Synopsis from Goodreads
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…
The walls are closing in on Emily and Shane, picking up where Damage Control ended, Mr. Brandon Senior’s cancer is progressing at a rapid pace, leaving the company in a vulnerable position. Add in the machinations of the Mexican drug cartel, brother pitted against brother and the double life and duplicitous actions of Mrs. Brandon and the tension is at an all time high.
Bad Deeds provides an unexpected third point of view within the narrative providing unexpected insight into current actions and previous events.
Derek has become an unwitting pawn in a very dangerous game, maneuvered into position by both his father and the Mexican cartel he has become entrenched with. Although there is far more to Derek than I would have credited him with. Despite his original motives for entering a relationship with Teresa, it has altered him on a fundamental level. The similarities between Derek and Shane are highlighted within the narrative showing that the ties that bind them have also shaped them. The comparison between Shane and Derek also serves to highlight the fact that nothing is truly what it seems, there are no black and white areas only shades of gray.
With the depth of the problems Shane and Emily face, creates a large amount of self-doubt for Shane especially where his integrity and drive are concerned. This has the repercussion of pushing the boundaries with the intimacy he shares with Emily. His dark desires create the need to test her loyalty/devotion and permanence.
Shane’s intelligence, loyalty, and integrity shine through the narrative even when he questions himself, although his competitive nature also makes itself very much a part of the proceedings. I admired the way in which Shane tackled the challenges he faces, his solution was sheer brilliance on his part.
There are so many pieces at play within Bad Deeds that just when you think you can predict the way in which the plot is going to go, the rug is swept from under you. Be warned there is a major cliffhanger involved in Bad Deeds that will put your heart in your mouth.
There are a lot of unresolved issues at the end of Bad Deeds, especially where Emily’s past and her ties to her brother are concerned. I have a feeling all he issues will be dealt with in the fourth and final installment, End Game, but probably not in any way I could predict. Lisa has an uncanny way of tying all the elements of her plots in surprising ways.