Saturday, May 7, 2011
SEALed FOREVER, by Mary Margret Daughtridge, Book Review
SEALed Forever, by Mary Margret Daughtridge
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Author Mary Margret Daughtridge is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, with a BA in speech communication and an M.Ed. in speech pathology and audiology. Her alter ego, MM Holloman, is a landscape artist with her paintings displayed in corporate and private collections. Other titles in this series include: SEALed With a Kiss, SEALed With a Promise, and SEALed With a Ring. Mary resides in North Carolina where she was born and raised.
Fourth installment in the SEALed series: While in the middle of an undercover CIA mission at an air strip, Navy SEAL Lt. Garth Vale finds a sick abandoned baby on a plane. His superiors don't want to know about it, and Garth fears for the baby's safety. The only person who can help is the new small town doctor in town, Bronwyn Whitescarver. Bronwyn left the fast-paced ER setting for a quiet medical practice, but when gorgeous Garth shows up she knows quiet is anything but what she'll get. Garth's story doesn't add up, and it would appear he's willing to put her medical license on the line to keep his secret.
There were a few things about the book that bothered me. First, after a brief re-encounter, Garth falls in love (at second sight) with Bronwyn. For a hard-core SEAL whose team called him Darth Vader, he was really soft. The logic and pacing were fast from his point of view, in my opinion. Second, after having this realization, Garth sets in motion a plan to get Bronwyn to fall madly in love with him in return. Nothing crazy or major, but little things added up to big things: purposely not wanting to fix her AC, setting up cameras to catch her "ghost" so she'd want to move all over the country when he returned to full SEAL status. It made him somewhat unlikable. Third, the way the story "wrapped up" seemed too easy for a case that should have had way more repercussions.
None of these things detracted me from reading, and for the most part, I enjoyed the book. The small town setting was perfect, and I love Southern stories. The array of secondary characters (other SEAL members and Bronwyn's friend) really made this book pop, along with the mild humorous tones. I really like the mild paranormal angle as well. 3.5 of 5 stars.