Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Release Blitz & Book Review: A Shameless Little Lie by Meli Raine

A Shameless Little Lie
by Meli Raine
The Shameless Series #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 27th, 2018

I did it. I admit it.
I fell in love with Silas. My bodyguard. My protector.
My new informant.

We’re playing a cat-and-mouse game. I’m not sure whether I’m the cat or the mouse, but I can definitely tell I’m in a trap.
A trap with no way out.

I’m not who everyone thought I was. The truth is out there, finally turning the lie about me inside out. I am the shameless little lie. It’s finally been revealed, and now even more people want to kill me.

As a presidential campaign hangs in the balance, a delicate web of international relations and economic stability at risk, power becomes more important than anything else.

Even my life.

Especially my life. I’m a nothing. A no one. Just a tool, remember?

But tools can be used to open locks. Cracking open the truth and exposing it could change the balance of power. Tip the scales. Make a presidential campaign turn on a dime.

Too bad Silas doesn’t believe me when I tell the truth.
And that may make him the biggest tool of all.

A Shameless Little Lie is book two in the Shameless trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.


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My ear is stroking something so soft and smooth. It’s comforting and inviting, so I rub against the softness, reveling in sensation, sighing.
And then the something moves.
“Hey,” Silas says, his voice coming from above. “She’s awake.”
I open my eyes, then shut them quickly to make the spinning stop. The world is full of random objects that move in and out, forward and back, my depth perception put in a blender and puréed.
“What?” I whisper, his hand on my shoulder. I want him to stroke my hair, to bring me ginger ale, to keep me safe and let me relax.
“You fainted,” he says, voice somehow both taut with worry and gentle with concern. “Right into my arms.”
“You have good arms.”
“I like them.”
“So do I.”
I roll in his lap and look up into those bright eyes full of mirth and worry. “Can you sit up?” he asks.
“That bad?”
“It feels so nice here. I could sleep here forever.”
Someone clears their throat in the distance. It’s a masculine sound.
“She okay?” the throat-clearer asks from another continent away. Or maybe the front seat. It’s hard to tell.
“I think so,” Silas responds, easing me up slowly.
“I did not consent to sitting up,” I murmur, snuggling in.
“And I didn’t consent to being your pillow.”
“But you’re a good pillow. The best pillow ever.”
“Jane?” Silas asks slowly. “Are you on something?”
“On something? I’m on you.” My muscles go slack, body in need of this all-too-short moment to enjoy being at rest in a place of sanctuary.
Rumbling makes my head move lightly as he–is he laughing? “No. I mean, did you take a drug, or a pill? You’re acting very weird.”
“Have we met? Come on. You try going through what I’ve been through these last few days, then faint, and come out of it perfectly sane,” I grouse.
As I come to a full upright position with my back against the upholstered seat, I realize it’s not just me, Silas, and–oh. The throat-clearer is Duff.
Drew is behind him, their heads huddled together as they speak through the window.
“I’m fine,” I lie. “Just tired and a little weary from having my entire life blitzed to smithereens.”



A Shameless Little Con
by Meli Raine
The Shameless Series #1 
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A Shameless Little Bet
by Meli Raine
The Shameless Series #3
Release Date: June 5th, 2018
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About the author:

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.

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My review:

OMG! Talk about ending a book on a cliffhanger!! There's no bigger cliffhanger than the one the author pulled here and I just hope that we don't have to wait too long for the next book to come out.

After that massive secret was revealed at the end of the first book, there's now so much more to consider going forward for everyone involved. But Jane doesn't get the time to process the big reveal because she can't even catch her breath when after every blow the next already awaits.
'”At what point do people break to the point of no return?”'
I'm still in the dark about who is behind all of this and who wants to hurt Jane, but names were mentioned and questions arose, so we'll see what will be revealed in the last book. I definitely have assumptions though.
'It's so easy to make someone believe a lie. And so hard to convince them of the truth.'
I really wish I could've given this book a full star rating but as great as it was in the beginning and how awesome it turned out to be in the end, it was a bit dragging in the middle and lots of the thoughts and words put in between conversations felt a lot like fillers, which gave the story a slow pace and had my thoughts drifting off a few times.

The Story:
Jane is still under protection due to all the death threats and attempts of hurting or killing her, but who protects her heart and sanity from the web of lies spun by her enemies and the media? When nobody believes you and everyone turns against you what life is there left to live?
'This is all nothing but a lie.
A shameless little lie.'
As I mentioned above, I liked the beginning and I loved the last about 20% but the story was rather slow most of the time due to very long and drawn out scenes and thought processes. I loved the quick conversations but the ones where after every spoken word a few paragraphs of thoughts followed, those just killed my mood.

I'm furious at Silas and I wanted to slap him so badly and shake some sense into him. I really hope he'll make up for this in the next book.
Now you can see how emotionally invested I am in this series =P
'Everything in my world is upside down. And there's a monster out there no one else sees, coming for me.'
Closer to the end it got very mysterious and tense which had me break out in a sweat *HaHa*. I really can't wait to finally get to the end of this series, although it will make me sad to once again say goodbye to these characters.
'Pain can be a source of comfort when chaos is your only alternative.'
-- I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given by Give Me Books Promotions. --

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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