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SEALed with a Kiss (SEALed #1)

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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  1,443 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Every hero needs help sometimes...

He can handle just about anything, except this...

Jax Graham is a member of an elite military team, but when it comes to taking care of his four-year-old son after his ex-wife dies, he's completely clueless.

One person can help him, if he'll let her...

Family therapist Pickett Sessoms knows just how to help a rough, tough Navy SEAL deal wi
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Mass Market Paperback, 424 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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MelissaB
Mar 20, 2009 MelissaB rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Navy SEAL romance fans
Sealed with a Kiss is a nice contemporary romance. The characters were engaging and the storyline was interesting. Jackson "Jax" Graham is a Navy SEAL with a problem - his ex-wife passed away, leaving his four year-old son who does not know him very well with his grandmother (who is not very nice and has a bit of an alcohol problem). His superior officer makes him take leave to spend some time with his son Tyler before he allows Jax to give up custody to the grandmother. Jax is used to commandin ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com

What an incredibly powerful book! I confess I’d heard positive buzz on a few internet sites about this book, but I wasn’t prepared for the read I got. Stories about SEALs and other elite military forces are very popular these days. I confess that I don’t usually run out to buy these; primarily because many of them tend to pass over the incredible sacrifices these men AND women make EVERY DAY. In “SEALed with a Kiss”, Mary Margret Daughtridge has done a stellar job w
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Auntee
Mar 29, 2008 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance fans; Military Romance fans
This one started out a little slow for me, but once it finally got going I couldn't put it down!

Rough, tough Navy SEAL Jax Graham can take anything the Navy throws at him, but when his ex-wife dies and leaves him to care for his 4 year old son Tyler, he's completely helpless. He's ready to give up custody of his son to his ex-mother-in-law until his commanding officer forces him to take leave and think about what he could be giving up.

A chance meeting on the beach with pretty family therapist Pi
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Kathrynn
Feb 01, 2009 Kathrynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Feel-Good Romance Fans (PG13)
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Several of my GR Friends
Wonderful feel-good, light, modern romance with super characters and exceptional writing skills made this a fun book to read. It took awhile (page 82ish) to get the story set up, but once it got going, it went and I couldn't put the book down. The beginning set the stage for what the book was about--it was necessary and showed just how far the characters (Jax and his 4-year old son, Tyler) had to go.

Pickett (what a neat name!) was a heartwarming character and became the sunshine to Jax and his
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Brenda (b)
I went into this book with a bit of hesitation. I'd read a bunch of reviews and some of them weren't happy with this story. But my friends here on GoodReads liked it and that was encouragement enough for me. I'm really glad I read it -- I loved it. I was pulled into the storyline and it kept me reading because I wanted to know how everything worked out. Personally, one of my biggest criteria for liking a book is the characters. If the characters don't appeal to me, it's really hard to like the s ...more
Christa
Sealed with a Kiss was a very good contemporary romance. The hero and heroine were both very likeable, and the storyline was believable and interesting. The hero, Jax, is a Navy SEAL, and he is a strong, protective man who has not received much love in his life. He believes that long term relationships are not for him. Pickett, the heroine, is a family therapist who counsels many military families. Pickett is wonderful with people and good at what she does, but seeing the problems her clients fa ...more
Delta
Jun 19, 2014 Delta rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemp romance fans
Recommended to Delta by: poached from Lacy's list (PNR & UF group)
SEALed with a Kiss is a sweet and steamy romance that will have you hugging your eReader and saying Awwww. Although the HEA is predictable, the story is an enjoyable read.

The heroine is a therapist who works with clients at a military base. The hero is a Navy SEAL trying to reconnect with his 4 year-old-son after the death of his ex-wife. I recommend SEALed with a Kiss to readers in the mood for a light, feel-good romance. Enjoy!
L8blmr
Sep 02, 2008 L8blmr rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alpha lovers!
I LOVED this book! I had it on my list because of a couple of great reviews here (thanks Julie and Auntee!), so when I found it on PBS I got it. Read the other ladies' reviews if you want to know more; suffice it to say that I will be looking for more of this talented author's work!
willaful
3.5 - 4 stars. Hearing that a character in this book had celiac disease got me interested in starting it and though it had some issues, it was a throughly entertaining story.

Jax and Pickett write each other off as potential dates almost as soon as they meet. Pickett is a therapist who knows the emotional risks of getting involved with a SEAL; Jax assumes (because of her seeming food pickiness) that Pickett is high maintenance, and he’s been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. But circumstan
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Karyn
This was a pretty good book except for a couple of things that kept me from enjoying it
1 - The female lead is called Pickett. It is a very very distracting name
2 - The story revolves around a Navy Seal and his son crashing over at a virtual stranger's place during the hurricane, which is all well and good except i don't know that many strangers who help you out not because of the hurricane but so they can teach you to bond with your son. It was a bit weird how trusting Pickett was, is all
Neways,
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Radella
Probably closer to 2 1/2 stars...
Jax Graham is a SEAL, and father to a shy four year old boy. His ex-wife recently died, and Tyler, his son, has been living with his alcoholic, neurotic ex-mother-in-law. While they are all hanging out at Topsail Island, a hurricane heads in their direction.
Jax decides to impose upon his recent (as in less than 24 hours) acquaintance Pickett Sessoms. Pickett is a family therapist with some serious problems of her own. Jax has convinced her to teach him to be a b
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Kathie (katmom)
I got this book for free from amazon. As a military spouse, I thought that it looked interesting. It was pretty good.

I enjoyed the way that Jax and Pickett found their way to one another while caring for Jax' son, Tyler.

I enjoyed the insight into a SEAL mindset.

I enjoyed the way Pickett worked with Tyler, and Jax, to help them find one another.

I HATED (totally) that Jax knew Tyler's grandmother DRANK and he still considered sending the boy to live with her...FULL TIME...part time would still be
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Melissa
I definitely enjoyed this book. I would have liked to have a little more SEAL action involved. I understand that the focus of the story is on the father-son relationship, but we never would have known that Jax was a SEAL if he didn't mention it every once in a while. It would have been interesting if Jax had flashbacks of past missions. I would have also liked to get to know the grandmother better. I think her character could have added a little more conflict to the story. I enjoyed reading the ...more
Laura
2 1/2 - 3 stars
Jackson "Jax" Graham is a Navy SEAL whose ex-wife just died leaving their almost five-year-old son, Tyler, without a mother. He plans to give custody to his ex-mother-in-law without a fight, but his commander forces him to take 30 days leave to spend with his son to figure it out.
Pickett Sessoms is a family therapist and specializes in military families. She spies Jax and his son on the beach not bonding and intervenes to give a little help.
When a hurricane blows into town, Jax ha
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So, I Read This Book Today
Nov 20, 2013 So, I Read This Book Today rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: publisher
First off, I wanted to like this book more than I wound up doing. The idea of the story was good. SEALS are different than regular humans, almost supermen in a way. However, they are also very self centered, focused, and self-involved. For very good and understandable reasons, of course. I always love a story where they are put forward in a good light, with understanding of who and what they are and how important it is that they aren't people to be 'changed' but rather to be accepted. Not that t ...more
Lisa
This is part of a 4part series (I think it's four) I have read #s 2 & 3 and really enjoyed them, so I was looking forward to the other 2. This is the first and a good place to start. They can all stand alone. It makes it more comfortable to follow all the 'boys' on their personal journey, if you've read them in order. Jax is definitely an Alpha male no two ways about it, but he's confounded by a little boy (his son Tyler) and a 100 pound woman who knows her mind. Working with Navy personnel, ...more
CaroB
3.5
I got this as a freebie from the kindle store, and it was my first read from this author. I thought this was a sweet if somewhat predictable read, but the characters were engaging, and the story well fleshed-out. I particularly liked the way that the hardships of the possible relationship are tackled, not glossed over in romantic mush as is so many books. I would read from this author again.
Guilty Pleasures
New author for me. This story had so much emotion I loved it, I loved the way the author tied Jax's relationship with Tyler in it.

WARNING - my friends that like the Tempting Seals and Elite Ops...this is not an erotic series. Just good old love stories. Sex scenes are harlequin-esque...some are detailed some are they kiss, the door closes and then it's the next day.
Pamela(AllHoney)
Barely a 3. I liked the story but seeing as the hero was a SEAL I expected a little action (not the bedroom kind). The way the 2 "hooked up" seemed a little odd to me. I loved Tyler and wished we would have been given a little more insight on what he had had to deal with.
Jamie
The story really is a cute story .... but .... the writing isn't all that great at all. The editing is absolutely horrendous in the kindle edition. There are words and cuts and everything is seriously all over the place.
Robin
This was an absolutely wonderful book. Loved the premise, the characters, pretty much everything. It had me crying a few times, and that's a feat. It was an incredible, heartwarming read.
Darcie Mae
Free on Kindle: rated at 2stars only because I like more action in my stories. This one was more relationship based/ only 1 good action momment.
Ellie Revert
Nice story but not as much about the Navy Seals as I had hoped. Lovely free book on Kindle, so no regrets!
Robin
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
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Kasey
I REALLY enjoyed this book. Forwarning this isn't an action story. So even though our leading man Jax is a Navy Seal the story is about him reconnecting with his son after his ex-wife's death and falling in love with Pickett. Being in the military and having a family is very difficult. Add to that being a SEAL is even more difficult. The military is very demanding and often makes the military member miss out on lots of their family's lives. Explaining to a child why their dad is gone and can't c ...more
Kate
I really wanted to give this book four stars! The series has so much potential, I've never read about Navy SEALS before. It's just that as I read more and more of the book, the more little annoying things started to pop up.

One thing I TOTALLY identified with was Picket's fear of jumping off the pier into water! I was JUST at a cliff-side today where my friends were jumping 30+ feet into a raging river, for fun. I did not have the balls to jump, and have honestly never had the balls to. I even ba
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Emmie Dark
If the definition of a five-star read is one of those "I can't wait to get home so I can keep reading" books, then this was a five-star read for me.

The hero, Jax, goes into my own personal "hero hall of fame" for being a seriously sexy man. And it's not just the SEAL thing (although the author's way of calling out his military attributes is done really well) but the person that he is. He is genuinely a Hero-with-a-capital-H.

The scenes between him and his four-year-old son were incredibly touch
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Cristy Hunter
This book was much better than I expected. I expected a cheesy romance with little character development. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized there was more done with them. I read other reviews that complained about how often Jax referred to himself as a SEAL and how it was annoying. I didn't think it was over done, I thought it was mostly justified. He was talking about his lifestyle, the things he see's and does and the sacrifices that he's had to make - sometimes unknowingly. When Pick ...more
Sandy M
What a nice, lovely story this book turned out to be. I read the last word, closed the book and I had a smile on my face. A very happy smile. I liked the characters, who both grew throughout the story, faced their fears and became better people for it. I liked the storyline, especially the fact that the hero and heroine resolved issues head-on by talking to each other and being honest with one another, something that doesn’t happen that often in romance. Most of all I really liked the relationsh ...more
Pheary
5 stars! Another super cute, romantic story! I so love Jax, Pickett and Tyler! They are such an adorable little family that just melts your heart. I love how Tyler loves Pickett, not to mention how he refuses to be anywhere but at her house. He says the cutest- darnest things that you can't help but say "AWWWWW" For example.. when he and Jax moves in with Pickett for time being due to the weather, he tells them he loves the spare bedroom upstairs and that he needs a bed to sleep in there so he s ...more
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