BOTM March 2017

Time for some Damage Control...

March Book of the Month

 

Chapter One


Shane

 

“No more lies,” I repeat, my hands pressed to the counter behind Emily, my body caging her against my kitchen island, though it’s her web of lies that is now her prison, and my personal hell. “I know you aren’t who you say you are.”

Panic flashes in her beautiful blue eyes that I’d once thought the window to innocence, while her palm flattens on my chest, as if preparing to push me away. “What are you talking about?” she demands, no doubt weighing how much trouble she’s in, yet her voice is steady, her demeanor remarkably cool. The kind of cool that takes practice and skill. The kind of cool someone undercover exhibits.

“No more games, Emily. Or whatever the hell your name is. Seth had you investigated, and nothing about who you are quite manages to add up.”

“Investigated,” she repeats. “Right. Because why in the world wouldn’t you investigate the woman in your bed?”

“Since the person you say you are doesn’t exist, clearly for good reason.”

“My secrets are mine. Mine to know. Mine to share. When I’m ready.”

“When exactly were you going to be ready?”

Her fingers curl where they rest on my starched white shirt. “I never meant to lie to you,” she says, another lie, and her voice is no longer steady, a tremble and a quake in its depths.

“But you did lie to me,” I remind her, a lock of her long dark hair slipping over her face, a veil that will be no better a shield to protect her than more lies.

“I never even meant to go to dinner with you, let alone end up this close to you.” She hesitates. “I thought we’d be the sum of that night. One night . . . The rest just happened.”

“Ah yes. Dinner. The night the lies began.”

“No,” she says tightly. “My secrets didn’t begin with you and they don’t end with you. And I darn sure wasn’t going to spill them to a stranger.”

“I’m not a fucking stranger.”

“You were,” she reminds me. “You were a stranger when I told you who I am.”

“I haven’t been a stranger for a long time and we both know it. I want the truth.”

“I can’t,” she says, her gaze falling to the buttons of my white collared shirt, the absence of my tie and jacket proof of how relaxed I’d been only fifteen minutes ago.

I cup her jaw with one hand and force her gaze to mine. “You will,” I insist, the words darn near guttural, as emotions I don’t want to name splinter through me.

“Let me go,” she says, giving me a full-body push. “Move, Shane.”

I don’t even sway. “I’m not letting you go,” I say, gripping the material of her navy blouse at her waist. “Who are you?”

“I can’t tell you. That’s it. There is no more, Shane.”

“What are you after? Who hired you?”

“Right,” she bites out. “I must be spying on you. Of course that’s what you’d think.” She shoves on my chest. “Move. Let me off this counter.” After one more ineffectual shove, she glowers at me and declares, “This isn’t about you or your fucked-up family, Shane.”

“What do you expect me to think?”

“Just what you did. Which thinking back, is why I stayed. You were always too wrapped up in them to ever really see me. That made me safe.”

I flinch with an accusation I do not want to be true. “I saw you. I thought I did.”

“Clearly you didn’t.”

“You will not turn this on me. If this isn’t about me, then what is it about? Who is it about?”

“Me. It’s about me. Just me. Why does it have to be about you?”

I stare at her, searching her eyes, and damn it, I see torment and fear that I don’t want to be about her betrayal. I want them to be about something else. Something I can fix, but I can’t afford to be a fool. I release her, moving to the opposite side of the island, gripping the edges. I glance at the folder now lying between us, then at her. “Then explain the contents.”

“I don’t need to look,” she says, refusing to look at it while the buttons on my shirt seem to have grown exceedingly interesting. “I already know everything there is to know about me.”

“Don’t you want to know what I know about you?”

She inhales and meets my stare, firming her voice. “This is just going to lead to questions I can’t answer.”

“Open the folder,” I say, the steel in my voice and my will meant to send a clear message: I won’t let her refuse.

She understands too. I see that in the way her jaw sets, the way her chest expands with a breath, which she holds. She opens the folder, flipping over a summary of her fake history, along with documents that show the many holes in her past. She has no yearbook photos. No driver’s license before several years ago. I’d ruled out witness protection based on those stupid mistakes. If I hadn’t exploited mistakes the Feds have made to save a few clients, including my brother and father, I wouldn’t know they are far from flawless. But does she? Is she one of them?

Seconds tick by, becoming a full minute before she shuts the folder and looks at me, shoving hair behind her ear, then hugging herself. “You know I’m not who I say I am. I get that already.”

“What’s your name?”

“Emily.”

“No games. Your real name.”

“That person I was doesn’t exist anymore.”

 

DAMAGE CONTROL, the second book in Lisa Renee Jones's sensational Dirty Money series, is available!

See how Shane and Emily's story began in Hard Rules, book one of the series!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 oneIntoxicating, intense, and deeply seductiveEdgy, 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!Hard 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.