Release Blitz, Review and Giveaway! Hard Rules – Lisa Renee Jones
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.
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
Oh my God, this book! Ok, I got really excited to read this book, based off the blurb alone. And then I started reading it and..whaaatt happened? Before I start my review (apologies in advance for it’s length), I’m not trashing anything about this book, I liked it a lot, but there were issues I had a hard time getting past. I got so thrown off at first with the narration of somebody who isn’t even in the main plot line right now, and then it immediately jumps to Shane. Why? After reading the book for a long time, I finally realized who that person was and why it made sense she was in the beginning. But still wondering why I had to wait that long to figure it out.
Hard Rules is so intense, sexy and intriguing. Let’s start with intense. Shane. Shane is intense, like the biggest alpha male you could ever imagine, but not in that caveman like speak you get from a lot of the books. He is way to good for the family he was born into. He’s intelligent, cool and sexy with a good heart, and once he has his eyes set on Emily she is done for. I’ve noticed not everyone feels he is sweet and endearing, and that’s cool, but he is to me. He may not show it how people want to see it, but I get it. He’s a damn professional in the panty melting department. And their relationship they have just builds the intensity as we go along. Which brings us to sexy! The way he talks to her and how he makes her feel and vice versa, you can just feel the emotions and the lust rolling off these two. The emotions from them are what make you feel it, I know it’s a book. They have the instant connection you see in a lot of books, but the way it all builds over the story line is almost perfection. I say almost because they do the whole, “I want you, but I shouldn’t. But I want you, but we can’t” thing. Then they were suddenly steam rolling over to, “She might as well move in with him now, because they’re so completely in love, but let’s put one more snag in here for good measure.” I can’t get on board with that all the time, it happens so often in these books and this one lasted longer than I would have liked. And something tells me it will go into the next book, but I really hope not. Because I can’t imagine three more books of unresolved relationship issues between these two. I am incredibly intrigued to know what Emily’s story is, I got little pieces here and there form her past, but not quite enough. Based off the end of this book, I’m hoping she enlightens us in the first chapter of the next book, fingers crossed!
Supporting characters, I like two of them, am not sure about one of them and loathe two, so thats a pretty good distribution to all the mess going on in Shane and Emily’s life. But they make the story go around right? Or you’d just have a book of sex and confusion, no-one wants that. I am so glad there is a bigger plot to this story than just a relationship, it’s refreshing to read about this war over a family business. It keeps you wondering what’s going on and who’s on what side, that’s the makings of a good book. Did I mention this books is pretty long? Well it is not only long in length, but it feels long too, I had to split it up into two days in fear of yet anther sleepless night lost to an addictive story. . And then I’m like 20 minutes away from the end and I can tell, there will be no closure. There’s just too much going on to wrap it up, there’s no way this will end here..so it doesn’t. That’s right y’all, there are four of these bad boys..FOUR! We have ourselves a cliff hanger, straight up the worst kind of cliff hanger. Just when you think you’ll get more answers… I know I’m late to the party, I just read that there were four of them like five minutes ago. Normally I’d be mad (because I was originally assuming there were going to be four different story lines..that’s what I get for assuming) but I’m actually ok with it. Because this series will hold my attention long enough to wait for the next one to come out, until they’re all done. So here’s to hoping they don’t get spaced out one every six months, cause I don’t want to wait that long!
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Over 100 5-star early reviews on Goodreads!
“High-octane romance set above the glittering lights of Denver is enhanced by the dominance of a powerful man and the cunning sweetness of a woman who isn’t cowed or swayed by his wealth…a fascinating mystery and characters with distinct voices.” – Publishers Weekly
“I was hooked from beginning to the end and was gasping when I reached that last page. I am in desperate need to get book two. The characters are completely charming. Shane and Emily are perfect together,” – Lindsey, The Smut-Brarians
A Note From Lisa
This series will have FOUR full-length books in it. The first four will be Emily and Shane’s story and there will be a fifth fir a secondary character’s story (more information to come soon). I don’t have covers or buy links for these books YET, but I DO have titles and tentative release dates!
· Book One – Hard Rules – August 9, 2016
· Book Two – Damage Control – February 2017
· Book Three – Bad Deeds – August 2017
· Book Four – End Game – February 2018
I am SO excited for this series to come out, because it is so unlike my other series. I am hoping my readers love it just as much as I did when I was writing it! PLEASE be sure to sign up for my TEXT LIST (link below). That will be where/how I communicate when these titles, and others, are available for pre-order, on sale or when I have a big giveaway!
straighten, intending to claim my coffee and find a seat, when a pretty
twenty-something brunette races forward in a puff of sweet, floral-scented
perfume, and grabs it.
grimaces. “What is this?” She turns to the counter. “Excuse me,” she calls out.
“My drink is wrong.”
drink,” Karen reprimands her, setting a new cup on the counter. “This is your drink.” She reaches
for my cup and turns it around, pointing to the name scribbled on the side.
“This one’s for Shane.” She glances at me. “I’ll be right back to fix this. I
have another customer.”
and she hurries away, while my floral-scented coffee thief faces me, her
porcelain cheeks flushed, her full, really damn distracting mouth, painted
pink. “I’m so sorry,” she offers quickly. “I thought I was the only one without
my coffee and I was in a hurry.” She starts to hand me my coffee and then
quickly sets it on the counter. “You can’t have that. I drank out of it.”
picking it up. “You grimaced with disgust after trying it.”
matches the short-sleeved silk blouse, go wide. “Oh. I mean no. Or I did, but
not because it’s a bad cup of coffee. It’s just very strong.”
looking quite serious. “Did you know that in some third- world countries they
bottle that stuff and sell it as a way to grow hair on your chest.” She lowers
her voice and whispers, “That’s not a good look for me.”
midst of a chuckle I would have claimed wasn’t possible five minutes ago, “I
don’t share that dilemma.” I lift my cup and add, “Cheers,” before taking a
drink, the heavy, rich flavor sliding over my tongue.
exceedingly uncomfortable, before repeating, “I drank from that cup.”
it back to her. “Try another drink.”
it on the counter. “I can’t drink that. And you can’t either.” She points to
the hole on top, now smudged pink. “My lipstick is all over it and I really
hate to tell you this but it’s all over you too and . . .” She laughs, a soft,
sexy sound, her hands settling on her slender, but curvy hips, accented by a
fitted black skirt. “Sorry. I don’t mean to laugh, but it’s not a good shade
and impossibly charmed by this woman in spite of being in the middle of what
feels like World War III. “Seems you know how to make a lasting impression.”
lasting,” she says. “It’ll wipe right off. And thank you for being such a good
sport. I really am sorry again for all of this.”
a napkin from the counter and offer it to her. “You get it off.”
says, clearly recovering her quick wit. “You put it on you.”
put it on me, we both would have enjoyed it much more than we are now.” I
glance at the napkin.
hugs herself, her sudden shyness an intriguing contrast to her confident
banter. “I’ll let you know if you don’t get it all.”
stained lips curve at her quick wit but I take the napkin and wipe my mouth,
arching a questioning brow when I’m done. She points to the corner of my mouth.
“A little more on the left.”
courage, but takes it. “Fine,” she says, stepping closer, that wicked sweet
scent of hers teasing my nostrils. Wasting no time, she reaches for my mouth,
her body swaying in my direction while my hand itches to settle at her waist. I
want this woman and I’m not letting her get away.
lowering, and not about to let her escape, I capture her hand, holding it and
the napkin between us.
Those gorgeous pale blue eyes of hers dart to mine,
wide with surprise, the connection sparking an unmistakable charge between us…
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones 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 BENSEN series, 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.