Review – Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

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Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice.” ~Tom Robbins

Hard Rules is sin and scandal wrapped in a web of seduction full of twists and turns, and blazes and burns. This is not just a story but an immersion into another world. A world that holds you powerless in its clutches, daring you to escape. Escaping this enthralling tale that possess power over the reader won’t be easy. Trust me…I know.

I just finished my first story by Lisa Renee Jones, Hard Rules, and I’m SPEECHLESS. I’m in a DREAMY DAZE. I can’t think straight. This story has not released my soul that is still swimming in a sea of suspense. My heart is still furiously beating with excitement. My body is going through the motions, directed by my brain that is still under the spell of this story. My mind is not mine. Hard Rules rendered me MIND-BLOWN.

Hard Rules claimed and consumed me from the very first page. Mind racing. Feelings flowing. Eyes wide in anticipation. Heart beating out of my chest. My pulse pounded with each page as I felt the current of Hard Rules flow through me.

Hard Rules was my drug, pushing me to the edge as it transported me to another world where I was left in a stupor. This story slowly seduced me, word by word, weaving me into its spell. Hard Rules leapt to life so vividly, as if I were watching a movie my head. This story bled into me; I was bound to Hard Rules.

“This man is your enemy. And I’m not going to let you forget it.”

“He’s also my brother, and this is my family, who I want to save.”

Shane Brandon is the white knight in a dark world, battling his feuding family for control of their corrupt empire before they all crash and burn. The biggest enemy of all is the one man Shane looked up to for most of his life: his brother, Derek.

“You want to be God. I, on the other hand, prefer the fires of hell.”

Shane wants to rescue his family and make Brandon Enterprises legit, a business of pride and pure good. Women come and go for the gorgeous, dark-haired and blue-eyed, Shane, who fills a suite to perfection in all the right places. Sex in a suit.

All alpha, I fell for Shane hard and fast. I love how he is tough on the outside but tender at the core. Shane is tough with a strong sense of right and wrong. Though he will bend the law if the ends justify the means.

Then Shane meets the dark-haired and blue-eyed Emily Stevens, a woman who awakens not only his sexual appetite but something deeper. She is the light to the darkness surrounding him.

“We’re drawn together because we’re both dealing with a demon or two that won’t let us go.”

Shane meets the lovely Emily Stevens, a woman who stirs up desire in just one meeting. Oh is their chemistry explosive. Not a one-night-stand kind of desire but more. Magical and meaningful.

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“He deepens the kiss, kissing me like I have never been kissed. I am his next breath and I have never been anyone’s next breath.”

These words whirl around as they hit my heart. I feel for Emily, wondering what kind of dark past and hell she has been through and if she has ever been loved. Shane is her drug as she is his.

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“She’s a drug I could easily call an addiction when I don’t have any addictions.”

Emily is running from a past and hiding from the present that includes secrets that may destroy the one man she cares about: Shane. 

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“He sees things I can’t let him see…I’m going to have to tell him the truth or leave.”

Secrets threaten to seep out from their safety net. Lies wait to be leaked. Lives are at stake as they may lay in the wake of mass destruction that may fall from deceit. Love may be the biggest victim in this crime. Shane is the conscience to his family’s corruption. Can he save them and himself from destruction?

Hard Rules set me ON FIRE. I’m still burning with desire in a Hard Rules daze. Enthralling and explosive, Hard Rules is a roller coaster of a romantic suspense that mesmerizes the mind, seduces the soul, and hits the heart hard. I fell for Hard Rules HARD.

This book BLEW ME AWAY. Renee Jones flawlessly executed Hard Rules that ruled every piece of me. This story was my drug. My high. My hope. My adventure. My addiction. Hard Rules captivated and claimed ALL OF ME. The cliffhanger only left me clamoring for more. Hard Rules will be hard to forget until I get my next dose.


5 spellbinding, scandalous, and scorching stars

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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.



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