict I was distracted and not focused on the hot stuff.
I’m happy to report, by the end of the story my interest was piqued and I have high hopes for book two.
Hard Rules (Dirty Money #1)
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.