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A Harmless Little Ruse (Harmless #2) by Meli Raine


She has no idea what she’s doing. Loose cannons never hit their targets. And they take out plenty of collateral damage.

Four years ago Lindsay experienced the unspeakable right before me, and I couldn’t stop them. But that’s all changed now. When her father, Senator Bosworth, contacted me to ask — demand — that I protect her, it was a second chance. A shot at redemption. An opportunity to right an unspeakable wrong.

Controlling Lindsay as she seeks her revenge on the monsters who hurt her won’t be hard. Containing my own out-of-control feelings for Lindsay and keeping up this ruse of cold-blooded distance will be. Even harder than admitting to her what really happened that night four years ago. It turns out I don’t have to, though. Someone else did it for me. And I’ll make sure they regret it.


He’s there to protect her with his life, but who’s there to have his back?

Book 2 in the series, A Harmless Little Ruse is told from Drew’s POV and his traumatic secrets come out. Lindsay wasn’t the only one who was brutally attacked that night, but will the truth set him free?

Drew and Lindsay heal their hearts and begin to trust again, but the intensity increases as they are forced to play a dangerous game that they are not prepared for. The very attackers who shattered their lives four years ago are back again to take everything that’s left and the people they care for are not who they seem.

Ms. Raine amped up the pace in this book. Even though they aren’t any closer to catching the sick individuals behind their attacks, the big reveals and twists and turns kept my attention. Kudos to Ms. Raine for addressing Drew’s vulnerability under his ruse of calm professionalism. His secret is heartbreaking and the scene where Lindsay finds out is a tearjerker. Drew and Lindsay have found their way back to each other, but with that explosive cliffhanger, who knows what is in store. There is no doubt the storyline is addictive and I plan to keep on reading.  Stay tuned.

I have seen my share of vile human beings, but Lindsay’s parents’ actions are inexcusable. Her father is a self-serving politician who cares only for his run for the Presidency no matter the consequences to his daughter. And Lindsay’s Mommie dearest is a cold-hearted, controlling bitch who doesn’t have any compassion for her daughter’s struggles. As for Drew’s and Lindsay’s close friends and colleagues, it remains to be seen who is legit.

I am thrilled to recommend this fast-paced thriller where everyone’s a suspect and you’ll have no clue who to trust or what will happen next. 

Thank you to Ms. Raine for giving me the opportunity to read the book with no expectation of a positive review.


A Harmless Little Ruse

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Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them.

Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.

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