BOTM January 2018

Are you prepared for the End Game?

January Book of the Month

 

Chapter One

“I will live to hurt you. I will live to torture you. You will die a slow, painful death for this.”

Adrian Martina, drug lord and monster that he is, doesn’t react to my guttural vow, nor does he react to my brother and the woman I love lying on the floor next to me, blood all over them and me. But I react. I jolt out of my shock at finding them like this, and shout up at him, “Get me a damn ambulance!” even as my fingers search Derek’s and Emily’s necks for pulses. The momentary joy I find in discovering Emily has one is doused by how pale and still she is, and how weak, nearly nonexistent, the heartbeat I finally find in Derek proves to be.

It’s then that a shiver of foreboding rips through me, and my gaze rockets to Adrian just in time to find him pulling a gun. But I don’t have time to call him the chickenshit bastard he clearly is before he’s lifted the barrel over my head and fired, the sound jolting me. One time. Two. Ironically, considering Martina’s very existence is why we are here now, I feel relief and find clarity of mind by the third shot. Martina needs me for financial gain, and I turn my attention back to those who need me and actually matter: Derek and Emily. The stickiness under my hand where it rests on Derek’s chest tells me he’s in real trouble. From that moment everything goes in slow motion, like I’m in a tunnel, despite how fast I feel like I’m moving. I confirm that Emily isn’t bleeding, but she still isn’t moving, while Derek’s pulse remains faint and he has two bullet holes in his chest, draining like faucets.

“Fuck,” I breathe out, adrenaline jolting me, my hands pressing to the wounds. “Get me a damn ambulance!” I shout again, climbing over Derek to keep Emily in my view, my gaze swinging left to find Ramon lying at Derek’s feet. “Get me a goddamn ambulance now!”

Adrian’s voice carries as a loud shout in the air before he is kneeling on the opposite side of Derek. “Help’s on the way,” he announces, adding, “and this was Ramon’s doing, not mine.”

Ignoring his claim of innocence, I eye his neck and then him. “Take off your tie,” I order, my bloodsoaked jeans and T-shirt of little to no use to prepare the tourniquet Derek needs. I hope. I really have no fucking clue what I’m doing right now.

“You keep the pressure on the wounds,” he says, removing the tie. “I’ll pull this underneath him.”

“Do it,” I say, with no misconception about his willingness to help. This is about his concern that Derek’s and Emily’s safety, or rather lack thereof, might impact my willingness to get him the money I vowed to give him to get him the hell out of my company. The problem for him is that it’s too late for a business deal to end our relationship with any ray of light. I’m going to kill him and succeed in doing so where others have failed, but first: we save the ones I love.

He shouts out to his men, and in a matter of seconds, it seems, we have towels, which he’s tearing and knotting together. We wrap those around Derek’s chest, and the process is bloody and brutal to me, but to Derek, there is nothing. He doesn’t move. He doesn’t react. Not to the towels or the tie and belts we use to cut the blood flow. We’ve just finished doing about everything I believe we can do when I hear, “Shane. What the hell is going— Holy hell.”

At the sound of Eric’s voice, my gaze jerks to the doorway to find him standing just inside the room, one of Adrian’s goons on either side of him, each holding an arm. Eric is dressed in pajamas, no doubt already in bed to prep for his early morning surgeries, when he was grabbed and brought here. “This is your version of help?” I demand, my gaze swinging to Adrian’s, my lips thinning. “He doesn’t belong in this.”

“He can help,” Adrian says. “And we need help.”

“Help is called ‘an ambulance,’ ” I bite out. “The one you didn’t call, did you?”

“Let go of me,” Eric demands, jerking away from the two men holding him to quickly rush to Emily’s side, kneeling beside her to check her pulse and scalp. “Stable, but with a head injury,” he announces, already moving toward me. “What do we have?” he asks, motioning to have me inch toward Derek’s legs to allow him to position himself next to my brother’s chest.

“Two obvious bullet wounds,” I say, watching as Eric presses his fingers to Derek’s neck. “There was a lot of blood,” I add. “I can’t be sure there wasn’t another entry point.”

“No point of exit for the bullets,” Adrian adds. “He needs surgery. Good thing you’re a surgeon.”

Eric’s gaze rockets to Adrian. “He won’t survive it without blood. And even if he could, I’m not that kind of surgeon. I’ll kill him.”

“Buy him some time,” Adrian orders.

“He needs blood and an ambulance,” Eric insists. “Lots of blood that I don’t carry around in my pocket. An ambulance should have beaten me here.”

“Did you or did you not call an ambulance?” I demand.

“It’ll be here,” Adrian assures me. “And when it arrives, we need our facts straight. Stick to the truth. Ramon was jealous of Derek and Teresa. You had words with him over Derek, and we all assume he targeted Emily to pay you back.” He snaps his fingers and a man steps forward. “Martin here killed him to save us.”

“You killed him,” I say.

“I killed him,” the other man assures me.

Sirens sound in the not-so-distant distance. “Your ambulance,” Adrian says. “As promised.”

I narrow my stare at him. “If you knew that ambulance was coming, why is Eric here? Why suggest he do surgery?”

“I believe in taking precautions,” he says, and before I can repeat Eric’s observation that the ambulance should have beat him here, Adrian adds, “and your brother’s dire circumstances said he didn’t have much time.”

“No thanks to you,” I say, pushing to my feet as he does the same, and I can feel the façade of control I’m clinging to begin to crack. “And we both know,” I add, the two of us glaring at each other over my brother’s body, “that ‘buy him some time’ means you were covering something up before you called for help.”

“The ambulance was called,” he repeats, his tone as sharp as the knife of emotion cutting through me.

“Not soon enough,” I say, and snap, lunging toward him only to have Eric suddenly grab my shoulders.

“Derek,” he says. “Think of Derek.”

“I am thinking of Derek,” I grind out. “And Emily.”

“ Later,” he says. “Do this later.”

Voices sound in the building, and suddenly the paramedics are rushing into the room, dissolving the tension in the air and replacing it with urgency and chaos. I back up, giving the uniformed men space as Adrian does the same. Eric, on the other hand, stands in the mix of things, helping the crew. I’m pushed back farther, and Adrian and I end up standing side by side, watching them work. But he’s not present to me. There is just me, alone, waiting to hear if the woman I want to be my wife and the brother I love no matter what his flaws live or die.

I can see the paramedics working feverishly to insert IVs into both Derek and Emily, one of them calling ahead for blood as they do. I’m outside the restaurant as Derek and Emily are rolled toward two separate ambulances.

 

The epic conclusion to Lisa Renee Jones’s Dirty Money series, END GAME, is out now!

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End Game: Dirty Money 4

By Lisa Renee Jones

Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy in End Game, the smouldering, scorching fourth novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestseller Lisa Renee Jones, author of the Inside Out series.

How deep can you love?

After tragedy strikes, Shane Brandon hovers on the edge of being consumed by darkness. He will fight for Emily Stevens, the woman he loves. He will destroy his enemy. He will not back down. And as shocking twists, dark secrets, and explosive betrayals within the Brandon family come to the light, Shane must fight harder than ever before.

Every thread weaves a dangerous web. Emily and Derek. Brandon Senior. Maggie and her affair. The leader of the dangerous cartel that's wedged itself inside the Brandon Empire. It all comes to a head when passion and danger collide in the explosive conclusion to the Dirty Money series.

Are you ready to play by the hard rules of the Brandon family empire? Check out the other compelling novels in the Dirty Money series: Hard Rules, Damage Control and Bad Deeds.

Sexy. Dark. Edgy. This is the fourth enthralling novel of the Brandon family empire in Lisa Renee Jones's Dirty Money series.

Lisa Renee Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books across many romance genres - contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal and erotic fiction. Her books have been translated all around the world, and her highly acclaimed Inside Out series is now in development for cable television.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and can also find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones and on Twitter @LisaReneeJones.

MAJOR NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Lisa Renee Jones is a repeat New York Times bestseller in ebook with a phenomenal social media profile with 234,000 Facebook likes and 37,000 Twitter followers.STRONG SALES AND AN ON-TREND CONCEPT: With sales of over 600,000 copies of her books in both print and ebook, Lisa's readership grows with each novel. This four-book series, publishing at 6 month intervals, of very high concept dark romance is right on trend and sure to grow her fanbase even more.UPCOMING TV SHOW: Lisa's Inside Out series is currently in development for a cable TV series, which should raise her profile even more.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.
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Bad Deeds: Dirty Money 3

By Lisa Renee Jones

Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy in Bad Deeds, the smouldering, scorching third novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestseller Lisa Renee Jones, author of the Inside Out series.

Would you bleed for the one you love?

To save his family empire from the grip of a drug cartel, Shane Brandon is pushed to the edge of darkness. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. But there is another battle brewing inside Shane, and it is to Emily Stevens he turns for escape.

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. She can't just sit back and watch Shane become everything he hates. But she also fears that her own dangerous secret could be about to erupt - and be the cause of the Brandon family's undoing.

In this war, blood will spill - and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive...

Are you ready to play by the hard rules of the Brandon family empire? Check out the other compelling novels in the Dirty Money series: Hard Rules and Damage Control.

Sexy. Dark. Edgy. Bad Deeds is the third enthralling novel of the Brandon family empire in Lisa Renee Jones's Dirty Money series.

Lisa Renee Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books across many romance genres - contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal and erotic fiction. Her books have been translated all around the world, and her highly acclaimed Inside Out series is now in development for cable television.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and can also find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones and on Twitter @LisaReneeJones.

MAJOR NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Lisa Renee Jones is a repeat New York Times bestseller in ebook with a phenomenal social media profile with 234,000 Facebook likes and 37,000 Twitter followers.STRONG SALES AND AN ON-TREND CONCEPT: With sales of over 600,000 copies of her books in both print and ebook, Lisa's readership grows with each novel. This four-book series, publishing at 6 month intervals, of very high concept dark romance is right on trend and sure to grow her fanbase even more.UPCOMING TV SHOW: Lisa's Inside Out series is currently in development for a cable TV series, which should raise her profile even more.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.
Headline Eternal

Damage Control: Dirty Money 2

By Lisa Renee Jones

Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smouldering, scorching second novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestseller Lisa Renee Jones, author of the Inside Out series.

'Edgy, brilliant and all-consuming, Dirty Money is THE series of the year! Lies, danger, secrets, and a hero you will fall HARD for. A must read!' Katy Evans

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 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's intent on making her reveal - one hot touch and kiss at a time - every intimate detail of who she is and what she really wants.

Meanwhile, 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.

Are you ready to play by the hard rules of the Brandon family empire? Check out the first compelling novel in the Dirty Money series, Hard Rules.

Sexy. Dark. Edgy. Damage Control is the second enthralling novel of the Brandon family empire in Lisa Renee Jones's Dirty Money series.

Lisa Renee Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books across many romance genres - contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal and erotic fiction. Her books have been translated all around the world, and her highly acclaimed Inside Out series is now in development for cable television.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and can also find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones and on Twitter @LisaReneeJones.

MAJOR NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Lisa Renee Jones is a repeat New York Times bestseller in ebook with a phenomenal social media profile with 234,000 Facebook likes and 37,000 Twitter followers.STRONG SALES AND AN ON-TREND CONCEPT: With sales of over 600,000 copies of her books in both print and ebook, Lisa's readership grows with each novel. This four-book series, publishing at 6 month intervals, of very high concept dark romance is right on trend and sure to grow her fanbase even more.UPCOMING TV SHOW: Lisa's Inside Out series is currently in development for a cable TV series, which should raise her profile even more.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.
Headline Eternal

Hard Rules: Dirty Money 1

By Lisa Renee Jones

Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy in Hard Rules, the smouldering, scorching first novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestseller Lisa Renee Jones, author of the Inside Out series, which Kirkus Reviews calls: 'Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment'.

How bad do you want it?

The only member of the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to make his family's business legitimate. His 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 an all-encompassing passion for Shane. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Because Emily has a secret - the very thing that brought her to him in the first place - and that secret could destroy them both.

Are you ready to play by the hard rules of the Brandon family empire? Look for the next enthralling novel in the Dirty Money series, Damage Control.

Edgy, brilliant and all-consuming, Dirty Money is THE series of the year! Lies, danger, secrets,and a hero you will fall HARD for. A must read!Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installmentSexy, powerful, and full of twists and turns, this series opener is perfect for fans of tales of romantic suspense and high-finance intrigueHigh-octane romance set above the glittering lights of Denver is enhanced by the dominance of a powerful man and the cunning sweetness of a woman who isn't cowed or swayed by his wealth...a fascinating mystery and characters with distinct voicesLisa Renee Jones excels at creating powerful men and women who are determined to live life on their own terms, and fans will be immediately drawn to the dangerous world of Brandon EnterprisesI was hooked from beginning to the end and was gasping when I reached that last page. I am in desperate need to get book two. The characters are completely charming. Shane and Emily are perfect togetherWow!!! This story was like a chess game, clearly waiting for a checkmate move and that created a lot of suspense and the same time keeping your breath for something big to happen. The author once again created a masterpieceGet ready for a nail-biting, panty-melting, head-scratching, eyebrow-raising roller coaster ride that will have you anxious for more as soon as it's over. The line forms here...Her impressive ability to captivate the reader by revealing only the slightest hint of the bombshell buried under the layers of her intricate story. I can't recommend this book enoughThe author has deliciously woven an intricate plot with many threads, giving us lots of angst, sexual tension and suspense, the writing style sexy and seductive, drawing the reader in from page oneHard Rules is a sleek and sexy read. Lisa Renee Jones sets about creating a seductive display of sex, power and deceit, in a world where the lines of good and evil are so easily blurred. It's a novel which managed to ensnare me with its synopsis and kept my attention captured until it's very last pageEdgy, brilliant and all-consuming, Dirty Money is THE series of the year! Lies, danger, secrets,and a hero you will fall HARD for. A must read!Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installmentSexy, powerful, and full of twists and turns, this series opener is perfect for fans of tales of romantic suspense and high-finance intrigueHigh-octane romance set above the glittering lights of Denver is enhanced by the dominance of a powerful man and the cunning sweetness of a woman who isn't cowed or swayed by his wealth...a fascinating mystery and characters with distinct voicesLisa Renee Jones excels at creating powerful men and women who are determined to live life on their own terms, and fans will be immediately drawn to the dangerous world of Brandon EnterprisesI was hooked from beginning to the end and was gasping when I reached that last page. I am in desperate need to get book two. The characters are completely charming. Shane and Emily are perfect togetherWow!!! This story was like a chess game, clearly waiting for a checkmate move and that created a lot of suspense and the same time keeping your breath for something big to happen. The author once again created a masterpieceGet ready for a nail-biting, panty-melting, head-scratching, eyebrow-raising roller coaster ride that will have you anxious for more as soon as it's over. The line forms here...Her impressive ability to captivate the reader by revealing only the slightest hint of the bombshell buried under the layers of her intricate story. I can't recommend this book enoughThe author has deliciously woven an intricate plot with many threads, giving us lots of angst, sexual tension and suspense, the writing style sexy and seductive, drawing the reader in from page oneHard Rules is a sleek and sexy read. Lisa Renee Jones sets about creating a seductive display of sex, power and deceit, in a world where the lines of good and evil are so easily blurred. It's a novel which managed to ensnare me with its synopsis and kept my attention captured until it's very last pageSexy. Dark. Edgy. Hard Rules is the first compelling novel of the Brandon family empire in Lisa Renee Jones's Dirty Money series.

Lisa Renee Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books across many romance genres - contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal and erotic fiction. Her books have been translated all around the world, and her highly acclaimed Inside Out series is now in development for cable television.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and can also find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones and on Twitter @LisaReneeJones.

MAJOR NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Lisa Renee Jones is a repeat New York Times bestseller in ebook with a phenomenal social media profile with 234,000 Facebook likes and 37,000 Twitter followers.STRONG SALES AND AN ON-TREND CONCEPT: With sales of over 600,000 copies of her books in both print and ebook, Lisa's readership grows with each novel. This four-book series, publishing at 6 month intervals, of very high concept dark romance is right on trend and sure to grow her fanbase even more.UPCOMING TV SHOW: Lisa's Inside Out series is currently in development for a cable TV series, which should raise her profile even more.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense and emotionally powerful new adult romances, Headline Eternal is the home of exceptional romance for every mood.