Review of SEALed with a Promise by Mary Margret Daughtridge

May 15, 2009

Sealed with a promiseSEALed with a Promise by Mary Margret Daughtridge
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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He’ll do anything to move the mission forward, no matter the cost…
Navy SEAL Caleb Delaude is deadly charming. When he discovers that professor Emmie Caddington’s personal connections can help him get the dirty work done, he sets out to win her over. But her quick intelligence and quirky personality sure do start to get under his skin…

She may just be the key to his salvation…
Emmie’s smart and independent and isn’t looking for a brawny guy to take over her life. But this rugged Navy SEAL, who seems so determined to get close to her, hides a fierce intelligence and deep sensitivity.

When plans go wrong and a child’s life is on the line, Emmie learns what it means to be a SEAL in action, and Caleb discovers that even a hero can get hurt sometimes…

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Having read and absolutely loved Ms. Daughtridge’s previous book, SEALed with a Kiss, I was really looking forward to this one and I have to say that I was not disappointed as SEALed with a Promise is a heartwarming story featuring two characters I couldn’t help but grow to love.

SEALed with a Kiss tells the story of Navy SEAL Caleb Delaude (also known as Do-Lord) and Professor Emmie Caddington.  Caleb cannot believe his good fortune when he meets Emmie at their friends’ wedding and learns that she has a connection that could help him gain the revenge that has eaten him alive since childhood.   But as he spends time with Emmie and gets to know her, his desire for revenge lessens as his desire for Emmie grows.  But he worries what will happen when she learns the truth…

Ms. Daughtridge is definitely a gifted storyteller with the ability to create relatable and likeable characters complete with flaws and imperfections that you would expect to see in real life.  I was drawn into the story and came to care about both characters as they worked through the doubts, insecurities, and other obstacles standing in their way.

 Both Caleb and Emmie are fascinating characters who have been deeply affected by their pasts.  Caleb’s past is part of what brings him and Emmie together as he intends to use her to help him in his revenge.  I didn’t agree with his actions and motives for getting closer to Emmie at first and wasn’t sure he’d be able to redeem himself, but once we learned more about his story and he got to know Emmie and began to change and show his true nature, I came to understand him better and hope that these two would be able to work everything out.

As for Emmie, she is a fascinating heroine who is quite intelligent, but lacks the common knowledge that most females have and I found her, along with her little quirks, to be a breath of fresh air.  She learns a lot and grows through her association with Caleb as does he.  They are perfect for one another and I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow.  The romance and relationship of the story is quite touching.

The overall plot with its various twists, turns, and coincidences is quite interesting.  There were a few surprises that really enhanced the story, but there were also a couple of things that seemed a bit too coincidental to me (I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling the story).  But despite this I believe that SEALed with a Promise is a wonderful and touching story about two characters who teach one another to see themselves and the world in an entirely new way all while falling in love.  I eagerly anticipate Ms. Daughtridge’s next book!

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