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A Harmless Little Game (Harmless #1)

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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 scree
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published October 18th 2016
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Anna Goerlitz Jesus. I truly hope he was drugged too? If not, I can see no way of redeeming him - nothing can excuse that!

And, uhm, if he was caught on tape, why on…more
Jesus. I truly hope he was drugged too? If not, I can see no way of redeeming him - nothing can excuse that!

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I love books with dark, suspenseful storylines that keep you guessing right to the end. After reading the blurb for 'A Harmless Little Game' I knew that this was a book that I'd be reading ASAP. For the most part, it lived up to my expectations. However, there were definitely some things that I thought could have been executed better.

First of all, as my friend Bibi pointed out in her review, the likelihood that Lindsay could have been held involuntarily for four years, is not likely. Sure, her m
Bibi J
Oct 22, 2016 Bibi J rated it it was ok
**2.5 stars**
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I see you looking at me sideways. Yes, I know and I'm sorry, but let me tell you why this was a near miss for me.

A Harmless Little Game falls within the romantic suspense genre which is one of my favorite genres because it's so deliciously thrilling.
......Your nerves should be shot and your nails chewed raw by the end of a suspenseful story. This story attempts, but didn't quite connect with me; indulge me while I tell you the 3 reasons why. (1.) The plot hol
Jennifer Kyle
3.5 Stars


This is the first book of a three book series that will all be released by December 13th. The story is suspenseful and made for a quick read while leaving me with a slew of questions and willing to read the next book. The story starts with the heroine, Lindsay Bosworth, a senator’s daughter being released from a medical center after a four year stay. She’s been recovering from an attack that had went viral on the web and her father has decided that it’s time for her to return home as hi
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A Harmless Little Game (Harmless, #1) by Meli Raine A Harmless Little Ruse (Harmless, #2) by Meli Raine A Harmless Little Plan (Harmless, #3) by Meli Raine

LIVE! Political thriller/romantic suspense! Vengeance on the men who raped her the boyfriend who looked on.

Book 1 of 3
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.
Oct 15, 2016 XxTainaxX rated it it was amazing
This is a deeply emotional story. Lindsay suffers through something terrible at the hands of people she thought were friends. Even after an isolated recovery, her return is punctuated by mysterious occurrences intended to hurt her. Drew, her ex-boyfriend and witness to the crime perpetuated on her, was hired by her father as her head of security. This emotional component is very hard to accept as there is a big mystery surrounding Drew's role in the traumatic event. Lindsey seems to transform be ...more
Natalie "The Biblioholic"
Oct 16, 2016 Natalie "The Biblioholic" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, series, abuse, arc
I'm giving this book 5 stars mostly because of how fast it gripped my attention and of how well it kept it.

Four years ago, Lindsay brutally lost her virginity on camera. The video went viral and EVERYONE saw her torment. The kicker? Her boyfriend, Drew, the love of her life, sat there and watched it all. Didn't lift a damn finger to help her. During the four years, Lindsay was isolated at an institute for "recovery" (cute name for a mental institution), but now she's free and has come home. Ex
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

Four years ago the unspeakable happened to Lindsay. Violated in the worst way while her boyfriend and the man she loved sat and watched. Now Lindsay is back and looking for revenge. But things are not exactly as they seem and soon the past is coming back with a vengeance and no one is to be trusted...


WHOA, so this book sucked me in from page one. I am dying to untangle all these knots of mystery. Who are the bad guys? What is everyone hiding? Will Lindsay finally get justice? SO many questions..
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
I liked this one. And I'm definitely curious to see what happens next. I'm super happy it's going to be in Drew's POV! I guess if I had one issue with this book, it was that I felt as if Lindsay's (the main character) reactions to her current situation were a little off. In some parts they were not extreme enough. That said, I REALLY LIKED IT. I couldn't put it down. And I'm IN THIS till the end.
*** 3 stars ***
Oct 20, 2016 ReadingisMyEscape rated it liked it
3 "I'm not sure what I feel about this" stars

I knew going in this was going to be an emotional read and I got that. The problem is that I expected my emotions to be full of revenge and anger for what was done to her. Instead I find I"m extremely conflicted...

I wanted this totally kick ass heroine who came back from the "island" focused on getting back at those who wronged her. What I got was a heroine who....well, I'm not sure exactly how to describe her. Her actions for the majority of the book
Charity Chimni
Oct 05, 2016 Charity Chimni rated it it was amazing
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 hang ...more
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
4.5 stars

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A Harmless Little Game is the first book in the Harmless series and what a shocking way to start. What Lindsay goes through is not only shocking, emotional, and dark, the aftermath I think is worse. The betrayals she has had happen to her since that fateful night make you angry for her, the people you would think would 100% have her back and don’t you want to take a baseball bat and beat them with it. Th
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Intrigue & drama!!!!
Full review to come.

4 Stars
Oct 14, 2016 Erica rated it it was amazing
Holy hell, what did I just read?
This is going to be one extremely twisted series.

You know those books that suck you in within the first few pages, keep you glued to your seat and refusing to see anything outside of those pages until your finished with the very last page?
That's what A Harmless Little Game was to me.
This is a twisted thrill ride, taking the reader high then low, giving you hope and then taking it away only to hint at getting it back.

Lindsay's life four years ago took a horrific
Paula  Phillips
Nov 16, 2016 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I would be hooked. A Harmless Little Game by Meli Raine has everything from edgy content to sexual abuse to politics, backstabbing friends and scandals as well as family drama. Four years ago, the main character Lindsay who was a Senator's daughter attended a frat party with her boyfriend at the time Drew. The night ended horribly as Lindsay ended up gang-raped and a video of the incident went viral. The joys of social media. Her family like mos ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Anja rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, abuse

Wait a minute....WHAT?!

Jan 22, 2017 Yuana rated it really liked it
Never reading the story like this before.
❤️ Diana ❤️
Jan 03, 2017 ❤️ Diana ❤️ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddy-read
Full review to follow but I have soooooo many questions! #MustReadMore!!!!
Oct 16, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing
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 stor ...more
Evelyn ~ Summer's Eve Reads
Title: A Harmless Little Game
Author: Meli Raine
Series: Harmless #1
Genre: political suspense, romance
Themes: revenge
Heat: 3/5
Rating: 4/5
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Reviewer's note: Yes, this ends on a cliffhanger. Stop complaining and read it anyway.

Drew is the threshold between imprisonment and freedom. I may hate him. I may cry into my pillow every night wondering why he let them destroy me four years ago. I may still burn with the heat of a thousand suns for him.
Oct 20, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
A Harmless Little Game is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s hard. It’s brash. It’s painful. I am so happy I read it. It made me angry, more angry than I have been in a long time. Angrier than I think I have ever been while reading a book. It was wonderful.
This entire book was told from Lindsay’s perspective. There was a wonderful disconnect between the person she was in the present and the person who was brutalized. I can’t quite touch how Meli Raine was able to so plainly make me feel
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 30, 2016 Nerdy Dirty & Flirty rated it really liked it

Highly intriguing with plot twists that have me excited for more.

I was sold with the blurb...political, dark, suspense, totally my kind of read. I knew it was going to leave me hanging, I knew there would be more to the story but I didn't quite expect all of the mysteries that have yet to be solved.

Lindsay had been sent away after her horrible rape was blasted over the internet. For four years she was kept in place away from the media, her friends and her family. It is finally time for her to c
Y. Isabel
Nov 14, 2016 Y. Isabel rated it it was ok
I had high expectations only for it to be dashed into a million pieces with this book. The heroine is beyond aggravating and immature. She calls her private part "my V." *rolls eyes dramatically* I expected our heroine here to have some fire and wittyness to her, but I got a weak and horny heroine.

She's raped brutally by three men while her boyfriend sits and watch. So what does she do when he's hired as her security head? You would think that she would confront him for not protecting her or sla
Jen's Late Night Reviews
Oct 17, 2016 Jen's Late Night Reviews rated it it was amazing
This book was pretty amazing, all the right stuff in it. Sadness, mystery, love, danger, lust..all of it. I'm so excited to read the rest of the series and find out what happens to everyone.

My heart completely breaks for Lindsay and all the pain she's endured. And four years later, she still has to deal with the backlash from the media. Throughout the book we learn more about what happened to her and it is devastating. When she is finally released from the mental retreat, she finds that her ex-
Nov 03, 2016 Isabella rated it really liked it
Wow! I don't know what was I expecting but I wasn't expecting this! The story is so gripping from the first sentence to the end.
Personally, I'm not much into thrillers and plots around politics or politicians. If you're like me, don't hesitate, read this book, because it's way more than a political thriller. It has a very original story, it's dark, unexpected and keeps you hooked. I loved the characters, the chemistry between Drew and Lindsay is gripping!

However the synopsis misleads the reader
~ Cariad ~
Dec 06, 2016 ~ Cariad ~ rated it it was amazing
Wow something totally different here from a new author to me.

Gripping, suspense filled and honestly disturbing on so many levels as we don't really get to know the full truth of what's happened or where the story will go in book 2, I feel totally compelled to read it though.

Jackie Lane
Oct 19, 2016 Jackie Lane rated it it was amazing
What something seems like is not always the case.

In this book four years after a viral video and having been in seclusion, Lindsay comes home to discover on the of the 4 responsible for what happened to her is now her personal security guard. As the author takes us along for a ride, we realize what we thought was true is not necessarily what actually happened.

This book is filled with lots of twists and surprises. It is one of those books you find very difficult to put down.

I received a complime
Wow one minute I was at 35% and the next I was finished. I can't wait to start part two. This book as so addictive and so involving I could not get enough. I have thankfully never experienced what Lindsay went through, but you could feel the entire range of emotions that she went through as if you were feeling them yourself. The writing was spectacular and the story was completely engaging. Highly recommend this series.
Shari Kay
Oct 10, 2016 Shari Kay marked it as maybe-maybe-not
this sounds intense. I think i will wait for series completion
Oct 18, 2016 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
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 mo
EroticaAfterDark (Lilith)
Feb 16, 2017 EroticaAfterDark (Lilith) marked it as maybe-read
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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
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  • A Harmless Little Plan (Harmless, #3)

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