on October 21, 2015
Genres: Alpha Male, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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WARNING: Author believes in soul mates and insta-love. Proceed with caution if you're not a romantic at heart.
Six hundred minutes. ThatÔÇÖs all it took ex-SEAL Kade Kingston to find trouble his first day home. HeÔÇÖd 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 waterÔÇöliterally and figuratively. Six hundred minutes. ThatÔÇÖs 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?
~ Review by Cyndi
IÔÇÖm a big fan of unrequited teen-age love stories as we have ALL experienced that feeling at least once in our lives, to one degree or another. CP SmithÔÇÖs Framed leads us down the rabbit hole love story, one coming straight from those fun and yet angsty high school memories where the certainty of a future together would only garner a hell no. But CP Smith is a romantic and she finds a way for the mysterious and altruistic soul Kade Kingston to find a way. If your gonna have an alpha, you best make it him a good one.
Kade Kingston has a tight circle of friends who will do anything to help him out. A group of ex-seals, they should be tight. And this group of men do try and they will go the distance for their brother. Clearly a fan of ÔÇ£The Princess BrideÔÇØ, Smith made Framed an extra special read. The references to the movie the lines and scenes were well chosen and sparked some envy in me. Being able to use a book, your own characters,and connect them to scenes from this iconic story is enough to make me think that putting yourself out there as an author is totally worth it.
Now, not only do we get a new hero (who shouldnÔÇÿt be a hero considering his situation), but we get a wonderful female lead who is smart, sassy, and daring and sensible. I liked Harley from the get go. SheÔÇÖs a character who is real and who has range. SheÔÇÖs had a life, she experienced, but her experience lacks passion – that is until she meets up with Kade as an adult. Also, too many times we see our heroines make decisions that go against their better judgement and they wind up risking so much without thinking. What I love about Harley is how she reasons through things. Oh, she makes some bad calls, but not the kinds that make me think less of her, and I appreciate the smart heroine.
SmithÔÇÖs story-line puts Harley back in Kade’s line of sight and inspires him to want to live again. HeÔÇÖs reminded that all is not lost and Harley make him believe heÔÇÖs not alone. Harley Dash and Kade have a past, a connection and brought into each others orbits again so you know itÔÇÖs gonna be explosive and that there will be some chances that HAVE to be taken. However, Harley wants to solve Kade’s problem in a way that can drive some questioning in the story-line. ItÔÇÖs a bit risky to go down the path of making ÔÇ£lawÔÇØ a part of the resolution. But Smith makes it plausible enough to work for the story-line. Framed is really all about the whyÔÇÖs. Why a set up? Why is it Kade whoÔÇÖs been set up. Is it purely bad timing, or is there more to it? Smith also gives use of the creepiest, pervy bad guys IÔÇÖve come across in a while.
All in all, Framed is simply a great read. It had all the elements of interesting story-line, characters you want to cheer for, dialogue that will make you laugh, and scenes with a ton of charm. We also get an epilogue that shows just how much the characters grow in their lives together. Framed is must read for lovers of alpha men and the classy women that they love.
4.5 stars and recommendation
~ Review by Anja
Usually, I’m not a fan of the insta-love story line that so many times is used to drive the story along. But in Framed, the insta-love combined with the imagined unrequited love between two teenagers with obstacles preventing a union works in a major way. CP Smith is one of my go to authors if IÔÇÖm in need for an alpha and a spunky, sweet, and funny heroine. And Framed does not disappoint.
Kade Kingston doesn’t have an easy childhood. Being abandoned by his parents, he is acting ourÔÇödrinking, partying, and sleeping around. In order to make something of himself, he leaves for the Navy as soon as he graduates with High School. However, after finding out his Grandfather is sick, he leaves the SEALs to come home and take care of him. Yet, the first night he’s back his life goes to shit. Framed for a murder he didn’t commit, he spends the next couple years in prison with no hope of ever getting out and having his name cleared. The only thing keeping him sane, as it has so many times over the last decade, are thoughts of Harley.
Harley Dash is a breath of fresh air to me! Having grown up in a good family with parents that love her, she’s the proverbial good girl. She’s sweet, smart, funny, and loyal, but she is not naive, which is one thing I love about her. She is the sweet girl next door without the naivety that usually goes along with this. Ever since she’s seen Kade during a football game, she’s been dreamed about him. She’s never believed that he was guilty either, and when he is transferred to the same prison she rehabilitates abused dogs with the help of inmates, she makes it her mission to help him.
Both Kade and Harley are great characters with a lot of depth to them and great emotional range. Too often are heroines portrait as smart throughout the book, but then do something very stupid that we all know she shouldn’t do. But not Harley, yes, one decision she makes gets her into trouble, but unlike so many times before, it wasn’t actually stupidity, but bad luck in that instance. And Kade *swoon* he’s the perfect alpha! He’s sweet and thoughtful, yet has a commanding presence about him that makes people think twice about messing with him. Further, the secondary characters are hilarious and complement the story perfectly.
Framed is an amazing story about two people who have longed after one another for years before tragedy brings them back together. It has the perfect mix of hilarious banter, steamy dirty talk, hot sex, and suspense to make it a great story. I also love all the references to “The Princess Bride”, as you wish is my new favorite quote.
I give this book 5 stars and definitely recommend it for anyone in need of an alpha and sweet, spunky heroine.