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 TWO 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. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press.
Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.
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"No more lies," I repeat, my hands pressed to the counter behind Emily, my body caging her against my kitchen island, though it's her web of lies that is now her prison, and my personal hell. "I know you aren't who you say you are."
Panic flashes in her beautiful blue eyes that I'd once thought the window to innocence, while her palm flattens on my chest, as if preparing to push me away. "What are you talking about?" she demands, no doubt weighing how much trouble she's in, yet her voice is steady, her demeanor remarkably cool. The kind of cool that takes practice and skill. The kind of cool someone undercover exhibits.
"No more games, Emily. Or whatever the hell your name is. Seth had you investigated, and nothing about who you are quite manages to add up."
"Investigated," she repeats. "Right. Because why in the world wouldn't you investigate the woman in your bed?"
"Since the person you say you are doesn't exist, clearly for good reason."
"My secrets are mine. Mine to know. Mine to share. When I'm ready."
"When exactly were you going to be ready?"
Her fingers curl where they rest on my starched white shirt. "I never meant to lie to you," she says, another lie, and her voice is no longer steady, a tremble and a quake in its depths.
"But you did lie to me," I remind her, a lock of her long dark hair slipping over her face, a veil that will be no better a shield to protect her than more lies.
"I never even meant to go to dinner with you, let alone end up this close to you." She hesitates. "I thought we'd be the sum of that night. One night ... The rest just happened."
"Ah yes. Dinner. The night the lies began."
"No," she says tightly. "My secrets didn't begin with you and they don't end with you. And I darn sure wasn't going to spill them to a stranger."
"I'm not a fucking stranger."
"You were," she reminds me. "You were a stranger when I told you who I am."
"I haven't been a stranger for a long time and we both know it. I want the truth."
"I can't," she says, her gaze falling to the buttons of my white collared shirt, the absence of my tie and jacket proof of how relaxed I'd been only fifteen minutes ago.
I cup her jaw with one hand and force her gaze to mine. "You will," I insist, the words darn near guttural, as emotions I don't want to name splinter through me.
"Let me go," she says, giving me a full-body push. "Move, Shane."
I don't even sway. "I'm not letting you go," I say, gripping the material of her navy blouse at her waist. "Who are you?"
"I can't tell you. That's it. There is no more, Shane."
"What are you after? Who hired you?"
"Right," she bites out. "I must be spying on you. Of course that's what you'd think." She shoves on my chest. "Move. Let me off this counter." After one more ineffectual shove, she glowers at me and declares, "This isn't about you or your fucked-up family, Shane."
"What do you expect me to think?"
"Just what you did. Which thinking back, is why I stayed. You were always too wrapped up in them to ever really see me. That made me safe."
I flinch with an accusation I do not want to be true. "I saw you. I thought I did."
"Clearly you didn't."
"You will not turn this on me. If this isn't about me, then what is it about? Who is it about?"
"Me. It's about me. Just me. Why does it have to be about you?"
I stare at her, searching her eyes, and damn it, I see torment and fear that I don't want to be about her betrayal. I want them to be about something else. Something I can fix, but I can't afford to be a fool. I release her, moving to the opposite side of the island, gripping the edges. I glance at the folder now lying between us, then at her. "Then explain the contents."
"I don't need to look," she says, refusing to look at it while the buttons on my shirt seem to have grown exceedingly interesting. "I already know everything there is to know about me."
"Don't you want to know what I know about you?"
She inhales and meets my stare, firming her voice. "This is just going to lead to questions I can't answer."
"Open the folder," I say, the steel in my voice and my will meant to send a clear message: I won't let her refuse.
She understands too. I see that in the way her jaw sets, the way her chest expands with a breath, which she holds. She opens the folder, flipping over a summary of her fake history, along with documents that show the many holes in her past. She has no yearbook photos. No driver's license before several years ago. I'd ruled out witness protection based on those stupid mistakes. If I hadn't exploited mistakes the Feds have made to save a few clients, including my brother and father, I wouldn't know they are far from flawless. But does she? Is she one of them?
Seconds tick by, becoming a full minute before she shuts the folder and looks at me, shoving hair behind her ear, then hugging herself. "You know I'm not who I say I am. I get that already."
"What's your name?"
"No games. Your real name."
"That person I was doesn't exist anymore."
I grab the envelope that is still in the center of the counter, removing the damning evidence of her betrayal inside. "Explain that," I say, plopping the highly confidential paperwork Seth found in her desk in front of her, the word "spying" ringing too damn true for comfort.
She glances down and immediately back to me. "Shane —"
"Who are you working for?" I demand, my voice low, tight, wrapped in barely contained anger, when nothing I do is ever "barely contained." She has pushed buttons I don't want pushed. She is a woman I let into my life and mind, who I trusted. Who I foolishly want to believe can explain all of this.
"I was collecting those documents for you," she says, giving me an answer I do not expect.
"You're going to have to do better than that, sweetheart."
"Have you even read them or did Seth just tell you they're damning so you believed him?"
"You tell me," I order. "About the papers. About everything."
"Your father is up to something with the hedge fund he's putting together. I pulled together the paperwork for you to look at."
"There's a lot more in those documents than information about that hedge fund."
"I was alone in the offices and I snuck into your father's office." She presses her hands to the counter and looks at me, really looks at me for the first time since I confronted her. "Shane," she says softly, a plea in her voice, a vulnerability in her eyes I'm not sure can be faked. "I know how this looks, but I swear to you that I did not betray you. This situation I'm in really isn't about you or your family."
I study her, trying to figure out why I want to believe her, when I have no reason to give her that trust at the point. "Then what's it about?" I demand.
"It's complicated," she says, another tremble to her voice.
I resist an insane urge to close the space between us, grab her, kiss her, and fucking tell her everything is going to be okay. "Tell me."
Rare, uncontained frustration rolls through me. "Damn it, Emily," I growl, scrubbing fingers through my dark hair, which will no doubt soon be gray. I then rest my hands back on the counter to face her head-on. "What the hell is your real name?"
"Emily," she repeats. "And this is going nowhere." She pushes off the island. "I'm sorry. I should have never gotten involved with you. I'm leaving and you won't see me again."
She walks in my direction because she has no choice. It's the only straight line to the door, and while I get that she is a caged animal trying to escape right now, that's not going to happen. "You aren't going anywhere until I get some answers," I say, shackling her arm before she passes, turning her to face me, letting her see the distrust burning in my eyes. "This isn't just about the two of us. This is about a company I pledged to protect."
"Check the hotel security footage," she says. "I was carrying a folder when I came here last night. Not that I can prove it had this information in it, but it did." She pulls against my hold, which I tighten. "Please let me go," she says, the plea laced with what almost sounds like regret, but then, what is real with her? What was ever real?
Seconds tick by, heavy like stone, and I stare at her, taking my time to reply, containing my simmering anger, but I let her see it. I let her feel the steel wire whipping here and there, and I don't give her a path to dodge it or even soften its blow. Finally, I release her, but before she can move, I've gripped the waist of her blouse again, dragging her to me, the impact of her soft curves against mine a little too right to be so damn wrong.
"Tell me," I demand, my tone roughened by the emotions I don't want to name or feel for that matter, nor do I want to be staring into her eyes, looking for whatever the hell I'm looking for that I won't find. Or maybe I will, and that's the problem. She doesn't want me to see it either, cutting her gaze to stare at my damn buttons again. "Look at me," I demand of her.
She inhales, a soft sound that I don't want to be sexy, but holy fuck, everything about this woman is sexy to me and that only pisses me off again. She lifts her chin, looking at me with those too blue eyes, and whispers, "I am sorry."
"Is that a confession?"
"It's an apology."
I don't like that answer. In fact, I hate that fucking answer, and I don't hate any more easily than I love. Worse, I'm pretty damn sure I'm headed to one or the other with this woman; maybe I've already reached both. My gaze lowers to her mouth, lingering there, mine ready to claim hers, to punish her. "I wonder," I say, my gaze finding hers, heat simmering low in my limbs, one part lust, another part fury, "how it is that I didn't taste your lies. I wonder if they'll taste differently now that I know they exist."
I lower my head, leaning into her to find out when she shoves my chest, and says, "No!" before twisting away from me, leaving me no option but to risk hurting her if I don't release her. I let her go; my idea of "punishment" is defined in many ways, and that includes her willing submission.
Emily wastes no time with her freedom, darting away from me and charging for the foyer. I stand there a moment, inhaling a calming breath and contemplating my next move and her potential departure. If I let her go, I find out where her panic leads her and to whom. But if that happens, will I ever find out how those lies really taste and why I've missed them? That's not an option, and I start walking, my long stride eating up the space she has put between us. I exit the kitchen to the foyer, just in time to see her slip her purse across her chest.
She glances up at me and dashes for the door, and I let her reach it, entrapping her from behind. Still, she reaches for the knob and I shove my hand on the wooden surface and hold it shut. She turns to find me almost on top of her, so close I could taste those lies right now, right in this moment. I could fuck her right here and now, the way she's been fucking me over and over for days.
"You're such an asshole," she hisses, surprising me with her attack. "Why can't you see that I'm protecting you?"
"Protecting me how?" I demand, all kinds of possibilities stirring in my mind. The Feds. The Martina cartel. My brother. "And from whom?" I add.
"Since protecting you meant not telling you what I have going on, I wouldn't be protecting you now if I told you. And what exactly is the difference in you pretending to fuck that woman to protect me and me keeping secrets to protect you?"
"You aren't who the hell you told me you are. That's the damn difference."
"Fucking someone else or me hiding my identity to protect you. Which is worse?"
"Since I didn't fuck another woman, but you did hide your identity, that answer is pretty damn clear."
"I could say about ten things to that, but then you'd just make some scathing remark I don't deserve. You didn't even ask me why I hid who I am. You just attacked me."
"This isn't a little thing."
"No," she says. "It's not. Not at all, but not for the reasons you assume."
"You're still trying to turn this one on me and it won't work. All you had to do was just say 'I can explain' and then do it. If you had, we'd be having a different conversation."
"Right," she says, "and starting the conversation with 'no more lies' is certainly the way to invite me to share my deepest, darkest secrets."
"I gave you every reason to trust me. Every reason to tell me what you chose not to tell me. You want delicate little questions? That's not me and it's sure as hell not me after I find out from someone else you've been lying to me and I have to question every moment I ever spent with you."
"We're done," she rasps out, delicately clearing her voice before adding, "We both know that, so let's not drag this out. Let me out of here."
I study her for several beats, reading uncertainty in her face that I want to understand, to taste on my tongue, a little too much. "Yes," I say tightly. "Let's get out of here before I strip you naked and fuck you, which I have no doubt we'll both enjoy, but I won't be sure who's seducing who. And I won't be that damn naked with you ever again."
"I told you why I did this, Shane," she murmurs, defeat in her voice.
"To protect me. Funny. My father loves to use that as an excuse."
"That was your excuse for being with that woman," she fires back, that fiery side of her I like too damn much returning.
"I wasn't fucking that woman and you know it."
"Do I? Because you're judging me by your family's actions, while their blood runs through your veins, not mine."
I press my fists on either side of the door by her head. "Being a bitch does not help you right now."
"Being an asshole just proves you're an asshole."
"Lying only makes you —"
"Honorable in ways you'll never understand," she blasts back.
"I'm going to understand," I assure her. "Sooner rather than later."
"I'd like to leave, sooner rather than later."
"We're going downstairs to the hotel restaurant to eat dinner."
She blanches. "What? No. I'm not having dinner with you."
"You will. The lies started with dinner, and so it's only appropriate they end with dinner."
"And you'll do it because you owe me that damn much."
"What is dinner going to do but draw this out, Shane?"
"We're going to dinner," I insist, knowing she could try to run, but also knowing she's being followed, and that ultimately might be the only way I find out the truth of who, and what, she is really all about.
"What keeps me from leaving?"
"Nothing but you," I assure her.
"I'm going to leave."
"Then leave, Emily. I'll find out the answers from someone else, and be colored by their definitions. If that is how you want to end this, then it says a lot about who we are and what we are."
"Don't do that to me."
"I'm just being honest, a trait I value."
"If you knew what —"
"But I don't," I say, pushing off the door, damn ready to get her out of here before I really do strip her naked, and there'd be no coming back from how cold and hard I'd fuck her right now. And apparently I'm still just foolish enough to actually hold on to a hope that she really has an explanation for all of this that makes it possible. As if she wants to douse that idea, she quickly says, "Dinner won't change what I'm willing to tell you."
Displeased in about a hundred ways, I turn her to face the door, her back to my front, her lush backside nestled intimately against me. I arch around her, my lips at her ear, my hand flattening on her belly. "Much has already changed, Emily," I assure her. The floral scent of her perfume teases my nostrils with bittersweet memories of me wrapped in that smell, in this woman, whoever she is. "And so much more is about to."
"I was weak," she murmurs. "I should have ended this before you could feel the way you do right now."
"But you didn't," I say, not bothering to ask why. That answer is in the secrets she thinks she isn't going to tell me tonight.
She leans back into me, a subtle sway before she melts against me. "I tried," she whispers, her hands sliding to my thighs, and holy fuck, her touch is too damn right for her to be wrong. The idea jolts me and I step back, taking her with me to open the door, before I then set her away from me, and into the hallway. "It's time for that dinner and conversation."
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Awesome book,I'm biting my nails..Ready for book 3
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.
It was a great read.
Damage Control is the second book in Lisa Renee Jones's Dirty Money Series and it was another great read. Jones flawlessly combines suspense, mystery, and romance in this book. Dots were connected and questions answered as we learned details about Emily's past. I don't want to spoil any of the surprises for any of you, but it now makes a lot of sense why Shane and Emily connect the way they do. A character who surprised me in this book was Brandon Sr. We really got to see his softer side in this book and I like his softer side, so I am really hoping he leaves the dark side in the next two books. Damage Control would have been a five star read for me, but I felt like there should have been more that happened. There were a lot of questions answered during this book, but not a lot that happened. With all of this build-up, I think Bad Deeds is going to be a very exciting book.
Shane Brandon has found that his brother Derek is partnering with a Mexican cartel by shipping a performance enhancing drug under the label of a low-selling drug produced by Brandon Pharmaceuticals. Shane bought the pharmaceutical company since it was profitable and would counteract the dirty money earned by ventures that were risky or illegal. Now the wife of a pro baseballer is screaming illegal drugs and Shane has gone to his father about paying her off. He wants the cartel to get out of Brandon Enterprises but once they have a foot in the door, it’s hard to get rid of them and they want total control. If this were not enough, Shane has his doubts about his new love Emily Stevens. Her background story has bee checked out and there are a lot of holes. Who is she and what does she want? He told her no more lies and he will have the truth from her. Thank you, Lisa, for providing a recap of Hard Rules at the first of this book. This helps when there have been a few months between books of a series. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading Bad Deeds.
45.* Now things are starting to get really good! When I finished Hard Rules, the first book in the Dirty Money series, I was a little concerned with where the story was going. It felt a little all over the place to me, and I had a bit of trouble connecting all the dots. But with Damage Control, I'm so happy to say that finally the dots all started connecting and things were coming together for me! I have to say, I love how Ms. Jones summarized Hard Rules at the beginning of Damage Control- that was so helpful! With the summarization there was no need to go back and skim through HR to get a refresher before diving into DC. And dive right back into it we do- DC picks up right where HR left off, with secrets and lies and mystery and intrigue, and more Brandon family drama than you'd ever find in Dallas! Finally we're learning what Emily's big secret is, and why she's in hiding. Even with everything Shane has going on with his family and their company, he can't let Emily go and makes it his mission to protect her and do whatever he can to keep her safe. As things start to really heat up between Shane and Emily, so do they with the his brother and the Cartel. Damage Control is a great, fast-paced read that had me hanging on the edge of my seat.
Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series. 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 sights on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily. Review: This is the second book in the series by Ms. Jones and like the first is full of backstabbing and intrigue all centered around Shane Brandon's family business empire. This second book picks up exactly where the first book leaves off. This book ends with a open ending so if that bothers you, luckily the third book came out this week so you can read two in a row. Now that the truth behind Emily has come out, she and Shane must work together to protect her and save his family's company. Full of intrigue, you never know who to trust as you read the story. The excellent drama continues in this installment and kept me enraptured throughout. Shane's and Emily's united front makes them a couple that you keep rooting for. Their chemistry is super hot and there are lots of sexy scenes to keep the blood pumping. Again, this story is not wrapped up at the end of this book and continues in the next book in the series. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
The story picks up where Hard Deeds ended, things just keep getting harder and harder for Shane and Emily. Emily’s past is catching up with her and she tries to escape it the only way she knows how. By running. It doesn’t work the way she wants and soon she’s right back in Shane’s arms. He says he’ll protect her, not just from her demons but his. His family and their corrupt dealings have just gotten worse though and Shane is fighting hard just to keep his feet on steady ground. This is a fantastic 2nd part to a suspenseful, thrilling rollercoaster of a story, you need to keep your wits about you to keep up.
This is turning out to be such an awesome series! There is so much going on that no one can claim to be bored. You've got two crazy families, the mob, FBI and a million secrets that are coming to light. You will want to start with book 1, Hard Rules. Just a small recap, Emily and Shane hook up for a one night stand only to find out Emily's new job is at Shane's company. As these two kept getting drawn together, Emily realizes Shane is in the middle of a tug of war with the family business. Shane realizes Emily is not who she says she is and he's determined to find out what she's hiding. Damage Control picks up right where Hard Rules left off. Shane is determined to get the truth out of Emily and vows to protect her, all the while he is battling his father, brother and even his mom to keep their company clean and gain control. His brother is mixed up with the mob and is willing to do anything to get the control of the business. Shane is cleaning up one disaster after another. He's willing to do almost anything to keep Emily safe and Emily is trying to help Shane by spying on his father and brother. This book kept me guessing the whole way through and I loved it! It does continue onto book 3. ARC provided NetGalley.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I'm really toggling between 4 & 4 1/2 stars so I figure I will round up to 5 because that is what I do for a 4 1/2 star rating. Damage Control is the second in the Dirty Money series and I really enjoyed it. The characters are wonderful and complex. I loved all of the dimensions that each character has. Shane and Emily are quick witted and it was a lot of fun to see the chemistry between the characters. I'm completely intrigued by the plot line of this series. I have been wanting to get to the end the second I started reading this book. I'm glad that this book grabbed my attention more than "Hard Rules" it was a quick read (when I didn't have to stop due to a week long migraine). All in all, I really like this series and I cannot wait to read the ending.
Oh, what a tangled web of lies this family weaves... This book picks up right where Hard Rules left off so if you did not read that one you don't want to start this one or you will be totally lost (I had to go back and re-read it because I was a year out from reading it). In this one we learn Emily's secret and more of Shane's family's absolutely dysfunctional ways. I have to say I am really enjoying this series and really glad I get to delve into the next book immediately! I highly recommend this series and will not give anything away other than to say take a deep breath because there is a lot going on! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Most important part of this review - if you haven't read Hard Rules stop and do that first. This is a series that must be read in order. This book picks up right were Hard Rules left us hanging. In this one Emily and Shane's relationship is put to the test when Emily's secrets are uncovered and poor Shane is not only dealing with that but with his completely power and money hungry dysfunctional family. All this while trying to save the family business. No stress though. I was slightly let down with Emily's secret. I would have liked it to be a bit more dramatic but maybe there is more to come about this. Overall the book and series is fantastic so far. The entire series is very well done and definitely not to be missed. If your not a fan of cliffhangers you may want to wait until book 3 Bad Deeds releases to start but DO start. You won't be disappointed. I highly recommend it.
This book picks up right where Hard Rules left off. Shane has confronted Emily about who she really is. Emily is afraid that whoever is looking for her is going to find Shane and hurt him and since she has fallen in love with him, she knows she must leave him so he doesn't get harmed. Too bad Shane is not going to let her go. After a mad search, Shane finally finds Emily and convinces her that they belong together and he is not letting her go. After some poking and prodding, Emily finally lets Shane know all her secrets....and compared to his, they are not so bad! LOL The Brandon family is still up to all the games they keep playing with each other. It is crazy how people in the same family treat each other! While Shane is trying to get the family business to be 100% legit, his brother Derek is too busy trying to bring in the Martina Cartel. Throw in both of Shane's parents games and this is one crazy ride. Shane is starting to realize that he needs to start playing the game a little dirtier and I can't wait to see where this will lead!
'Damage Control' by Lias Renee Jones is book Two in the "Dirty Money" series. This continues the story of Emily Stevens and Shane Brandon. I would recommend reading the previous book "Hard Rules" since that book starts their story. But, Ms. Jones did set this book up so that you could catch up to their story if you choose not to read the first book. Damage Control picks up right where Hard Rules ended. As we know Emily hasn't be honest with Shane about herself and her past. But Shane is now confronting her and wanting her to have no more lies between them. Since his brother Derek did a background check on Emily, Shane wants answers. But Emily is arguing that her secrets are her secrets and upset that a background check was done on her. Emily saw something that could get her killed and possible him if she is found out. Shane is still dealing with his family and trying to bring things to a honest dealing but his family is pretty messed up I think. I just cannot get enough of this series and their story does get continued to another book. I wish this story could be made into a movie...I love it that much! Dirty Money Series in Order: 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."
I love anything Lisa writes. Can't wait for the final book to be released.
This is the second book in the Dirty Money series and Brandon empire continues. Shane is still trying to keep Brandon enterprises on the straight and narrow but Derek is making it harder every day. The Martina Cartel will stop at nothing to get into bed with Brandon Enterprises. The twists and turns in the story keep Shane and his men on their toes. Finally Shane gets his way and Emily tells him her secrets. I was a little disappointed by her secret and then nothing happened with it, but hopefully it will come more into play in the next book. I received a copy courtesy of St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Plots, schemes, lies, truths, it all made me tired, but I loved it. Everyone has an agenda and no one really trust anyone else completely. I feel so sad for Shane, even though he doesn’t trust he still has enough love to try and save everything for everyone. I don’t know how I feel about Emily, although I understand her initial motives but I common sense. It’s like girl he thinks he’s superman what do you think is going to happen?
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. What can I say about this book, but Shane's family is crazy. This books, picks up from the cliffhanger it lefts us with, thank god. While Shane knew that Emily was lied to him, and was did not know everything, he wants to protect her. We find out Emily's secret, and how she is scared of telling Shane, that is could put him in danger, so she rather leave. So many crazy things happen, and yet again, we have a cliffhanger, so I guess we wait for the next one.
Hail the Queen! Lisa Renee Jones is just an amazing writer! Every book that I come across from this lady has become another all time favorite for me. Damage Control is book two in the Dirty Money series. This book had me hating that there was only 24 hours in a day. I could not keep my hands off this book and I had to start reading it during the week. That is the only reason why it took a couple of days to finish. Life just had to get in the way lol. Now enough of my rambling and on to the book. Damage Control lived up to the hype that it had received on its release day. Shane is still so good at playing bad. Emily's secrets come out and I never saw it coming. I had my own speculations and I was so wrong. To prevent spoilers in my review I really can't get into detail what I thought was going to be exposed. Let's say you will want to know the hows, whens, and whys. The Brandon's are playing a very dangerous game and the intensity heats up 100 times in book two. Emily and Shane are stronger together than apart. Damage Control was thrilling, controlling, and has you biting your nails down! Shane and his all alpha sexiness with Emily is scorching! Damage Control is the book you need! Caution...you will become overheated ;) Bad Deeds is out soon and I can not wait to start on that book! The Dirty Money series is so much more than I could have ever expected!
This is the 2nd book in the Dirty Money series by Lisa Renee Jones. This is not a stand alone novel and the confusion would be stressful without reading these in order. Met Shane and Emily in the first book with both dealing with secrets that could lead to death and or destruction. Emily is running from her past and Shane is relentless to make her stay. Chemistry is explosive between this couple if only events around them would settle down. Mafia, back stabbing family, and unfaithful friends make this a page turner to enjoy. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and my comments here are my honest opinion."
Another great book from Lisa! This has suspense, mystery, intrigue, drama,romance and sex. This book is the second in the series. If you read the first book Hard Rules you know how it begins and this adds more information about what is happening with Shane and Emily. As you read you are drawn into it and you want to keep reading to find out what happens. I will quote from it that stood out to me. " Secrets, Lies. Trust, Love, Hate, Family, Sex. " That quote is what this story is about and I look forward to the next book Bad Deeds!
Can not wait for book 3. I could not but the books down. Love that Emily is a strong woman.
Sin. Scandal. Seduction. Secrets. Salacious. Could the day get any worse? Shane just did not know what the hell was going on. I must admit that this was a bit more than I was expecting but that was the good thing about it all. I was full of assumption when I went in to this book. I am so happy that I picked it up and continued reading. Shane was oooooh my. Shane got me. The one thing that took away from the book was by the end I still was not sure the deal with Emily. I was not completely sure that I liked her enough to care what was in her past. But at the same time Shane. Whatever she was hiding would affect Shane. Shane’s family provided enough edge on, in your face drama to keep the book going all on its own. Until you remember this was supposed to be a romance also. That was when you had to accept Emily as the other half of this couple.
Second book in this series and things are really heating up. There's so many loose ends to be tied up in the next book, Will Derek live? Will Shane save the company? Will Emily find out the truth about her parents' deaths ? Will her brother come clean? What happened to her step-father? And most importantly will Shane and Emily find their HEA?