By CP Smith
Six hundred minutes. That’s all it took ex-SEAL Kade Kingston to find trouble his first day home. He’d managed to survive covert operations in the hostile mountains of Afghanistan, only to be brought down by a baseball bat. If he had the first five hundred minutes back, he would have only had one drink before insisting his old friend tell him what the hell was going on. As it stood now, he and Sutton were both dead in the water—literally and figuratively. Six hundred minutes. That’s all it took for Kade Kingston to walk back into hell in his own backyard, losing everything in the process . . . including his freedom.
Inmate dog trainer, Harley Dash, knew Kade briefly as a teenager and was convinced of his innocence. Wanting to help the brooding ex-SEAL, she took it upon herself to force Kade into the Inmate Dog Training Program while she looked for a killer. With Kade confined, Harley and her father, along with two sexy SEALs, looked for evidence that would set Kade free.
Unfortunately, for Kade, Sutton’s murder was just the tip of the iceberg in a case of corruption and murder, one that will send Kade and Harley into the Florida Everglades with a killer.
Will they survive the alligators of the Florida Everglades, or will the Dread Pirate Roberts exact his revenge?
Kade is an ex-SEAL who, on his first night back home, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. With no evidence to back up his side of the story, he’s promptly tried and convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. He waits for his SEAL team brothers to return home and conduct their own investigation, but their pending arrival only makes things worse. The people behind the murder are rich and powerful and will do anything to keep their involvement a secret. It’s no longer his freedom on the line, but his life. If that’s not bad enough, his high school crush, Harley, works at the prison and while she’s close enough to touch, she’s never been more out of reach.
Kade is your typical SEAL: loyal; dominant; dangerous; and sex-on-a-stick hot. When I say dominant, I mean he’s sometimes too dominant to the point he’d come off as controlling and overbearing. But he more than makes up for it in the bedroom. Harley is a very smart and capable woman, but sometimes she did really stupid things that, of course, would put her in danger. Kade’s SEAL buddies, Prez and D, were funny despite the situation and added just the right amount of comic relief.
FRAMED was a great read and the first I’ve read from CP Smith. The synopsis caught my attention and it ended up being a book I couldn’t put down. The mystery itself wasn’t really there because you get told pretty early on who all the players are and what they’re hiding, but it still had me gnawing at my fingernails waiting for the next exciting moment. The only issue I had with the story was the constant references to The Princess Bride. I swear it was mentioned in almost every chapter and I’m assuming it was done to lighten the mood, but it ended up being very silly. FRAMED is told in dual POVs and comes with a nice HEA where everyone gets exactly what they deserve.
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