ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Hard Rules (book one) – available now
Bad Deeds (book three) – 8/8/17
“You make me remember I need to be good and right in my choices.”
“Do you ever question doing what is good and right?”
“There have been times when I felt like my hand was forced.”
“When you were a lawyer?”
“No,” I say. “I manipulated the law, as does every attorney, but I never broke it. I’m talking about when I’m with my family.”
“Did you go where they lead?”
“Not so far.”
“That sounds like you might.”
“I don’t want to be them.”
“You aren’t them. You don’t have to be them.”
“I know that,” I say. “But you just keep telling me so I don’t forget.” Her legs hit the bed frame and she grips my arms.
I lean into a kiss and she pulls back, her hand pressing on my chest. “Wait. Now it’s my turn to say talk to me. Are you okay?”
“Death happened. The one thing I can’t control. It’s not the night to push me to stop protecting you. Not tonight. Can you do that?”
“Yes. We can.”
“We,” I repeat, “and that word sounds as good on my tongue as I know you’re going to taste. I’m going to make love to you properly. The way I plan to many times in our future.” I reach down and untie her robe, letting it fall open; my fingers sliding underneath just far enough to tease her nipples. They pucker beneath my touch, and her lashes flutter, settling on her cheeks. “But when it’s over, I’m going to fuck you hard and fast again.”
I tug gently on her nipples and she bites her lips. “Look at me,” I order gently.
She opens her eyes, and there is desire in their depths, but there are shadows there too,. I do not think she intends for me to see doubt or uncertainty that wasn’t there before. That I do not like or wish to know ever again. I want it gone. Now. Tomorrow. Forever. I reach up and rip the silk tie from her robe, wrapping it around my hand, before I reach up and caress the robe off her shoulder, letting it tumble to the ground.
“Give me your hands,” I order, but it’s really a question: Does she still trust me?
She studies me for several beats, her eyes narrowing ever so slightly, and I do not know what she sees in mine, but she offers me her hands. I wrap the silk around her wrists then lean in close to her, my cheek against her cheek, my body touching her nowhere else. “Now you’re at my mercy.”
“Yes,” she agrees. “I am.”
“How do you feel about that?”
My lips curve with the answer that is every bit the combination of sweet sexy honesty I’ve come to expect from her. “I’m going to make you warmer.”
I go still with that question, which on the surface is innocent, but I wonder if it truly is or if it’s about those shadows in her eyes. “I promise,” I say. “And you know, I never—”
“Make a promise you don’t keep.”
“Exactly,” I say, and her reference to my previous words tells me that I am not the only one on a mission of trust, and I intend to deserve hers.
I bring my hands to just above her shoulders, letting them lightly touch her before beginning a slow caress downward. She makes a soft little sound that has my cock thickening and my blood running hot, but I won’t rush this. My lips follow, tracing a line down one of her arms, then the other. I lean and caress my lips over hers, a feather light touch that teases me, if not her.
I take her hands in mine, pressing them behind her head. “Hold them there, for me, so I can see all of you. Understand?”
“You intend to tease me incessantly,” she says, without so much as a hint of hesitation. “Yes. I understand.”
I wrap my arm around her waist and pull her naked body against me, my free hand on hers above her head, our mouths a breath apart. “I intend to lick every part of you, and then do it again, so yes. If that’s the definition of incessant teasing, then yes. I am going to tease you incessantly.” I close my mouth down on hers, my tongue licking into her mouth, a deep, hungry tasting I force myself to end far too quickly. “That was the beginning. Should I could continue?”
“Please,” I say. “I like that.”
Damage Control is the second book in the Dirty Money trilogy and I must say this second instalment did not disappoint. Like the first book, I was left sitting on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I also enjoyed the fact that like book one, we are left wanting so much more at the end of the book but not left with our jaws on the floor due to a cliff hanger ending.
I must say this author has really impressed me with this ARC from the moment I picked this book up. It’s been a while since I read the first book, almost 8 months to be exact, and with reading a lot of books for review as well as for pleasure, it’s not always easy to remember ever y detail of the previous series books and usually takes me several chapters to get my head back into the story. What a pleasant surprise it was when I opened up the arc to find a brief recap of Hard Rules as well as a glossary of all the characters and their part in the story. Within the first five minutes, book one all came flooding back just with the author taking that extra bit of time to include this and I didn’t spend the first 3-5 chapters confused and still figuring it all out what is going on. I wish all authors did this, truly would make reading series much more enjoyable when you have to wait in between books.
What can I say to do this book justice. This type of high drama suspense books are not my normal type of read that I normally enjoy but I must say this author has truly sucked me into this series big time. I am absolutely in love with Shane Brandon. He has just the right amount of alpha side to him that makes him perfect and OMG he is so totally off the charts sexy. But underneath all that alpha is a kind and caring man who would do just about anything to keep Emily safe.
I also really love Emily character, she is such a strong female lead character and I love the dynamic the author has built between her and Shane. Emily only met Shane by chance in a coffee shop and what started out as a one night stand has turned into so much more. So much that she is willing to put her own safety at risk to help Shane with his own family problems, while she is still dealing with her own. I love how strong she is, she doesn’t cower to Shane or anyone and I love that about her. This is the type she could so play the damsel in distress but I thoroughly enjoyed this so much more because she was not that.
This series is the perfect mix of hot and sexy with some very sweet and tender moments but also very suspenseful ones. There is a lot of sex scenes in this one, and I must say they were hot. I normally not a huge fan of a lot of sex, but the author really did a great job writing them, they weren’t overdone and they actually all did fit with the story and the characters. The chemistry between Shane and Emily was off the charts from the moment these two met and when they are in the same room you can immediately feel it. I also really enjoyed that once again we got the story from both Emily and Shane’s perspective. I think if this was only told from one perspective we would miss a lot of the story. Overall this was a fabulous second installment in this series that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish and I seriously cannot wait to see how this all plays out in Bad Deeds, the final installment of Shane and Emily’s part of the story. I think we are in for a lot more suspense and I know this author will have me loving it from start to finish.
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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 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.
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