by C.P. 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?
Being a big fan of insta-love I fell in love with C.P. Smith's books back when I first read A Reason to Breathe and I knew that Framed would be no exception. I mean, an ex-SEAL turned convict and the woman determined to help get him free? What's not to love?!
Harley has had a crush on Kade since the first time she saw him at a high school football game, and even though they're not exactly friends, or even acquaintances, she knows that he doesn't belong in prison. Determined to help him, she gets him into her Inmate Dog Training Program to help keep him sane while he's on the inside while her, her dad, and a couple of Kade's SEAL buddies start working on how to get him out.
Being abandoned by his parents at a young age, Kade was a bit of a bad boy in high school, so even though he was intrigued with Harley from the get-go, he knew he wasn't good enough for her. When she shows up in prison and tries to get him into her program he refuses until he decides that he needs to join to protect Harley from the rest of the inmates.
Watching their forbidden romance blossom while they spent time together in prison was the highlight of the book for me. The stolen looks and not so innocent touches really gave me high hopes for their relationship. And for them to learn that they've both wanted each other for the past 15 years but time just wasn't on their side? Sigh!
Unfortunately I felt like once Kade was freed and the hunt for the bad guys was on, the relationship took a bit of a back seat. Sure, there were some sexy times, and Kade's protectiveness and jealousy was there, but I really wanted more couple time and intimate moments between them.
That being said, the suspense aspect during the second half of the book was spot on. Of course we know who the baddies are, and even get inside their head from time to time, but wondering when they'd make their move had me on the edge of my seat.
Framed was a great read with decent suspense, smoking hot sexy times, and side characters that added a few LOL moments. If you're a fan of insta-love and alpha heroes then you should definitely check it out!
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Framed in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.