Review: SEALed with a Ring by Mary Margret Daughtridge

Monday, March 29

Title:  SEALed with a Ring*

Author:  Mary Margret Daughtridge
Series:  SEALed series 
Genre:  Romance
Publisher:  Casablanca Sourcebooks
Format:  mass market paperback
Date/Year: March 2010

*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review

Summary from the publisher:

She’s got it all…except the one thing she needs most 

Smart, successful businesswoman JJ Caruthers has a year to land a husband or lose the empire she’s worked so hard to build. With time running out, romance is not an option, and a military husband who is always on the road begins to look like the perfect solution… 

He’s a wounded hero with an agenda of his own 

Even with the scars of battle, Navy SEAL medic Davy Graziano is gorgeous enough to land any woman he wants, and he’s never wanted to be tied down. Now Davy has ulterior motives for accepting JJ’s outrageous proposal of marriage, but he only has so long to figure out what JJ doesn’t want him to know…

My Musings:

JJ and Davy first meet at a wedding where they let their inhibitions go and spend a wild night of sexual indulgence together… not so new to Davy, but very uncharacteristic for JJ.  Then both go their separate ways...JJ to find a way to keep the car dealership that she feels is her family legacy, and has become the sole focus of her life, and Davy back to Afghanistan to serve his country as a SEAL.

They meet again almost a year later at another wedding, but Davy doesn’t remember JJ.  He is drawn to her inexplicably, and feels moments of déjà vu that he just can’t explain, while JJ desperately wishes to forget a night that she regrets.  In a moment of brilliance JJ realizes that Davy, now David, is exactly the type of husband that she needs and has been searching for.   A SEAL is perfect since he will almost never be around and she will be free to lead her life as she sees fit…on her own terms.  However, David has terms of his own.  One of which is a “real” marriage, not just in name only.

There was so much promise in JJ and David’s love story.  I loved the hero David, and his transformation into a man that is drastically different from his prior playboy personality, while trying to overcome traumatic brain injuries that could end his career as a SEAL.  For me he was the heart and the most interesting part of the story.  However, much to my disappointment I felt that this story was heroine centric and focused mostly on JJ and her struggles to control everything in her life.

I was slow to get invested into this story for this reason.  I wish the story would have been more about David and how he changed after his injuries; his efforts to regain some of his memories, having to relearn things like reading and math while hiding his struggles from everyone including his new wife, and doctors because of his fear of no longer being a SEAL…the very reason why she wanted to marry him.  He viewed his entire worth and identity with being a SEAL and this was such a significant point in the book that I wish it would have been explored in more depth.

His injuries were the reason why he didn’t remember JJ.  He just had inexplicable feelings that he already “knew” her and that she was important enough to him that he didn’t want to let her go.  It made JJ’s struggle with controlling the world around her seem insignificant compared to what David was experiencing, yet it was JJ’s story that was the focus of the book.  I felt that JJ”s same problems were rehashed repeatedly,  I just wish she would have learned her hard earned lessons much sooner so that we could experience more of David’s story.  I wanted to learn more about his relationship with his family.  More about him, how he coped with his fears, and desired the love of a woman he felt unworthy of.

I felt that the emotions were stunted and just when I thought that the hero and the heroine would get to important discussions/discoveries the scene or chapter would end, and while some of this was finally addressed, it happened all within about the last 50 or so pages…too little to late for me.  It was almost as if the story needed to conclude, and the parts of the story that for me were the most important, that were crucial to their love story, their growth and development individually as well as a couple, were sadly rushed.  SEALed with a Ring held promise that I felt wasn’t completely fulfilled despite it's potential.

Ratings: 3.25 stars

Sensuality level:  the intimate scenes in this book were mostly just hinted at, however there were a few scenes that went into more detail...much like you would find in a Harlequin romance

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Cecile Smutty Hussy March 30, 2010 at 12:15 AM  

Great honest review. I kept seeing this cover and really wanting it, but I had to think hard before purchasing it. Which I have not yet..
Hope all is well honey!

Mary G March 30, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

Good review. I really enjoyed this book as well as the first 2 seal books although I did think this one was a little less HOT than the first 2.

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