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A Shameless Little Con

(Shameless #1)

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I didn’t do it.

I never betrayed my friend.

Last year, I was kidnapped along with presidential candidate’s daughter Lindsay Bosworth, forced to help her assailants, my mother implicated in one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

I've been cleared of any wrongdoing, but that doesn’t matter. Once you’re tried by the media, you’re guilty as sin. The truth
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Published January 30th 2018
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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descriptionIt feels like it's been AGES since I have read the HARMLESS series by this author. I loved that series so you can imagine my excitement when I learn we were getting a trilogy about Jane! And this author DID NOT disappoint. I loved every minute of this one. The writing. The characters. The twist and turns. Oy vey was it a fantastic read.


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I found this one to be fantastically well written. It was perfectly paced, and I never felt the need to skim. The plot was incredibly
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Coco.V
Aug 04, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb:
I didn’t do it.

I never betrayed my friend.

Last year, I was kidnapped along with presidential candidate’s daughter Lindsay Bosworth, forced to help her assailants, my mother implicated in one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

I've been cleared of any wrongdoing, but that doesn’t matter. Once you’re tried by the media, you’re guilty as sin. The truth doesn’t get the public’s attention.

But shame? Shame sells.

And everyone
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Elizabeth Neal
**3.5 Stars**

You know how you're reading a book, and the last chapter draws closer and there's not enough pages left to resolve things? You fervently start hoping more pages magically appear...which is what I did for this one. I knew I was running out of time, and an issue would be resolved, but three more would pop up. I had no clue going in this story would continue in two more books, which left this ending on a cliffhanger. For once, I wasn't upset about that. Instead, I was so happy there
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A Shameless Little Con, the first book in a Harmless Series spinoff, was absolutely gripping.

Every single aspect of Jane’s life has become unrecognizable. Five years ago, a devastating crime was perpetrated against Lindsay Bosworth, Jane’s best friend, and with this act, a sinister plan was set in motion. We thought we understood it all, but now, as we are thrust into Jane Borokov’s story, we have discovered that what we learned in the Harmless Series was just the tip of the iceberg.

The people
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Lisabet Sarai
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Officially, Jane Borokov has been cleared of all charges. There’s no firm evidence that she betrayed her best friend Lindsey into the hands of the gang who brutally raped her, or that Jane was directly responsible for the murders that followed. That doesn’t matter in today’s world of social media, trolls and yellow journalism. The world is convinced that she’s guilty as sin. She receives daily threats of death, and worse. She has been forced to go underground, giving up her home and her career, ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before reading this series, you will need to read the Harmless Trilogy if you haven't yet. At the end of the Harmless Trilogy, we read as Lindsay finally got her revenge on the three guys who had raped, tortured and videotaped her five years earlier. We also learned that Anya - Jane's mother was supposedly working with Nolan - the opposition and had played a part in this sick and twisted game. Now with Anya dead, everyone is pointing fingers at Jane - Anya's daughter. The thing is Jane is ...more
Alona
Sep 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
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I don’t remember the last time I read a book full of so many silly cliches!

It was horrible!
Dora Koutsoukou
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 s‼‼ ...more
Suey_Library
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour hosted by Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review***

I feel like my heart has been ripped from my chest and stomped on. Literally I am an emotional wreck after reading A Shameless Little Con. I previously read the Harmless Series, LOVED it, couldn't pull my eyes from that kick ass trilogy, so obviously signing up for this was a no brainier in my book.

Absolutely killer, just phenomenal start to a new trilogy. my heart is
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Liv
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

OMG!!! A book hangover of a different kind. My mind can't stop spinning and thinking about this story – especially the ending and what it means for the rest of the series.

First off, if you haven't read the Harmless Series yet, I'd suggest you do that first because it's an awesome series and the Shameless Series is somewhat a continuation of it in the grand scheme of things which would spoil you Lindsay's story if you plan on reading Harmless anyway. But you don’t necessarily need to
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Starfire
Meh. It's hard to know how to review this book.

On one hand, the writing was reasonable, if depressing, and I liked the main character's cynicism and clear grasp of psychology.

On the other, the impossible situation she was in just felt overwhelming, to the point I that I can't really say I enjoyed reading it.

And then the cliffhanger ending in which absolutely NOTHING from the book is resolved just annoyed the hell out of me. I seriously do not get the whole cliffhanger ending trend: I feel like,
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Shelley
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This page turning suspense story will hold you captive from beginning to end with a wild ride of emotions and plot twists. This is the first of a trilogy for the Shameless series. It is a spin off to the Harmless trilogy. It can be read as a standalone series, but I do recommend the Harmless series if you want the full background between Lindsay and Jane's friendship and the stress between them now. This book does have a cliffhanger and it is meant to be the first part of a full trilogy of ...more
Cheryl   Graham-Petit
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G.! This book had me hooked from the get go. A Shameless Little Con is filled with twists, danger, suspense, mystery, turmoil, betrayal, deceit... everything I love in a book.
Liz
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Full review to come.
Susan Ash hanson
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great, lots of drama
Lindsay
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good escapist romance, with intrigue and secrets. You can always rely on Meli Rainevto deliver a great story with characters that you actually care about
Christine
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Arc review for honest review. Silas is protecting Jane after threats are being carried out against her .she felt as if she is a small Pawn in a very big picture and they should just have their way with her but Silas will not let harm come to her 10 stars..
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Review by Sasha
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Meli Raine delivers an action-packed, sarcastically funny, heart racing novel with a wonderfully delightful romance at the center of it all with A Shameless Little Con.

Jane Borokov’s life has been turned upside down ever since news broke of her mother’s involvement in the Lindsey Bosworth case; the case in which her mother played an instrumental part in allowing Jane’s best friend and daughter of a US senator to be violently
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Sassy Southern
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A Shamless Little Con (Shameless #1) by Meli Raine

The world hates Jane, and I don't mean as in the "woe is me, she's having a bad day" kind. I meant literally...the world. For the past six months, Jane has been arrested, interrogated, treated like trash, reviled, and made to feel as if she's nothing. She's already been tried and found guilty in the eyes of everyone, even those she once considered friends. Her claims of innocence scoffed at, even though they're true, except she can prove that yet
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Romance Between The Sheets
A Shameless Little Con picks up months after The Harmless Series ends.

Having read and loved The Harmless series, I still had lingering questions and thoughts floating from that completion. I was not ready to leave Lindsay and Drew so am very happy they play pivotal roles in Jane’s personal story.

Jane was one character that left me with many questions hanging over her and also personally Monica Bosworth the Senators Wife and Lindsay’s mother. Monica is as vicious as ever in this first installment
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Pamela
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Those are the first words that came to my mind as I was reading this new book by Meli Raine. This is the first book in her new Shameless series so if you expect it to end on the last page that is not going to happen. It will end with a cliff hanger and boy did it! I was not prepared for how it did in fact end and I knew going in that would not be finished with this book! I started this book on Thursday evening and finished it on Friday I could not stop reading, it was just so good! ...more
Laurie
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It Just Gets Better and Better

I loved Meli Raine's Harmless trilogy and this first book of the Shameless trilogy continues my absolute appreciation for this author's ability to completely involve you in her stories.

This is actually a continuation of the story begun in the Harmless series. The storyline and all the characters are the same. The primary difference is that while the Harmless books dwell on Lindsay and Drew's story, this switches the main protagonists to Jane and Silas.

The only con I
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Patty
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man this book is a page turner. I could not put it down. Jane Borokov is a train wreck. Her life is in the dumps that is for sure. Accused of a crime she did not commit and tore apart by the social media, Jane is trying to put her life back together. Everyone is against her. "Shame, Shame Shame" She is evicted and fired from her job, all because of who she is. What will she do? The government now controls her every move and her life is in jeopardy.

I hear read that you should read the Harmless
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Sue
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll be the first to admit that when I started this book, I felt a bit lost (despite having read the Harmless series), but once everything started to click and the suspense got seriously rolling, I absolutely couldn't put the book down. (I seem to recall a post about carrying my kindle EVERYWHERE so I could continue to read it -- I didn't want to miss a thing lol). Do you have to read the Harmless series first? I think you can still enjoy the suspense of this story without it but personally I ...more
Caydenspia
My thoughts: I give it2 stars.This is a spin off of the Harmless series that follows Lindsey's friend Jane and bodyguard Silas. It picks up about six months after the other series ends.
Jane has become the most hated person in America because people believe that she helped her mom turn Lindsey over to her kidnappers. Even though she was found innocent, people refuse to believe and she is constantly receiving death threats.
That is where Silas comes in. He is assigned as her bodyguard because the
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Francoise
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jane Borokov and Silas Gentian get off on the wrong foot, when Silas is assigned to become Jane’s bodyguard. Silas views her with disdain, he assumes she’s a traitor. Jane has lost everything. She was falsely accused of being accomplice to crimes, shamed and turned into a villain. Her reputation is shredded.

Jane is trying to blend in, but most of the fight in her is gone. And yet, she won’t give in because the truth matters. Her life has been stripped from her, she lost her job and her
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Christi Fowler
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Genre: Romance - Suspense
Stand-Alone: Nope
Part of a Series: Yes - Book one of the Shameless Trilogy which is connect/takes place after the Harmless Trilogy with a different main character but interconnecting characters
POV: Jane
Steam Level: Slow burn
4/5

I started this book yesterday morning and if I hadn't had to go into the office I probably would have finished it by the afternoon. Full disclosure: I haven't read the Harmless trilogy (I will now, that's for sure) and was as a little worried
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Michelle Quintana
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a spin off of the Harmless series that follows Lindsey's friend Jane and bodyguard Silas. It picks up about six months after the other series ends. Jane has become the most hated person in America because people believe that she helped her mom to turn Lindsey over to her kidnappers. Even though she was found innocent, people refuse to believe and she is constantly receiving death threats. That is where Silas comes in. He is assigned as her bodyguard because the threats are believed to be ...more
Shari Shepard
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 1st book in Raine’s new series Shameless and includes many of the same characters from her previous Harmless series. I wouldn’t consider this a stand alone book. It definitely ends with a cliffhanger, so readers will have to read book #2 in the series to get closure.

A story of how social media can control & destroy a person’s life. A story of trust, shame and redemption. A story of how the public makes judgements, even without facts. A story of secrets, and a story of love. If
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
Misinformation, politics, bodyguards, death threats, and murder attempts - what could be more intriguing than that?! A Shameless Little Con sucks you in from the very first page and keeps you reading until the very end. I definitely suffered some disappointment once I finished that last page - but I can not wait until I can pick up the sequel!

I really felt a connection to Jane. She adequately shares her story of shame and regret in the aftermath of the events that targeted her friend Lindsay
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