Note: This ARC was provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.
Shane Brandon has put his successful career as a lawyer on hold for his family and the conglomerate they own, Brandon Enterprises. His father has pitted him against his older brother Derek, who just happens to be more than okay with playing dirty if he has to in order to be given control of the corporation. Shane has seen his father and brother play hard and fast with the rules and he's promised himself he wouldn't do anything of the sort. Unfortunately, when push comes to shove, Shane may be left with no choice but go against his own values, especially when it's his family's safety and Brandon Enterprises that are at stake. The number of people he can trust is limited, but the fact that he isn't sure if the woman he can't get enough is one of them gets to him. Emily Stevens isn't who she says she is, but is her presence in Shane's life the one thing that could destroy everything he's worked so hard for? And when an evil enemy turns the screws, will Emily be collateral damage or Shane's ally?
I hate cliffhangers. I mean, who doesn't, right? I get they're there for a valid reason--though I have a feeling they're partially there to mess with us and test our patience--but argh! I desperately need to know what's going to happen with Shane and Emily because these two are in the thick of a war that may very well end up with no winners. I mean, yes, someone may come out of it a victor, but at what cost? Shane's older brother, Derek, is a thorn, not just in Shane's side, but in Emily's as well. I swear, the man is a selfish bastard, never taking into consideration how his actions may reflect on their family and Brandon Enterprises but what it may end doing to their legacy. But then it's not just Derek who's iffy as far as the Brandon family is concerned. It's difficult to know who you can and can't trust in Shane's world, even within his family, but that's all part of what makes this series so damn addictive. I found myself trying to analyze everything the characters were doing and saying in both Hard Rules and Damage Control.
We're halfway through this series, and I'm guessing that means that we're not going to get everything resolved when the third book, Bad Deeds, releases in August. It's going to be a rather long wait for the fourth and final one, End Game. As in nearly a year. But if there's one thing that Lisa Renee Jones has proven to me with both this series and another one of hers that I read and finished earlier this year, she makes the wait worth it. Can I also say how much I love the fact that Jones takes the time to recap whatever happened in the previous novel? I noticed her doing that in that other series of hers that I read and she's done it again here. That doesn't mean, though, that you can read book two without having read book one. READ THE BOOKS IN ORDER! Things have just gotten more complicated in this second book, but I like how Shane and Emily's relationship has deepened--it's hotter and heavier. I know there'll be more romance, sex, and suspense in the next two books. Five stars for Damage Control. ♥
Read my reviews for the Dirty Money series:
Hard Rules (book one) - five stars - My Review
Damage Control (book two) - stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 25 February 2017
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