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SEALed with a Promise
     

SEALed with a Promise

3.7 49
by Mary Daughtridge
 

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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

Overview

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 fi erce 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…

PRAISE FOR MARY MARGRET DAUGHTRIDGE:

"A wonderful story that will have readers experiencing a whirlwind of emotions and that culminates with an awesome scene that will have your pulse pounding."
Romance Junkies

" ... [D]elivers 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, 4.5/5 Stars

"Sealed with a Kiss astounded me with it's sensitivity."
Romance Reviews Today

"A beautifully written and often poignant contemporary romance. Mary Margret Daughtridge is a compelling new voice whose gift for storytelling makes her an author to watch."
Book Loons

"Greatly touching and heartwarming, a cozy read for a rainy day. I can't wait to read the next SEALs romance!"
Revisiting the Moon's Library

"What an incredibly powerful book! I laughed and sniffled, was turned on and turned inside out."
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Don't miss SEALED WITH A PROMISE, I can't recommend it enough!" - Wild on Books

"I would recommend this story for anyone who likes to read about alpha men falling in love with unlikely heroines." - The Romance Studio

"Readers who look for heroes in the armed forces have SEALed with a Promise by Mary Margret Daughtridge to enjoy this month." - BookPage

"It's a well-crafted, character-driven romance (my favorite kind) with a memorable, distinctive couple." - Alpha Heroes

"I loved it that a plain, pea hen type of woman is the heroine of the book and actually has the man totally falling for her because of her personality and not her looks." - Debbie's World

"Mary Margret Daughtridge's descriptions awaken the senses to a level that makes a reader gasp for breath and sigh with satisfactions. Primal and earthy at times, sensual, enchanting, and tender at others, the love scenes simmer, sizzle, and soar." - Long and Short of It

"The author infuses humor, realistic characters, emotion filled situations, and in some cases brutal honesty to create a storyline that's utterly captivating from beginning to end." - Romance Junkies

"it's definitely a good book to curl up with or to just escape the day to day with." - marta's meanderings

"I loved this book... I liked a warrior tale set in USA with NO 'big bad' or 'major danger'. Just human emotions and relationships." - Reading is Passion

"If you enjoy a good "Men in Uniform" story then I'd recommend you pick it up and give it a try." - Confessions of a Romance Book Addict

Wild on Books
Don't miss SEALED WITH A PROMISE, I can't recommend it enough!
— Kristen Metson
The Romance Studio
I would recommend this story for anyone who likes to read about alpha men falling in love with unlikely heroines.
— Lisa Freeman
BookPage
Readers who look for heroes in the armed forces have SEALed with a Promise by Mary Margret Daughtridge to enjoy this month.
Alpha Heroes
It's a well-crafted, character-driven romance (my favorite kind) with a memorable, distinctive couple.
— Nicola Onychuck
Debbie's World
I loved it that a plain, pea hen type of woman is the heroine of the book and actually has the man totally falling for her because of her personality and not her looks.
— Debbie Suzuki
Long and Short of It
Mary Margret Daughtridge's descriptions awaken the senses to a level that makes a reader gasp for breath and sigh with satisfactions. Primal and earthy at times, sensual, enchanting, and tender at others, the love scenes simmer, sizzle, and soar.
— Camellia
Romance Junkies
The author infuses humor, realistic characters, emotion filled situations, and in some cases brutal honesty to create a storyline that's utterly captivating from beginning to end.
— Chrissy Dionne
marta's meanderings
it's definitely a good book to curl up with or to just escape the day to day with.
— Marta Hoelscher
Reading is Passion
I loved this book... I liked a warrior tale set in USA with NO 'big bad' or 'major danger'. Just human emotions and relationships.
Confessions of a Romance Book Addict
If you enjoy a good "Men in Uniform" story then I'd recommend you pick it up and give it a try.
— Dani Atwater
Random Romance Reviews
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.
— Jennifer Yates
Rescuing Romance
Pulls and tugs on your heart will keep you reading chapter to chapter as Mary weaves characters who come to life amid southern values, old secrets, and normal family problems.
— Nancy Lee Badger
Book Loons
This is another heartwarming and involving tale created by an author whose star is definitely on the rise.
— Martina Bexte
Pop Syndicate's Book Addict
If you want an easy, romantic read that might put a tear or two in your eyes, check out SEALed with a Promise. Romance fans will read it in one setting.
— Angela Wilson
Romance Rookie
[A] fun, clever and emotionally gripping story. Mary Margret Daughtridge is an author to keep on your radar.
— Jill Dunlop
Dear Author
It is nice to see two not traditionally beautiful characters appreciate each other fully, and it is especially nice to see a SEAL who is not mythologized as an alpha god.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402217630
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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Excerpt from Chapter 1

Little Creek, Virginia

Funerals, yes. He'd pulled honor guard duty at too many of them. But in all his thirty-two years, Caleb "Do-Lord" Dulaude had never attended a wedding. In a surprise development, barely four months since the platoon's return from the 'Stan, Jax was getting married, and Do-Lord had to be the best man at one.

Mellow November sunshine trickled into his cubicle from the window in the hallway, and his stomach growled. He pushed back the cuff of his gray and tan desert camo BDU's to check his watch then rifled the pages of the etiquette book open on his desk to see if he had a chance of finishing it in time to get some lunch.

His battered 2002 Bluejacket's Guide, a chief petty officer's bible, specified in detail how to render military honors at a funeral, but it hadn't helped much with a wedding. It said very little about his duties during the ceremony, only that he would be in charge of the arch of swords, which would take place outside the church. He figured there was a lot more to a wedding than that, especially among the upper-crust of North Carolina.

This book on etiquette was the third he'd read. In his palm pilot he had a twenty-six item list of his duties as best man. He wouldn't necessarily need to know all, but it was always the little things that got you killed. Since he had no idea which details would prove to be crucial, he ignored the rumbling of his stomach.

Harder to ignore were his boredom with what he read and the tiny niggle of fear that the two staves on which he had depended, feeding his mind's thirst for information and the engrossment of SEAL life, were failing him.

The tall white cake typically served at wedding receptions today was once the bride's cake, whereas the wedding cake was a fruitcake, filled with nuts…

"I looked for you in the NCO mess." Burly Master Chief Lon Swales, also dressed in camo, interrupted him. From the first, although he didn't take well to regulations,

Do-Lord had loved the Navy's prescribed dress code for every occasion. He always knew exactly what to wear in order not to draw attention to himself. "What are you missing lunch to read?"

Do-Lord slid the yellow highlighter through his fingers while he considered lying. His fellow SEALs accepted his reading mania. He had a paperback stashed in a pocket anytime he wasn't in combat gear—and a lot of times when he was. In desperation, after he'd exhausted all other printed matter, he'd even read paperback romances while in Afghanistan. Since pictures of scantily clad women were offensive to Muslims, the covers of many had been torn off, adding a new layer of meaning to the term "bodice ripper."

Everyone would really razz him, if they found out he'd moved on to etiquette books. On the other hand, the razzing would be worse if the guys learned he'd lied about reading up on etiquette.

"Emily Post. Research. Boning up for Jax's wedding."

The weathered skin around the Master Chief's eyes folded into deep crow's feet, and his lips quirked, but the expected teasing didn't come. Instead, with perfect seriousness, he asked, "Have you read Service Etiquette?"

"Swartz, Fourth Edition? Read it first. When I'm invited to the White House, I'll sho'nuff do you proud."

Lon chuckled at Do-Lord's tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that Service Etiquette covered protocol for every social occasion a person in the military could encounter, no matter how unlikely. "Stranger things have happened." He took a seat in the straight metal chair in front of Do-Lord's desk, and in an almost gentle voice he asked, "How's it going?"

"Tell you what…" Caleb let the sentence hang while he tossed the highlighter on the desk and rolled his desk chair back to stretch out his legs. "It's boring as hell, but it's not as bad as that outboard motor service manual you made us read during Hell Week."

Do-Lord saw with satisfaction he'd struck the right note with the Master Chief. Twelve years ago, Lon had been a BUD/S instructor to the class that included Jax, an ensign, and Do-Lord, except he hadn't earned his nickname yet.

"Hey, I was just trying to help you stay awake." Lon settled into his chair and hooked his thumbs over his belt, his innocent tone belied by a devilish grin.

"Yeah, right." During Hell Week the trainees were allowed a total of four hours sleep. During so-called rest periods, harsh consequences would descend on anyone who fell asleep and on all those near who allowed him to nod off. Listening while someone read aloud was bad enough, since few people did it well. Trying to stay alert while boring material was read aloud would turn their few minutes of respite into torture.

Lon's expression grew thoughtful, his eyes on a distant past. "Until that night I didn't think you were going to graduate. Some guys never get it that being a SEAL isn't about taking punishment, or endurance, or even being the best or the baddest."

Though fewer than twenty percent graduated from the toughest training in the world, it wasn't because instructors tried to wash a trainee out. They did, however, use any means to make a trainee aware of his weak areas and the need to overcome them. "You were doing your part, but that's all you were doing. For all the physical stuff we do, ultimately, making a SEAL is mental. A man must decide he's personally responsible for the success of the team and the welfare of every member. He has to find within himself whatever makes him able to do that. You were holding back, side-stepping opportunities for leadership, letting your boat crew not do as well as they might have, because you didn't like being noticed." Lon's eyes twinkled. "So we noticed you—a lot."

"That's why you handed me the manual to read aloud!" Until this moment, Dulaude had never suspected the instructors had intended to make him uncomfortable by singling him out. He shouted with laughter at the double irony. For Dulaude, being made to read was a "get out of jail free" card. Thinking only of himself, he had known exactly how Br'er Rabbit felt in the briar patch. He could easily pretend to mumble through it.

"Yup. We figured you'd be miserable trying to read aloud, and you'd make everybody else miserable." Lon chuckled in reminiscence.

But Dulaude had looked out at the faces of the men gathered in the mess hall at 3:00 a.m. Of a starting class of one hundred twenty-nine, around fifty red-eyed, battered men remained. More would quit before the night was over, because the pain, cold, and exhaustion would only get worse. White with fatigue, shoulders slumped, neither hopeful nor interested, longing only for sleep, they had watched him with faces set to endure.

Except for Jax. His eyes had been so bloodshot he looked like a creature from a horror movie, but still they lit with expectation. He seemed to think Dulaude intended to do something to keep them awake.

Dulaude had glanced down at the manual Chief Swales had stuffed in his hands. Gray print on flimsy gray paper, it was designed to blind any reader it didn't render comatose. However, Dulaude could read a page at a glance and had something close to eidetic memory. Up to now, he had concealed his reading ability as he had his real IQ. He had learned early that both made him stand out, and drawing the attention of authorities was never a good thing.

Meet the Author

Mary Margret Daughtridge has been a grade school teacher, speech therapist, family educator, biofeedback therapist, and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. She is a member of Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Romancing the Military Soul, and is a sought-after judge in writing contests. She resides in North Carolina.

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Sealed With a Promise 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
Read it in one night during my working shift and it was hard to put down! Great characters and great plot. can't wait to read the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only good thing about this book is the picture on the cover. Choppy story. Not well planned out.
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sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
This book wasn’t quite as good as “Sealed With A Kiss”, but it was quite good. I found it hysterical watching poor Caleb’s attempts to seduce Emmie go down the tubes time and again. You’ll enjoy these characters a lot.
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It was an ok book. Definately not as good as i thought it would be. But ok none the less.
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HXH More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fast moving and I didn't want to put it down. It gave wonderful insight into the Seals; their training, their loyalty to each other and how they look at the outside world. It was the first book I read by Mary Dsughtridge and for sure I will read others.
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Try this book, Sealed Promise. Recommended ! Most enjoyable. Give it a try. I would read other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the way it was written and enjoyed it very much. I would like more books on Navy Seals. We are so blessed to have military out there who have given their all for our freedom.
Red4 More than 1 year ago
Nice, easy read. Great for a weekend by the fireplace or at the beach.
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