HARD RULES by Lisa Renee Jones
Hard Rules is the first instalment of the Dirty Money series by Lisa Renee Jones.
Shane Brandon, a corporate Harvard graduate, is summoned home by his ailing father to save the only legitimate scrap of the family empire that’s left from the corrupt clutches of his brother Derek who is deeply involved with the cartel.
Emily is hiding secrets and has relocated to NYC to escape her past and start over. She meets Shane in a coffee shop and the chemistry is instant and undeniable. A second-chance meeting leads to a hot one-nighter which develops into a deeper connection neither wanted or expected. Jobless, and to Shane’s surprise and utter disdain, Emily accepts an assistant position working for Shane’s detestable father. So what exactly is Emily’s angle?
This book was just mediocre for me. For starters, there was no hook. Usually this type of genre opens up with a steamy encounter to bait you before diving into the backstory, but there was nothing, nada. No encounter and not much backstory. The coffeehouse scene was hardly titillating. By about 25%, it started to get better and there were a couple scenes that were steamy but it didn’t last long and started to drag on and become repetitive. On the whole, this book had no verve or appeal. I rate it 2.5 out of 5 stars. I can say quite confidently that I won’t be reading any more of the upcoming books in the series.
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Reviewed: July 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: August 9, 2017.
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