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Rome Carino is hunting a predator. One who likes to hurt submissives, and the most popular BDSM club's patrons are being targeted. With each fresh kill he gets more brazen. Rome knows he just needs one little break, but before he can make headway, the FBI shows up. Worse, the uptight, buttoned-down Special Agent Maria Callahan suggests...
Rome Carino is hunting a predator. One who likes to hurt submissives, and the most popular BDSM club's patrons are being targeted. With each fresh kill he gets more brazen. Rome knows he just needs one little break, but before he can make headway, the FBI shows up. Worse, the uptight, buttoned-down Special Agent Maria Callahan suggests a plan that is dangerous, but worth it because it might just catch the killer. If Rome can keep his mind on the case and off the beautiful FBI agent, he'll be just fine.
Maria is still trying to step out of her legendary father's shadow and knows just how to do it. Luring the killer by posing as Rome's new sub seems like a good idea. That is, until undercover becomes real life and she finds herself tangled up with a man who amazes and scares her at the same time. Her growing attraction to the Honolulu Police Detective is a little too much to handle. Even knowing that, she can't help falling in love with the tough Dom and losing herself in the games they play in the bedroom.
Rome is overwhelmed by his need for Maria. He has never had a sub respond to him the way she does, and no matter what he does, he feels himself slipping off that cliff into love. As their relationship starts to unfold, he realizes that he will do anything to win her heart, to convince her to become his sub for a lifetime. But before he can do anything, the killer turns his attention on Rome and the one thing he holds dear: Maria.
WARNING: The following book contains: A Dom who thinks he can do no wrong, a new sub who is about to teach him he can, palm trees, a trip or two to Rough 'n Ready, a flirty Aussie Dom with questionable motives, old friends, and a new enemy. Yeah, it might be called Harmless, but you Addicts know it's anything but.
Posted October 18, 2011
I am not afraid to admit I am a very smart reader, so if you are going to add a mystery and suspense to your erotic story it better be as good as the sex. This one is a winner!! Breaking it down, I felt the chemistry between the characters of Rome & Maria was organic and believable. It was kind of lust at first sight, that morphed into love and I really enjoyed that. I loved the storyline arc and the ability to draw in characters from throughout the series in a natural way that made sense, even though I think if this was the first book in the series you had read, it wouldn't make a difference. That takes skill. There's nothing worse than discovering an author midst way through a series and feeling like you are missing something. The mystery and suspense of the book was fantastic! I kept thinking I knew who the villain was, but then questioned myself as to whether it was a red herring, so that thrilled me. I love the Harmless series, as you can tell from my other reviews. This new addition not only did not disappoint me, I really thought Ms. Schroeder hit this one out of the park. I'm always happy to re-visit her Hawaiian locales, and the core characters I have grown to love. The added humor was true to each character, and the weaving of the BDSM club Rough & Ready as a catalyst to drive the story in ways other than just hot sex was terrific. I look forward to the next installment of this series!!
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I am now officially a fan of Melissa Schroeder. This is my first book by her and I am sold. Hook, line, and sinker she got me. First off, from the first chapter I was sold. She developed great character personality right off the gate. I wasn't irritated; I was swept in and ready to follow along with Rome and Maria's story. I knew that this book was BDSM related; I had bought the first book in this series and hadn't read it yet. Well, now I regret that in a huge way. I want the other stories. I want to know how they all met and how it all comes together in this current installment in the Harmless Series.
What a totally fantastic story. As hot as the BDSM sex was I was totally consumed with the internal story. The intrigue with hunting a serial killer, I'm a huge fan of shows like Law and Order SVU and this reminded me so much of a really good episode of that show (If Chris Meloni would get down and dirty with a flogger I would be a happy camper for life). A lot of times with crime novels you get an over kill of the detail, there is so much attention to detail that you get no time to really sort out if the killer is someone close and often times you get bored. In this I wasn't bored at all, if I had to put the book down I was thinking about it, reasoning it out, and trying to find out my own answers.
Inside that incredible plot was a love story. And what a great love story it was. Can I just say that I love when a book makes me want the couple to be together from the first moment they meet? Sometimes I find myself going "Eh, this might not work out." But not even knowing any background from the series at all, I loved each and every character that was passed through in the book. I wanted more, and I enjoyed every part of it. Nothing was left open and untold, the romance was perfect, the sex was hot (mainly because it included bondage), and the couple clicked for me. I was left wanting more and soaking up all the free excerpts that were dropped into the ending of this story.
This book has left me with a warm feeling in my belly for Melissa Schroeder. I will be reading a lot more of her stuff in the future.
I received this ARC for review from the author.
He studied her for a moment, no expression on his face. Then, he placed his hand on the wall next to her head and leaned closer, as he did in the elevator. Gawd, he smelled good. Earthy and sensual, and all wrapped up in a dominant package of a man.
She needed to attract the killer, and she needed their help. She'd have to trust them and Rome to get this bastard. And, if it meat decking herself out like a sex toy waiting to be played with, she would do it.
The simple answer made him smile. It had come out just like a perfect little sub should answer her Dom. A possessiveness he didn't expect slapped him in the face, and he had to fight the urge to claim her. It wacked him upside the head like the club he should be carrying. It was primitive, Neanderthal almost.
"You will let me know the pleasure I give you, but you do not allow yourself that pleasure. It's mine to own and mine to offer."
"You didn't have to do that. Shouldn't have without permission."
She gave him a cocky smile. "I'm sure you can figure out some punishment for me." He laughed, feeling lighter and definitely in a better mood. "After dinner."
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Posted October 18, 2011
I am so glad that Melissa Schroeder has decided to continue this series.
A Little Harmless Submission is the 6th book in this series (but can be read as a stand alone) and I really got a kick out of it. Rome Carino is a cop and a Dom working a serial murder investigation. Subs are being raped and killed. Maria Callahan is a FBI agent with a need to prove herself. She plans to use herself as bait to catch the killer. Rome and Maria are combustible. I love how Maria shakes the ice cold Dom. This is a wonderful mystery and love story. Keep them coming Ms. Schroeder
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Posted August 27, 2013
Snap, Crackle Sizzle…is how I would describe Schroeder’s latest novel in the “Harmless” series. Sex, murder, sex, bdsm, sex and Hawaii are all included in the story. Rome Carino is a no holds barred detective in Hawaii.
A body turns up that indicates a serial killer may be on the loose. The body isn’t just a random murder. The body was the latest to turn up near a local BDSM club.
The FBI soon enter the picture and much to Rome’s surprise he is assigned a temporary new partner for the case, Agent Maria Callahan. Rome doesn’t enjoy the FBI looking over his shoulder while working on this case and Agent Callahan doesn’t enjoy Rome’s smugness over any and everything. Yet, they both have an instant attraction to each other.
The case calls for the Rome and Maria to go undercover and a dom and sub in the BDSM club scene. The irony here is that Rome really is a Dom in every sense of the word. Maria who is by no means your average sub would be better described as a switch.
After a very lusty evening at the Rough and Ready club with friends Micah and Dee, Rome’s feelings for Maria have intensified. Maria’s libido is sky high after seeing Rome in this new situation. Surprising Maria even further is the fact that she wants to be dominated by Rome.
Their first encounter is one that brings about an alpha male and an alpha female. Rome’s feelings for Maria go further than the D/s relationship. Maria trusts Rome and that surprises her as she not only lets go of her inhibitions, she lets go of the tight control on her life.
While Rome and Maria continue to work on the case, things take a serious twist as the killer sets his sights on both Maria and Rome.
Schroeder’s acerbic humor weaves it’s way through this story and the location of Hawaii makes this story that much hotter.
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The writing unfortunately didn't work for me, and the plot wasn't strong enough to grab me and keep me interested. I also didn't care for the characters at all. Maria was very butch and Rome struck me as being too in touch with his feminine side. I realize those are snap judgements that are probably way off the mark, but I just don't care about them enough to dig deeper. At least it was free (which is why I couldn't try a sample) so I don't feel so bad about DNF'ing.
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Posted December 19, 2011
Another winner for Melissa! The Harmless series is GREAT and this one lives up to the hotness! Rome is another super hot stud. Maria Callahan is a strong smart FBI agent that can take care of herself...but sometimes you find that perfect person that makes you realize that you can have a great time in many different ways! A great story line with the murders of women from BDSM clubs! Props again Melissa!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2011
Posted October 30, 2011
This is the sixth installment in Ms. Schroeder's Harmless series and is a great addition to an already well-written series of books. The mix between eroticism and mystery is nicely balanced in this story with plenty of suspects to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the end. Rome Carino is a great hero with just a bit of baggage. The killings going on around him are related to the BDSM club he inhabits and some of the women being targeted have a history with him. This leads to a lot of guilt on his part and frustration. He's desperate to find the killer. When the opportunity to go undercover with tough as nails FBI agent Maria Callahan comes up he's at first leery because of a bad experience in the past with a corrupt partner of his. Once they start working together portraying a BDSM couple the initial sparks between them really start intensifying. Once Maria gets in harm's way Rome is finally forced into admitting the truth about his feelings for her and uses his Dom personality to get her to admit her true feelings too. Maria has her own baggage living up to her father's reputation as a famous profiler. She's been forced into the world of serial killers since she was a child being taken to crime scenes by a father who found this a good way to bond. It's not the life she wants though and she eventually finds the strength to admit that with the support of Rome. She's a tough woman in the male-dominated world of the FBI but is more than willing to let Rome dominate her in bed. They bring out things in each other, show a different side that they normally keep hidden and this made them a great match. The mystery surrounding the killer is actually a good one with some believable red herrings thrown in to keep the reader guessing. The pace of the mystery blends well alongside the romance with an ending of whodunit wrapped up nicely. The sexual interludes are well paced and intense. There's a lot of chemistry between Rome and Maria from the very beginning which makes their sexual interludes believably erotic and loving. Considering it's in the world of BDSM though I found the sexual interludes a bit light when it comes to dom/sub play. So those leery of strong BDSM elements will find this just right. There's plenty of intriguing secondary characters showing up from previous books with a new one or two that has me longing to see more of them. This book can be read on its own but you'll definitely want to catch up on the series after discovering how entertaining this installment is. Add in a very likable main couple and you have a book that I was immersed in from page one until the very end. For those who like a good whodunit with a nice bit of spice look no further than A Little Harmless Submission.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2011
A Little Harmless Submission by Melissa Schroeder is a reader's book, you know how some writers don't think about the readers of their books. Melissa does she draws you into her stories you feel like you know the people in her books. they are your friends & family you feel what they feel. And you feel for Rome & Maria from their first meeting to the end of the book which you know is not the end of their story. Like old friends you know you will meet up with them again. Maria Callahan is a FBI agent who has come to Honolulu to catch a sadistic serial killer this killer is preying on submissive of BDSM clubs..and in the process she captures Honolulu Police Detective Rome Carino' heart. From the first chapter it grabs you "Rome cursed when the rain started to pound the top of his car" you can picture the rain pounding his car and how he feels getting out of his car at the crime scene of another woman sub dead. And once Maria and Rome meet it's fireworks, no you really feel it ,even though they try to ignore it. After all they have a killer to catch. They go undercover as a Dom and his submissive at Rough'n Ready a BDSM club with no backup to speak of. Watch the two of them working together to catch this killer and work on being a couple which they will not admit to being. Everyone around them can see the love that Maria & Rome have for each other. The story grabs you from start to finish. Mellissa Schroeder has done it again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2011
Melissa Schroeder hits it out the park again with the newest addition to the Harmless series. I didn't think that I could love a hero and heroine more than her past characters, but then comes Rome and Maria to prove me wrong. I instantly fell in love with Rome Carino and rooted for Maria Callahan and her sexy FBI attitude. Rome definitely met his match and you'll find yourself wanting to read this book over and over again. If you haven't read any of the Harmless books then you need to jump in with both feet now.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 24, 2011
Wow! This story is HOT. The characters, the plot, EVERYTHING, makes this story one of the best in the Harmless series! Even though I have the most overwhelming reading pile that actually makes me nervous, as soon as I was sent an eARC, I put everything else aside to read it. As soon as I found out Submission was going to feature Rome, I could not wait to read it! Schroeder, once again, has written a fantastic novel and clearly does not disappoint.
Rome Carina is a tough detective whose latest work has him looking for a serial killer that has been killing subs that go to the local BSDM club, "Rough and Ready". Being a member of the club as well, Rome finds this case very personal and will do anything in his power to find the killer before he kills another female. Maria is a member of the FBI who goes to Hawaii to catch the killer. She is willing to do anything to prove herself in force, even if that means posing as Rome's sub and putting herself right in the killer's view.
Rome and Maria have amazing and hot chemistry. I could not have asked for a better couple to get to know! I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow. It totally worked for me because it seemed so real.
Evan is still my favorite Harmless hero, but Rome is definitely a close second! A Little Harmless Submission is not to be missed! Actually, the entire Harmless series should not be missed!
Posted October 22, 2011
FBI agent Maria Callahan has mighty big shoes to fill and needs to solve this case to prove to the other agents in her department that she is worthy of her position, not just riding the coat tails of her father's legacy. Maria has a plan-bait the hook with herself as a sub to lure in the killer-hopefully ending the sideways glances from within her department once and for all. She enlists the help of Rome Carino, HPD detective and frequenting Dom of Rough-N-Ready and look out . Game. Is. On. Rome finds out she is not the icy woman she first appeared to be, she's the perfect sub and a truly beautiful woman who evokes reactions in him that throw him for a loop. For Maria, Rome just may be the ambassador for the male species, proving that not all have an agenda to use her as a step-ladder to gain position.well, maybe as a Dom he DOES gain position, but only in the bedroom!
I'm a Big Harmless fan of the Little Harmless series! Rome and Maria are loveable characters in this story with good dialogue, even pacing, sexy bedroom scenes, suspense and an HEA. I'm anxiously awaiting #7 - A Little Harmless Fascination - Coming in January 2012.
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Posted October 21, 2011
Rome...powerfully built police detective, attractive, pleasure seeking, and sexy. A single man not particularly interested in settling down with any one woman, but Maria comes into his field of vision and the fun begins.
Maria...Ms. Schroeder wrote an incredibly complex character in Maria. I loved the many aspects there are to Maria: Daughter of a famous FBI agent; Mother killed by serial killer when Maria was 12 years old; taken by her father to crime scenes at a young age; dragged around the country with her father while he searched out serial killers; budding romance writer.
The relationship Rome has with good friends Evan and Micah is great ~ I loved all of the ribbing and good-natured bantering between these characters.
To say that Rome has met his match in Maria is an understatement. These two are completely perfect for one another ~ in and out of the bedroom! They both have very dominant personalities in their jobs, but Maria is a perfect sub in the privacy of the bedroom.
This book not only has romance, it also has a great back story of suspense. Maria and Rome meet when Maria is sent from the offices of the FBI in D.C. to work with the Hawaii Police Department on a serial killer case. Since this serial killer is killing subs, Maria has put herself out there as bait, an action protective Rome does not like.
Once again, Melissa Schroeder gets five stars from me for a thoroughly entertaining ~ beginning to end ~ novel!
Posted October 21, 2011
Rome Carino is a police detective on the hunt for a serial killer. Maria Callahan is an FBI agent assigned to oversee the case. Immediately the sparks fly.
This was a well developed story. The main characters were really easy to identify with and like. Revisiting old characters was absolutely fab (love Evan and Micah). Great back story on Rome and Maria, the right motivation for why they are the way they are. The mystery played out nicely through the end. Smexy scenes were deliciously hot and just the right amount of them. BDSM elements were on the sugarkink side.
Conclusion...This is another great story by Melissa Schroeder. Hot alpha male, nicely submissive but independent woman, great sexual tension, steamy romance, and a fascinating mystery. Altogether delicious! I could NOT put it down!
Posted October 20, 2011
Whoa! I LOVED this book. I will take one Rome....delivered to my house with restraints in hand. Talk about an amazing alpha hero...Melissa wrote a really good one here!!! And he has met his match with FBI agent, Maria, who is pretty much an alpha herself in her everyday life, but when this Dom gets her in the bedroom, well, then she is the perfect sub. Theirs is a great romance and I loved that I got to read it!
But it is not only a romance, it's also a great suspense novel. The reason that Maria and Rome are even together at all is because they are working a serial killer case...Rome through the Hawaii Police Dept. and Maria through the FBI. This serial killer is killing subs so Maria has put herself out there as bait...something that does NOT sit well with this strong alpha hero at all. He knows that she is a good, capable agent, but he is starting to care for her and to put her in the line of fire goes against EVERYTHING that he is, because first and foremost, he is a protector.
Maria is a complex character. She has a lot of different aspects that Melissa created brilliantly. From the time that her mother died at the age of 12, Maria travelled with her FBI father, who was famous for catching serial killers. She went with him to investigate and even crime scenes at a very young age. Although it's never talked about directly in this book, it is hinted at and there has to be lingering mental issues from dealing with those types of things at such a young age. Now she is an FBI agent herself and she's good at it, although she is feeling like maybe that isn't enough (maybe issues with the fact that she went on scenes at such a young age here too.) She has also started writing romance novels on the side (LOVE that about her!!!)
Then there is Rome. *sigh* He is just dreamy. Obviously, he is a Dom, but he's so much more. He's a police detective, caring, sensual, and sexy. He has never really seen himself for a commitment type of guy, but he falls hard for Maria. He is also good friends with Evan & Micah. I love the scenes with those guys. Melissa writes awesome bro-mance!! I really love the group of friends that make up the hearts of this series and we get a good dose of that in this book too.
I love the entire ALH series, but this one is definitely one of my favorites. You absolutely do not have to read the prior books to enjoy this one, but I highly recommend them.
It's a great series:
1. ALH Sex- A
2. ALH Pleasure- B+
3. ALH Obsession- A
4. ALH Lie- A
5. ALH Addiction- B
6. ALH Submission- A-