Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Bad Deeds, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.
Would you bleed for the one you love?
To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot.
In every one of Shane's seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can't just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end.
This is war, blood will spill, and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive....
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.
This is book THREE of FOUR in Shane and Emily's story.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) 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.
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.
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.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out series. In addition, both her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today lists.
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books that have been translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones's suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned a multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
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You could always sacrifice your queen and let her die a royal death. Would it — would she — be worth it to win?
Those words, a threat against my life spoken by Derek only minutes before, seem to whisper in the Colorado wind around us, taunting Shane and me where we stand under a tree in his parents' yard, our foreheads joined, mocking our desire to dismiss them as nothing but words and my desire to believe Shane's promises that everything will be okay. He means it, I know he does, and I'd wanted him to say those words, but now I am coming to my senses, remembering what my family taught me all too well — my brother, most especially. Promises, even well-intended ones, are like water in a cracked glass. One wrong lift or squeeze and it shatters, and in this case, with potentially bloody consequences.
I shut my eyes, and for a moment or two, or maybe even three, I let myself revel in Shane's words again:
We're okay. ...
Everything is okay....
But as surely as I soak in my desire for those things to be true, I flash back to the moment inside the house, when Derek had looked up from the chess game he'd been playing with Shane, and right at me. To those moments when he'd captured my stare, held it, and then issued that threat, and I'd seen the deep malicious intent and evil in his eyes.
We are not okay.
I shiver in a chilly gust of April evening wind blowing across the Rocky Mountains, and Shane's strong hands come down on my upper arms, the heat of his touch seeping through my navy silk blouse. "You need your wrap," he says, rubbing up and down my arms. "And I don't even have a jacket on to be gallant and warm you up."
"I don't have my wrap because I rushed out here in a reactive mode I should never have let anyone see," I say as more of the typical Denver evening winds lift my hair into my face. I shove it away, reminded that it is now brown but should be blond, the brunette color as fake as my name and identity. Another reality I think of in this moment, because this is my new life, by Shane's side, and I don't want it to be as a liability, but rather as an asset. "And you don't need to be gallant or make promises I shouldn't have asked you to make," I add. "We need to go back inside. The longer we're out here, the more it seems like I'm some scared fool."
He arches a brow. "Scared fool?" He laughs, one of those deep, sexy rumbles that proves he's not as starched as his white shirt, while also telling me that he's not taking my concerns seriously.
"This isn't funny," I say, my hand closing around the navy tie I'd chosen for him out of some romantic notion that we'd match for his family dinner, which doesn't feel romantic anymore.
His hands return to my arms. "No one thinks you're scared. If anything, they think you're angry."
"I am angry. And not at your father for inviting me to stir up trouble, or your brother for making sure he got it. That's just who they are. I know this, and I still gave them both a reaction. And then you reacted. I made myself your weakness." I grab his wrists, urgency growing inside me. "We need to go back inside," I say again. I try to move away from him.
He holds on to me. "Don't go in there thinking you have something to prove. You don't."
"I let them think I was scared."
"The human — and normal — reaction to someone threatening your life is fear, sweetheart, and I'm going to get you the hell out of here."
"No," I say. "No. I have to go in there and correct this. And later I'm going to apologize properly for asking you to make unfair promises."
"I repeat. The normal —"
"Don't say that again, Shane. 'Normal' doesn't apply to my life or yours, and we both know that. I'm human, yes, but I should have waited to freak out until we were alone. I'm pissed at myself, and you should be pissed at me. Why aren't you pissed at me?"
He cups my face. "I don't want you to become cold and callous like my mother. Ever. I want you to have feelings. I want you to be human."
"But being strong in front of your family doesn't make me cold like her. I won't ever become your mother, Shane. Because not only are you not your father, I'd leave if you were."
He inhales and lets the breath out, putting his hands on my waist. "I won't ever be my father."
"I know that," I say. "Or I wouldn't be here, but Derek —"
"Is wearing a wounded ego right along with that bandaged hand, courtesy of Adrian's knife. He's puffing up his chest to try to seem unaffected by me making him look bad to the cartel. And now my father threw down the gauntlet by threatening his inheritance."
"Was that real or just part of the games he plays with you two? I mean, why would he do that when he's been enjoying this game of pitting you and Derek against each other?"
"Because to exact revenge on Mike for sleeping with my mother, he intends to buy the sports center where Mike's pro-ball team plays and then recruit in, or buy, another team. And because of my contractual agreement when I joined the company, he needs my signature to sign any contract. In other words, he needs me happy, which means he needs you safe."
I've already blanched and recovered at this point. "I'm nearly speechless. This is huge. Monumental, even. And expensive." Realization hits me. "That's why he was meeting with investors."
"That's right. It's also legal and highly profitable, which puts me and my father on the same side of the fence for the first time in most of my adult life." His fingers flex at my waist. "I've got this under control. Everything is okay."
"No," I say, rejecting that idea. "It's not that simple, and you know it. Mike won't take this lying down, and he's the largest stockholder in the company outside of the family. He's going to attack you because you're attacking him."
"For all we know, he's already attacking us and planning a hostile takeover."
"Then that only drives home my point. He's going to attack, and who knows where that will make your mother step? Even with those things aside, there's your brother, and hate is positively radiating off Derek tonight. He isn't done fighting. He'll do whatever it takes to steal the company from you."
"He can't take what's not mine, sweetheart. My father is still king."
It hits me then that I'm so wrapped up in how Derek affected me that I've forgotten about Brandon Senior. My hand goes to Shane's chest. "How are you feeling about your father's news?"
"You don't have to analyze me over this, sweetheart," he says, obviously reading where I'm going with this, confirming as much when he adds, "I openly admit that my feelings about my father are a mixed bag of emotions that resemble a swampland. One I don't intend to open until I find out if that was real or another one of his mind-fucks."
Mind-fucks. That's all he ever feels he gets from his family, and I aided them in that effort tonight. "You think he's lying?" I ask, certain Shane's in denial, protecting himself from that swampland. "Why in the world would he do that?"
"I can think of several strategic reasons related to the company and to Mike, that I'll explain after we get home and after we fuck this night out of our systems a good three times."
The grit in his voice tells me his desire to leave is bigger than just me. "All the more reason we should get back inside, where you can find out the truth that Derek and your mother probably already know."
"None of us will find out the truth inside that house," he says, "and I've already texted Seth to get me answers." His eyes warm. "What I really want to do is mind-fuck my father and leave without playing his game. What I want even more is you naked and next to me."
He's angry. I hear it in the bite of his voice, feel it in the tension in his body. That's the emotion he feels, and that comes from his certainty that his father is lying. I don't even think it's real. This is about fear, fear that he will feel hope and discover it's false. I step to him, aligning our legs. "Shane —"
"You aren't my weakness," he says softly, but somehow vehemently. "You're just the opposite. You're the complete contradiction to everything that is this family, and you remind me of the change I'm fighting for." His hand cups the back of my head and then he is kissing me, his tongue licking into my mouth, the taste of his anger, his need to escape, bleeding into me, telling me his father's many lies are burning into his mind and emotions. "When we go back inside and my family fucks with your head, which they will, think about fucking me when we get home. That's what I'll be thinking about too."
My cheeks heat with the erotic boldness of those words, the boldness of this man who never fails to make me a little bit shy and a whole lot aroused. Again he laughs low and sexy, caressing my cheek. "I have no idea how you still blush after all the things we've done together, but I love it." And just like that, his mood has lightened, and his arm is around my shoulders, his steps directing us back toward the door. "At least we're guaranteed a good meal," he says. "My mother wouldn't cater anything but the best."
"Were all your meals catered growing up?" I ask, reminded that tonight, with his family, for all its guaranteed uncomfortable moments, there is an open window into Shane's past that I welcome.
"Believe it or not, she was a regular homemaker when I was a kid, even down to the freshly baked cookies after school."
"I'm having a hard time picturing your mother with an apron on. What happened to transform her?"
"I'd say it's a safe assumption that my father happened."
We step onto the patio, and he reaches for the door to the house, but instead of opening it, he maneuvers me to rest my back against the hard surface, one hand on the wood by my head, the other branding my hip. "I will not let anyone hurt you. You know that, right?"
His laughter from minutes before is gone, his words low and fierce in that way he always loves me, and emotions I can't name are welling up in my chest. No one has ever wanted to protect me the way this man wants to protect me. No one has ever cared this much about me, but then, I now know that the same is true of him as well. I wrap my arms around Shane's neck and push to my toes, pressing my lips to his, lingering there a moment before I say, "And I will not let anyone hurt you either." I relax back onto my feet and stare up at him. "You know that, right?" I add, repeating his words.
He stands completely still, unmoving, unreadable, until his hands are on my arms again, and he's pulling my mouth to his again too, in a fast, hard kiss. He ends with, "Ah, woman. What are you doing to me? Let's get this over with and get home." He turns us toward the door and opens it, allowing me entry into the Brandon family home, where life, love, and laughter seem to be more focused on one man's battle to live or die, which he may or may not have already lost.
I enter the house first, my gaze once again traveling the stunning circle that is the broad foyer with a unique domed ceiling, which is somehow fitting, since this family is nothing if not unique. Shane shuts the door and joins me at the same moment I hear Maggie.
"There you are!"
At the sound of his mother's voice, Shane and I turn to the left, nearing the kitchen, and find her hurrying toward us. As is usual for her, her black suit and long dark hair drape over her shoulders, giving the picture of elegance. "The chef's quite insistent that his food has to be eaten now," Maggie says, "or, per his expert opinion, it will be a disaster to the taste buds." Shane's hand settles protectively at my lower back while she motions between us. "I need you two in the dining room, pronto." She stops in front of us and lowers her voice, her attention on Shane. "Is this cancer treatment the real deal?"
"Why would he fake a medical procedure?" Shane asks, clearly having no intention of sharing his doubts with her.
Her lips purse. "Why would he announce something like this and not tell his wife beforehand?"
Shane's fingers flex against where they rest against me. "Why indeed, Mother?" he asks, a barely there hint of sarcasm in his voice, and I know he's thinking about her and Mike, concerned about her motives and loyalty. But I also have an epiphany. Could Shane have coped with his father's flaws by placing an unrealistic standard of perfection on his mother that he's yet to recognize or accept?
Maggie's response to his question is a look that's downright incredulous. "This is your father we're talking about, Shane. Everything he does has an endgame and some sort of strategy to get there."
"Staying alive," he says, "seems like a fairly cut-and-dried strategy and crystal-clear endgame."
"Cut-and-dried?" she demands. "If 'cut-and-dried' applied to your father, he would have told me about his treatment first, as most husbands would have. And if 'cut-and-dried' applied to your father, he'd have made peace with his family when he was diagnosed in the first place." Her voice is controlled, hard, and I do not know if she's containing her burning hot emotions or if she's been scorned by her husband to the point that this is the ice of a queen whose king has betrayed her.
"And," she continues, apparently not done yet, "if 'cut-and-dried' applied to that man, you and your brother wouldn't be playing a game of tug-of-war with the bladed rope he's handed you. Your father enjoys his mind games, and he will enjoy them while the rest of us suffer, until the day he dies. Perhaps even beyond." She folds her arms in front of her but not before I notice her hands trembling, which could mean any number of things, guilt and heartache among potential culprits. "Did you," she asks, focusing solely on Shane, "know about this in advance officially or unofficially?"
"I did not," Shane confirms.
"And you have Seth, who I know is a perfectionist to the bitter extreme, monitoring his activity?"
"I do," Shane states.
"Then that proves my point," she says, anger quavering back into her voice. "We're all being taken on a ride."
"Actually," I dare interject, afraid they're both making assumptions based on a history of manipulative behavior by Brandon Senior that may not apply this time. "My mother's best friend had terminal cancer, and I was close enough to her to know details. When a patient is terminal, they are put on a trial list — if they want to be considered for one, of course. When one opens up that matches their needs, it's often sudden, as it was with her. She found out and was under treatment within days."
"And how did it work out for her?" Maggie asks, her blue eyes fixed on me.
"She lived five years when she'd previously been given three months," I say. "So no, it wasn't a cure, but it certainly gave her valuable years she wouldn't have had otherwise."
"I see," Maggie says softly, her expression unreadable, but there is a timid quality to her barely there reply that doesn't suit what I know of this woman, as if her internal struggle is perhaps distracting her from a performance. It's stunning though. Could her entire existence be one big, exhausting show?
The male voice echoes from the left, near the kitchen, and Maggie inhales but doesn't turn, exhaling on a tightly spoken, "Yes, Chef Rod," and she glances at Shane. "Your father and your brother are already in the dining room." She then cuts me a sharp look. "No one else knows where your head was at and you need to make sure it stays that way." It's a reprimand, and I don't know if it's self-serving to her, but it's good for me and Shane.
"I was angry," I say. "I don't care if they know. I'll tell them."
Her lips purse and hint at a smile. "That's an acceptable response." And with that, she returns to her prickly self. Then she turns and starts walking away.
Shane and I stand there, watching her cross the tiled foyer, neither of us moving or speaking, a band of tension tightening around us, suffocating us with the energy that is his family. "He didn't tell her before the rest of us," Shane bites out the moment his mother disappears into the kitchen, "because of Mike. On some level, be it consciously or unconsciously, I know she knows that."
And with that statement, I have a good idea where his head is, even if he does not, and it's not in the right place. I step in front of him, my hands settling at his hips. "This is not the right time or place to say this to you, but it's necessary if we're going to stay for dinner. Can anyone hear me here or do we need to go outside?"
"Speak softly and we're fine here," he says, curiosity in his eyes. "What is it?"
"I asked you what happened to change your mother, and you said, 'My father.' I'm not justifying your mother's actions, but, Shane, she didn't get to this place overnight. She has lived with your father for over thirty years. She made a decision to stay, and found a way to survive."
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I absolutely LOVE this author and this series, but the ending really did not sit well with me. I understand the dramatic effect the author intended, but it was off putting without knowing if there will be another installment in the series and when to expect it.
The promise of this story is finally fulfilled for me: the tension, growth and repeated twists and turns were perfectly timed and kept me glued to the story until the end. And while there still is no real resolution on the overall conflict, so many things surprised and delighted me with this story: and many of the questions and concerns that I had from the earlier installments, new questions appeared, and surprisingly I found some kinder feelings for a formerly despicable character. This is not a series that is yet complete, and as each book picks up where the last left off – you need to read these in order. But, this is my favorite of the three so far, and I am finding myself desperate for the next and final. See, Emily and Shane are still growing closer and their moments together are full of that emotion and sweetness. The kindness and caring that they show for one another, the steam that emanates from them, and even the reliance on the presence and quiet moments together adds yet another layer to their already palpable connection. But Shane and Derek are still jockeying for control of the family company, but something surprising happens: I found that with a bit more insight into Derek that I was feeling something more than an abject skin crawl when he appeared. No, he has not reformed, or become even marginally more intriguing, but add in some backstory and give him reasons why he chose the path he now walks, and I could see more of him beyond the ‘ick’ factor. Oh, I still don’t love him by any stretch, but you see how a situation can be viewed and responded to differently depending on personality. Quiet moments are quickly shattered with the next twist and the constant up and down keep readers in a constant state of tension. Extrapolate that to the characters (yes I know it’s fiction) and the emotions are heightened even further, demanding that the page be turned to see what other changes and twists are to come. With yet another ending that had me wailing nooooooo (quietly in my head, mostly) the story still has a few questions left to answer, and undoubtedly more challenges before the 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.
It was a great read.
If you read my reads of Damage Control (Dirty Money, #2), then you know I was expecting a lot to happen in Bad Deeds. Well, I can say I was not disappointed. There was so much that happened in Bad Deeds and it was all so good! I really enjoyed getting to know more about Derek and Teresa in this book. We even get a few chapters that are told from there points of view. My heart truly goes out to Teresa and her situation. I've always seen this series advertised as "Sons of Anarchy meets Wall Street" and that comparison has always been lost on me because I've never seen Sons of Anarchy. I can say, however, that this book reminds of the TV show Scandal, just battling for a company instead of a country. I will warn you, this book ends with a MASSIVE cliffhanger. It's one of the most anxiety filled cliffhangers I've ever seen, to be honest. Thankfully, Endgame has already released and we can find out what happens next, because I must know! I'm so excited to read the conclusion of Shane and Emily's story. This series has quickly become my favorite romantic suspense series! I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
OMG!!You did it again Lisa Renee Jones,I loved it and the cliff hanger..I can wait to read the next book .I loved it all the way?
January can't come soon enough! This installment of Dirty Money is really builds up the drama of the cartel, Brandon Sr, and Shane and Derrick's relationship. The cliffhanger is almost cruel to us readers. Love this series as much as all of Lisa's other books.
This story picks up where the last book Damage Control ended and Lisa has write a lot more what is going on and more characters too. And a big cliff hanger in the end and because I personally hate cliff hangers and the wait for the next book End Game is not due to come till Jan 2018 is why i rated it 4 instead of 5.
The best of the series! The characters now have evolved to become very real and challenging. The relationship between Shane and Emily is going deeper; Derek is showing his very human and tormented side: he is capable of love! And the Martina cartel is terrifying, you can feel it through the reading.
A complimentary copy was provide for an honest review on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict. ‘I keep walking, leading her deeper into the circle of fire that is my family, selfishly needing her in this darkness’ Bad Deeds is the third book in the Dirty Money series, this is not a standalone and you will need to read the first two. Shane and Emily are trying to navigate a very dangerous situation that puts them and Shane’s family in harms way. Coming back to save his family business Shane finds that cleaning up his brother and father’s mess is going to be a lot harder than he could imagine. If feels like they have threats everywhere they turn and you just it will create a lot of suspense. A dangerous cartel moving drugs through their pharmaceutical business, his mother’s infidelity, his father’s cancer and his brother inability to see past his own wants and needs. Shane and Emily share a bond that allows them the kind of trust that takes most people years to obtain, although I think the trust is needed for the story it makes them less relatable and I find myself doubting their real connection. The chemistry between Share and Emily is still pretty hot but the nice part is you see them start to grow as a couple and move past the insta-love/lust they originally had. I still think there is a lot that will come out about their past and what sort of future they will hold in the fourth book. Shane’s brother Derek who has been villainized in the past two books and starts to play a bigger role in this book. I think Derek showed the most growth and you start to really feel for him and his relationship with Teresa. While he has seemed pretty destructive so far he has some good reasons why. When he realizes just how much he cares about Teresa he know he has to make some changes to be the man she knows he can be. This one ends on a pretty big cliff hanger which will make you counting down the days to the 4th and final book of the series. Even though a lot happened in the book I felt like we didn’t make it much further into story line then what was covered in the first two books. With that said there are a lot of details hanging out in the balance right now so I am hoping all of they all get explained in the last book. If you were a fan of the first two books I know you’ll be in the same boat as me needing to see how this series turn out.
Would you bleed for the one you love? To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot. In every one of Shane's seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can't just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end. This is war, blood will spill, and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive.... Review: Ugh...January... That is how long we have to wait for the conclusion of this story. Be forewarned, this ends on a big cliffhanger!!! This is the third book in the series and like the others picks up where the last one ended. As more people are added into the machinations to get the Brandon family business, the more the heat picks up. This book is full of sexy, drama, action goodness. More violent than the other books in the series. Seriously everyone has a motive to get a piece of the Brandon business in this book. Emily's past takes a back seat in this book and the couple must work together to help Shane win. I hate to say too much as so much happens in this book and I hate to ruin any one's reading pleasure. I will say if you have been reading this series, you will not be disappointed with the events in this story. Again, these should be read in order. 4.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
We're more than halfway through this series now. Book #3 and we're deep in the belly of the beast. It's like trying to watch a game of chess unfold through a thick fog of deception, while flames are closing in on you from every side. There are so many players in this game, so you really need to concentrate to keep track of them all, especially when some of them make unexpected moves and seem to transform like a chameleon. This book had me questioning everyone's motives. In the end, it all boiled down to a clear picture of where most of the players stood, leaving me hanging with a heart-stopping ending that has me desperate to find out what happens next. Since this is book three and giving a recounting of plot points would be silly, I'd like to give her praise for a couple of things. If you have read many of her books, like I have, you know by now that her plotting level is pretty much genius. The way the characters and events are intertwined combined with multiple clever and shocking plot twists require you to be fully engaged and alert. Her mental game is strong so you better be prepared to keep up. Of course, to accompany that, is a plentiful amount of passion, heat and chemistry. She leaves you wanting for nothing. Lisa is known for writing these intense and complex books, so naturally it takes time. There are often many months between books in a series. I read many books in a week, so remembering vivid details of every book I read is impossible. I deeply appreciate that she includes a summary at the beginning of the book to refresh my memory on previous events, so I can start reading the current book with a better memory of what happened.
Wow! I loved this book! I've been enjoying this continuing story but I think this is my favorite so far! But holy cliffhanger Batman!! I was left emotionally reeling at the end of this book and will be counting the days until End Game comes out. I just love Shane! I love everything about him from the strength he exudes to the sexiness that just rolls off him! He makes me want to sing "What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!!" Emily is a perfect match for him! She is 100% there for him in every way! The steamy sexy times and the adorable I love you counting is a nice distraction from the intensity of the main storyline! I am also seeing Derek in a new light now. So much is happening in this book I can't wait to see how it all ends!
Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones is the third book in her stunningly crafted mystery suspense romance series Dirty Money . Told mostly from Shane and Emily's perspective and cannot be read as a standalone. Never quite knowing where the danger is going to come from, be it the drug cartel or the Gemini Hacker Group... The craftsmanship of the story and all of it's many interlaced parts is phenomenal. Let us now even get started on the Grand Canyon of all cliffhangers either. Every single word is a deliberate placement leading the reader through the lives of the Brandon family, those they hold dear, and their enemies. Each sentence takes you EXACTLY where the author wants you to go. Leading you to conclusions that aren't are later proven wrong and leave you guessing, yet again. As this is the THIRD book in a highly connected, completely NOT standalone series I will leave out anything specifically plot related for the sake of spoilers. But know that the bad guys aren't always as bad as they seem and even when you think it is time to throw in the towel, those you least expect will surprise you. I absolutely LOVED this book and the previous books in the series, Hard Rules and Damage Control. I'm now waiting on tenterhooks for January 2018's release of the next book, End Game. Enjoy!
Where to start... Oh where to start... First off, this is a cliffhanger and not a minor cliffhanger. If that isn't your thing than wait for the next book to come out. But definitely read this series. The characters in this series have slowly grown to become so much better. The first in the series made me like them, the third made me respect them, and the third made me want to propose. The characters have all shown great growth and I really like the fact that there are so many three dimensional characters. I love that everything is so complex in this story. I typically hate mysteries but this romance/suspense kept me engaged and questioning the whole time which is not normal. The story is extremely complex and it keeps you guessing the entire time. I want to rate this book 1 star for the ending that is making me want to scream out into the abyss (I am kidding). I had such a strong reaction, that it makes me love this book. It just shows how invested in this series I am. Ultimately, this is a great series that anyone who enjoys romantic suspense will love. Seriously, just pick up the books. You can thank me later. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
OMG I am loving this story and I hope it comes out good for Shane and Emily they are good people and love each other and I can't believe that Ramon went rough on everyone and might have killed Derrik I hope not because I don't think that Shane can handle that nor Tresa either and his dad and mom will be upset too can't wait until it comes out this book and story line is intense loving it Thanks for an amazing book and Lisa is an amazing author thanks again for an amazing book
Living on a Prayer 'Bad Deeds' by Lisa Renee Jones is book Three in the "Dirty Money" series. This continues the story of Shane and Emily –you do not need to read the previous books in the series but I would recommend it. The story picks up exactly where book 2 ended and you jump right back into the family situation. There is many intense and serious moments in this book, especially involving the cartel and the family. Yet the family comes together stronger than ever and Shane and Emily are tighter than ever. Also in this book, we see some sparks flying between Jessica (Shane's assistant) and Cody (Emily bodyguard) while also getting more 411 on Derek and Teresa's relationship. That’s not to say we do not get Shane and Emily—because we so do. Its steamy and intense and sexy!! Just when things were looking fab, we are left with an epic cliffhanger….TELL ME THIS ISNT IT!!??!! I need End Game like Right now!!! My Rating: 4.8 stars ***** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones is book three in her Dirty Money series and it continues the story of Shane Brandon and Emily Stevens. Starting where Damage Control (book two) left off, Shane Brandon is still trying to save his family's company and remove it from being under the control of the Martina cartel. Like a game a chess the players continue to try to stay moves ahead of each other and Shane doesn't know who he can trust, especially when Adrian Martina increases the pressure of wanting a partnership with Brandon Enterprises. At the same time, Shane continues to try to get rid Brandon Pharmaceuticals. Filled with action and suspense, as well as unexpected twists and turns especially in the end with a really nerve-wrecking cliffhanger that'll leave you wanting book four as soon as possible. I enjoyed Lisa Renee Jones writing and how she keeps the story moving and the reader invested in her story. It's all about the characters. Story-arc wise, in my opinion while I read, there weren't very big power-plays or game-changers until the last half. What developed and changed more for me this installment while reading were the people. Shane and Emily were the constants, and I loved their relationship and how strong it has grown. But what I really liked was that we got to know more about the other characters within the series such as Seth, Jessica, Cody, and even more of Shane's family like Derek and Maggie. Ms. Jones has definitely added more on the line in the novel, by increasing the emotion and making us as readers feel more for the characters we saw previously only as villains, like Derek. It was interesting to see more to his character in this novel and his relationship with Teresa. I can't wait to see what Ms. Jones has planned for the next novel. Overall, Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones is a great continuation to an exciting romantic suspense series. I look forward to reading the next book and more from Ms. Jones. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
3.75-4 stars. This was another good installment to this sexy, suspenseful series! This is the continuation of Shane and Emily's story. Shane is still trying to save his family business while dealing with some very bad guys. His father and brother are still wild cards and he doesn't know who to trust. Emily is trying to support him and help him in his investigations, while wanting to keep herself and Shane safe. As the danger ramps up, the suspense will keep you guessing. Through it all, the couple grow stronger in their love and are able to withstand the threats that are bearing down on them. This book started out a little slow. I felt like there was a lot of suspense and drama going on, but not as much romance or relationship development. It started to feel like the story was drug out for drama's sake. But once the story started to pick up, the mystery started to resolve itself nicely. I liked the second half of the book better than the first. I felt like the book could have been edited down some to make the pacing flow better. Also, there is a doozie of a cliffhanger. But overall, I did enjoy it. I loved Shane and Emily together. They are really a great couple and are getting stronger together in every book. Their love is obvious and I can't wait for the final book in the series so they can get their HEA. Overall, I really like the way the story seems to be heading in it's conclusion and I can't wait to see how it all ends!
5 BAD DEEDS STARS!!! Oh my goodness, this series captivating and addictive, I never want it to end. This story keeps you glued to your seat with all the suspense, betrayal and secrets. I love Shane and Emily, their unfolds perfectly. Lisa Renee Jones is one of my favorite authors and always turns out 5 stars reads for me. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Deliciously Addictive! OMG! I could not put this fantastic story down! This was a fast paced, all consuming, intense fight for control that was addictive, commanding, dangerous and passionate. Bad Deeds continues this dangerous journey that will leave you obsessively turning the page, desperate to devour every brilliantly crafted word looking for the answers to all the secrets. The intrigue, the passion, and the sex is off the charts but as the danger escalates no one is safe. The players are many, all wanting to take over the Brandon empire. The Martina Cartel is not giving up, and as these dangerous desperate men assert their power, will Shane and Emily’s bond survive? Will their deep connection keep Shane in the light or will the darkness overtake him? As we get a look into Derek and Teresa’s dynamics and finally see a new side to Derek, is he showing us all of his cards? Will Brandon senior find a miraculous cure for his cancer? Will Emily’s new endeavors help Shane save the Brandon Empire? This was simply perfection, with its’ suspense, betrayal, danger and intrigue, 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. Warning, there is a gut wrenching cliffhanger of an ending! Leaving the reader frustrated and flabbergasted with more questions that will have to wait till the final book in this series. You don’t want to miss this series! Loved it! Get your book now! Lisa Renee Jones amazing talent shines blindingly bright in this masterpiece of a series and I cannot wait for the final book, End Game. I received an ARC through the author and publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review!
Not cool, not cool at all, but so very good. Shane still has that cape attached to the collar of his expensive suit. But it was nice to see how he and Emily’s relationship has evolved. Everything, and everyone else was just, wow. I feel sorry for those who haven’t read this yet, I feel sorry for myself because I want the next one now. I deserve it after the anxiety and emotional roller coaster this book took me on. I was given an ARC for my honest review.
'Bad Deeds' by Lisa Renee Jones is book Three in the "Dirty Money" series. This continues the story of Shane and Emily from the previous books. With that said, I do feel you need to read each book to full enjoy this series and their story. But if you choose not to do so.. Ms. Jones does make it easy to catch up. I have just enjoyed the series and hate for you to miss anything! Also, this book does end with a cliffhanger to set you up for the next installment in their story. This book pretty much starts where the last one finished. Shane is still working to get his family business away from dealing with Adrian Martina and the cartel. Shane's father health is failing and in addition things are still going on with his brother Derek . Emily still has her secrets but now she is worried about Shane trying to save the family business and how it may change him. But the family needs to come together to deal with this threat. This book does open up more on the secondary characters with their feelings in thoughts. We see some changes in Derek, his relationships with his family and Teresa . Even Adrian who appears to be nothing but bad, starts to have a few redeeming qualities. So this book opened up our eyes to some of the other characters, while we worry about Shane and how things will play out in the end for him and Emily. As I said earlier...I am in Love with their series and can't wait for the next installment! Dirty Money:, Book 1: Hard Rules, Book 2: Damage Control, Book 3: Bad Deeds, Book 4: End Game, "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
To say this series has completely captivated me is an understatement! While book 1, Hard Rules, had me scratching my head a little, book 2, Damage Control, got that under control and started to suck me in, and then lord have mercy, Bad Deeds comes along and has me totally enthralled and on edge. So many things happened that I never saw coming! This book was so intense, so passionate, so heart-pounding! Just when you think all the secrets and lies have been exposed, Ms. Jones throws in even more twists to keep us on our toes. I read this book in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down! I really love how this story has come together, with Shane and Emily forging a united front in the fight to keep the Brandon empire under family control. With not only his father and brother fighting against him, the Martina cartel is becoming more forceful in their quest to further infilitrate the company, and now there's a new player on the scene set on causing even more havoc. This really is a chess game brought to life! Bad Deeds is full of twists and turns, surprising revelations, and one heck of a cliffhanger! Lisa Renee Jones sure knows how to get her readers invested in a story, as we're left wanting, no needing, the final chapter in the Brandon family saga. I swear these books are better than any serial drama on television today! ***Copy received courtesy of the author and publisher, via NetGalley.
3.5 stars! Bad Deeds is the third book in this continuing series by Lisa Renee Jones. It is not only a continuing series, but each story is continued from the last. I will start off this review by saying I am really tired of continuing stories like this and so my review will be reflected by that. This is my fault. Even though I have read the previous 2 books, (however, I did read them back to back), I should know better than to request a book that is not even the ending of the story, but leaves us with another cliffhanger. As Ms. Jones states in the forward, do not read this book if you have not read the previous 2 books. It will make no sense even as she gives a review of what has happened so far and who the continuing characters are. The story continues with Shane and Emily trying to fight off evil to make this lives safe and good. Throughout their love shines though. Evil consists of the Mexican Cartel and those who are trying to use their company for gain. I wish I could say I loved this series, but I am personally weary of it. Again, this is my fault, and if you have loved the previous 2 books, and don't mind waiting months for the next one, this is a great series. It is well written with believable characters. I don't think I will be willing to wait 4-6 months for the ending! Thanks as always to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this for an honest review.