ARC Review: Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

Posted August 9, 2016 by Angela in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones
Hard Rules
by Lisa Renee Jones

4.5 Stars


Released: August 9th 2016
Series: Dirty Money #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

Recommended Read!

“With a Fifty Shades theme, Lisa Renee Jones executed a well written, sexy contemporary romance.”
~ Under the Covers

With a Fifty Shades theme, Lisa Renee Jones executed a well written, sexy contemporary romance. She never fails to deliver her story with a mixture of mystery, suspense and a good dose of sexy. Of course. To be honest, despite my lack of interest in billionaire trope lately, she still managed to capture my interest. It’s safe to say that jones is my go-to author when it comes to this genre.

“…blood divides as easily as it unites, especially when money and power are involved.”

Shane Brandon is one of the owners of Brandon Enterprises. With his dad being sick, the race to take over the company has sped up quite a bit. Unfortunately, his vision to have Brandon Enterprises to be on the legit side of the law is not the same vision as his brother’s. Knowing who to Trust will be his biggest problem.

Emily Stevens hooks a job at Brandon Enterprises. While happy about getting the job, Emily finds herself in a middle of a family feud with corporate issues that may not involve the Cartels. Not to mention her complicated involvement with on of the sons of his boss. It gets a little bit more complicated once her own secret is revealed.

I really enjoyed Shane and Emily’s story. I found Emily to be strong and very mature. It’s clear from the beginning that she has secrets but dealing with the issues on her own. I love that about her. I also love her connection with Shane. Shane exuded power and he saw the same power and strength from Emily.

Hard Rules has a typical Billionaire trope but what maKes this different is Jones ability to insert the mystery and suspense into this story. The who-done-it feel to it will really leave you wondering. A fair warning, there is a bit of cliffhanger in the end, leaving you wanting more. Next book of the series, Damage Control is set to release in February 2017.



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About Lisa Renee Jones

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones 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 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.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at and she is active on twitter and facebook dail


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Hmmmm thanks if I read this I make it closer to the second book’s release

kathy valentine
kathy valentine

great review!!! cant wait to read!!!!

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review.


Sounds good…thanks for the review Angela