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Hard Rules

(Dirty Money #1)

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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 ruthl
Paperback, 1st Edition, 293 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jan 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
tik tok convinced me to read this and goddammit did it make me laugh!!! such a bad book but cringy in a fun way
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

★★★★★! Hard Rules, book 1 of 4. Unlikely steamy romance caught up in a power struggle over a fortune. Or is it just another player’s move in the game?!

Books in Dirty Money series should be read in order:
Book 1: Hard Rules
Book 2: Damage Control
Book 3: Bad Deeds
Book 4: End Game

Hard Rules (book 1) is the opening to a family saga. A struggle between right and wrong; good and evil in a fight over an empire, a legacy and a fortune.

A deathly ill father, a meddling mother, one good brother and one who
***I received an ARC from the publisher, through, in exchange for honest feedback.***

I love organized crime/Mafia themes and have loved some of this author's other works. When I saw that she had a new book out, it was a no-brainier for me...or so I thought. Unfortunately, while 'Hard Rules' was a decent read, it failed to wow me. I wanted to love this one so badly, but I couldn't force it.

The primary problem that I had with this book is that it was incredibly slow-moving. I underst
Lisa Jones
Jun 14, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

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Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦This is book one of the Dirty Money series by Lisa Renee Jones. This novel revolves around the struggle for control, money and power. Shane, a badass lawyer from NY City, learns about his father's terminal illness and moves back to his home town to gain control of the family's empire. But his job will not be easy - he has to fight his brother for control of the Brandon Enterprises while at the same time maintaining relationships with his backstabbing family members. Who can he trust?

Emily is n
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LRJ has got me completely hooked on this series. I was enthralled by Emily and Shane. They have excellent chemistry that connects them beyond the physical. They started out pretty hot and heavy (much to our delight). They then end up crossing paths in another way. Shane has quite the drama unfolding amongst his family with his dad near death. They do things that may surprise you. With family like that, who needs enemies!? Emily has secrets and, sorry ladies and gents, we don't quite yet know wha ...more

As a highly successful corporate attorney, and potential heir to the family empire, Shane Brandon is a man who wields much power. Displaying little to no weakness, he exudes control and confidence in all things. Intent on protecting his family’s business becoming enslaved by corruption, he reluctantly inserts himself back into the fold of Brandon Enterprises.

The only chink in his amour is his mislaid loyalty to his wayward family. A chink they are readily willing to exploit. However failure is

Title: Hard Rules
Series: Dirty Money #1
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Release date: August 9, 2016
Cliffhanger: Yes
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The Dirty Money series has snagged my full attention with its first powerful installment Hard Rules. There was conniving and back stabbing around every corner and I never fully knew who was trustworthy, if anyone. I felt like I was constantly being forced to decipher every word, action, and nuance of the story in an effort to keep my head above water as
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts

Hard Rules is intriguing, sexy and dangerous with a swoon worthy sexy hero. It focuses on a family empire with their legitimate company, drugs and morality at the centre of play. There are good people and bad people, secrets and lies all wrapped in an interesting story that has only just started to unfold on the pages of HARD RULES, the first in the SEXY four-part DIRTY MONEY series.

Shane Brandon and Emily Stevens are the leading characters with an undeniable sexual attraction and the couple re
Sissy's Romance Book Review
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'Hard Rules' by Lisa Renee Jones is book one in the "Dirty Money" series. This is the story of Shane Brandon and Emily Stevens. This book does end with a cliffhanger that set you for their continued story in the next book.
Emily is hiding and keeping a secret as she try to start a new life and forgo her past when she meets Shane. They happen to meet when she grabs his coffee by mistake. Shane and her are both
Suspenseful, thrilling and deliciously sexy.
"It's time for some rules?"
"Rules? What rules?"
"Hard rules. And hard rule number one is, no more lies."

Power and money are the main fuel that moves the Brandon family. Unlike the rest though, Shane only wants it by his own merit and if it’s attained legitimately. Something he was well on his way to achieve as a successful lawyer in NY. Far away from the current tangle of fraud and corruption his family’s empire is in. But having his heartless f
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3.5 stars!

Successful NY corporate lawyer Shane Brandon has achieved everything he did by his own merits, without staining his conscience and morality. Such cannot be said about his family. A heartless, dying father, a conniving, corrupt brother, and a mother scared of the possible consequences m
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lisa Renee Jones can deliver suspense and a cliffhanger like no other. When I get to the end of her books I am always left begging for more. Hard Rules is no exception. This is the first book in the series and gives a lot of background information so that you can have a solid foundation going forward.

Shane Brandon is a good guy in a bad family. When we meet him he has just moved back to Denver to take over this family’s company. His dad is dying and his brother is corrupt. Shane isn’t like his
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Shane Brandon.


Shane has been in Denver for just under a year now. He left his amazing NYC lawyer position to go back home. Home to his criminal family. To save his dad and brother from going to jail or even getting killed. He wants to get all the family companies and monies back under control and into legal businesses. But easier said than done, because his brother Derek is not really interested in anything legal. And his dad is dying of cancer but still holds all the power and he's also still d
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
★★★3 Stars★★★

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When I first read the tag line "Wallstreet meets Sons of Anarchy" I damned near drooled and I couldn't wait to start this one!! Because let's be real: my first thought was Jax Teller in a suit,and those brain cells that I had? WERE COMPLETELY GONE. What I got was a ruthless back stabbing family, secrets, betrayal and more secrets that left me completely exhausted.

"Blood divides as easily as it unites, especially when money and power are involved".

Shane Branson is a hotshot co
Sarah Elizabeth

This was an adult contemporary romance story, about a guy trying to turn his father’s business legitimate, and a woman hiding secrets of her own.

The characters in this were okay, and I liked both Shane and Emily. I did get the impression that Emily maybe wasn’t her real name though, which was intriguing.

The storyline in this was about Shane and Emily meeting and having an instant connection. Emily ended up working for Shane’s father’s business though, and Shane was trying to do things with the b
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Lisa Renee Jones is synonymous with seductive romantic suspense and in her newest release, Hard Rules, she masterfully lures her readers down the proverbial rabbit hole of suspense, mystery, chicanery, passion and of the unknown. With her raw prowess and virtuosity of words, Lisa Renee Jones will define the hard rules of trust, duplicity, and love.

 photo 1c8ae2c25815893367ae0bd6dffc61_zpsxvk4wygi.gif “And thanks to you,” he murmurs, his lips near my ear, “I’m not thinking about what
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Lisa Renee Jones pulls out all the stops in this romantic suspense that’s full of intrigue, passion, and power plays.

I instantly got sucked into the story of Hard Rules. I loved the fun way Emily and Shane meet, and I felt an immediate connection with both characters. They easily fall into flirtatious banter, and despite leading complicated lives that perhaps should have them running in the opposite direction, they find themselves undeniably drawn to each other. Shane fulfills Emily’s desire to
Hard Rules teaser

❝Yes and please. Remember those words and my name because I'm going to make you say them over and over again.❞

Hard Rules is about a man, Shane Brandon, who comes back to town to save his family's business from the corruption which is caused by his father and brother. Along the way, he meets a woman who he fully intended only as a one-night-stand, or at the very least a f*ck buddy. But the more he has of her, the more he wants despite the danger he fears he may be putting her in b
*** ARC kindly provided by the publisher St. Martin's Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review ***

I already read several books from this author and loved them all. When I saw this one on NetGalley I wanted to request an ARC immediately... And yay, I’m glad because I loved it.

This book gives us hot, protective Shane with his messed up family and a family business he wants to save by being a good guy. Who can he trust and who not? Is everybody who they seem to be? Even Emily? Emily h
Shannon Moore
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Let's just get to the nitty gritty, shall we?

Now hear this, my good friends: I would not lie to you, I simply can't. So know that what I'm about to tell you is 100% honest and not in the least bit embellished. There was a large portion of this book where I had NO IDEA what the heck was going on. Zip. Nada. Nothing. I don't know if I was all of a sudden drunk while reading or just couldn't follow along or what, but apparently some pieces were just going completely over my head. But don't worry,
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4 I like drama stars

I am sure my moods play a huge part in weather I like a book or not, I had a really bad week and was in a sad and somber mood which matched this books pace.

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I really liked this story and its characters but I totally understand why some people had problems with it. It was a bit slow, there was not enough descriptive sex in it, the whole secret thing that Emily was hiding for the entire book, that we still did not have answers for and my god that prologue!! I mean WTF?? It w
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
5 "Chris Merit needs to make room for Shane Brandon" stars!!

I absolutely loved Chris and wondered what kind of hero this series would have. LRJ did NOT disappoint. She found a way to create another phenomenal hero. Shane was honourable, dedicated, dominant, intelligent, charismatic, loyal, protective, and caring. And Emily really seemed to be his perfect match. She was loyal, smart, perceptive, secretive, sweet, and loving. These two together were combustible!

While enjoying a passionate rela

4.5 "NO MORE LIES" stars

It's really ungrateful to sum up the story, so i'll use the blurb cause it perfectly depicts the essence, and it's way better than I could have ever done for this story...

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 compa
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Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shane Brandon is having terrible, no good, very bad day... It started with his coffee being stolen by a beautiful imp named Emily Stevens, and went down hill from there.

After leaving a lucrative and satisfying law firm position, Shane's back in Denver trying to legitimatize the family business, Brandon Enterprises, much to the dismay of his brother, Derek, and his father. His father is ruthless and is pitting son against son in the battle.

The only real bright spot for Shane is Emily. Yes, the sa
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

Emily and Shane have a hot one night stand that doesn’t really feel like a one-time only kind of thing. The connection between these two was powerful and I could literally feel their emotional bonding, not to mention the hot and lusty connection they made. The scene on the balcony is definitely one you won’t want to miss.


As is often seen in romance books, both the main characters are keeping secrets. With a dual point of view, Shane’s secrets are pretty quickly revealed. Emily’s however are sim
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
3.5 Stars

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My first endeavor in Lisa Renee Jones.......Dirty Money Series.
Book 1: Hard Rules
Book 2: Damage Control
Book 3: Bad Deeds
Book 4: End Game

Shane Brandon and Emily Stevens have a connection but it's complicated-Lies, Secrets, and a Family War. The dynamics of the Brandon Family is intriguing- father, mother and brothers all at war with each other, all spinning a tangled web for control of the family business. Emily is a solace to Shane but she has her own secrets and lies that can ruin
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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This is a much complicated cat-n-mouse game within the Brandon family empire that left me feeling slightly puzzled and out of sort. Half the time I don't care much of the corporate drama, the other half I'm feeling information overloaded. It was all very Wall Street and it was kinda dry. But the root of the problem is the romance isn't strong and convincing enough.

First of all, I don't understand the reason for the prologue, I feel like I'm missing something crucial here. Or maybe it a plot that
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4 Stars *****

Shane Brandon was an ambitious lawyer headed for the top in New York City, but he returned to Denver to help his family's empire. His brother was making sketchy deals and bringing in dirty money to the company. This had to stop before the scandal ruined everything.

Everyone in Shane's family is cunning and calculating. There are only a few people he can trust. And Emily is one person that could easily be turned into his weakness.

Emily and Shane's relationship was supposed to b
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Link to full review below! I really enjoyed this book! Mystery, intrigue, secrets, lies, and family drama! This review was originally posted on The Book Disciple ...more
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