Title: A Shameless Little Con
Series: The Shameless Series #1
Author: Meli Raine
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 30, 2018
I didnât do it.
I never betrayed my friend.
Last year, I was kidnapped along with presidential candidateâs 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 doesnât matter. Once youâre tried by the media, youâre guilty as sin. The truth doesnât get the publicâs attention.
But shame? Shame sells.
And everyone assumes youâre tainted.
Now I have my own personal security team, courtesy of the United States government. Not the one you learned about in civics class, though.
Iâm being tracked by the deep state. The shadow government. Theyâve assigned Silas Gentian to be with me twenty-four seven. He thinks he knows everything about me â all of it bad -- and he does.
Like everyone else, he assumes Iâm a traitor. A backstabber. A betrayer. Someone who helped a group of violent psychopaths, puppets of powerful men in Washington who made me into a tool.
Yet I see how he looks at me. True desire canât be faked.
And that goes both ways.
He assumes Iâm trying to fool him.
And he might be right.
But not for the reasons he thinks.
A Shameless Little Con is the first book in the Shameless trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.
A Shameless Little Lie (Book 2 ~ Coming March 27, 2018)
A Shameless Little Bet (Book 3 ~ Coming May 29, 2018)
âHas it ever occurred to you that maybe, just maybe, if you thought it through, there might be a completely different angle on every part of this mess? That maybe Iâm telling the truth?â I taunt him. Thatâs how this feelsâlike nothing but a nasty game. The push-pull of wanting him to treat me like a human being and wanting to lash out and hurt him is infuriating, but it is better than sitting here and taking his negativity like a passive little doormat.
âOf course I have.â
âAnd youâve rejected that. Completely.â
âThen youâre really bad at your job, Silas,â I say, letting all the bitterness and contempt come through my voice.
âYouâve wounded me, Jane.â Turns out he can do contempt, too. Better than I can.
âI mean it. Anyone whose job is to protect people canât be such an absolutist. It makes you weak. Gives other people an easy shot at you.â
ââOther peopleâ? Do you mean people like you?â
âNo. I mean people like the ones who attacked Lindsay.â
âRight. People like you.â
I shake my head slowly, the waves of panic flowing through me, giving in to them. Letting them come because what choice do I have?
And guess what?
You can feel all of that panic, let the anxiety overwhelm you, nearly black out from the incongruity of being shamed, driving toward an unknown destination where you have no controlâ
âand still stand up for yourself.
âI have nothing left to lose, Silas. My mom is dead, my reputationâs beyond salvageable, I donât have a job or a place to live, and everywhere I go someoneâs trying to kill me. Even my online world is nothing but garbage and threats from shitlords. So, as a simple thought exercise, can you try? Youâre protecting me. Someone assigned you to me. Give me the courtesy of doing your job completely. If Iâm stuck with youâand I know I amâI, at least, want you to do your best.â
Releasing March 27, 2018
Releasing May 29, 2018
Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes â 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.