Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Release Blitz + Excerpt + Review: A Shameless Little Bet | Shameless Series by Meli Raine

How do I prove a negative?

I need to prove Jane is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Mirrors, smoke, and lies can conjure a truth that isn’t real. Money, bribes, and power can twist reality. What we call proof is all an elaborate magic act.

So is love.

How do you prove you’re in love? How can you know with unrelenting certainty that the person you can’t live without really loves you?

It’s all about what you believe. Who you believe. And I believe Jane. I love her. But it might be too late.

Or, worse-it might all be an illusion. If proof is just a magician’s sleight of hand, then we’re caught in a sick trick.

A deadly one.

One that doesn’t end with applause.

But with a bang.

Read the stunning conclusion to the Shameless series as Jane and Silas fight against forces that conspire to keep them apart — maybe forever.


5 stars

Romance | Suspense | Adult Fiction | Contemporary

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour hosted by Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review***

Every time I get closer to the end, there is always something reeling me back in – that is Raine’s books. Shameless series has been one hell of a ride and I am not sure if I am ready to go back for seconds or if I need to start from the beginning and read them all over again. I am addicted. 

If you have, or even haven’t read the Shameless series up until this point well the comrades might I suggest you do! A Shameless Little Bet is filled with more eye popping plot twists that honestly I may have shit my pants. Really, I think I may have. Everything has been leading up to this point, I guess I should point the obvious – what the hell is actually going on? The answers to all questions possible are finally getting resolved. This soap opera took a turn into conspiracy territory and I am loving it. Not only did the main characters really take a spin, but the secondary characters really played such a huge role in the suspense and undertone of the plot. 

And the characters ….. oh my! Activate happy dance because comrades I got my wish! What was it? I needed to know what was in Silas’ head and I flipping got it. I FINALLY GOT IT! That’s right, we got the split perspectives this go and I am swooning from wall to wall, grinning from ear to ear because hot damn I needed to understand Silas. 

Silas really has been the shadowing main character of Jane up until this point. Hate him, love him, as the reader we only get the perspective of his personality strictly by Jane. His every action up to this point has been two sides – possessively, borderline obsessive in love with Jane or founded, full of rejection counter. There was no between, no understanding or aiding in defending what was in front of him. Though this should piss you off as a reader, honestly the ringer he put Jane through left me livid in A Shameless Little Lie, but we finally get to understand him. 

Jane on the other hand is finally to the breaking point. She is completely, devoting with a dash on insanity type of love with Silas. While battling her feelings for the asshole she is also still wrapping her mind around the secrets and lies she is finally discovering not only about herself, but her mother, father, hell her ‘so called’ friends, just about everyone. Regardless of the beat down her defensive side takes, she is still holding strong to her personality and really standing up for herself. Really I cannot gush enough about this character; as a female in her predicament is just perfection. She is broken yet strong, she is inferior yet she is powerful – she is really believable as a character. 

I said it before and I will say it again – Meli Raine has beguiled me one hundred percent, there is no denying that I am absolutely captivated by her extraordinary writing style. She truly has such a refreshing style that I truly cannot gush enough about. Her characters have depth that is untouchable and plot twists that are beautifully complex that honestly she takes my breath away. 

The Shameless series was perfection. The emotions that I experienced during this read was out of this world – she took my breath away. Silas and Jane’s story was gut wrenching as it was beautiful, heart pounding as it was saddening. I devoured this series – absolutely inhaled it. If you haven’t picked up anything from this author might I suggest you do this now! You can thank me later… 


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I won’t let her go again.

My body has to prove what words cannot.

Her hands slide up under my suit jacket and pull my cotton shirt out of the waistband, riding up under the conservative clothes with a hot passion that makes me need her, naked and writhing under me, filling her. If she hesitated, I would stop in a split second, but from the way her tongue moves in my mouth, lips eager and telling me how much she’s missed me, I don’t sense one hint of question.

Only answers.

Her hand moves to my erection and rouses me to the point of pain, her fingers on my belt buckle an act of mercy as she unleashes me, undresses me, our hands now as frantic as our mouths. Power comes in many forms, and as we shed our clothes we shed the conventions of society, standing naked before each other, Jane’s beauty turning me breathless for one throbbing, long series of seconds.

Until I pick her up in my arms and carry her to the bed.

Soft breasts press against my chest as her arm wraps around my shoulders, her mouth planting kisses along my collarbone. The gesture is maddening, her other hand on my ass, squeezing until I almost drop her and take her on the floor, plunging in with a ruthless impulse that would serve us both in seconds.

I barely control myself. But I do.

Because this is one homecoming that needs to have every layer of ceremony properly addressed. You do not make frantic love after a schism like ours. You do not fuck her against a wall or on the floor, pumping until a few strokes go by and you’re left with an exploded heart and a tired engine. You do not turn a new connection into a quickie.

That would be a tragedy.


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Author Bio

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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