Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #7.1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
Format: Free online short story
Publisher: Kelley Armstrong website
5th sentence, 74th page: He just wasn’t.
About Nick Sorrentino who is framed and then blackmailed.
I am automatically programmed to dislike trust-fund, playboy types. Even in many of the romances that some people find appealing, with their billionaire, hunky male leads, I find these characters cliché and detestable. Nick tends to fit this persona, yet, there was always something that didn’t make me truly hate him. Mostly due to his relationship to Elena, but it wasn’t until this short story that I began to actually like the happy-go-lucky playboy.
Nick’s admittance that he has been effectively useless throughout his forty years, and attempt to try to rectify this was the first way in which I finally felt endeared to this character. When he gets blackmailed, and finds himself the centre of an incredibly awkward frame up job, this attempt at truly making something of himself comes to full fruition. It is the constant self-deprecating attitude and the way he is always reminding himself of the love and actions of his pack that finally drive him to find a truly unique solution to an age old problem.
Framed is also a great way to show that even playboy Nick has standards. There is a number of moral and social lines which he won’t cross, even to save his own hide. This line is quickly and succinctly drawn, and it is Nick’s own brand of thinking and acting that ultimately saves the day. In a refreshingly blood-free manner.