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
Read the whole series:
Book 1: A Shameless Little CON
Book 2: A Shameless Little LIE
Book 3: A Shameless Little BET
I’ve known this since I was a little girl. When no one else is looking, she gives me glares and once-overs, the skin around her orbs tight and contemplative. She evaluates me like I’m a specimen she’s trying to understand.
And right now?
Lindsay makes a gasping choke, the kind of sound you hear when someone expires. It’s the sound of everything she knows about herself dying. She’s alive, though. More than alive. I can tell from the different expressions that migrate across her face in real time that she’s processing all of it second by second, realization by realization.
I am just there, frozen and silent, unable to find a single, solitary way to connect with anyone in the room.
Monica turns to Marshall, her voice so flat and even. It’s like a steamroller is ironing out her words. “We have a situation now, Marshall. We need to control the information. Who else knows this?”
Silas won’t stop looking at me.
Drew wraps his arm around Lindsay’s shoulders and stares straight ahead. His neutral demeanor is one that comes from exquisite control. Underneath the surface, it’s very clear that he would rather have his hands around his mother-in-law’s throat right now, squeezing every spare drop of oxygen from her lifeless body.
“I don’t know, Monica,” Marshall says, drawing out his words deliberately. “You tell me. Who else knows this?”
Flinching but recovering quickly, she looks at Lindsay. “I would prefer to answer questions privately.”
“What you prefer doesn’t matter, Mother,” Lindsay slings back. “What you prefer has been the dictate of my entire life. I’m done. I’ve been done for a very, very long time, but this? This takes the cake. You slept with someone else? Daddy isn’t my father? You lied to me all these years?”
I stand, my chair falling over behind me, one of the rolling wheels scraping hard along my calf at a diagonal. It stings, so I know I’ll bleed. The pain is nice. I could sit with the pain. Make friends with it.
Pain can be a source of comfort when chaos is your only alternative.
Senator Harwell Bosworth, the man expected to be the next president of the United States, is my father. Hidden in plain sight. My entire life, I’ve been led to believe that my father killed himself when my mother was pregnant.
It turns out I’ve spent my entire life around him and didn’t know.
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.
What can I say about this book that I didn’t already say about book one (A Shameless Little Con)? Not much to be honest. This one was just as fantastic as the first book. The writing remains phenomenal. The pace was perfect. The plot was super engaging. The twists and turns will make your head SPIN. Seriously…I don’t know who to trust? Who to believe? Who is lying? Who is doing what and why? Gah…it’s a mind f-ck for sure. And of course, we are left hanging with yet another whopper of a cliffhanger.
SILAS…I adored Silas in this one…until I didn’t. He opened up more. He apologized. He stood by Jane. We seemed to be headed in a more positive direction in regards to Silas’s character…until he went and ruined it all. I wanted to kick him in his a$$. That said, I am hoping that there is more at play here and things are maybe not as they appear. Because if there isn’t, and he just reverted to the Silas of book one I am not sure how Jane (or me the reader) could ever forgive him.
JANE…I still very much ADORE Jane, but this poor heroine just keeps taking the hits like a well-used punching bag…oy vey. It really is relentless and after two books of her being everyone’s favorite chew toy, my patience is starting to thin a little. If I was Jane at this point, I think I’d tell everyone to f-ck-off and go live on a deserted island for the rest of my life. I am really hoping that in the last book Jane gets vindication in a HUGE way. I want people groveling at her feet (cough DREW & SILAS cough). I am not sure anything less than that is going to satisfy me.
Like in the first book most of the secondary characters are carryovers from the HARMLESS series. And I’ll be honest this author is REALLY killing Drew’s character for me. I loved him as the hero in the other series, but in this one, he is such a complete A$$hole. We also meet a couple new characters (Duff and Lily) both intrigued me. Especially Lily as my spidey senses say there is more to her than meets the eye. I guess we will see.
Low to Medium. There are a few sex scenes in this one and they are mildly erotic. The frequency of them felt organic to the story. The couple had good on page chemistry as well.
High. I literally spent most of this book with teary eyes (lol). I am not sure why this one felt more angsty than the last book, but it did. Most of that angst stems from practically everyone still thinking the worst of Jane. Like I said, this poor girl can’t catch a break and then to have the person you opened up to the most turn their back on you and treat you like crap AGAIN. Ugh…yup, cue the waterworks. Her inner thoughts alone broke my heart through the entirety of the damn book. Aside from that, there was no OW or OM drama and we find out a bit more about their sexual backgrounds. Jane was a virgin (groan) and Silas hasn’t been with anyone in three years.
~IN THE END~
It was amazing. I loved it. I can’t believe I have to wait
patiently again for the concluding book. I think this author is trying to kill me! Fantastic writing. Tons of feels. Twists and turn galore. An intricate and unique plot. Intriguing and well developed characters. What more can a reader ask for? Therefore yours truly is going to give this one two HUGE thumbs up.