SEALed with a Promise (SEALed Series #2)

SEALed with a Promise (SEALed Series #2)

by Mary Margret Daughtridge

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"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

Navy SEAL Caleb Daluade is deadly charming. When he meets Emmie Caddington—and realizes her personal connections can help him with his private vendetta—he sets out to win her over. But Emmie's quick intelligence and quirky personality sure to start to get under his skin.

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 fierce 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402227332
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Series: SEALed Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 879,563
File size: 1 MB

About 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.
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 Greensboro, North Carolina.

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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.

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Sealed With a Promise 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 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.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Mary-Margret Daughtridge's first book, "SEALed with a Kiss" so much, I was really looking forward to "SEALed with a Promise" her second release from Sourcebooks Casablanca. Once I got it, I eagerly settled in for a readathon. The first part of the book was great. SEAL Caleb, 'Do Lord', and his team (which included the hero from the first book) are assigned to take out a terrorist threatening to kill a Congressman visiting one of the 'Stans. Turns out that the visiting Congressman is a man Caleb had sworn (as a teenager) to kill the next time he saw him. What drama! Then the book progresses and we learn more about Caleb and what makes him tick. Enter Emmie. Emmie is the best friend of the heroine from the first book and Emmie and Caleb meet for the first time while serving as maid-of-honor and best man respectively. Emmie's life hasn't exactly been a picnic either and she uses her intellect to separate herself from a society that hasn't been very comfortable for her. Even dressed in drab clothes designed to blend into the background, there's something about Emmie that catches Caleb's eye.It was at about this point, for me, that the plot began to wander. Now I get that both Caleb and Emmie are super-smart, but does that mean that the majority of their thoughts and discussions be conducted in esoteric terms deeply rooted in religious beliefs and psychology? I almost felt like I was back in college! So maybe I'm just shallow, but if I wanted to read a book on the metaphysics of belief, I'd buy one. When I buy a romance, I want romance. And these changes also seemed to extend to the characters. Emmie up and decided on a total physical and mental makeover and Caleb became a scheming plotter willing to sacrifice innocent lives for his revenge. WHAT? Did I miss something? Anyway, the characters and plot just seemed to wander off into a totally new direction and even the ending just didn't ring true for me. I'm hoping that Mary-Margret Daughtridge's next book is closer to the first she wrote and that she saves the psychobabble for another genre. "SEALed with a Promise" didn't come through on its promise for me. I enjoyed the first part and enjoyed revisiting the characters from the first book...but that's about it.
Danie88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love a good ¿Men in Uniform¿ love story. Anything from firefighters to military men, but my favorite is definately Navy SEALs. I think what really draws me to them is their whole take charge, protective, and stubborn attitudes. Plus, I love the whole suspenseful plots in a lot of the stories I read.At first I thought Caleb ¿Do-Lord¿ Delaude and Emmie Caddington were an odd match. Emmie was against everything Caleb is: a SEAL and Caleb thought Emmie was too ¿plain¿ for him and yet she intruged him, but once you got more into the story and found out more about each character they actually did have a few interesting things in common and it shows that opposites really do attract. Their love connection though seemed to be put on hold somewhat throughout the story until towards the end because Caleb was so full of guilt and anger and wanted revenge so the story tended to focus more on that aspect then the relationship itself.The relationship between Caleb and Vicky (10 year old Senator Teague¿s daughter), also known as ¿Little Bit¿ (the nickname Caleb gave her) interested me more then the actual love relationship between Caleb and Emmie. Caleb and Vicky are a lot alike, they are both strong-willed, determined, and brave. The fact that they both had Trypanophobia- a fear of needles- was interesting as well. I really liked how the author focused on and explained their phobia, it really showed me from the characters point of views how they felt about it and how Caleb helped Vicky to understand her phobia and not exactly over come it, but learn to face it and somewhat accept it. Some people tend to just brush aside phobias and think they are nothing to worry about or that they are not real, but they are very real. I actually live with someone who has Arachnophobia- a fear of spiders- and you truely don¿t fully understand what they are going through unless you yourself are the one with the phobia.In all, the story was a good read though the ending seemed somewhat rushed. If you enjoy a good ¿Men in Uniform¿ story then I¿d recommend you pick it up and give it a try.
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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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