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A Harmless Little Game (Harmless #1)

A Harmless Little Game (Harmless #1)

4.8 21
by Meli Raine
Four years ago I lost my virginity on live, streaming television.

Too bad I wasn't awake for it.

The video went viral. Of course it would. A Senator's daughter on camera? Wouldn't you click "share"? Besides, that's what three of the four guys in the video did.


They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript


Four years ago I lost my virginity on live, streaming television.

Too bad I wasn't awake for it.

The video went viral. Of course it would. A Senator's daughter on camera? Wouldn't you click "share"? Besides, that's what three of the four guys in the video did.


They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript one in the background in the upper left corner of the screen, just sitting on the couch? The only one who did nothing?

Not one single thing.

That was my boyfriend, Drew.

And that was the last time I saw him.

Until today, when my father--now on a path to the White House--hired him as head of security for my new team as I return home after four years of "recovering" in an undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage control.

You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.

Never faced consequences.

Until today.

Game on.

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A Harmless Little Game is the first in this political thriller/romantic suspense trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.

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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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A Harmless Little Game (Harmless #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I wish I waited to read this. Its a an amazing,suspenseful, I unbelievably sexy story. I only wish I waited because book 2 out yet. Great book!!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Was drawn in by the excerpts. Bought it and read it immediately. Haven't read The Coming Home Series but I will now. Can't wait for the next one in this series , hoping Lindsey gets her due justice.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book kept me at the wanting more. OMG how many more day till Book 2?!! You can't help but root for Lindsay and Drew. They were high school sweethearts but one night four years ago everything changed. From where Lindsay sees things Drew betrayed her. Drew has a different view of how things played out. The worst thing you can image happened to Lindsay four years ago. People who she trusted hurt her in the worst way. This book was a terrific read and a must read.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Lindsay has such a strong desire to live and take back what truly was taken without her consent, to set out a plan and still be able to function. Drew and her father have secrets that they aren't sharing but for who's well being? Her story is a journey through the years and hardships she endures. The pain and discomfort/ suffering is something not many people could survive. I love this book and can't wait for the next!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Be aware this story begins with a serious physical assault on an innocent young woman and continues from there trying to figure out why it happened. Also this is the first of three parts so you will have to wait to read the rest of the story. A truely twisted plot of deceipt, intrigue, and coverup catches the daughter of a powerful Senator and her West Point graduate boyfriend in its net. Committed to a mental health facility to heal, she is imprisoned for four years only to be released into the protection of the man she belives betrayed her love by not stopping the attack. But appearances are false and everything is not what it seems. Who to trust; that, is the question! A well written and perfectly polished story of political intrigue and suspense that has me impatient to see what will happen next.
Janetonorato 9 months ago
What if you were destroyed by people you thought were your friends? What if you spent 4 years locked away from the world in a prison of sorts with no contact with anyone who cares? When you are finally set free you learn everything you thought you knew has been twisted and no one believes you are the victim, they blame you and the people you thought were your friends have turned against you in a very public way? What do you do when the person you loved the most, whom you thought was a part of your betrayal, you now learn was as much of a victim a as you were. Can Lindsay learn to trust Drew again and find the love they had 4 years ago? Can Drew find a way to keep Lindsey safe and prove his love is real. This is a love story with a edge of your seat mystery/thriller throw in to make you bite your nails waiting to see what's next! This a chart topping hit you don't want to miss!!
april03 10 months ago
Just OMG!! Meli can get you so invested in her characters. I wanted to tell and scream with Lindsay. She has been through so much and to finally be able to come home. She has been in a mental institution for 4 years. She has had no contact to her friends, to the outside world, just what they would allow. Her father wants her home now, as he is running for President. They want to get her INCIDENT under control. Little did Lindsay know that Drew , her ex, and one that was part of her INCIDENT to be her protector. I was sucked in instantly and couldn't put it down. The twists in this story will have you grasping. Meli's writing just knows how to bring all the excitement and emotions with it. I voluntarily received a copy for my honest review.
KirstenEllen 10 months ago
OMG!!! There is a reason I Love Meli Raine books and this is one of them! She was tortured by those she thought she could trust and betrayed by others that she thought were her friends. And the one person she thought she could trust above all of them was wrapped up in it all, making it that much worse. Beyond the physical torture she endured, the mental mind F--- she received made things even harder to live with. Then it comes time to face the world again...which also included facing the one person she thought betrayed her more than other. OR, she THOUGHT betrayed her. As each day passed, she wonders why things just don't seem to add up in the truth she'd come to know. And, with each day, a new revelation in what she thought happened to her four year before. Now, she's back to believing in the one person she thought hurt her the most. But, she's got to take a stand for herself. She cant expect everyone to keep doing it for her. SO EXCTED and cant WAIT to see what happens next. I'm on the edge of my seat.
Anonymous 10 months ago
That is all it took for me to read this book. I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to see how Lindsay gets her revenge and see what she is up to and see if Drew can save her.
Chelle907 10 months ago
This book is insane. I'm dying to know what happens now. Lindsey and Drew were a young couple in love. Lindsey was attacked by 3 men and it was streamed live and went viral. Aside from the 3 men who forcefully attacked her, Drew was there. She was so upset trying to figure out how her boyfriend would sit there and allow it. Lindsey was in a mental institution for four years after the attack and came home to realize the person in charge of her security is Drew! She has so many questions for him. And one being WHY??? Why did he let them do that to her and why in the world weren't they prosecuted. So much is going for on that she has no idea about. Cannot wait for more!
Kreid09 10 months ago
Lindsay was hid away by her family during the aftermath of a horrific tragedy. 4 years later she comes home. Everything has changed, nothing is quite as she remembers, even what she thought to be true doesn't appear so simple anymore. Her biggest obstacle seems to be Drew, her ex boyfriend. He was the one who sat by and let her be brutalized, now he is in charge of protecting her. This book is one of those you won't want to put down. A touchy subject not many are comfortable reading or writing about. The story is not finished yet, but not one of those novellas that you wish were longer and had more answers. I feel that it ended in a relatively good place I am still wanting more, but not cussing out the author because of the intense cliffhanger.* I voluntarily read this ARC and gave a review.*
RRSmall 10 months ago
Wow!!! This new book by Meli Raine totally blew me away! From the very first page, I was sucked in, and stayed up late trying to finish it! Meli's writing made me feel like I know these characters, to the point where my emotions were all over the place. Lindsay has been through a horrific experience and no one really seems to care. Her father, the politician only wants to run for President and the feelings of his daughter come last. The only person she seems to be able to count on is her ex- boyfriend, Drew, who she doesn't know if she can trust. What a great ride! I can't wait for the next book in this series! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A fascinating insight into a story of survival and the start of going after your attackers for revenge. Lindsay has been through hell but can she learn to trust Drew. Can Drew protect her from them?
Laurie_bK 10 months ago
Addicted From Page One Do you know how it feels to begin to read a story and just realize, even before turning the first page, that this is going to be really good? If you don't, get this book and you will. And if you do, get this book and you're going to get that feeling once again. Addicting, right? Lindsay, the daughter of a Senator with Presidential aspirations and his calculating wife, and Drew, her former boyfriend who is now a well-honored and well-trained war hero, are brought together again after a four year separation initiated by one horrific night. But instead of simply having to learn to deal with the mental and emotional wreckage that night caused, which would have been enough by itself, they soon learn that there's way more to come. And neither of them are sure about who set this entire scenario in motion, and why, or who can be trusted. Meli Raine appears to be surpassing her prior books with this one. Having only finished the first part of this serial, I won't make this a definitive conclusion. But if the rest of this holds up, and I'm betting it will, we're all in for a thrilling and suspenseful ride. The only downside is the withdrawal while awaiting the next book's release. That's addiction for you.
IrishDaisy 10 months ago
An awesome read for my first by Author Meli Raine. My heart broke for everything Lindsay went through four years ago at the hands of three men. Just as she thought the worst thing to happen was it being recorded for the world to see, Lindsay finds out her best friends betrayed her, her ex-boyfriend is now head of her security detail and her parents have helped keep it all hush-hush. Lindsay has spent the last four years away at a "hospital" and wants nothing more than to come home, only now that she's home not all is as it seems. People are talking about her not to her and are trying to manage her. Now she thinks maybe she was better off back on the Island. After only being home three days things take a bit of a sinister turn for Lindsay, someone or maybe some people don't want Lindsay home. Can Drew do what he should've done four years ago and protect Lindsay?? Or maybe Lindsay will take matters into her own hands?? All i know is this was an awesome read and I honestly can't wait for book #2 to see what happens!! #Speechless
CChimni 10 months ago
Wow! I couldn't put it down. Lindsay went through an ordeal no one should ever have to experience, followed by being a prisoner for four years. Her father brings her home with Drew as her personal security. She thought she could never trust him again. She quickly finds that everything she thought she knew is false and the truth is so much more. A story full of pain, deceit, love, passion, attempts at healing, and revenge. I can't wait for the rest of the series. Book one does end on a cliff hanger.
Britchick1548 11 months ago
This book blew me away. Rarely has a book sucked me in so forcibly and so completely that the rest of the world (ie my family) have had to fend for themselves. Lindsay has a horrific gang rape, also known as "The LB Incident" by those people who are trying to do damage control for her politician father. Lindsay has to figure out who really is on her side, who she can trust and who stood by and did nothing. She's not the same "compliant" yes girl that they locked away in a mental institute four years ago. I am rooting for drew and hope he does turn out to be one of the good guys. Someone is not what or who they seem but although little hints are given along the way, it could be one of many people. Can't wait for the next one. ***I received an ARC in return for an honest review.***
bonjovi01 11 months ago
First I would like to say thank you to Meli Raine for the opportunity to read and ARC of this book! I must say that I could not wait to read this first book in this new series...I could not put my nook down I read until I could no longer keep my eyes open that is just how good this new book is! This book opens with Lindsay waiting to leave what she calls the Island after 4 years...4 long years trying to forget what happened to her how she was gang raped and that the video went viral! Lindsay know just what to say and do to make that happen...until the security person assigned to her by her father (her father is getting ready to run for president of the United States) is Drew...her former boyfriend and oh yeah he was there while it was happening to her! Lindsay has waited for this day to come to seek her revenge against those who did that to her...all who are now wealthy, famous individuals in one way or another! Lindsay hates Drew and tells him so! What she doesn't know is that there were things that happened that she didn't see and Drew is determined to make her understand and keep her safe! I had tears in my eyes and I read what happened to Lindsay 4 yrs ago, while she is in the hospital after her car accident and when Drew explained to her what she did not see...this book ends with a cliff hanger so be aware of just that! I can not wait for the next book in this series to see just what happens next. Will Lindsay continue with her plan of revenge? What did her parents have to do with all of this?
bookhoundPA 11 months ago
I am voluntarily reviewing this book which I received from the author. I have read many Meli Raines books and this ranks up there as one of my favorite.I just couldn't put this book down. This is going to be one twisted series. After suffering a horrific gang rape Lindsey is sent away to recover from the "incident" for four years. During that time she only gets to see bits and pieces of the "incident". Then she is returned to her family and discovers that the person she thinks betrayed her the most - her boyfriend and BFF, is her body guard. For real! Everything Lindsey thinks she knows is quickly changed in the few short days she is home. Who can she trust? Her parents? Her ex-boyfriend, whom she is still attracted to and says he wants t protect her? No one? Coming home was something she wanted but now she is not sure if it is worse than being locked up on the island. Meli develops her characters so well. You feel sorry for Lindsey and all she went through but you can see that she has strength and just needs to tap into it to help her survive. Drew seems like someone who let her down but then again maybe he didn't. I'm still not sure she can trust him. Her dad says he knows what happened but is letting the lies spread because it is just easier to deal with for his campaign. He has moments of being an actual father and caring for his daughter. Her mom really isn't written with too many redeeming qualities. The household staff is introduced and given some background on Anya and her daughter, as well as Connie. But no matter how much information you get on them Meli is still keeping that one important piece about each character secret. This mystery will catch your attention and keep it. Having you guess what really happened and who really is involved. I can't wait until the next book.
Shadowplay4u 11 months ago
A Harmless Little Game is a truly scintillating, pulse pounding thriller that will claw its way under your skin and into the core of your very being. It will settle into the depths of your heart and seep into every part of your soul. Your small world will be rocked to its very foundation, and you will ask more questions than you will ever find answers to. What you will begin to discover is that this story is so much more then what you first believe. Indulge in every facet of this incredible story and lose yourself to its many layers and levels of meaning. This is yet another spectacular creation of the fantastically talented Meli Raine that you will not want to miss a single word as you savor this beautifully crafted work of art. Lindsay’s entire life morphed into one never-ending nightmare one fateful night. People she thought were friends betrayed her in the worst possible way, and she was left with scars that cover her body, her heart, and her soul. After emerging from this hell, she scrapes her way back to reality and to being human again. She is literally hanging on by a thin shard of hope as she finds her world once again being wildly shifted. Running out of options and desperate for allies, Lindsay finds herself trying to skate the thin veneer of her life to not alert those pulling the strings that she has her own plans that will twist the rules of this old game. By a wondrous miracle hope comes in the form of her old boyfriend Drew and her newly regained friend Jane. Can she trust them with the information they are feeding her, or is she truly on her own in reclaiming her life and her freedom? Lindsay’s characters truly blew me away. Her inner strength and courage astounded me after all that she had been through. I am not sure that most people would be able to pull themselves together long enough to acknowledge the world around them after living through such a carefully created hell much less have the determination to take their life back. She is such a wonderful character so full of hope that I couldn’t help but cheer her on. Drew puzzled me more than anything. I couldn’t quite figure him out at first, but once he opened up to Lindsay, I finally realized just how incredible he is as well. He went through his own personal hell after what happened to Lindsay. I look forward to watching these two hunt down and destroy the puppeteers and show them that no one will ever pull their strings again. I have been craving and missing these extraordinary stories from Meli Raine. I felt like I could breathe again while diving into this fantastic new series. Raine is a dream author that knows how to make you experience every aspect of her story. She effortlessly pulls your heart completely into her world. You become an integral part of the journey, and savoring every step of the journey is an exquisite gift that I thoroughly enjoy. Raine needs to be on your short list of favorite authors as she will rock your world without fail!
Peachey04 11 months ago
I found this to be a very interesting book. The story line draws you in from the start and keeps you enthralled through out. There is a mystery that needs to be solved as Lindsay searches for answers. This was an exciting read and I am looking forward to more in Lindsay's journey to find the truth! I received an ARC for purposes of an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.