I'm not sure how to describe this book other than I really enjoyed it! I'm now reading her 2nd book which was just released. A Seal has to come home to deal with his 4 yr old son after the kid's mother dies. The kid's mother basically made it impossible for him to see his son when he wasn't on duty so he pretty much had been sending child support. the mom dies and her mother wants to continue the same arrangement only she's trying to get full custody when he takes an interest in being more involved in his son's life. He doesn't know how to relate to his son and during a hurricane Pickett helps him (she's a therapist)and the two fall in love but Pickett doesn't like/understand his need to be a Seal. Mostly deals with the two of them and the legal drama with his son and emotional stuff then of course there's a test of faith near the end where his 'seal-ness' gets to shine! I think this is a bit different from most Seal romances in that there's really not a whole lot of fighting/physical danger/excessive macho-ness per se. Overall a good read and I can see myself re-reading this one sometime.
Navy Seal Jax Graham has taken leave from the Navy to try to build a relationship with the 4-year old son he hardly knows. Family therapist Pickett Sessoms sees that things aren't working for the father and son, so she tries to help. Within 24 hours, Jax and his son, Tyler, have moved into Pickett's house to ride out a hurricane.
This book dragged for me. I felt like I spent too much time in the hero and heroine's heads. I'd rather have more snappy dialogue and maybe some action scenes like near the end of the book. My rating is 3 Stars.
2 1/2 - 3 stars
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 (do people really name kids 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).
I would say that I think this book is good for setting up a Navy SEAL as not only a hero, but a real person with problems and life difficulties. Sometimes other SEAL books make them out to be perfect--heroes, great fathers, husbands, etc...this one actually puts it a bit more on a real level of a hero not really knowing how to deal with his own life.
Overall, this was just a so-so read. I'm not sure I will actually read the next one SEALed with a Promise, but I'll think about it.
I think it's a first book for the author and what a gem!
A family therapist, Pickett Sessoms, needs a little help herself. She offers to help Jax Graham, a Navy Seal who needs a safe place to stay with his son during a hurricane. And then she falls in love. He's not so sure of the safety of loving a woman again, but he needs help with his four year old son. Soon he discovers that its not just needing her to help with his son. Jax discovers he needs her, too.
When Jax's ex-wife dies, Jax is torn between staying with the SEALs or raising his 4 year old son. With the unexpected help of Pickett Sessoms, Jax learns the importance of family and raising his son himself not having someone else do it.
This is my first Mary-Margret Daughtridge book and I will definitely be continuing with the series. I loved Jax and his SEAL buddies. Of all the military/cia/SEAL books out there, I enjoy the SEALs the best. They always seem to be the studliest of the bunch. I found this at times both funny and heart-wrenching.
First book for me by the author. Loved it. Quick read and sweet story.
I loved this book. I had to finish it in the same day. I found it to be best of the 3 Sealed series**