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A Harmless Little Ruse

(Harmless #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,193 ratings  ·  328 reviews
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.

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Kindle Edition, 179 pages
Published November 18th 2016 by Julia Kent
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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 eve
Nov 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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(view spoiler) Even that much I
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
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 defi
⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 chan
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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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 cho
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cliffhanger

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
Radd Reader
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.

Shannon Moore
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 an
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Paula  Phillips
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Attack Salmon
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

It's still awesome, but the focus is a bit lost.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, dark, abuse

OMG OMG OMG OMG.....this is soooo good!!! to the next!

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!
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, read-in-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
Patricia Okereke
Dec 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
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 frustrat
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
dnf, i loved the previous book but this one im having the opposite reaction
Isha Coleman
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Leia Jex
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
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 ha ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kobo library. Wow this is the second in the series and it’s getting worse. This was a first, it just kept getting worse the story, the writing, omg it was a very bad read. Bad plot, bad story, bad characters, just all around bad.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Shocked to know what happened with drew and lindsay
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Everyone is an idiot in this book
Reviewing this one, Book 2, even though I desperately want to read Book 3 because this book ended on a cliffhanger.

This one was more steamy & less angsty (as in less frustrating for me thank god, though probably no less angsty---SO much is going on!!). I liked Drew's perspective. He was a lot more emotional than he seemed, he was just good at hiding it & playing the strong and silent type.

God, I really hope those assholes, the rapists & whoever's behind them receive their comeuppance & both Drew
JL Roberts
So many twists and turns and more and more pieces to the puzzle from the horrible night Drew and Lindsay were violently torn apart. This is book two in the Harmless series and is completely from Drew's POV. Book 1, Lindsay's POV, is recommended to be read first or you will be lost with this one.

Drew finally has Lindsay back after four years apart, but with new threats on her life and her father announcing his bib for presidency and someone with plans to make Drew look incompetent, they are bein
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
How can a story be intriguing and boring at the same time? Well, it can. It happens. I'm desperate to find out what's happening with Drew and Lindsay's story and at the same time the narration bores me. The twist with Drew (view spoiler) was predictable. But also there are few loopholes in the narration there. Any chance the air will be cleared soon? I'm still curious as to how this story ends so I'm off to the final book, not setting the stakes
Richard Stephens
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the second book on the Harmless series. Lindsey has returned home after 4 years in a psych hospital following a sexual assult.

Her father, a senator has call her and others for a meeting as he plans to run for President. This meeting includes how to manage "the incident" and includes a security detail led by her ex Drew who was there the night of the assult.

This book is told from the perspective of Drew and Lindsey learns more of what actually happened that night.

Trigger warning: sexual
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Book #2
I have no idea how to describe this book. It’s still so captivating and crappy at the same time. I just couldn’t look away
- This time it’s from his POV and I assure you he is as damaged as she is. In fact I find him confusing at times.
- She is getting silly then she gets it together then hits the silly button.
The parents are still a menace and completely unreal.
It ends with a cliff hanger because it’s one long book chopped into three parts.
All that being said, I couldn’t look away...and
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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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