Series: Dirty Money #3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on August 8th 2017
Genres: Adult, Crime, Romance, Suspense
Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Bad Deeds, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.
Would you bleed for the one you love?
To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot.
In every one of Shane's seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can't just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end.
This is war, blood will spill, and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive....
Bad Deeds: A Dirty Money Novel by Lisa Renee Jones
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I don’t really feel like having an intro paragraph, so let’s just jump into it. Off the bat, Hard Rules, the first book in this series, I thought was a book with a lot of information and so many questions. Following up to that, Damage Control was along the same lines, but also a lot more intense in that there was conflict and action. The characters were actually moving and fighting and a whole bunch of awesomeness going on at once. Then onto Bad Deeds, I feel like we’ve gone back around to the first book. There’s a lot of info being delivered here and plans being put in place, but less action. I definitely understand the importance, I’m just expressing that it’s not quite the same pace as the last book. However, with the current pattern and with how Bad Deeds went, these books are leading up to one hell of an explosive finale! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of End Game.
“This is a group of family and acquaintances, but one other thing supersedes all. We are enemies.”
Before I started Bad Deeds, I had heard some whispers around the reading community about this having quite the cliffhanger but um… HELLO? CAN ANYONE HEAR ME? Lisa, why you gotta do that to us girl? What the heck? I feel like I have an idea about how this may play out but LRJ sure as hell made sure I will not stop thinking about this book until the next one releases. And ultimately, isn’t that the point of cliffhangers? It’s a good thing I love them.
I’m thrilled to see the whole Shane and Emily relationship growing stronger and in my opinion, more intimate. They feel like a real couple, not just a book couple. It’s also so refreshing though to see a heroine who keeps up with her man. Sure, this is a CEO billionaire(ish) type of trope, but Shane isn’t that classic dominant alphahole who orders his girl around just to have her sit down and shut up. Emily is fierce, she’s aggressive and she can easily handle these Brandon men and has no problem putting them in their place. I think this translates into an important aspect of their relationship as well. Shane and Emily treat each other as equals, in both power, importance and opinion. They respect and trust one another, which seems to be almost an anomaly these days between the covers.
“You aren’t my weakness,” he says softly, but somehow vehemently. “You’re just the opposite. You’re the complete contradiction to everything that is this family, and you remind me of the change I’m fighting for.”
With all of that being said, I, as a fickle reader who can be easily swayed or distracted, appreciate how this author creates a plot to weave into an intense storyline lasting several books. She doesn’t just slap in some relationship drama which the characters then get over within a chapter or two and live HEA, then slap a standalone tag on it. Emily and Shane have worked hard for their relationship, and now they’re working even harder to get the company and life that they want under control. There really is no other way to describe this series than calling it a giant game of chess. There are so many players and strategies and different scenarios to consider, you have no clue what will happen next until an opposing player makes their move. That’s exactly what it feels like to read this series.
It’s always nice to see an opposite side of some characters to what we’ve been lead to believe of them. This happens in several cases throughout Bad Deeds, and we even get an insight on a few prominent characters that we haven’t before.
Not only Bad Deeds but the entire Dirty Money series is chalked full of intense writing, intriguing characters, ruthless plotting, diabolical schemes and more twists than your average ice cream cone. These books will take you for a ride through hedge funds, investments, a drug cartel and Internet hackers, just to scratch the surface. Interested, are you? Grad the first book now!
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.