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Published by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin's Griffin on August 8th 2017
Narrator: Grace Grant, Jeremy York
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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....
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Book Review: 3.5 stars
The exciting and thrilling saga of Brandon Family continues. The story picks off right where it left off in book 2 Damage Control and it get more intense and heavy by each page. Shane is struggling to get the mafia out of their family business while his brother Derek is determined to keep them involved for more than just business reasons. His relationship with Theresa is bringing out the real Derek whom I got to like more and more. She makes him open up and act like a real person instead of the hard and nasty man we were first introduced to.
Shane and Emily are stronger than ever and I find it hard to believe that anything could break those two apart even for a second. The involvement of the mafia was a brilliant move from the author because they brought so much intensity, danger and heat to the already amazing mix. Brandon senior is showing that he too still cares about his family and wants them all to keep together one way or another. He may be dying but he is not going down without a fight. I was also positively surprised by the turn of the events regarding the mother who came clean with her sins and is trying her best to rectify them and stand her ground.
This book is NOT a standalone and you need to read first two books to be able to follow the story. It’s told mostly from Shane and Emily’s POV but there are also a few surprise chapters with other characters that were the icing on the cake. Book also ends with a BIG boom of a cliffhanger and gets you thinking all these different kind of explanations of what happened and most importantly to whom.
I liked this story, I truly did and a lot of things kept me on edge pretty much all the time. This plot is carefully created and I can imagine this being on TV as a series that would capture many viewer’s hearts. It’s been a while since I read previous books so the “Intro” at the beginning with the characters was another smart and great move from Lisa Renee Jones and I thank her for that. And it really warmed my heart to see a family that was falling apart at the start come together and stand up for each other and showed that there was still love there to grow on.
But… what I didn’t like was that ALL the focus was on the Brandon family and none on Emily in my opinion at least. I desired and expected to read more about her past and the estranged brother. Will he turn up and explain himself? Will Emily be able to be her true self again without the need to hide?
I am looking forward to The End game and hope to get more answers.
Narration: Grace Grant and Jeremy York were the narrators of this book and they both did a good job. Jeremy more than Grace at times because I had hard time listening and believe in her storytelling. More emotions are needed in some situations.