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A Harmless Little Ruse (Harmless #2)

A Harmless Little Ruse (Harmless #2)

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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,


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.
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A Harmless Little Ruse is the second book in this political thriller/romantic suspense trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine, and is entirely from Drew's perspective.

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Meli Raine
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Harmless , #2
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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 Ruse (Harmless #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I'm so loving this series!!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I skimmed at least three quarters of this book, skipping all the gratuitous sex and repeated lengthy discussions of trust and love and hurt and blah blah blah. It's a shame because it's a good story line, but it could have been done much better by just getting to the point in a single book. I hate that I'm never going to know how the series ends.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Anonymous 4 months ago
Both books so hard to put down. I read 4 to 5 books a week and this series is at the top of my favorites. Intend to read more by this author. CB
Anonymous 5 months ago
About 145 pages. Didn't find any typos. To me, not quite as Heart pounding and intense as the first book. I will be reading the next hopefully last in the series. Here's hoping the scarves get theirs and the third book isn't a set up for more.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I couldn't put this book down till I was finished. The characters engaged me from the start. I truly enjoyed this entire series.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
A Harmless Little Ruse is a fantastically breathtaking epic level thriller that will wrap its dangerous fingers around your heart until you are caught in a web much too tangled and slippery to ever free yourself. The only solution is to ride out this lethal mystery until its deadly end. Along the way, you will learn more then you ever wanted about the dark side of humanity through the eyes of a man who refuses to admit defeat in his desperate attempt to both protect and love the one woman who holds his heart and soul captive. This is one romantic thriller that will literally have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. You will get no time outs as you navigate the twisted and manipulative world of politics where anything goes for a price and anyone’s loyalty can easily be bought and sold. Drew has lived a non-stop nightmare for the past 4 years. He couldn’t protect the woman he loved, so all he has left is revenge. When he was requested to protect Lindsay, he knows he has been given a second chance. The last thing he wants to do is waste this precious gift, and yet how can he protect her and get close to her again? With stubborn determination, he sets out to both protect Lindsay and set his own plan in motion. What he doesn’t anticipate is Lindsay. She isn’t the same girl he fell in love with. She’s changed and is so much more than he ever imagined. Can he pull her close while keeping his secrets locked up, or will she prove to be the wildcard he never counted on and send his plan in a tail spin of death? If I thought that Chase, Allie, Mark, and Carrie got under my skin, I was in no way prepared for Drew and Lindsay. How could anyone be? These two have suffered and endured the unspeakable, and yet they still are made to suffer for something they can’t even comprehend. When you have no allies on your side and trusting anyone could bring death, how can you move ahead without shattering and becoming completely undone by fear and despair? Instead, these two extraordinary characters have chosen to hold onto each other and fight for all they are worth. When the world is against you, you keep a strangle hold onto the only love and hope that you can find. They have come so far, and I absolutely love how they have made themselves so vulnerable to the other for the sake of a glimpse of hope and love that they can’t afford to hold onto. What a beautiful testament to the human spirit we see in Drew and Lindsay. Meli Raine is one outstanding author who continues to shine and brighten my world. Without her extraordinary gift, I would feel a definite void in my heart. Her writing it something not to be missed! If you are looking for perfection in the literary world, then she is as close as you will ever get.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The twists and turns keep ratcheting up the suspense and danger in this second book of the "A Harmless Little..." trilogy. This time the plot follows Drew as he attempts to connect with Lindsay and overcome torturous memories of their past and threats to their present. My suspicions at the end of Game about Drew are confirmed in Ruse; as is his fierce love for Lindsay and undying need to protect her. I am once again in reader torment until December 13th when the final book A Harmless Little Plan releases. I want more of these two and to see the guilty uncovered and punished for the diabolical torture they keep pressuring them with. The plot and potential inside players grows while individuals' motivation, trust, honesty, and truthfulness are all suspect. I can not wait to read the final book and see justice served. I suspect I will also want a follow on book or three to see what the future brings for Lindsay and Drew as they heal and recover from this trauma. I would also like a story for Gentian and am glad to see Mark Paulson again as they are both strong honorable men. Please keep giving us such wonderful, amazing, complex heros to cheer for.
CChimni More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down!!!!! I loved seeing Drew's POV. It was very enlightening. It was great to see them grow closer together. The mystery heightens while the story line continues to unfold. A story filled with passion, love, hidden truths, enemies in plain site, misguided trust, and mystery! Can't wait for book three!
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a 90 mile an hour thrill ride this book was! I was so close to the edge of my seat, a couple of times, I almost wound up in the floor. I was at a little bit of a disadvantage never having read the first book, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment of this book one bit. These characters are so real and raw and honest, and the chemistry between Drew and Lindsay is just off the charts. You're drawn right into the story from the get go, and you remain riveted to the very last page. This is a story full of intrigue and heartbreak and lost innocence and guilt and shame and mistrust and redemption and most of all, love. Throughout it all, there is always love. I adored this book! I would highly recommend it and I can't wait for the next book in the series, A Harmless Little Plan. * I received an ARC of this book from the author and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.