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Damage Control (Dirty Money Series #2)
     

Damage Control (Dirty Money Series #2)

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by Lisa Renee Jones
 

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Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.
The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his

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Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.
The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire.
Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all – one hot touch and kiss, at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel, has set their sites on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/19/2016
Jones continues the suspenseful Dirty Money series (Hard Rules) in this similarly hot and flawed second erotic novel, set against the large corporate backdrop of Brandon Enterprises in Denver. Emily Stevens and Shane Brandon build upon the foundation of their tempestuous love affair despite the secrets that both are closely guarding. Shane has discovered Emily’s duplicity, something he cannot tolerate after surviving his own family’s lies. But she has good reasons for not telling him the whole truth. The question becomes moot when a greater threat appears in the form of an encroaching drug cartel that threatens to topple Emily’s new life and freedom, jeopardizing all of the ground Shane has gained in attempting to free the family name and fortune from the less-than-legal dealings brokered by his father and brother. As in the first installment, the intricate story suffers from repetitive prose. The mysteries of Emily’s past should take center stage, but they’re overshadowed by the Brandon family’s sometimes clumsy machinations. Nothing about this book is subtle, but it remains a page-turner with scorching heat. Agent: Louise Fury, Bent Agency. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

"Lisa Renee Jones excels at creating powerful men and women who are determined to live life on their own terms, and fans will be immediately drawn to the dangerous world of Brandon Enterprises." - RT Book Reviews

"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." - Publishers Weekly

"Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment.: - Kirkus Reviews

"Edgy, brilliant and all-consuming, Dirty Money is THE series of the year! Lies, danger, secrets,and a hero you will fall HARD for. A must read!" - New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans on Hard Rules

"...her impressive ability to captivate the reader by revealing only the slightest hint of the bombshell buried under the layers of her intricate story. I can't recommend this book enough." - Author A.D. Justice on Hard Rules

Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-06
Second installment of a contemporary romance series revolving around a powerful family with criminal ties, the son who wants to go legit, and the woman on the run who falls for him. Emily Stevens and Shane Brandon fell hard and fast for each other in Hard Rules (2016), but Emily's secrets and Shane's controlling family still threaten to tear them apart. Corporate attorney Shane has returned home to Denver to battle his brother Derek for control of Brandon Enterprises. Emily is on the run and working as an administrative assistant for David Brandon, the family patriarch, who is dying of cancer. Shane is determined to end Derek's shady business deal with the Martina cartel to cloak a banned performance-enhancing substance with legit Brandon Pharmaceutical labeling, but he'll have to convince his father to side with him. Hard Rules introduced a large cast of characters and laid out a complex plot and believable internal and external barriers for Shane and Emily. With all the pieces on the board, this should have been an exciting read, but issues that could be forgiven in a first installment prove problematic here. Emily is underdeveloped and does little, if anything, to address her own precarious situation or help Shane with his. The sex scenes are more explicit and numerous, but their repetitive nature mirrors the circular conversations between Emily and Shane about her safety and their future. Although the series promises Sons of Anarchy-style gang action, the Martina cartel remains frustratingly offstage for most of the book, and Emily's own connection to a mysterious hacking group remains unexplored. An intriguing high-concept premise sabotaged by glacial pacing and a static central romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250083838
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/21/2017
Series:
Dirty Money Series , #2
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
34,230
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES,and has now in development for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland). In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists. Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world.

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Damage Control 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
gaele 5 days ago
Lisa Renee Jones jumps right back in to our story of Shane and Emily, who we first met in Hard Money. Be sure you have a comfy chair, because you will be glued to it as you whip through the pages desperately seeking the answers right with them. Emily has secrets, we already know that, and while some were hinted at, the depth and destructive potential of these secrets is powerful, and serves to fuel much of the action and tension in this book. More importantly, Shane, the only member of his family with a moral compass, learned the lessons of single-minded determination and ruthless judgments to reach that goal from this family, and he is unafraid to take charge and act to both unearth the dangers and protect Emily, even as she hasn’t been entirely honest or open with him. Oh what a fun ride this story was! More than once I found myself holding my breath as the action and danger hit a fever pitch, only to have a moment to breathe where Shane and Emily take time to explore the connection that draws them together. The moments build on one another, as the relationship strengthens when secrets are revealed, and their chemistry sings. Shane is a wonderfully strong hero: alpha, driven, protective and concerned with both protecting Emily and discovering the danger that will allow her to live in peace. For Emily, she’s coming into her own and showing more of who she is, without struggling between keeping the ‘persona’ she ran with and her own self, allowing her heart and true personality to shine through. Following much the same arc as the Inside Out series, fans of that series are certain to love this one, but be warned: you can’t read Damage Control without reading Hard Money: you will be hopelessly lost and confused. Trust me, it’s no hardship: both of these books are read in one sitting, demanding your attention and emotions from beginning to end. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
CoffeeGoddessTK 10 hours ago
I know that this means that this war has changed me. I know that winning it—which I must—will change me even more. But I am certain that I won't lose myself, as long as I don't lose Emily. Oh, my gosh, this story! Lisa Renee Jones keeps the action coming with the second book of her Dirty Money series, and she does not let up. There are so many twists, turns, and surprises that my head was spinning as I worked my way through this story. Shane knows that Emily is hiding something big, and he's determined that he will a) not stop until he knows what it is, and b) will not let her go, no matter what it is. He is all in here, and, even knowing that the stakes could be more than even he realizes, Shane is bound and determined to get the girl and free his family business from the corruption that his brother has brought to their door. DAMAGE CONTROL has all of the mystery of a whodunit, all of the tension of a crime read, and all of the passion that is part of Lisa's signature style. The action doesn't let up one bit, and, if possible, I fell more in love with Shane as the story went on. He is willing to do whatever he has to to make sure that Emily is safe and that his family's actions do not succeed in dragging Brandon Enterprises under. This book had me on the edge of my seat, and left me waiting impatiently for the next installment. BAD DEEDS (Book 3) cannot get her quickly enough, because I need answers, darn it! Another 5 stars for this book, and for the series. It is a thrill ride that does not disappoint, and you need to be reading it, like, now.
Anonymous 19 hours ago
Awesome book,I'm biting my nails..Ready for book 3
wizkids32 3 days ago
Loved it and glad to get back into this story between Emily and Shane glad to see and can't wait to see what happens to them and dad and his brother and what is going to happen to Emily and her brother too and how they can stay safe and kick the mob out of their lives can't wait until the next book comes out glad to see that Shane's dad might be able to get better loved it totally awesome book thanks for an amazing book and Lisa is an amazing author
hockeymom4 4 days ago
WOW.... with a cliff hanger to come off of with Hard Rules, this book was AMAZING! I LOVED THIS BOOK! If you have not read Hard Rules, then you have to read this first....Damage Control is the next chapter in this story that is so complex and well written, you don't want it to end! This book picks right back up where Hard Rules ended with Shane and Emily talking about secrets and lies.... and NO MORE LIES in their relationship. This books takes you on a ride with twists and turns. There are some answers, but more questions on what is really going on. Who is on Shane's side and who is on Derek's side? As much as Brandon Senior enjoys watching his sons battle for power, Does Maggie enjoy it more? What is her end game? Are there more players that we have learned about thus far? How does Derek really play into what is going on with the Martina family and their dirty business? The games that are being played, there is more than power that is on the table. I love Shane and Emily and who they are together, how the support and love each other! There is so much understanding between them and the protectiveness and passion is off the charts! What a wonderful addition to the series, but it leaves you wanting SO much MORE! Again I am amazed by the level of writing and story line development in Lisa's books! She amazing me!
LRSternfeld 4 days ago
Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with an ARC. Damage Control is the second book in the Dirty Money series. I was sure that I knew and figured out everything there was to know about Shane and Emily. Boy was I wrong!! Surprises abound in this next installment so much so, that I was in shock with Emily's revelations! Are you kidding me!! Lisa Renee Jones has written another winner. You have succeeded in my sitting, literally, on the edge of my seat talking to myself! Linda-Rose
astroyic 5 days ago
Passionately Addictive! Wow! Enthralling, addictive and passionate Damage Control is a wild ride that will leave you obsessively turning the page, desperate to devour every brilliantly crafted word. Lisa Renee Jones amazing talent shines blindingly bright in this masterpiece and I cannot wait for the next two books. The suspense, the passion, and the sex is off the charts. This is Utter Book Bliss! This was perfection, with its’ suspense, mystery as well as twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Filled with Power, Control and Passion that is erotically intense and consuming. You don’t want to miss this series! Loved it! I Highly Recommend this book! I voluntarily requested and received an ARC through the author and publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review!
weluvdopey 5 days ago
This is a great book; this is the second book in the Dirty Money series written by Lisa Renee Jones. Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all one hot touch and kiss at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel has set their sights on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
CLPetit1956 5 days ago
And this is why Lisa Renee Jones is one of my favorite authors... she has this ability to grab hold of the reader from the very beginning and keeps them in her grip until the very end. She gives you a steady flow of steam that keeps you breathlessly turning the pages to see how the story unfolds. Remarkably well-written, Damage Control has a great mix of suspense, danger, murder, romance, betrayal, drama, explosive chemistry, over-whelming emotions, and unexpected twists. Secrets will be revealed and love is professed. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 5 days ago
4.5 stars---DAMAGE CONTROL is the second installment in Lisa Renee Jones’s contemporary, adult DIRTY MONEY romantic suspense series. DAMAGE CONTROL is the continuing story of attorney/billionaire businessman Shane Brandon, and PA Emily Stevens, and should not be read as a stand alone as the story picks up immediately upon the events and cliff hanger ending of book one HARD RULES.. DAMAGE CONTROL begins with an introductory prologue from the author recounting some of the major events of book one keeping the read up to date and refreshed about what happened and to whom. Told from dual first person perspectives (Emily and Shane) DAMAGE CONTROL sees the Brandon family begin to implode as the ailing Brandon Senior continues to pit his sons against one another. Derek Brandon has dirtied his hands with illegal drugs, and connections to the cartel, while Shane fights back trying to clean up the mess his brother continues to build. Meanwhile Shane’s relationship with Emily takes a step towards permanency but threats against our heroine’s life may be coming from a couple of directions. When Emily reveals the truth about he past, Shane and his men try to contain any fall out from landing into the present. DAMAGE CONTROL is a story of family, suspense, romance, and intrigue. Lisa Renee Jones pulls the reader into a captivating tale about betrayal and revenge, money and power, lies and deceit. The complex world building continues to focus on the dysfunctional family dynamics, and the battle to take over a once –thriving business whose hands are now mired in illegal activities unraveling our hero’s well-ordered life. The premise is spirited and intense; the characters are colorful and dynamic; the romance is passionate and deep. Lisa Renee Jones’s DAMAGE CONTROL will take you on a remarkable journey of drama and love.
Felicia71 5 days ago
Wow, what a ride! This book is action packed from beginning to end filled with romance, suspense, and tons of action. Picking up exactly where Hard Rules ends Lisa Renee Jones does it again spinning the intrigue with tons of romance. Shane and Emily are learning how to trust one another while others are after them, the unfortunate part is that it is their families who want to take them down. Ms. Jones does a great job balancing all the different aspects of her story at a breathtaking pace. Her dialog was fantastic and drove the story forward especially between Shane and Emily. I don't want to give anything away so my review is short and sweet. If you have read Hard Rules then you have to read Damage Control. If you are looking for a new series that is filled with a little bit of everything then you will definitely want to pick up the Dirty Money series - you will not be disappointed.
NPButterfly 5 days ago
Damage Control starts off right where Hard Rules left off. Once again we read the lies, deception and secrets that the Brandon men have. In the second book of the Dirty Money series, we see some of these secrets revealed. Who is Emily? What is she hiding? You will find out the answers to these questions and more. This is a great follow up to Hard Rules. The last quarter of this book is intense. Be prepared to hold on tight to your ereaders. The roller coaster ride isn’t over with this one. The plot thickens and intensity is turned up. I can’t wait for Bad Deeds.
CrystalCB 5 days ago
Amazingly Damage Control is only the second book I have had the chance to read by Lisa Renee Jones. I really need to read more of this talented lady's work because I have certainly enjoyed Hard Rules and Damage Control. Damage Control picks up Shane and Emily's story right where it left off at the end of Hard Rules. So you really need to read Hard Rules before you read Damage Control. I loved that Ms. Jones added a few refresher details at the beginning so I could remember exactly what was happening at the end of Hard Rules and I was completely prepared and ready to dig into Damage Control. Shane is a good guy that is trying so hard to keep things on the up and up. Each time he thinks he has the business issues under control his brother, Derek, throw yet another crooked twist into the mix. Emily has a huge secret that she has not revealed to Shane in Hard Rules. I don't want to tell you too much about the secret but I will tell you that Shane's ultimate reaction made me adore this guy even more. My bond with Emily quickly returned and my heart went out to her. I cheered her victories, my heart broke for her sadness, and my pulse increased with the thoughts of the danger she is in. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the few selected people that work for Shane and always have his back. This guy really needs those true friends that can help him try to stay that one step ahead of his wicked brother. His family certainly doesn't have his back so it's great to see that he has someone to help him out. Seth, Shane's right hand, is one of those guys I'd want in my corner if I was in danger or trouble. This guy can get anything done and fix things in the blink of an eye. He's good! Jessica is Shane's friend and assistant in the office. She's the other person that really has Shane and Emily's back. I like Jessica and her just enough touch of sassy attitude that she gets things done. Shane and Emily are good together. They work well together and oh wow they sure do warm things up at home and in the office. They have so many obstacles in their path and so many things going on. I was on the edge of my seat for a good portion of this book wondering what was going to happen next. There are plenty of interesting twists to keep the pages turning. I can not wait to see what happens with Shane and Emily next. I'm curious to see how Shane handles his family and deals with Emily's problem. I can not wait to read Bad Deeds. I will be anxiously awaiting it's release. Over all this book has all those things that make for a fabulous read. There characters are great. The story line is full of action, drama, suspense, and some steaming hot scenes to warm things up. I was given the opportunity to read this awesome story and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
ZR1000 5 days ago
An excellent continuation, romance deepens amid heightened suspense… This is the second book in the Dirty Money series that should be read in order. Things here begin where the last book left off, an ultimatum was issued and a response is expected. With the level of complexity of these protagonists a simple answer to a question would not suffice. Like Shane, Emily protects what she cares about and revealing the secrets he now demands puts this man she has aligned herself with and that she has strong feelings for at risk. Their personalities clash as she hedges, plotting an escape while his intention is to keep them together no matter what the costs. This reader gasped, then smiled at the intense physical and emotional chase she led him on but Shane is not a man who easily gives in. This book has such an apt title for Shane has much damage control to do, he must put in place defensive positions then set up offensive moves in this living chess game that is his life. We learned much about Shane and his family in book one, now we learn what Emily has been keeping secret and the revelation heightens the danger they will both have to face. It’s no wonder that he compares their situation to an uncontrollable force of nature, savagely dynamic and ever-changing. “How do I protect her when our families are basically two tornadoes about to sideswipe us at any moment, or worse, collide, with devastating results?” In each other this couple finds what has been lacking all their lives, besides a steamy physical attraction, an intense emotional connection that touches their very souls along with acceptance and neither wants to give it up, they’ll address what is coming at them together for as long as they can but there could be a price to pay. Shane is walking a fine line between who he is and who he has to be to win this fight. “And right now, there is a war raging not just with my family, but within me, between good and evil.” Can the goodness that Emily is and the love she has for him ground him from falling too deep into the dark side of humanity or will circumstances guide him as deeds turn decidedly more deadly? This was an excellent continuation, with every new revelation and new players entering the battlefield the suspense and danger is heightened as Shane persists in his attempts to extricate the company and his family from their deadly associations while navigating a romance that deepens with Emily. This reader was left wanting to know how it will all end and what will be the final costs. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
Brigittehf 5 days ago
The continuation to Hard Rules of the Dirty Money series picks up right where it left off in book one. No reprieve! Fast and furious. Romantic. Thrilling. Nail bitingly suspenseful. Shane is still struggling with the family "game" that his father has initiated. His brother Derek plays dirty and sleeps with the enemy to give him the advantage of winning this game! Emily is still holding on to her secrets which puts doubts about her in Shane's head. He is not prepared to give in so easily though! When Shane insists on the truth from Emily, everything takes a turn for the worse. She is torn as telling the truth might put Shane in danger. Something that she is not prepared to allow. Shane is persistent and when she eventually opens up, the unravelling of her secrets comes as a total surprise. She is in danger herself and Shane will do anything to protect her. Whilst their relationship continues to blossom, they have to face one obstacle after another. Knowing who to trust besides the obvious ones is near impossible. It would appear that everyone has ulterior motives. Money and control are the driving forces. Some of the mysteries are unravelled but only to raise more questions. This instalment is full of lies, betrayal and deceit. Those who are loyal are few and far between. The suspense is killing. The love and passion between Shane and Emily is so intense that it's palpable. Damage control demanded my attention and held me captive throughout. I couldn't wait to get to the end and yet when I got there, I wanted more. Bad Deeds, the next instalment can't get here quick enough but I am sure that the wait will be more than worthwhile! I was kindly issued with a complimentary eARC via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.