Title: A Harmless Little Game
Series: Harmless #1
Author: Meli Raine
Genre: Political Thriller/Romantic Suspense
Release Dates: October 18, 2016
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 thing.
That was my boyfriend, Drew.
And that was the last time I saw him.
Until today, when my father—now on a path to the White House—hired him as head of security for my new team as I return home after four years of “recovering” in an undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage control.
You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.
Never faced consequences.
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A Harmless Little Game is the first in this political thriller/romantic suspense trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.
“I’m sorry,” he says. My ear is pressed against his broad, hard chest. I feel the words more than I hear them. The vibration and cadence make it clear he’s apologizing. Heat radiates off him like he’s the sun and I’m in his orbit.
I break away. I’m not his moon.
“You should be sorry,” I snap, marching toward my destination, fighting the soft ground. I don’t want to talk to him. I don’t want to do this. Not now. Definitely not right now. I haven’t seen him for four years. Four long, painful, horrible years. More than 1,400 days of waking every morning knowing I wasn’t with him. Knowing he sat there that night and did nothing while three men raped me. Degraded me. Used and abused me and enjoyed it.
My body goes into a full-blown supernova, skin on fire at the thought. My rage cannot be contained by a mere mortal body.
I turn around. He’s right there, following me.
“Go the fuck away, Drew. I told you. I hate your guts. Leave me alone.”
At least, I think that’s what I say. My mind can’t process words and thoughts right now. I am fixated on the red door at the back entrance of the house, the sprawling mansion that is the only home I’ve ever known, aside from Daddy’s townhome in Washington D.C. If I can make it to that red door without Drew touching me, if I can make it to my bedroom and to my medications where I can take enough to fall asleep, maybe I can get my brain to work again.
And stop the flood of emotions that are making me crazy.
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 turn.
Then her parents hid her away along with the truth of what happened to her.
Now she's being released and the first familiar face she sees is of the one man she loved but who did nothing to stop what happened to her.
He sat by and watched as she was destroyed physically, mentally and emotionally.
She wants nothing to do with Drew and cannot understand why her father would hire him of all people to protect her.
Once home the truth comes out.
The life, the friends, her family, her ex boyfriend.
Everything she thought she knew is different. Worst of all is the way her truth was twisted and made her out to be the one in the wrong.
Her best friends turned their backs on her four years ago, they lied, they are the reason she never got the justice she deserved.
But now she's home, she's faced with everything that's happened in the past four years, with her anger, her need for revenge and her father's need to control her every move, every word that comes out of her mouth.
If that weren't enough someone wants her silenced permanently. If it weren't for Drew she'd be dead, so now she needs to learn to trust the one man who let her down the most in her life.
A Harmless Little Game just opened a massive can of worms. We barely touched on Drew, I wanted to love him, I really did. He scares me though. With all the history, and his silence for so long I'm afraid Lindsay's trust may be misplaced with him. There's still so much to learn and I am absolutely impatiently awaiting the next part of this story, I need more right now!
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Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them.
Meli 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.