Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Review: End Game - Lisa Renee Jones

A Dirty Money Novel
By Lisa Renee Jones
Published: January 2, 2018

With Hard Rules, Damage Control and Bad Deeds, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’ Dirty Money series received acclaim from old fans and gained a new following of fans. Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy, with the smoldering, scorching final novel, the explosive END GAME (St. Martin’s Griffin; January 2, 2018), the Dirty Money series comes to a head in the shattering conclusion.

Emily is gone, and Shane hovers on the edge of being consumed by his darkness. Emily is in danger. His family’s empire is in turmoil. And he has blood on his hands. As shocking twists, dark secrets, and explosive betrayals within the Brandon family come to the light, Shane must fight harder than ever before. But without Emily, he is no one…

With every desperate, powerful touch, Emily belongs to Shane. She has been found, but she still isn’t safe, and Shane will stop at nothing to keep her from harm. As they burn bright with passion, vengeance, and despair, the dangers they face grow closer and stronger. Emily has been opened up by Shane’s touch, saved by the dark intimacy he craves. But can Emily save Shane?

With the final book in the Dirty Money series, fans and newcomers alike are sure to be enraptured by the latest saga in Emily and Shane’s story and the Brandon Family. Praised as a “twisted telenovela-like” saga by Publishers Weekly, END GAME will have readers flipping pages late into the night as they binge on all the sexy, fun drama of this habit-forming series.

4.5 Stars

It is hard to believe that End Game is the presently planned last book in the Dirty Money series featuring Shane and Emily. Picking up after the explosive ending in Bad Deeds, End Game follows Emily and Shane as they deal with the aftermath of that fateful day in the restaurant. Shane remains at odds with his father, desperate to save his family business and remove themselves from the connection with the dangerous Martina cartel. Emily finally can see her fashion dreams coming true, but her past continues to haunt her and threatens the happy ending she wants to share with Shane Brandon. Shane's father, his mother, and his brother are all puzzle pieces that need to come together to make everything run smoothly, but sometimes puzzle pieces go missing.

"You are Emily, and I swear to you that one day, if you let me, I'm going to make sure you don't react to everything with the fear you do now."

End Game continues with the high stakes and high emotions readers loved in the previous three novels. Lisa Renee Jones amps up the angst, the drama, and suspense, taking this complex series to another level. It's the kind of series that you can't predict, featuring LRJ's unique storytelling and a plotline that isn't like any other book. I continued to like Emily, she's a strong, fierce, independent woman with a lot more compassion than you would ever expect from someone who has been so wronged in life. Shane is still handsome, headstrong, and too determined to succeed. I really enjoyed that his emotions and his beliefs were put to the test in End Game, it allowed for so much character development for him and made the story that much better. Of course, it wouldn't be an LRJ book without scenes that shock you, there were definitely tears in my eyes while I read and a few times when I wanted to throw my book. There are several plots moving forward at one time in this series and End Game really wraps up all of them, so even though I don't want this to be in the end it looks like it might be. I wanted more from the ending though, which is why I brought my rating down to 4.5. I wanted to see the fashion business kick-off, I wanted to see an epilogue for Shane and Emily, and I wanted a more fierce ending for the control that Shane and Derek's father had held over them for so long.

Yes, I am."

Dirty Money has been one of my favorite series from Lisa Renee Jones yet and I love all of her books. The setting and the business aspect of it was all very interesting and less guns-blazing suspense than previous releases. The Dirty Money series is very romantic, with Shane and Emily sharing trust and passion with one another. Get to reading this series right away and cross your fingers LRJ decides to give us more!

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out Series, and has now in development for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland). In addition, both her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books that have been translated around the world. Booklist says, “Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.”

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Praise for The Dirty Money Series:

“Continuing the twisted telenovela-like Dirty Money saga, Jones’s third contemporary romantic thriller about the super wealthy Brandon family and their associates delivers erotic and emotional punches… the ride through a minefield of plot twists is capped by a deliciously cruel cliffhanger ending.” —Publishers Weekly on Bad Deeds

“Full of twists and turns, Jones’ sizzling hot ride through the depths of one family’s hidden woes and labyrinthine business dealings picks up right at the end of Damage Control.”—Booklist on Bad Deeds

“Emily and Shane have forged an unbreakable bond that gets hotter and more intense with every turn of the page. Several revelations and a huge cliffhanger will change the way you think and make you wish for at least one more Dirty Money book.” —RT Book Reviews on Bad Deeds

“A page-turner with scorching heat.” —Publishers Weekly on Damage Control

"High-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." —Publishers Weekly on Hard Rules

"Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment.” —Kirkus Reviews on Hard Rules

"Lisa 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 Enterprises." —RT Book Reviews on Hard Rules

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