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SEALed with a Kiss [Kindle Edition]

Mary Margret Daughtridge
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Book Description

"Daughtridge delivers a well-written romance that is simultaneously tender and sensuous."-Booklist

He can handle just about anything, except this...

Jax Graham is a member of an elite military team, but when it comes to taking care of his four-year-old son after his ex-wife dies, he's completely clueless.

One person can help him, if he'll let her...

Family therapist Pickett Sessoms knows just how to help a rough, tough Navy SEAL deal with a scared and lonely little boy, but not if he insists on going it alone.

When Jax and his young son Tyler get trapped by a hurricane, Pickett takes them in against her better judgment. Jax figures Pickett's high maintenance, just like all the women he knows, and she figures he's not commitment material. But when an outing turns deadly, Pickett discovers what it means to be a SEAL, and Jax discovers that even a hero needs help sometimes...

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Navy SEAL Jax Graham knows how to handle any situation except dealing with his four-year-old-son, Tyler. With his on-the-go job, Jax has not been a constant in his son’s daily life. He expected to leave Tyler with his mother-in-law as legal guardian but must now make a final decision about custody or the job he loves. While staying at his mother-in-law’s beach house in North Carolina, Jax’s frustration level is going into overload until therapist Pickett Sessoms steps in. Jax is impressed with Pickett’s communication skills, so when a hurricane threatens, he cajoles her into letting him and his son stay at her inland home so he can get parenting tips. What he does not bargain for is the attraction he feels toward this high-maintenance woman. Daughtridge delivers a well-written romance that is simultaneously tender and sensuous. --Patty Engelmann


"[I]t delivers in a huge way... a heart-touching story that will keep you smiling and cheering for the characters clear through to the happy ending." - The Romantic Times

"Mary Margaret Daughtridge [is] a compelling new voice whose gift for storytelling makes her an author to watch." - Book Loons

"When I first heard about SEALed with a Kiss, I was told that it's touching, has a little boy who needs a family, dogs, and a muscle-y hero. I'm a sucker for strong men dealing with new challenge and needing a strong woman's help... I wanted to read more about the new little family, but books have to end sometime. I can't wait to read the next SEALs romance!" - Revisiting the Moon's Library

"SEALED WITH A KISS is a wonderful story that will have readers experiencing a whirlwind of emotions and culminating with an awesome scene that will have your pulse pounding." - Romance Junkies

"SEALED WITH A KISS astounded me with its sensitivity, the connection between Jax and Pickett, and their love for a lost, scared little boy. If Navy SEALS, romance, and a great and extraordinary story are what you are looking for, give SEALED WITH A KISS a try." - Romance Reviews Today

"What an incredibly powerful book!" - Queue My Review

"Fresh phrasing and its thoughtful attention to the poignant and mundane aspects of the protagonists' relationship." - Dear Author

Product Details

  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140221118X
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001P5041E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okay read August 11, 2009
By Laura B
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
2 1/2 - 3 stars
Jackson "Jax" Graham is a Navy SEAL whose ex-wife just died leaving their almost five-year-old son, Tyler, without a mother. He plans to give custody to his ex-mother-in-law without a fight, but his commander forces him to take 30 days leave to spend with his son to figure it out.
Pickett Sessoms is a family therapist and specializes in military families. She spies Jax and his son on the beach not bonding and intervenes to give a little help.
When a hurricane blows into town, Jax has no place to go and finds himself asking Pickett for a place to stay to ride out the storm. Plus, he's looking for help with his son.

I had high hopes for this book. It actually started out fairly well. It seemed almost believable that a single woman would allow a stranger and his son to stay with her after having only knowing him for an hour.
Jax is a SEAL--this point is driven home over and over and over to the point of annoyance. I got it! It is who he is and what he does, but does he have to repeat it to himself and everyone else 50 million times?
The middle 1/3 of the book is a huge lull...not much really seems to happen other than Jax repeating his SEAL mantra and Pickett reminding herself that he is a SEAL and won't be there for long. Plus, the author likes to use big words and go into intellectual rants. I couldn't help but wonder if the author was/is a therapist (checked her bio and she was a speech therapist and hypnotherapist, so I was partly correct--she is well-educated).
Near the end it speeds up a bit and comes together and slightly redeems itself. Unfortunately, the end is a little bland and doesn't really finish (some things seemed to hang a little and left the reader to assume the outcome).
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful, witty, fun roller coaster ride April 15, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Every time you think you have this one figured out Daughtridge comes from a different direction... always with fresh perceptive understanding of the characters' motives. A beautifully told story of relationships and self discovery with enough healthy, fun sex to satisfy most (my favorite was in the swing). This serious novel by a skilled writer is clothed as a romance and I enjoyed it as such, but it deserves to be seen as much more. Witty, funny, tense, rough and tender with credible characters, settings and action.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Former SEAL April 4, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mary Margret has my SEAL Teammates down to a "T". Well Written for anyone that loves a Romance Novel or just a great story. She does understand the human condition and makes you happy about it with this story.

John Carl Roat
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome debut book! March 26, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Navy SEAL Jax Graham has found himself in a precarious situation. His ex-wife's death leaves him as the sole support to his four-year-old son, but his career leaves precious little time for him to play full-time dad. Granting custody to his ex-wife's mother seems like the ideal solution but after spending time with her and his son, Tyler, he's questioning if he's making the right decision . . . and if not then what should he do?

Family therapist Pickett Sessoms takes her job to heart. She knows exactly what she wants and love doesn't enter into the equation. She sees military families struggling all the time to stay together and knows she doesn't have the fortitude to withstand the demands of military life. So why is she obsessing over a little boy and his father she met on the beach?

With a hurricane barreling toward the North Carolinian coastline, Pickett's mother volunteers her to prepare some elderly friends' beach house `because Pickett lives at the beach' - never mind that she lives thirty miles away in Snead's Ferry. While struggling to close the shutters she notices a young boy and his father on the beach, both uncomfortable with each other. Getting involved isn't part of her plans but she can't resist trying to help. When she leaves Jax and Tyler are happily building castles in the wet sand.

When the time comes to evacuate, Tyler's grandmother Lauren is panicky and demands to take Tyler with her. Jax is still on leave and insists that his son will stay with him. He hasn't changed his mind about giving her custody but her drinking is cause for concern. Before leaving Lauren projects her own fears onto Tyler so that nothing Jax does calms his fears.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Romance Novel: SEALed with a Kiss March 29, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't read many romance novels, don't have time. But when the opportunity came to read SEALed With A Kiss, I jumped at it.
It's a thinking woman's romance novel.
Jax and Pickett are complex, authentic characters before they meet, and get even more interesting as their lives come together over one weekend at the beach during a hurricane. The sex scenes are fun (and hot), but the story of how two good, solid, independently minded people fall in love and then help each other to grow and love even more is a page turner.
While some will consider it a great "beach" read, it was a "Friday night into early Saturday morning" read for me. And I'm not a fast reader. It was just too good to put down.
All romance novels have happy endings. I loved Daughtridge's ending because through the storms they weathered together, Jax and Pickett forged a truely healthy, loving relationship.

Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Too graphic
Too graphic - did not finish it
Published 1 month ago by E. V. Wilkerson
5.0 out of 5 stars A hot, SEAL father
This so good. A nice warm story with characters that are life=like with human emotions. A SEAL who needs and wants to be a father to his little boy. Loved it. A good read for all.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable in a good way
If you're looking for a romance with a hot navy seal, an adorable little boy, rescued dogs and an emotionally stunted woman all in need of love then this is the book for you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dee's Ereader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Loved this book. Being from a military marriage it git close to home about the relationship. Can't wait to read the next!
Published 7 months ago by A. Mays
4.0 out of 5 stars Less steamy than I thought but still good.
This was a sweet story about two people who needed eachother. It seemed like it was going to start out being steamy but that cooled down a bit but that's not a bad thing in this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying read
A heartwarming story, a bit on the simplistic side but a fun read. I enjoyed the intellectual conversations between Jax and Pickett which are so often missing in typical romances. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great characters, and the story held my attention from beginning to end. I definitely recommend this book, I couldn't put it down.
Published 10 months ago by Lorieg
5.0 out of 5 stars Love to love seals
I totally enjoyed this story! I found it really interesting how both the hero and heroine were very honest with one another and asked serious and tough questions of themselves and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by NHR
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with real people
I love a good romance especially those with Navy Seals. What makes this book special is that the characters are not perfect. I also appreciate the quiet references to faith.
Published 14 months ago by R. Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars SEALed with a Kiss
Lovable characters, endearing story what more can you ask! Had good time reading this and other SEAL stories in the series.
Published 15 months ago by L. Gonzales
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More About the Author

If you don't count a thirty-seven page novel this North Carolina native wrote when she was twelve, then SEALed with a Kiss was not merely Mary Margret Daughtridge's first published novel, it was the first novel she ever wrote. She wrote it for fun--just to prove to herself that she could.

Since she was writing only for herself, she had one guiding principle: she put everything she liked into the book and left out everything she didn't like. She likes dogs [check], children [check], heroines with a sense of humor [check], strong honorable men who are doing the right thing--by their lights. Check.

She actually likes description when it evokes the mood of a place so she added that. And she wants fallible heroines and vulnerable heroes--who can make her mad or break her heart. So she created a story about a Navy SEAL who was about to make a bad mistake with his son and a young woman who had yet to discover how strong and courageous she was.

And since she really likes a romance and a happy ending she made them fall in love, learn their lessons, make sacrifices, and be stronger and more whole in the end.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mary Margret has a BA in Speech Communication, and an M.Ed in Speech Pathology and Audiology. All her professional life she has been a therapist of one kind or another, desiring more than anything to empower people to reach beyond whatever limits them. As her alter-ego, MM Holloman, she is a landscape artist whose paintings of North Carolina rivers, swamps, fields, forest, and coast hang in corporate and private collections across the state.

Staying true to her guiding principles she wrote SEALed with a Promise, and SEALed with a Ring. She's at work on a fourth SEALed book, SEALed Forever. She still thinks it's fun.

She's between dogs right now, so she's thrilled when Fergus, a West Highland terrier, can come for a sleepover, even if the resident cat, Crystal gets in a snit. Born in Ahoskie, Mary Margret still lives in North Carolina and visits places like Windsor, Elizabeth City, Scotland Neck and Topsail Island as often as she can.

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