WARNING: Author believes in soul mates and insta-love. Proceed with caution if you're not a romantic at heart.
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?
Framed is the first booked I've read by author C.P. Smith, and it won't be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I was really intrigued when I read the synopsis to this book; it has a hero looking for redemption who happens to be ex-military, a headstrong heroine who is determined to save him, and is full of suspense and mystery. Add to that undercurrents love and steam and it has all the makings of an excellent story.
Kade is an ex Navy Seal who is currently in jail for murder. He has long since maintained his innocence, but has no way to prove it. He wants to believe that his old SEAL team will find a way to set him free, but as time goes on and he is stuck in prison longer, his faith starts to waver. He just waits day in and day out for a miracle. Harley volunteers at the prison helping the inmates train rescued dogs. She knows of Kade from when they were teenagers and believes in his innocence. She gets him to become part of the training program so that she can look out for him and make his sentence a bit easier until she finds proof that he is innocent. The two form an unshakable bond. Turns out that they each crushed on the other back in the day. It isn't too long until they can't wait to prove Kade's innocence so that he can get out and they can pursue a relationship.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between Kade and Harley. Kade is definitely an alpha male. Yum-o! What makes it even better is Harley isn't having that. She sure can stand her ground and think for herself. I loved her little rebellions and the ensuing frustrations that they caused Kade. There were a couple of times where I thought she took her independence a little too far and I was hit with a bit of annoyance, but nothing that spoiled the story for me.
The mystery of unraveling what really happened causing Kade to be accused of murder and some events that happened in the present in the book kept me on my toes. It was fun reading about the characters and how they investigate the murder. Framed is a definite must read if you like books full of suspense, witty dialogue, and fun characters.
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C.P. Smith is a stay-at-home mom with a keyboard. She's never serious and lives inside her head.
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