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Monday, February 22, 2010

SEALed With A Ring by Mary Margret Daughtridge

SEALed With A Ring by Mary Margret Daughtridge
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (405 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Navy SEAL Davy Graziano is a happy-go-lucky lady killer, so nobody is surprised when he goes for some "local action" at a fellow SEAL's wedding.

But JJ Lewis turns out to be a generous, beautiful businesswoman and civic leader, and Davy's gotten in way over his head. She's got motives to find herself a husband double-quick and she has the brilliant idea of picking a military husband who'll be away on tours of duty and she won't have to deal with him much. She allows Davy to think he's seduced her at the wedding, but that one nightstand was all the interview process she needed.

Davy has ulterior motives of his own to accept her out-of-the-blue marriage proposal, which is supposed to be strictly a business proposition. But it doesn't take long after the wedding ceremony for both of them to discover they've gotten a lot more than they bargained for.

Sometimes life hands you more than you can handle. When you find out what you’re made of, you realize it was never that hard to deal after all. Such is the story of SEALed with a Ring.

Ms. Daughtridge writes an intriguing and entertaining story of two people who think they can’t handle the lives they now lead. I liked being a part of their journey. Ms. Daughtridge writes with such attention to detail, you can help but be sucked into the story. There were some instances where she used some technical terms that I didn't instantly understand, but it wasn’t enough of a deterrent to ruin the tale.

JJ made an interesting heroine. She epitomized the independent woman. She serves as a role model to many other women, but at the same time, she came across as a bit cold and callous. I like that she went after exactly what she wanted, but sometimes she seemed to throw money at her problems to make them go away. While this made her more realistic, it hampered my forming a positive opinion of her.

Davy is a unique hero. At the beginning of the story, he’s intact and at the peak of sexuality. He’s also a jerk. I like how the injuries sustained in Iraq changed his persona. The fact that he has to look back on his past and can’t remember all of it helped to form him into a better man. You want to be around this guy, scars, memory issues, and all. It doesn’t hurt that he’s sexy, too.

The idea that both of these characters are flawed improved the story. You feel for them and want to see them succeed. You want them to come to terms with the changes in their lives while finding solace in each other.

If you want a sweet romance with spicy hints, then you need to read SEALed with a Ring. You won’t want to miss it.