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A Little Harmless Submission

Series: Harmless , Book 6.0
By: Melissa Schroeder | Other books by Melissa Schroeder
Published By: Melissa Schroeder
Published: Oct 15, 2011
ISBN # 9780578095226
Word Count: 62,376
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Categories: Romance>BDSM Romance>Contemporary Romance>Suspense/Mystery/Thriller


A Little Harmless Submission (Harmless) by Melissa Schroeder - Romance>BDSM eBook

For a tough as nails Dom hunting a sadistic serial killer is nothing compared to losing his heart.

Rome Carino is hunting a predator. One who likes to hurt submissives and the most popular BDSM club’s patrons are being targeted. With each fresh kill, he gets more brazen. Rome knows he just needs one little break, but before he can make headway, the FBI shows up. Worse, the uptight, buttoned-down Special Agent Maria Callahan suggests a plan that is dangerous, but worth it because it might just catch the killer. If Rome can keep his mind on the case and off the beautiful FBI agent, he'll be just fine.

Maria is still trying to step out of her legendary father's shadow and knows just how to do it. Luring the killer by posing as Rome's new sub seems like a good idea. That is, until undercover becomes real life and she finds herself tangled up with a man who amazes and scares her at the same time. Her growing attraction to the Honolulu Police Detective is a little too much to handle. Even knowing that, she can't help falling in love with the tough Dom and losing herself in the games they play in the bedroom.

Rome is overwhelmed by his need for Maria. He has never had a sub respond to him the way she does and no matter what he does, he feels himself slipping off that cliff into love. As their relationship starts to unfold, he realizes that he will do anything to win her heart, to convince her to become his sub for a lifetime. But before he can do anything, the killer turns his attention on Rome and the one thing he holds dear: Maria.

WARNING: The following book contains: A Dom who thinks he can do no wrong, a new sub who is about to teach him he can, palm trees, a trip or two to Rough ‘n Ready, a flirty Aussie Dom with questionable motives, old friends, and a new enemy. Yeah, it might be called Harmless, but you Addicts know it’s anything but.
Reader Rating:   4.0 starstarstarstar (57 Ratings)
Sensuality Rating:   liplipliplip
“If you’re going to play the submissive, you’re going to have to be a little better at taking orders.”

She couldn’t speak. Her heart was beating so hard, she’d bet he could hear it. She raised her gaze from his chest to his face, and eventually made eye contact. Good God. Her whole body went on alert at the heat she saw flaming in the depths of his hazel eyes. She wasn’t afraid of him, but the arousal that now slid through her body scared the bejesus out of her.

“You don’t tell me what to do at the club. That’ll tell people right off the bat you aren’t serious about it. And if you want to play sub to my Dom, you better get used to doing exactly what I tell you.”

He leaned forward, nuzzling her neck. His breath feathered out over her flesh, and she couldn’t stop the shiver that racked her body. This kind of behavior shouldn’t be turning her on. She didn’t like ‘take charge’ kind of guys, and she definitely didn’t like public displays. Apparently her body disagreed. Her nipples hardened and her breath tangled in her throat. She thought she felt his mouth on her skin, but the door dinged open, and he pulled back. It took her a second to yank herself out of the sea of lust he’d tossed her in. He stood by the door, keeping it open as if nothing strange had happened.

She drew in a deep breath, gathered up her senses and some of her pride, and stepped into the hallway. He walked behind her, a silent companion, but now her nerves were frazzled. What was it about this man? It wasn’t that she felt she had to prove herself to him.

She stopped at her door and glanced back over her shoulder at him. “You didn’t have to do that. I understand what’s expected of me.”


She fought back the irritation. “I’ve researched it. I would never suggest this if I didn’t know what I had to do.”

He nodded but still looked skeptical.

“I can play the role. You didn’t have to pull that stunt.”

He studied her for a moment, no expression on his face. Then, he placed his hand on the wall next to her head and leaned closer, as he did in the elevator. Gawd, he smelled good. Earthy and sensual, and all wrapped up in a dominant package of a man. She shouldn’t want to attract him, but everything in her being was telling her to do anything to get him in her bed.

“What stunt are you talking about?”

For a moment, all she could do was look at his mouth as he spoke. His lips were full, sensual, and utterly irresistible.


She shook herself and tried to remember what they had been talking about. Great, now she had to embarrass herself with an explanation. She didn’t want to do this. She understood she wasn’t attractive to men like Rome. That she could live with. Having to admit it to him out loud was more than a little awkward. Talk about humiliating.

“I understand that a woman like me would never attract you—“

“What do you mean by that?”

She glanced up and realized he looked genuinely surprised.

“Nothing. Just understand I can play a role, and I won’t get all sappy on you. I want this guy as much as you do.”

Again he was silent. She hated that, hated the way he looked at her. It was as if he was completely perplexed by her. “Play a role?”

She rolled her eyes and pulled her keycard out, not able to look at him anymore. She was damned tired and ready to collapse. Add this embarrassment to the mix, and she just wanted to crawl under the covers and forget most of the day.

“When we’re out of the public eye, I understand. You don’t have to play the role of my lover behind the scenes. It’ll be easier if we have parameters.”

“Callahan.” His voice was quiet nevertheless commanding.


“Look at me.” The order was soft but definitely not to be ignored. She couldn’t if she’d wanted to. His deep, resonate voice wrapped around her senses and forced her to do his bidding.

When she finally made eye contact, her whole body went hot again. The intense look had her trying to swallow, but she found her mouth dry. He slipped his free hand up to cup her jaw. Without saying a word, he bent his head down and brushed his mouth against hers. She could feel the heat of him through their layers of clothing.

He leaned even closer, and she could feel his erection. There was no mistaking that. Just feeling the hot, long length of him had every hormone in her body jumping to attention, ready to serve. When he pulled back, it took a few moments for her to open her eyes again.

The fire in his eyes was still there. His cheeks were flushed, and she could tell there was a little more than just playacting involved.

“Just so you know. Guys like me can be attracted to women like you.”
Reader Reviews (21)
Submitted By: Amayeli on Jan 26, 2015
I have read several of the books in this series and have enjoyed all of them. I really recommend Melissa Schroeder's books.
Submitted By: wpchris on Jan 18, 2015
Another great HARMLESS book from Melissa. I wish it was longer, but an enjoyable read nonetheless.
Submitted By: lyjo46 on Jan 9, 2015
It has a somewhat ok story line, the chemistry between the hero and heroine ok.
Submitted By: jqqk31 on Jan 22, 2014
Great book
Submitted By: cyntillating on Jan 21, 2014
Harmless? Ha! A quick, satisfying read. As with many titles here, I wish the story was much longer!
Submitted By: enjoy on Jan 14, 2014
I quite enjoyed this one. Fast and fun. Sexy. I would have liked an epilogue to see them down the road a bit.
Submitted By: dvivster on Jan 3, 2014
I really liked it a lot! I found it to be hot and sweet at the same! I loved the relationship and how it developed between them.
Submitted By: jslindzy on Jan 25, 2013
Altogether a decent read. While I didn’t hate it or regret my decision to buy it, it isn’t one I’d read time and time again.
Submitted By: krbirkle on Jan 19, 2013
great, i will be reading more from her
Submitted By: cgirl99 on Jan 12, 2013
Finally, Rome's story. Good mystery / suspense not entirely about BDSM, but hot alpha guys. Enjoyable story, easy read.
Submitted By: trbear on Jan 8, 2013
Really liked the book part of a series, would recommend this book in fact I got series and went back and retread them as I got them out of order.
Submitted By: Tammy69 on Jan 5, 2013
More of a romantic Suspense/Mystery book with a BDSM theme. A little slow to start but picked up. I think I was hoping for more steamy love scenes. I love series books so will probably try others in the series if the price is right.
Submitted By: katysue on Jan 1, 2013
Ms. Schroeder is a sure read for me, and this is no exception. A good story line, with steamy interaction between the leads
Submitted By: mamalevan on Jan 1, 2013
Melissa can't go wrong with her little and harmless series. Fits right into the theme of a strong women who also needs a strong man/dom theme that is so popular right now.
Submitted By: MsRomanticReads on Feb 2, 2012
Another great read in the Harmless series. Maria intrigued me because the way she talked was so different from the picture of the woman I got when she was thinking or spoke of her family. I felt sorry for and amused by her when she was confronted with things like girl talk, or when she couldn't figure out the odd behavior Rome usually had around her. She wasn't a prude - that she understood very well; everything else went right over the top of her head. Rome's behavior was over the top funny.
Submitted By: klively on Jan 8, 2012
I don't typically read BDSM romance, but the author comes recommended by other readers and I found the premise of this book interesting, given the suspense angle. I found Schroeder's execution quite believable and compelling. This is the sixth book in a series, though it's written in a way that you don't feel lost or out of the loop when past stories are referenced. Time permitting, I'll have to check out another story from Schroeder.
Submitted By: sassykitty on Dec 23, 2011
Loved it and will be purchasing the rest in this series!
Submitted By: gikki910 on Dec 20, 2011
I really enjoyed this story. The main characters were likable, the plot was devent even if the villian was telegraphed half way through the story. Some very hot scenes, cool secondary characters, great setting. I did not realize this was part of a series but as soon as I was finished I went to the authors site to she what else she had written & that is about the highest praise you can get from me: repeat business.
Submitted By: uniquelysweet on Dec 20, 2011
Not really into the whole BDSM thing but since it was free I read it anyway. It wasn't a bad read, thankfully not too much rough sex. Interesting plot twist, although certain areas/characters could've been expanded upon.
Submitted By: homerlee on Dec 20, 2011
A good read, not as BDSM as I thought it would be by the description. I enjoyed the book but don't think I will read any of the others.
Submitted By: dozyllama on Dec 17, 2011
If it had not been free I wouldn't have read it. I wont be getting any more as I didn't really enjoy it. I don't "get" BDSM. It doesn't do a thing for me except make me wish the women would grow a spine. And as for spanking, my ex-boyfriend tried that with me and that is why he is now an ex.

A Little Harmless Submission

By: Melissa Schroeder