A Dirty Money Novel
By Lisa Renee Jones
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Amazingly Damage Control is only the second book I have had the chance to read by Lisa Renee Jones. I really need to read more of this talented lady's work because I have certainly enjoyed Hard Rules and Damage Control.
Damage Control picks up Shane and Emily's story right where it left off at the end of Hard Rules. So you really need to read Hard Rules before you read Damage Control. I loved that Ms. Jones added a few refresher details at the beginning so I could remember exactly what was happening at the end of Hard Rules and I was completely prepared and ready to dig into Damage Control.
Shane is a good guy that is trying so hard to keep things on the up and up. Each time he thinks he has the business issues under control his brother, Derek, throw yet another crooked twist into the mix.
Emily has a huge secret that she has not revealed to Shane in Hard Rules. I don't want to tell you too much about the secret but I will tell you that Shane's ultimate reaction made me adore this guy even more. My bond with Emily quickly returned and my heart went out to her. I cheered her victories, my heart broke for her sadness, and my pulse increased with the thoughts of the danger she is in.
One of my favorite aspects of this book is the few selected people that work for Shane and always have his back. This guy really needs those true friends that can help him try to stay that one step ahead of his wicked brother. His family certainly doesn't have his back so it's great to see that he has someone to help him out.
Seth, Shane's right hand, is one of those guys I'd want in my corner if I was in danger or trouble. This guy can get anything done and fix things in the blink of an eye. He's good!
Jessica is Shane's friend and assistant in the office. She's the other person that really has Shane and Emily's back. I like Jessica and her just enough touch of sassy attitude that she gets things done.
Shane and Emily are good together. They work well together and oh wow they sure do warm things up at home and in the office. They have so many obstacles in their path and so many things going on. I was on the edge of my seat for a good portion of this book wondering what was going to happen next. There are plenty of interesting twists to keep the pages turning.
I can not wait to see what happens with Shane and Emily next. I'm curious to see how Shane handles his family and deals with Emily's problem. I can not wait to read Bad Deeds. I will be anxiously awaiting it's release.
Over all this book has all those things that make for a fabulous read. There characters are great. The story line is full of action, drama, suspense, and some steaming hot scenes to warm things up.
I was given the opportunity to read this awesome story and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
You may read my my review on Hard Rules here.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family's business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil. Emily is consumed by Shane, pushed sexually in ways she never dreamed of, falling deeper into the all-encompassing passion that is this man. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Emily has a secret, the very thing that brought her to him in the first place, and that secret could destroy them both.
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“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.”
Other books in the series:
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Bad Deeds (Book 3) - Release Date 8/8/17
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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. Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.
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