Series Review: Harmless, Meli Raine

“Three scarves. Four men. Three attackers. One boyfriend.” ~Meli Raine, A Harmless little plan


By: Meli Raine

Length (combined): 603 pages

Rating: ☆☆☆ 1/2


  1. A Harmless Little Game
  2. A Harmless Little Ruse
  3. A Harmless Little Plan

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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 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.
Until today.
Game on.

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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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Turns out there was a second video from that awful night four years ago. Mine wasn’t the only tape.
Too bad mine wasn’t the worst.
Drew can’t protect me no matter how hard he tries, but the roles are flipped now. I have to help him, but I’m not wired that way. Not anymore. That one night changed me more than anyone knows.
More than anyone could predict.
Three men think they’re above the law. They’re right.
But I’m willing to go beneath the law to make sure they never harm anyone else. Their threats don’t scare me.
When you have nothing left to lose because someone took it all away, you create the most dangerous creature imaginable.
Game over.


Some facts first:

  1. I’ve never read anything by this author or any other names she uses
  2. This is my first political thriller
  3. this book touches on a lot of sensitive such as rape, kidnapping, government corruption and social media effects.

I wanted to put those first because I know not everyone will want to read a book that consists of the things mentioned in point 3.

This series, well this series as I wrote in my notes ( yes I take notes when I read) is very thought-provoking and test the boundaries.  Your stomach will twist as some scenes are masterfully told while other you’ll find mediocre and drawn out. I would say by far I most thoroughly enjoyed scenes are the dream sequences, while still making the dream come alive the author was still able to capture the dreamlike setting with carefully chosen words and allowing the reader to only see so much of the dream.

It took me awhile to fully understand some of the characters and their relationship. Some seem to have an underlying story of their own, like Anya & Senator Bosworth & Monica, Anya & Jane, Nolan Corning & his gang ( I would love to know how they all came about, while it briefly explored it didn’t really hint as to the how) and most importantly Lindsey and Drew. Now the series follow Lindsey and Drew so you’ll get their story but everyone’s else just seems to be there was blackmail. Which is fine but it just seemed a little redundant to me.

Book 1 Game is told from Lindsay point of view and was my highest rated book at 5 stars. I think the author captured light on to a lot of problem in today’s society, whether it was intentional or not. I think it drove home that this series would be a thriller with a hint of mystery. But…and it’s a big BUT….Book 2 Ruse told from Drew point of view completely jumps tracks and seems more focused on romance department. And this is where I found a lot of mediocre scenes unfold. The chemistry between our main characters seem unconnected and forced. They evolve fast considering what they both had gone through. More questions arise about the integrity of the secondary cast that again doesn’t seem to be fully answered. But you do learn Drew’s story. why Drew is the way he is, why he went to lengths he has. But his strong Alpha character is tested and at times I felt he failed. Where he was supposed to come off as strong but soft he just comes off as soft.  Book 3 Plan is told in alternating point views, which I did enjoy. I think it gave more to the story and the building of the conclusion. But still, in book 3 the characters give off this weird vibe, mostly Lindsay & Drew when they have their bedroom dialogue. It’s like really strange. I think there was just too much built into that scene and since book 1 gave me the feel of a suspense/thriller books 2 & 3 did not do it fully. They did offer it periodically. The bulk of those books seems to be the “awkward bedroom scenes.”

One other thing I wanted to point out is that the main characters Lindsey and Drew come off with having multiple personalities and are often hard to keep up with until the after fact comes out and explains why they acted such way.

So I enjoyed this, I thought the suspense/ thriller parts where phenomenally written but the romance just seemed out-of-place and forced. Book one was a killer and I would read it again and again, book 2 & 3 not so much. I think I would have loved for it t stayed more on the thriller side.

Lastly the mention Bulletproof  Coffee is made in this book, I had never heard of this prior to this book but apparently it is a real thing of mixing Coffee with butter & coconut oil.  The funny thing happened after this reading this book a Facebook Friend Virginia Grittin DiMaio posted a recipe for it. So with that said I want to share it with you incase you wanted to give it a try also. I know I’m going too.  Just click here Bulletproof Coffee .  Thanks Virginia for allowing me to post this to my review.




22 thoughts on “Series Review: Harmless, Meli Raine

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  1. Thanks for a thorough review; like you, I’ve noticed that sometimes when there’s a trilogy, the best book is the first. I wonder if it’s because the author is rushing to get everything done, or has pressure to complete it all.


  2. I agree not everyone will want to read a book that talks about rape, kidnapping and the things you mentioned, but I think is very important in our society to learn more about that and educate ourselves, even though this is just a novel. Reading your review, it looks like I would enjoy the first book as well but the others not so much. I like to read things that have me on the edge. On another note, bulletproof coffee is everywhere now!! Never tried it but read that it has so many benefits…


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