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A Harmless Little Ruse

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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.

179 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 18, 2016

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Meli Raine

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USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine 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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Profile Image for Candace.
1,176 reviews4,154 followers
December 3, 2016
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The second book in the series, 'A Harmless Little Ruse' is told from Drew's POV. I have to say, it worked for me. After the first book, I had a lot of lingering doubts about his sincerity. Seeing things from his perspective really put my fears to rest.

As Lindsay's father makes his intention to run for President official, Lindsay's attackers up their game. The text messages are more frequent and increasingly threatening. One of her attackers is even so brazen as to show up at an event of her father's. Whoever is pulling the strings continues to be above the law and remains an unknown.

While any questions I had about Drew's loyalty to Lindsay were answered in this book, my hatred for her parents only increased. Lindsay's parents have got to be some of the worst parents in history. Just when I think they may have a shred of human decency or compassion for their own daughter, their self-serving behaviors surface again. They have to be two of the most selfish, cold-hearted characters that I've ever crossed. Their treatment of their daughter is inexcusable. In my opinion, they deserve to suffer the same fate as the attackers. They're just vile!

Although I didn't feel like much progress was made toward catching Lindsay's attackers in this book, there were a few big reveals and twists that made this a worthwhile read. Drew hasn't been fully forthcoming about the night of the attack. He has a secret and it is a huge one. When it comes to light, I was forced to reevaluate all of the judgments I had made about Drew and his previous treatment of Lindsay. I have to say, I didn't see it coming.

This book also has Drew and Lindsay coming together as a couple again. In spite of the fact that her parent's ultimately fire Drew and prohibit Lindsay from seeing him, they are solid. It may take some sneaking around, but they are finally on the same page and working together to bring down the rapists.

There are several twists and turns this time around. I have laid some doubts to rest, only to have new ones surface. Aside from Lindsay and Drew, I'm not sure who can be trusted.

Overall, I thought that this book was an improvement over the first book. There were still some plot holes and details that just didn't make sense to me. However, I didn't find them to be incredibly distracting or overwhelming like they were in the first book.

Not surprisingly, this book ends with a huge cliffhanger. That ending -- Argh! I'll have to wait for the final book to see what happens. Luckily, it is expected out by mid-December. I will certainly be picking up a copy to see how things work out for Lindsay and Drew. Let it be known that if they don't get some justice, I will not be happy.
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1,282 reviews3,316 followers
February 10, 2017
Rarely do I do a DNF, never mind that I've read books/series far more maddening than Harmless, still, I can't quite overlook the plot holes and shallow characterization of both Lindsay and Drew. Having read the first book, A Harmless Little Game, I hoped to continue, eager to know how Lindsay would enact vengeance Even that much I did not get, but instead she pranced around Drew, spinning cotton candy introspections and whathaveyous. Sigh.

Turns out, I failed to account for my blood pressure, which spiked to dangerous levels because of the insipid and lackluster attempts at "vengeance", subsequently, my personal physician- meaning moi- asked that I refrain from situations likely to induce eye-rolls and headshakes.

Thanks for your understanding during this difficult period and please know this decision was not taken lightly. *cue eye-roll*
Profile Image for Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic.
2,493 reviews1,208 followers
November 19, 2016
I gave this 5 stars because I'm still trying to figure things out. Therefore the author was successful in stumping me. Although I've kind of figured out a few things, I question if I'm any closer to solving mystery. Who is the master puppeteer?

This installment was told exclusively from Drew's POV and I couldn't be more grateful because from time to time, Lindsay really got on my nerves. I had more of an appreciation of her character when viewed from his perspective.

Some of my questions were definitely answered in this book, such as Drew's trust as to what happened the night that Lindsay was attacked, but now I need so many more answers. Everyone's a suspect and with the way this book ended, I have absolutely no clue who to trust or what will happen next.

I need A Harmless Little Plan ASAP!! December 13th seems so freaking far away. Ah well, at least that day will be a very happy birthday for me lol!

An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review
Profile Image for ⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰ .
550 reviews469 followers
May 4, 2019
5 Stars!!

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This one was told in Drew's POV and it was just as intense or even a little more than book 1. As the story progresses we start to understand and learn more about what is going on and what is behind it. Lindsay is so strong and for the most part smart, but occasionally she will think or say something that made me think she was a little ditsy.

Drew has grown on me and I really like him but I do understand why Lindsay is hesitant to trust him, If I were her I wouldn't trust anyone!

I am keeping these reviews vague as I don't want to give anything away. There are so many secrets, lies, twists and turns that saying anything would give too much away. What I can say is that the writing, plot and characters are fantastic! If you like your romance mixed with some suspense and a little mystery then you should definitely add this trilogy to your tbr pile.
Profile Image for XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy.
1,473 reviews443 followers
November 22, 2016
This is book two of a three part series and while I don't quite know the who and what of it, I'm enjoying the journey to finding out. Book two is told from Drew's point of view. What our heroine went through was traumatic in book one, but our hero has not gone unsuffered (Goodreads is trying to tell me that's not an actual word, but I like it). There are some revelations as to what Drew went through, but not many details.
The story doesn't move along very fast at first but then it starts to change the plot's direction. So much so, that it builds anticipation. There's not a whole lot of romance between the MCs, which I would've liked, but there is the consistent theme of second chance love. I have some ideas as to who might be involved but I am looking forward to unraveling the mystery in the third book.

Safety: It is confirmed that Drew slept with OW during their separation. Big time yes to rape and abuse.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Bex (Beckie Bookworm).
1,916 reviews1,220 followers
December 27, 2017
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 STARS .
So here we have the second instalment A harmless Little Ruse (Harmless, #2) By Meli Raine.
I read this immediately upon finishing book one, I was that gripped by this story.
This begins directly where the first one ends and unlike the previous tale is told from Drew's POV.
This was a major plus point for me for as I believe I mentioned in my previous review that even though I liked Lindsay there were certain times I still found myself getting slightly irritated at the girl's choices.
So I found this a complete breath of fresh air in contrast and we also get the added bonus of understanding Drew much more.
Drew is brought fully into the spotlight here and we get to witness his inner thought process and understand in more depth the events of four years ago.
If I had to pick a favourite out of these two rating them both four stars this would so be it.
I found Lindsay Doubly irritating in "A Harmless little Ruse" as she seemed to be blowing hot and cold throughout.
I also struggled with how she wasn't telling her parents to piss off in regards to her relationship with Drew.
She's a bloody twenty-three-year-old Adult woman for christ sake!!!
Can't believe she let them paint him in such a bad light with the media either.
Shaking my head in disbelief here girlfriend, what were you thinking, he loves you so much.
As for Drew, what I learned, well all I can say heartbreaking.
So This gets four stars all on the merits of Drew who I absolutely adore.
Lindsay herself can go suck eggs, I'm hoping she is able to redeem herself in book three.
I am crossing my fingers in hope, but not holding my breath considering her past behaviour your free pass from me has now expired my girl, get with the program.
So this ended on such a cliffhanger yet again and I so need to fast forward to see if the bad guys get there comeuppance in spades.
everything I can cross is crossed here.
Well on to book three for the conclusion to this addictive trilogy.
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3,311 reviews2,283 followers
December 9, 2016

Book two starts off where book one ended. This installment is all in Drew's POV and we find out more heartbreaking details about what went on that night four years earlier. I had a suspicion at the direction this author was going in regards to what happened to Drew and unfortunately I was correct. Not unfortunately as in it was bad writing, but more the fact that scenario is a trigger for me and it would have been nice to have gotten a heads up in the blurb. Just me 2cents.


That aside things are heating up with a lot of twists and turns and I have NO clue who to trust or who is behind all this. I will say this, there certainly seems to be an awful lot of videos hanging around of what happened that night and it's stretching the whole believability thing a bit thin. Still, I am intrigued enough to be moving on to book three.


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1,097 reviews387 followers
April 2, 2017
Mucho mejor que el anterior.

Aunque la historia de Drew ya la veía venir desde el primer libro fue desgarrador saber lo que le hicieron a los protagonistas.

El libro está lleno de intriga, tracción y suspenso a más no poder. A pesar de que la primera parte fue un poco aburrida, a partir del 40% del libro su narración es adictiva.
La autora tiene un estilo bastante fluido y muy fácil de leer. Además de un ritmo vertiginoso en la segunda mitad que les juro... No pude parar hasta terminar.

Todos saben que amo a los personajes torturados, me encanta ver su evolución a lo largo de la historia y lo que le ha pasado a Drew es digno de mención. El ver lo que ha logrado a pesar de todo es espectacular.
Y mientras que con Lindsay me costó un poco conectar, con Drew no pasó nada de eso. A él lo comprendí desde el primer momento y sentí su dolor e impotencia.

Este es un libro que Súper recomiendo, si estás buscando esa clase de historias donde nada es lo que esperas y quieres algo de romance y suspenso. En este libro el amor toma más protagonismo que en el primero, es quizás esa la razón de que me gustara más.

Además, les puedo decir que ese final estuvo de infarto. Voy por el siguiente... a ver cómo termina esto!!!!
Profile Image for Radd Reader.
859 reviews419 followers
February 17, 2019
Drew and Lindsay. Book 2 (from Drew’s POV). Must read Book 1 (from Lindsay’s POV). Ends with a cliffhanger.

This book picks up where the previous one left off. Drew has been keeping a secret from Lindsay about what happened “that” night and the big reveal comes at the end of the book. Lots of buildup to get to the point where the truth is revealed. There were some hints leading up to it so the reader had a good idea and it was pretty heartbreaking to know what else Drew had to suffer through.

This book didn’t move along as well for me. It felt slow in places and it was frustrating to see the bad guys always a step ahead. I was really hoping that Drew and Lindsay could start to implement some type of revenge plan. Instead, I just felt like they kept ending up the victims and I didn’t want that for them.

As far as the intrigue goes, it’s a mystery who is really pulling the strings. I have someone in mind, but I could be wrong. One thing is clear, I really, really hate Blaine, Stellan and John. There was some interaction with Blaine in this book as he is the one in politics, and it was enough to solidify he’s a monster and I want him to suffer at some point.

Still not a fan of Lindsay’s parents and by the end of the book I didn’t feel like anyone was in Drew and Lindsay’s corner.

I’ll continue on with Book 3 and I’m really hoping that the puppet master and his little minions suffer some dastardly deeds and get what they so richly deserve.
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373 reviews142 followers
June 4, 2017
Omg omg omg.

*deep breath*

Okay, I've just finished. LOVED the beginning. This book was super strategic to be told from Drew's POV. I also really liked the ending but found the middle to be a little more lacklustre in comparison to the first book and the events in other stages of this story.

However, Meli writes one hell of a hook and an even better cliffhanger. My one grievance from book one was that I wasn't sold on the relationship aspect between these two but wow, I'm buying it hook, line and sinker.

Okay, enough of that. Onto book number three!
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1,477 reviews117 followers
March 4, 2018
I wake up to an empty bed.
It’s not mine.
Lindsay’s gone.
I can feel a change in the air. I jump to my feet, instantly alert, blood pumping to arms and legs that are battle-ready. Her bedroom room smells like lavender and beeswax, mingled with the hot scent of sex. I swear her heat still lingers on the sheets. The ceiling fan is still, the room crackling with silence.
I grab my gun belt and —
What the hell?
My weapon is missing.
Gun’s gone.
Lindsay’s gone.
Oh, shit.
She didn’t?
She did.

I don't know what it is about this series, but I'm hooked.

We know something, but at the same time we know nothing! And that cliff! Love it.

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4,785 reviews289 followers
November 28, 2016
You know how as readers when we find a series that we love we want to keep on reading it but the authors often don't write fast enough unless you're someone like Alexa Riley? That's how I am about Meli Raine's new series Harmless. I have just finished last week Book #2 A Harmless Litte Ruse, and now I can't wait to read the third book. At the end of Book #1, we read as the relationship between Lindsay and Drew was becoming more complicated and that neither knew who they could trust. We readers, also discovered that Lindsay wasn't the only one hurt badly that night and that she isn't the only one who has suffered as pictures and video of Drew surfaces. In Book #2 the game is getting more deadly as someone wants Lindsay gone and will do everything in their power to make it seem like she is the one out of control. They won't stop at bringing her down, and they have upped the ante as Drew's torment and torture have gone viral. What will happen though when it turns out that the mysterious person in the Dark Net who has been helping Lindsay could also be her worst nightmare? A Harmless Little Ruse was just as awesome and suspenseful as book #1, maybe more so as this one ended on a major cliffhanger and readers are left wondering what Senator Bosworth's next gameplay will be and who is orchestrating the games and threats? Is it someone closer to home than anyone realizes? Find out more in Book #2 A Harmless Little Ruse by Meli Raine.
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795 reviews103 followers
July 26, 2018
The first book did a great job building up all the mystery and suspense. But the second book turn out to be a clusterfuck

Lindsay promise us readers she vowed to avenge those who have wronged her. Naturally I expected more secret and lies and Lindsay being a bad ass to uncover it all. Well, I expected wrongly I supposed. Because in book 2 Lindsay turn from Ms Bad Ass to damsel in distress. She is too busy having sex with Drew to bother to uncover it all and Drew is busy sweeping her off her feet and charging to Lindsay's rescue like a knight in shining armour.

I am constantly bored by their dumb romance and sweet talking. I like a good story with an enjoyable of romance and suspense. But this one they are too busy having sex the whole time

And then those boring back story about Drew and his teammates. What purpose does it serve telling all those stories? It has zero relation nor contribution to the overall plot
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858 reviews11 followers
April 13, 2018

It's still awesome, but the focus is a bit lost.
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3,066 reviews96 followers
January 14, 2020
WTF is going on!!!! OMG, this second book didn't let one second of the suspense or intrigue die. And for every freaking answer we got there were 10 more questions that seemed to surface. I have no idea where this is going. Who is the puppet master? What's the end game? What is going to happen next.

I must know. There is no way that I could not listen to the the last book in this trilogy. It's an imperative at this point.

This series is awesome!
Profile Image for Chrissy.
1,305 reviews83 followers
December 5, 2016

In A Harmless Little Game we got Lindsay’s point of view, in A Harmless Little Ruse we got Drew’s point of view, and while we got some answers, but I was left with even more questions and am now counting down the days till the final book in this trilogy is released!

In book one, we realized that Drew was holding something back, but what? Well we find out in this installment and it’s shocking to say the least. Everything gets more and more confusing and you just can’t put your finger on who the master behind all of the bad things that have happened is. I have my suspicions and I’m not even sure I’m right on those.

Seeing Drew’s pain is just as bad as Lindsay’s and once we found out what he went through that night, my heart broke for him as well. I could feel how much he truly loves Lindsay and how he would never do anything to put her in harms way and I really think he’s the only person that truly cares about her, but getting everyone else to believe him? That’s a whole different story. I loved watching these two figure things out and start to work on moving forward and pulling strength from one another. I wasn’t so sure about Drew in A Harmless Little Game, but now? Now I adore his character and I hope he finds the peace and happiness he deserves, right along with Lindsay!

This series has kept me at the edge of my seat since I picked it up a few days ago, and now I’m waiting the final few days till I can see how everything ends. Will Lindsay and Drew finally get the answers they deserve? Will the “Scarves” take more from them than they already have? Who is behind everything bad that has happened to these two in the past four years? I can NOT WAIT for the last book to find all the answers!
139 reviews4 followers
December 12, 2016
Unrealistic twists and turns!

Aside from the plot holes in this book the thing i hated most about this book is the writing style. The style is prosaic, poetic and lyrical...who muses like that - this style makes for a long winded one sided annoying soliloquy of a person's musings on both the hero and heroines love. Meaning before normal conversations can be had it takes forever! I hate hate hate this writing style because it disconnects me from the character due to my heavy eye-rolls and frustrated shouts of get-on-with-the-d$@#-narrative already!

I bought and had to abandoned the 'Coming Home' series due to this writing style and the too many twists and turns. This one was a little better because at least I finished book1 bought book2 and only started skipping book2 at about 45% of it.

I felt like a ping pong been thrown all over the place. I think the author's style of writing is to cram her books with as much intrigue as possible whether realistic or not and somewhere along the line she lost my attention. I won't be reading book3 I'm just not that interested in knowing what happened.

Too much whiplash to Meli Raines books I shan't be buying another, just not my kind of book - don't wanna go hunting for suspense and I dislike detective books so this is not my style. I think Meli Raines books should be classed as thriller suspense and not really romance but I guess she has more audience with romance hence her throwing in some disconnected romantic sidelines to a real detective book so she can call her genre romance - not true, she's not romance genre. Please keep it at suspense thriller so we don't expect much in the romance department which she fails to deliver!
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308 reviews20 followers
December 29, 2016
O. M. G. This story. That ending! My jaw is dropped! I am HOOKED on every single word! This is one of the most exciting stories I have ever read. Usually things are obvious, there's small clues that leave the reader already guessing and knowing what is going on and who is behind it all. Not this one. I loved that this book was told completely from Drew's point of view. He's hiding some big secrets....

"I want Lindsay to confess to me and trust in me and lean on me and let me protect her and love her. But I’m a liar. I lie to her every day, every second, every breath. Every kiss."

Honestly, I don't want to say a word about the plot because there's several revelations. No one, and I mean NO ONE can be trusted! So much happens and it's addicting! I am flying thought these books. One minute I'm at 20% and the next it says "The End." I need more. Right. Now.
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292 reviews
February 14, 2019
“There is nothing in the world more honorable than having someone choose to be raw and vulnerable with you. Nothing.”

Nesta segunda parte da história, Lindsay parte ao encontro dos responsáveis pelo desastre que aconteceu. Depois de começar a receber mensagens dos supostos responsáveis, Lindsay não vai descansar enquanto não os encontrar e fazer pagar por tudo o que fizeram.

Drew, por sua vez, não deixará que Lindsay cometa qualquer loucura; uma vez que a sua função é protegê-la. Mesmo que isso implique que Lindsay o continue a odiar por tudo o que ele não foi capaz de fazer. Mas a verdade é que depois de a autora desvendar a razão pela qual Drew não foi capaz de fazer qualquer coisa, percebemos que Drew está a sofrer tanto quanto Lindsay e que não há razões para continuar a ser o bode expiatório disto tudo.

Lindsay, ao saber disto, acaba por desculpar Drew por ter sido tão rude e fria para com este. E com isto, vemos o desabrochar de uma nova e mais madura relação entre ambos. Porque, se Lindsay e Drew foram capazes de ultrapassar o pior, também são merecedores do melhor. Mas Drew continua a esconder alguma coisa sobre aquela noite. Apesar de uma parte da verdade estar cá fora, Dew continua atormentado. E será Lindsay capaz de atenuar esse tormento?

Gostei bastante do facto de a autora ter decidido dar a Drew algum ponto de vista na história. Fez com que esta leitura fosse ainda mais cativante e fez-me perceber que, apesar de Lindsay ter sofrido imenso com tudo isto, não foi a única a sofrer as repercussões de toda esta situação atribulada.
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6,884 reviews133 followers
August 11, 2018
Audiobook Review: A Harmless Little Ruse (Harmless) by Meli Raine (Author), Sebastian York (Narrator)

Raine has created a series that hurts my heart, but also made me think. One despicable act changed the course of two lives. Will they be able to survive the fallout? Lindsay gave her side of the story. Now it's Drew's turn. A Harmless Little Ruse picks up where Lindsay's ended in A Harmless Little Game. Through the eyes of Andrew and the voice of Sebastian York, readers are drawn DEEPER into the abyss. Dark forces are at work and it's hard to know who can be trusted. Drew is definitely no hero. He's a man with a ton of baggage all his own.
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12 reviews1 follower
January 30, 2018
It was free. I knew from reading the first one that the writing was not going to be great and the plot would be lackluster, but the storyline itself was compelling enough that I wanted to see how it played out. I started giving myself a headache from rolling my eyes too many times. The plot was even less believable than the first in the series. The POV switches from Lindsey to Drew, and it does not make either character better. They are both totally flat, and it's an effort to care about what happens to either one of them. It was a struggle to finish this book.
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260 reviews135 followers
December 16, 2016
Just when I thought I couldn't love Drew more than this, he proved me so wrong!!!
A Harmless Little Ruse told in Drew's point of view helps in joining so many pieces together of this fucked up political puzzle.
I loved the thrill in this book and loved Drew's determination to protect Lindsay at any cost even more!!
This series is a must read for all suspense or thriller romance lovers!!
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