How deep can you love?
Passion and danger collide in the explosive finale to Emily and Shane's story.
After tragedy strikes, Shane hovers on the edge of being consumed by darkness. He will fight for the woman he loves. He will destroy his enemy. He will not back down. As shocking twists, dark secrets, and explosive betrayals within the Brandon family come to the light, Shane must fight harder than ever before.
Every thread weaves a dangerous web. Emily and Derek. Brandon Senior. Maggie and her affair. The leader of the dangerous cartel who’s wedged itself inside the Brandon Empire. It all comes to a head in the shattering conclusion to the Dirty Money series.
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 also the author of the dark, edgy 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 through her website, and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.
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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"I will live to hurt you. I will live to torture you. You will die a slow, painful death for this."
Adrian Martina, drug lord and monster that he is, doesn't react to my guttural vow, nor does he react to my brother and the woman I love lying on the floor next to me, blood all over them and me. But I react. I jolt out of my shock at finding them like this, and shout up at him, "Get me a damn ambulance!" even as my fingers search Derek's and Emily's necks for pulses. The momentary joy I find in discovering Emily has one is doused by how pale and still she is, and how weak, nearly nonexistent, the heartbeat I finally find in Derek proves to be.
It's then that a shiver of foreboding rips through me, and my gaze rockets to Adrian just in time to find him pulling a gun. But I don't have time to call him the chicken-shit bastard he clearly is before he's lifted the barrel over my head and fired, the sound jolting me. One time. Two. Ironically, considering Martina's very existence is why we are here now, I feel relief and find clarity of mind by the third shot. Martina needs me for financial gain, and I turn my attention back to those who need me and actually matter: Derek and Emily. The stickiness under my hand where it rests on Derek's chest tells me he's in real trouble. From that moment everything goes in slow motion, like I'm in a tunnel, despite how fast I feel like I'm moving. I confirm that Emily isn't bleeding, but she still isn't moving, while Derek's pulse remains faint and he has two bullet holes in his chest, draining like faucets.
"Fuck," I breathe out, adrenaline jolting me, my hands pressing to the wounds. "Get me a damn ambulance!" I shout again, climbing over Derek to keep Emily in my view, my gaze swinging left to find Ramon lying at Derek's feet. "Get me a goddamn ambulance now!"
Adrian's voice carries as a loud shout in the air before he is kneeling on the opposite side of Derek. "Help's on the way," he announces, adding, "and this was Ramon's doing, not mine."
Ignoring his claim of innocence, I eye his neck and then him. "Take off your tie," I order, my blood-soaked jeans and T-shirt of little to no use to prepare the tourniquet Derek needs. I hope. I really have no fucking clue what I'm doing right now.
"You keep the pressure on the wounds," he says, removing the tie. "I'll pull this underneath him."
"Do it," I say, with no misconception about his willingness to help. This is about his concern that Derek's and Emily's safety, or rather lack thereof, might impact my willingness to get him the money I vowed to give him to get him the hell out of my company. The problem for him is that it's too late for a business deal to end our relationship with any ray of light. I'm going to kill him and succeed in doing so where others have failed, but first: we save the ones I love.
He shouts out to his men, and in a matter of seconds, it seems, we have towels, which he's tearing and knotting together. We wrap those around Derek's chest, and the process is bloody and brutal to me, but to Derek, there is nothing. He doesn't move. He doesn't react. Not to the towels or the tie and belts we use to cut the blood flow. We've just finished doing about everything I believe we can do when I hear, "Shane. What the hell is going — Holy hell."
At the sound of Eric's voice, my gaze jerks to the doorway to find him standing just inside the room, one of Adrian's goons on either side of him, each holding an arm. Eric is dressed in pajamas, no doubt already in bed to prep for his early morning surgeries, when he was grabbed and brought here. "This is your version of help?" I demand, my gaze swinging to Adrian's, my lips thinning. "He doesn't belong in this."
"He can help," Adrian says. "And we need help."
"Help is called 'an ambulance,'" I bite out. "The one you didn't call, did you?"
"Let go of me," Eric demands, jerking away from the two men holding him to quickly rush to Emily's side, kneeling beside her to check her pulse and scalp. "Stable, but with a head injury," he announces, already moving toward me. "What do we have?" he asks, motioning to have me inch toward Derek's legs to allow him to position himself next to my brother's chest.
"Two obvious bullet wounds," I say, watching as Eric presses his fingers to Derek's neck. "There was a lot of blood," I add. "I can't be sure there wasn't another entry point."
"No point of exit for the bullets," Adrian adds. "He needs surgery. Good thing you're a surgeon."
Eric's gaze rockets to Adrian. "He won't survive it without blood. And even if he could, I'm not that kind of surgeon. I'll kill him."
"Buy him some time," Adrian orders.
"He needs blood and an ambulance," Eric insists. "Lots of blood that I don't carry around in my pocket. An ambulance should have beaten me here."
"Did you or did you not call an ambulance?" I demand.
"It'll be here," Adrian assures me. "And when it arrives, we need our facts straight. Stick to the truth. Ramon was jealous of Derek and Teresa. You had words with him over Derek, and we all assume he targeted Emily to pay you back." He snaps his fingers and a man steps forward. "Martin here killed him to save us."
"You killed him," I say.
"I killed him," the other man assures me.
Sirens sound in the not-so-distant distance. "Your ambulance," Adrian says. "As promised."
I narrow my stare at him. "If you knew that ambulance was coming, why is Eric here? Why suggest he do surgery?"
"I believe in taking precautions," he says, and before I can repeat Eric's observation that the ambulance should have beat him here, Adrian adds, "and your brother's dire circumstances said he didn't have much time."
"No thanks to you," I say, pushing to my feet as he does the same, and I can feel the façade of control I'm clinging to begin to crack. "And we both know," I add, the two of us glaring at each other over my brother's body, "that 'buy him some time' means you were covering something up before you called for help."
"The ambulance was called," he repeats, his tone as sharp as the knife of emotion cutting through me.
"Not soon enough," I say, and snap, lunging toward him only to have Eric suddenly grab my shoulders.
"Derek," he says. "Think of Derek."
"I am thinking of Derek," I grind out. "And Emily."
"Later," he says. "Do this later."
Voices sound in the building, and suddenly the paramedics are rushing into the room, dissolving the tension in the air and replacing it with urgency and chaos. I back up, giving the uniformed men space as Adrian does the same. Eric, on the other hand, stands in the mix of things, helping the crew. I'm pushed back farther, and Adrian and I end up standing side by side, watching them work. But he's not present to me. There is just me, alone, waiting to hear if the woman I want to be my wife and the brother I love no matter what his flaws live or die.
I can see the paramedics working feverishly to insert IVs into both Derek and Emily, one of them calling ahead for blood as they do. I'm outside the restaurant as Derek and Emily are rolled toward two separate ambulances.
"You can only go with one of them," Eric says. "I'll go with Derek in case he needs help. You go with Emily."
With that offer, he's saved me the torment of deciding between the two, and I nod my appreciation, quickly moving to Emily's side, where a paramedic is adjusting her IV, looking less than pleased for some reason. "I'm her husband," I say with zero hesitation. "Is there a problem beyond the obvious head injury?"
"Just trying to get the fluid moving properly," he says, his attention on her arm, not me, and I reach for her delicate little hand. It's cold. Her face is pale. My heart is breaking. I lean in close to her cheek, my mouth near her ear. "I need you, woman. You can't leave me. That's an order."
"We need to get her into the vehicle," the paramedic says while another appears beside me and forces me to once again back away from someone I love, and trust her to someone else. It's killing me. Driving me out of my fucking mind.
I rotate to find Eric standing outside the ambulance. "He's asking for you. Come. I'll go with Emily." I see Emily's stretcher being lifted into the ambulance, and by the time I turn to Eric again, he's in front of me.
"He's not good, man," he warns, his hand on my shoulder, when he might as well have dug a blade into my chest. "Be with him," he encourages. "I'll take care of Emily." He eyes the paramedic and me. "Go now before they leave us both." He takes off to the ambulance with Emily inside, and I watch as the doors to Derek's ambulance begin to close.
"Wait!" I call out, charging forward. "I'm his brother. I'm coming with you."
"Shane?" the man asks.
He gives a nod and inches the door open, backing up to allow my entry. I climb inside, and I don't have to ask how the paramedic knew my name. Derek moans out, "Shane," from his stretcher, his eyes shut, a monitor to the right of him, while the paramedic maneuvers to allow me to take a spot to the left of Derek.
"I'm here," I say, kneeling beside him, the doors shutting with a thundering crash as I do, sirens screeching through the air, with the promise that death is on the run. "I'm here." I repeat.
His lashes flutter and his eyes open. "Shane," he whispers, but even as he looks at me, I'm not sure he really sees me.
"Yes," I say. "Shane. It's me. I'm here." I pull his hand into mine. And it's cold. Too damn cold. "I'm here," I repeat, because as much as I want to tell him that he's going to be okay, and as fucked up as our family is, I myself have never lied to him. I'm not going to start now. Maybe I should. Maybe a bittersweet lie is what he needs to hear.
"Emily?" he asks.
"What ... what ..."
"She hit her head."
"Damn it," he curses, blood pooling on his lip. "I tried ..."
"You saved her," I assure him, his words and his distress telling me I was right. He took those bullets for her. "She hit her head. She'll be okay." Words I refuse to accept as one of the lies I swore I wouldn't tell.
"I didn't mean ... Things just ..."
"I know," I say, glancing at his monitor and noting his low blood pressure with concern. "We'll get through this," I add, refocusing on him.
"Fuck Martina," he whispers, his expression fierce. "Save ... our company."
"We'll save it together when you get well."
"Promise me. Promise ... you will ... save —"
I squeeze his hand. "Derek."
"Promise me, damn it."
"I promise," I say, hating the sense of "the end" he's giving me.
His lashes lower and lift. "Teresa ... tell Teresa ... I ... love her."
"You can tell her."
"Tell her, Shane." There's a white line around his lips that seems to thicken. "Please."
"I will," I promise. "I'll tell her."
"One ... last thing ..."
"Okay," I say, that word "last" grinding through me. "What is it?"
"Tell Pops ... tell him ... I'll see him in hell, and he ... won't be king." His lashes lower again and his expression relaxes, as if he's at peace with our exchange. Or just unconscious. "Is his blood pressure a problem?" I ask, turning to the paramedic.
"Yes," the man says. "But we can't do much more until we get to the hospital."
"Another five minutes."
Another five minutes, in which I will have no idea what Emily's condition is, while praying I don't watch my brother die, will be hell. I've no sooner finished that thought when Derek's monitor flatlines.
The next few minutes prove there really is a hell on earth.
I watch as the paramedic works on Derek, and somehow, by the time we pull into the hospital driveway, Derek's heart is beating again. He's breathing, but I'm not sure I am. Even before the vehicle pauses, the doors of the ambulance are yanked open and I just get the hell out of the way, exiting and allowing the paramedics to lift Derek's stretcher, and him with it, out of the vehicle. A cluster of people instantly surround him, instructions being shouted, the bed being rolled toward the hospital entrance.
Double-stepping to keep pace, I scan for Emily's ambulance, an iron fist around my heart at her absence. "Where the fuck is she?" I murmur, pulling my phone from my pocket as Seth appears out of nowhere.
"What the hell happened in that restaurant?" he asks, making this the first time I've seen him since Ramon's men blocked his entry into Martina's place with me.
"Aside from finding them both in their present conditions," I say, "my brother took a couple of bullets for Emily." I punch Eric's number into my cell as he exits the sliding glass doors in front of us, blood streaking his clothes. "Where's Emily?" I demand, returning my phone to my blood- drenched pocket.
"They took her back for tests," he says, "but they need a responsible party to sign her in."
I nod and step around him, entering the emergency room and heading to the counter to greet the female attendant in scrubs behind it. "My brother and my wife were just admitted," I say with no hesitation in claiming that bond with Emily for personal and legal reasons. She might not be my wife yet, but she will be soon if I have my way. If she'll still have me at all. If I should even dare believe I can be worthy of her now.
The attendant eyes my bloodstained shirt, her expression unchanged as she says, "I'll need insurance or credit card information."
I remove my wallet and slide the company insurance information across the counter, along with my black Amex card. Questions and paperwork follow, and I arrange for the private wing, the place the elite go to hide from the press. Because right now any press linking our family to a cartel is the last thing we need. I've finally finished what needs to be finished when I hear, "Mr. Brandon."
Turning, I find a police officer standing with Seth and Eric. "Yes?" I ask, irritated at the timing, impatient for an update on Derek and Emily.
"Can we ask you some questions?"
"You can ask me to read you the dictionary for all I care," I say. "But not until I know my brother and my wife are stable." Neither Seth nor Eric blink at my reference to Emily as my wife, and I don't wait for the officer to agree or disagree with anything I have to say. I offer him my back and return my attention to the desk. "I need to know what's happening to them now."
"The Brandon family! I need the Brandon family."
At the shout from the other side of the room, I rotate and spot a woman in scrubs as the source of the inquiry. "Here!" I call out, ignoring the police officer still hovering, and making a beeline for her by way of the packed waiting area. "I'm Shane Brandon," I say, stopping in front of her. "Derek's my brother. How is he? And my wife. Emily. She was —"
"She's stable and unconscious," she says. "They're running a CT scan on her now and then we'll get her to a room."
"Stable," I repeat, not prepared to have that equal relief. "Are you the doctor?"
"A nurse," she corrects me.
"And you've been told she's stable?"
"Defined as what?"
"Defined as stable," she repeats. "And in testing right now. Your brother, however, is in critical condition. Aside from losing a dangerous amount of blood, one of the bullets is lodged in his heart."
My own heart damn nearly stops beating. "And?"
"He's in surgery. If you'd like to come with me, we can get you set up in the private waiting area until your wife and brother are situated in rooms."
"I've talked to the front desk about setting Derek and Emily up in the private wing," I say. "I assume that's in progress."
"If you've set it up, it'll happen," she says, and without waiting for my reply, she turns away, pushing through a set of double doors. I follow, the scent of sickness and death scorching my nostrils, while Seth and Eric appear on either side of me, the police officer thankfully gone now. Eric should be as well, and I'd tell him as much, but the nurse stops in front of a doorway and faces me, or rather us, her gaze shifting between Eric and Seth then back to me. "I'll have one of the aides bring a few pairs of scrubs."
I give a curt nod, but she's already rushing away. Peering into the small, boxy waiting area, I confirm it's empty and enter the room, seeing fifteen or so chairs — some down the middle and others lining the walls to the left and right of me. A large window is the only thing distinguishing it from an oversized casket about to suck me in and do me in all at once.
"You need to leave before you get any deeper into this," I say, rotating to face Seth and Eric, my attention on Eric.
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Picked up right where Bad Deeds left off. Intense and suspenseful. Leaves you wanting more.
Picking up where Bad Deeds (book 3) left off, the story quickly brings action and tension to the forefront. Even with the quick recap from Jones, you truly cannot read this book and understand the characters or their motivations if you haven’t read earlier titles in the series. And for those who have read them – be warned – this is grab you by the throat tension filled moments that mix with answers, heartbreak, sprinkles of potential happiness and a need to turn each page faster and faster as the story moves on to its conclusion. Told in two parts with different points of view coming forward to share the story: Shane’s part gives us his own frustration, mastery and adaptability as the mind games and manipulations bring danger, disgrace and conflict to his door. While he wants to keep Brandon Enterprises on the straight and narrow, and his sibling rivalry with his brother is starting to settle, his father’s manipulations and the illicit drug deals and trades are weighing on him. And then there is Emily – a perfect match for him even with her own secrets and the dangers she faces –there’s seemingly an endless twisty maze for him to navigate to get any resolution – and that won’t come without some serious disillusionment and disappointment as more secrets and bad deeds are uncovered. Emily is so totally in love with Shane – but her secrets and the dangers those produce, including her being a target for those who wish to manipulate Shane’s actions by using her as a pawn become even more relevant here. There are answers to be had, but at what price? With the stalwart and always in his corner (and hers) Jessica, a potentially lifesaving treatment option that could be derailed with each choice that Shane makes and some seriously emotionally laden revelations and discoveries that Shane faces in nearly every new twist, the story has so much going on with answers, new questions, more revelations and more answers right until the end. A solid conclusion for a series that brought up many questions, situations and plenty of steam along the journey. 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.
This the 4th book in the Dirty Money Series and it picks up were the 3rd book Bad Deeds ended. You find out what happens with Derek and Emily and the story line keeps you reading to find out what happens and the ending is great I wanted more I wish it did not end. I recommend this book!
End Game by Lisa Renee Jones starts off in chaos and blood, right where we were left in Bad Deeds (Dirty Money Book 3). Shane is challenged even more in this book. Even after three previous books these characters start to grow and Shane and Emily's connection and relationship becomes even more. As usual, nothing is every simple in the Dirty Money series and there were difficult times, pain and drama throughout as past histories continue to haunt them. I liked how Shane and Emily were with each other, with a deeper relationship and romance as well as passion with the added cast of characters growing and adding as well. This was definitely an emotionally dynamic book with constant ups and downs, twists and turns, never knowing quite where things were going to end up. While we do get resolution, there were hints of some strings left loose, so who knows there may be some add on books for other characters? Overall, I recommend End Game by Lisa Renee Jones as a much anticipated finale to the Bad Deeds series. It was filled with suspense, romance, passion and complexity. (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.)
This is the final book in the Dirty Money series and, like other reviewers, I hate to see the series end. Loved the characters and how Shane’s inner strength grew to meet the demands placed on him by his family while still maintaining his decency and integrity. Loved the sassiness of Emily when she first met Shane and the growing love between them as each gave the other the love and caring they both deserved. Shane thought up a way to get revenge on a major stockholder while at the same time getting the cartel out of his business. He and Emily head to New York to their new business venture involving fashion and beauty and their new life together.
5 MONUMENTAL STARS! “The End Game will be mine….” Eeeep!!!! The wait is finally over! END GAME, the adrenaline-pumping finale to Lisa Renee Jones’ riveting 4 book Dirty Money series, reaches an EPIC conclusion! This New York Times bestselling author is a master at weaving an intricate web of breathtaking passion, heart palpitating danger and mind bending mystery/suspense, and she SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST with this explosive final chapter! END GAME is, in my opinion, by far the most gut-wrenching and emotionally-riveting book in the series! The feels were UNRELENTING, oozing with raw, guttural emotion and searing intensity, the red hot interludes UTTERLY INTOXICATING, and the drama so PALPABLE I was literally holding my breath during some scenes! All heightened by Ms. Jones’ brilliant use of flashbacks that chronicle key, GAME-CHANGING moments throughout the 4 book saga. I was truly on the edge of my seat throughout, clutching my chest, gasping for breath, and writhing in ecstasy! As was the case with each spine-tingling, action packed, pulse-pounding installment in the series, Lisa Renee whips ups a heady cocktail of love and lust, passion and peril, suspense and subterfuge! And of course the MAIN INGREDIENT that binds everything together is the powerful and provocative love story between Shane and Emily that truly stands the text of time! If I thought I loved Shane before…omg it reached MAMMOTH proportions in this book!! His devotion to his woman was so fierce and primal and all-consuming it made my heart throb!!!!! And Emily’s unfaltering commitment and loyalty toward Shane, even during the most trying of times, was beyond breathtaking! This unstoppable duo truly exemplifies for me the quintessential “us against the world” power couple! They were a force to be reckoned with, a ferocious united front through thick and thin, and I rooted for them EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. And the payoff was sweet indeed! Bottom Line: Lisa Renee Jones could not have penned a more spellbinding, emotionally satisfying finale to the Dirty Money series, where Wall Street does indeed meet Sons of Anarchy!
End Game is the final book in Emily and Shane's story and it definitely was the most emotional one as well. Jones perfectly weaves both happiness and pain in this final book in the Dirty Money series. I loved these characters and admire Shane and Emily's struggle to break free of their painful pasts and family's criminal ways. I flew through each of these books in less than a day each because I could not put them down. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense with a good bit of steam. Getting to the end of this series makes me a little sad because I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters, but I hope to see Shane and Emily in Seth's books and maybe even Jessica's if she gets her own story. I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
How deep can you love? Passion and danger collide in the explosive finale to Emily and Shane's story. After tragedy strikes, Shane hovers on the edge of being consumed by darkness. He will fight for the woman he loves. He will destroy his enemy. He will not back down. As shocking twists, dark secrets, and explosive betrayals within the Brandon family come to the light, Shane must fight harder than ever before. Every thread weaves a dangerous web. Emily and Derek. Brandon Senior. Maggie and her affair. The leader of the dangerous cartel who's wedged itself inside the Brandon Empire. It all comes to a head in the shattering conclusion to the Dirty Money series. Review: Crap, there is so much that can be given away, guess I will have to be as vague as possible. This is the final installment of the Dirty Money series and really they should be read in order. As this story starts out exactly where the previous book left off. This send off for Emily and Shane is an emotional one, both sad and happy. Okay, for the vague-ness. There is a death that sets Shane's world reeling. For me I kept expecting the death to be staged and for that person to come back, but alas that is not meant to be and that is the major hurt in the story. There is happiness, as Shane and Emily get a surprising, satisfying and happy ending. While I enjoyed the story and the series, the ending seemed a little rushed. If you have enjoyed reading this series, you should be happy with this last installment. Overall, series and story, very intriguing with lots of machinations and maneuvering going on, plus throw on a splash of sexy. 3.5Stars *I voluntarily read and advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
I’ve read all of her book series and still need more. I am hoping she has more stories soon. She is by far one of my favorites.
OMG Awesome book loved it and glad that Shane and Emily got together and also was sad to see Derrik had to die it was sad but he put himself in this mess but in the end he did a good thing but taken a built aimed at Emily and saved her life and that she and Shane got to get married and move to NYC also that Jessica and Cody and Seth all moved to NYC because Denver wasn't safe anymore with the death of Shane's brother and Adrian lurking around to mess with him and Emily and happy that Emily got pregnant also can't wait to read the books about Seth and Yes Jessica and Cody need a book too. Thanks for an amazing book and Lisa is an amazing author
I thoroughly loved reading the fabulous and fantastic fourth book in the Dirty Money series. While Shane is trying to get over the death of his brother, Derek, he is trying to protect Emily, find Emily's brother and eliminate the threat, sell part of the company to keep Martina's involvement away from the company, and keep his promises to his brother Derek. Even though Emily feels guilt over Derek saving her life, her loyalty and love is helping and being by Shane's side. Shane is dreading seeing his father and mother at Derek's funeral. Read the highly recommended, beautifully written with an engaging story line hooking the reader from the first page until the last page, full of mystery, suspense, and romance, and a must read love story.
I started my year off by reading this book and what a book it is. I absolutely loved it! I could not get enough of Shane and Emily. This series is one that must be read in order but it truly is a must read series. I was captivated from the very beginning of the story and stayed that way until the very end. This is a story that has it all; Love, Revenge and Secrets but the Suspense within the story will completely blow readers away and this story was not lacking on steam. This book was a great way to end a fantastic series. I will definitely be reading more books from this author. I honestly can't wait to read the the spinoff.
End Game (Dirty Money, #4) is the epic conclusion to the best romantic-suspense series I read in 2017--a series I honestly hoped would never end. Like all of the preceding novels in the Dirty Money series, it rocked my world--and being from California, I know what it feels like when the earth rocks under your feet. I loved everything about End Game--except one deeply personal sacrifice that was vital to the plot, but heartbreaking nonetheless. It was a logical, perfectly timed plot twist, one that revealed more about the characters than would have been possible had it been written any other way; but it still hurt like a punch to the solar plexus. The pain lingered through the end of the book and beyond. I may have said it before, but I'll say it again: The Dirty Money series has it all. Passion. Fury. Betrayal. Suspicion. Secrets. Revenge. Breath-taking sex and heart-pounding suspense. End Game brings them all together in a wildly emotional thrill-ride that explores the darkest of human motives-- greed, power, and vengeance; tests the boundaries between good and evil; and reveals, above all, the strength and limitless power of unconditional love. Lisa Renee Jones has created unforgettable characters in the Brandon family, especially in Shane, the alpha hero whose internal and external conflicts drive the plot relentlessly toward its conclusion; and in Emily, Shane's lover and a dark heroine with secrets of her own. The supporting characters are also extraordinarily well-developed, layered and complex, with twists and turns that parallel the elaborate plot and provide the contrast between light and dark that defines this series. If you're looking for an intelligent, sexy, suspenseful series that will take you on an emotional journey at a breakneck pace, with characters that will stay in your mind and heart forever, look no further. This story is so absorbing you will lose track of time and place, and when it's done, it will leave you with a book hangover that may last for weeks - at least it did for me. I'll read it again while I hope for more of Shane and Emily in the future - and look forward to Lisa's next remarkable series.
Picking right up where Bad Deeds ended, End Game is the thrilling finale to the Dirty Money series. Ms. Jones holds nothing back in the conclusion to what has been an intriguing, suspenseful, and emotional ride. The Brandon family, and their empire, will never be the same. Still reeling from the nightmare he walked into at the Martina family restaurant, Shane continues to battle not only the cartel, but his own father. He pulls out all the stops to make sure the family business doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Even in the midst of all the worry over his family, Emily and her safety remain a top priority. Shane and Emily have gone through so much, and dealt with so much, since their first unconventional meeting, that it was really great to see them working as a unit in this book. I enjoyed how far they’ve come as a couple, the respect and love they have for each other. Even when they disagreed they never let things get out of hand, and kept the lines of communication open. End Game gives us all the answers we’ve been waiting for and ties up all the loose ends to bring this series to a satisfying conclusion. Although I don’t think this will be the last we see of Shane and Emily, and for sure Seth.
This book picks up right where Bad Deeds ended. After the gun goes off, chaos erupts. Shane feels like his life is imploding. Afterwards, Shane has to deal with the darkness that is consuming him. He wants revenge in a big way and he wants to fight for Emily and Derek. Shane is tired of all the bad in his life and has decided he is going to remove it all one way or another. There are many twists and turns in the final book in the Dirty Money series, but it sure makes for an awesome read. I could not put this book down because I needed to see how everything was going to play out and I was not disappointed. It is real difficult to try and write this review without giving away some major plot points, but all I can say is read this entire series, in order. You will NOT be disappointed.
It seems like yesterday I was introduced to Emily and Shane. My first impression was that Shane was misguided and Emily was nothing but trouble. I thought she was betraying Shane and perhaps in kahoots with someone else to take down the Brandon family. There was so much going on and the growing pains to get to End Game were well worth it! We have the conclusion to Emily and Shane's story. There is still some heartbreak, but you will also get a bit of the healing within this story. I am still surprised, even if I knew better, how Shane's parents still treat him. Like he was never much until they needed him. The ending was beautiful and very non traditional. Lisa's note at the end gives me so much hope. There are plenty characters in this story that need their voices to be heard and I cannot wait! I was completely enamored with End Game. Shane will stay with me for days, weeks, and years to come. He has that alpha aura and knows what needs to be done. I love Emily's transition to her own life. Don't worry readers, you will still get the sexy and it seems so much hotter! I know that this is the End Game for Shane and Emily, but it sure is not checkmate just yet!
4.25 stars--END GAME is the fourth (and final) instalment in Lisa Renee Jones’ contemporary, adult DIRTY MONEY romantic, suspense series focusing on attorney and businessman Shane Brandon, and attorney/PA Emily Stevens. Their continuing story focuses on their struggle to be free of a potent enemy with designs on Brandon Pharmaceuticals, and the aftermath of a shooting that will change the Brandon family dynamics-once and for all. END GAME should not be read as a stand alone as it picks up immediately after the events and cliff-hanger of book three-BAD DEEDS. Told from first person perspective (Shane Brandon) with a few concluding chapters by Emily Stevens END GAME is the culmination of an emotional war between father and sons wherein death comes calling but not for the man, at one time, in charge. Lisa Renee Jones pulls the reader into a roller coaster of events leading towards a final showdown that warrants a celebration for a job well done but in the end felt a little rushed, and a little under-whelming. Conflict resolved, the story lost some of its’ momentum and excitement as the main focus followed our leading couple as they made plans for the future both in Denver and New York. END GAME is a story of family and blood; power and personality; retribution and revenge. There are a number of open-ended story lines that the author may address in future books and series including a look at Shane’s right hand man Seth Cage-former CIA and head of security at Brandon Enterprises; and Cody Rodriguez whose fascination with Shane’s PA Jessica is another relationship looming on the horizon. The premise is entertaining, engaging and suspenseful; the romance is seductive and passionate; the characters are charismatic and intense. END GAME is a well-written, impassioned and riveting story line about one man’s battle to affect change in direction for a company and family that was losing its’ way.
End Game by Lisa Renee Jones is the Fourth and Final installment in the "Dirty Money" series. This continues the story of Shane Brandon and Emily Stevens. This really needs to be read in order to completely understand and enjoy their story line. End Game picks up where we left of in the 'Bad Deeds' book finding out how Emma along with Derek. Shane trying to secure the family company yet not to go into the darkness about Emma. Its hard not to say to much with out given so much away. Just know that it was a great book and ending to go along with Emma and Shane's story! Gosh, I had a love / hate about this book! I have loved the series so much and I wanted to get this book so bad but I hate that it is the last book. Although with this author great writing I just need to find more of her books. Dirty Money series:, 1. Hard Rules:, 2. Damage Control;, 3. Bad Deeds;, 4. End Game,
End Game by Lisa Renee Jones is the fourth and final book in her Dirty Money series. Part of a connected series and cannot be read as a standalone. While this is the conclusion to Shane and Emily's story this may NOT be the last we see of characters from this world. Told in dual POV and woven with intrigue and desperation, Shane and Emily are trying their best to extricate their lives from the cartel. The story picks up right where book three, Bad Deeds left off and it is drama-filled and emotionally harrowing. The Martina cartel still wants to maintain a business relationship with Brandon Enterprises. Brandon senior is still battling his cancer, his wife is still an unknown as far as her loyalties. How can Shane even begin to unravel his company from the corrupt connections and still maintain a legitimate business. I truly cannot say anymore about the story without possibly giving away plot details and spoilers. It was scorching hot, the plot was expertly twisted and packed with emotion - everything I've come to expect from this author. Enjoy!
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. Wow! What a great ending to a great series! Shane and Emily were such a wonderful couple. The writing of this final book was so gripping. I felt like I was on a roller coaster of emotions. Ms Jones has a way of making you feel like you are right there with the characters. There was so many twists and turns in this story as well as a few shockers. Once I started reading this book I had trouble putting it down until I found out what was going to happen next. There was so much suspense and drama with both Shane's family and what Emily had to go through in regards to her brother. At times I couldn't believe the behavior of Shane's parents and how they could do some of the things they did. One of my favorite supporting characters was Jessica, Shane's assistant. Seth, Shane's right hand man peaked my interest and made me wonder what type of man he was below the surface. This was an awesome read and I was almost sad to have it end. I loved how every question was answered when it came to what would happen with all that Shane and Emily had to go through and how they developed such a strong bond that even though they went through some terrible things that bond could not tear them apart. Awesome HEA!
Explosive Ending! Lisa Renee Jones wraps up this series in breathtaking fashion. From the very first book to the last, she has kept us on the edge of our seats and our hearts-reeling with passion, intrigue, deceptions, danger, drama and control. The twists and turns continue as Shane tries to keep all his promises. As he battles danger and heartbreak. Will he succumb to the darkness or stay in the light. You don’t want to miss this Fantastic Ending! Lisa Renee Jones created this world that was at times graphic and intense, yet heartfelt and all consuming and as always, I was thrilled to be along for the ride. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I loved End Game the last book in Lisa Renee Jones Dirty Money series. It is a great wrap up to Emily and Shane's story - though I am hoping this isn't the last we see this dynamic couple. End Game picks up right were Bad Deeds ended that takes Shane down a path that changes everything and leaves him reeling. Not knowing if Derek or Emily will make it, we are on Shane's journey into darkness as he deals with a devasting blow. Lisa Renee Jones takes her readers on the ultimate journey of darkness and ultimately the light. Over the course of the 4 book series, we have seen Shane and Emily come to grips with how life is full of twist and turns and where they end up is definitely not what they expected. The End Games is smart with fantastic dialog which I love. We do get to see the other characters (Seth, Jessica, and Cody) along with closure for Shane's parents. I dont want to say too much so I dont give anything away other than this is my favorite book in the series. If you are waiting for a whole series to be released before reading it then look no further than the Dirty Money series - you wont be disappointed.
Loved the series and the drama that just kept on happening. Shane is trying to save his fathers' empire while trying to get out from under the mafia strong hold. Dirty Money #3 ended with Derek, Shane's brother and Shane's girlfriend Emily laying on the floor with blood everywhere. End Game ties up lots of danger that has been shadowing this couple from the start. Some strong secondary characters Jessica and Cody that seem to have some chemistry and may lead Jones into another story. "A copy of this book was presented by St Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Wow what an amazing final book in the Dirty Money series! It is a conclusion that is most definitely befitting this incredible couple, Shane and Emily, and it picks up at the exact moment Bad Deeds ends. This is not a stand alone and is a continuing story that you must read in order. I absolutely loved this series! My emotions felt as mixed up as Shane's & Emily's as I took this ride with them. Passion, drama, emotion, tragedy; this book (this whole series) has all that and so much more! If you are looking to get lost in an intriguing world for a while, you can't go wrong with this series. As always, Lisa Renee Jones writes beautifully; I just love her style. I do hope that this is not the last we ever hear of Shane & Emily but no questions are left unanswered and I was extremely satisfied with the ending.
An emotional, engaging checkmate, for now…. This is the fourth and final book in the Dirty Money series that should be read in order. Writing this review is a challenge without spoiling enjoyment of the read that is to come. To every chess match there is an end game and Shane Brandon has been playing a deadly competition that was not of his making and in such treacherous waters that there was a high probability of casualties. Who survived the shooting at the end of the last book? That I will not tell you here but perhaps give an implication. Having returned to Denver to extricate his family business from the embedded tendrils of a Mexican drug cartel Shane had his hands full dealing with an intelligent, calculating opponent who wants to use him to legitimatize his own interests. With the machinations of the Brandon family also against Shane the playing field was uneven, Shane’s had to keep numerous players in check to keep everyone alive. Meeting a woman he connected with on the deepest of levels who became embroiled with his family and came with her own potential for danger gave him something too precious to lose and that factor seriously heightened the suspense for his enemies are not unaware of who he cares for. The explosive ending of the last book left Shane to deal with the emotional aftermath, the dynamics have changed yet he must continue to navigate a deadly situation. The darkness he fought he will have to face, the woman he loves grounded him but now hatred and a desire for vengeance take hold. Will the influence she had exuded on him keep him from crossing the line into the soulless abyss? Two sources of danger have shadowed the protagonists, the cartel in the forefront and the hackers in the background. One has made a move and the other will eventually materialize. Can Shane accomplish his goals and keep the danger that lurks at bay without further losses? It will not be the ending intended or that he allowed himself to foresee but life goes on after tragedy whether we want it to or not. This book is in two parts, the second dealing with new beginnings for those that remain, new aspirations for the future and further deepening of previous relationships. Do we get an HEA? I would consider the ending a happy for now and it was a little anticlimactic where the hackers were concerned. The most dangerous conflict was resolved but can you ever totally walk away from a drug cartel? Some plot threads for the sake of credibility cannot be totally closed but calm waters are ahead, for now. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.