Friday, March 12, 2010

"SEALed with a Ring" by Mary Margret Daughtridge

The sensuous book cover caught my eye, the blurb on the back pulled me in and the intriguing story held my attention until the end.

Bewitching J.J. Caruthers is a smart, successful businesswoman who has it all and is about to lose everything.

Sexy Davy Graziano is a Navy SEAL medic who has a way with the ladies and lives in the moment until his world is turned upside down.

When these two collide at a wedding, one thing leads to another. After a night of mind-blowing sex, J.J. wakes realizing what she’s done and quickly leaves despite protest from Davy. She knows only his first name, but he knows nothing about her.

Back to facing reality, J.J. has one year to marry or lose what she holds most dear - Caruthers Car Dealership. She has no desire to marry, but is forced to pick one of the four husband candidates her grandfather has selected for her. Always the responsible one, she will do what she has to protect her business and her employees.

Meanwhile, Davy returns for another tour in Afghanistan and is seriously injured in a raid. His brain injury results in some memory loss. He comes home to recuperate, finds his mother has died and he is now responsible for his three siblings on top of trying to regain his memory and return to the career he loves.

Just as J.J.’s time is running out, fate brings her and Davy together again. She remembers him, but he has no memory of her. J.J. realizes marriage to a military man would solve her problems. Her new husband would be away on missions and not underfoot. She could meet her grandfather‘s requirement, save her business and still be on her own. She quickly proposes and Davy has his own reasons for accepting.

As their attraction grows, each begins to learn more about their own self as well. Trying to do the right thing, even for the wrong reasons, can sometimes take you in unexpected directions. The story also points out you don’t always know what you think you know.

This is a funny, romantic adventure with plenty of twists and turns. Author Mary Margret Daughtridge gives readers a delightful new look at a macho Navy SEAL and a sassy businesswoman.

The story flows fluently and draws the reader in. You feel J.J.’s loneliness and helplessness, while understanding Davy’s loyalty and frustration. This book is not just about romance, but compassion, caring, understanding, and commitment. From the first page to the last you will be cheering for these two tantalizing characters. "SEALed with a Ring" is a wonderful must-read book.

SEALed with a Ring * Sourcebooks * @2010 * ISBN: 978-1-4022-3698-3 * Paperback * 416 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

(Kathy Cano-Murillo, author of "Waking Up in the Land of Glitter," was scheduled to guest blog here today, but was unable to. We will try to reschedule her post for a later date.)


  1. Great review-I like the combination of main characters.

  2. Mason - Thanks for this review. It's really interesting how people realize what they're really made of when they're under pressure. It sounds like this novel really addresses this issue, and I always like a novel with a sense of humor : ).

  3. Sounds like a fun romance. Thanks for the review :)

  4. First of all, I would never think that about you -that you would endorse a book if you thought it not worthy.

    I love romantic comedies. Love them. All of my romantic encounters have certainly been comedies.

  5. Nice review ... It seems like all those twists and turns in the story will really keep the reader on her toes. I like a story that branches off in different directions like that.

  6. Esme, the two main characters are definitely something else.

    Margot, that's one great thing about this book. It's not only a romance but it does tackle some important issues without pushing them.

    Jemi, I laughed out loud most of the way through the book. Some of the things these two do were so funny.

    Teresa, this book could be called a romantic comedy in some way. These two characters pull off some stunts to say the least.

    Joanne, that's another thing about this book that appealed to me. It has many layers, not just romance. I would love to see a second book following these two.

  7. Thanks for the review after the author recently guested here. Still sounds like a good read to me.

  8. I'll say right up front that this is not my type of book, but I am impressed that the author pulled so many factors together so well. It sounds like a good read. As usual, you broaden my horizons!


  9. I like the plotline and really like that it's funny. I'm ready for some humor!

    Straight From Hel

  10. Thanks for the review. "a funny, romantic adventure with plenty of twists and turns" sounds like a book my wife and daughter would like very much.

    Marvin D Wilson

  11. Good review--I really think I might enjoy this book.

    My problem is, I don't have time to read a new book every day, so it's hard to keep up with all the books featured here. I'd like to rad it though, it sounds good, and you did a good job reviewing it and making me want to read it.

  12. Carol, it is a good read. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    Michele, I will say it's not your average romance book. It's not a "flowery" romance, but love that grows between two people with flaws and problems.

    Helen, it has some really cute antics in it.

    Marvin, you might be surprised and like it to. Remember, it is about a macho man with a soft side (kind of like you). :)

    Mary, this is a good book to read on a sunny afternoon at the beach.


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