Review: “SEAL’S Promise” by Sharon Hamilton (2014)

Review: “SEAL’S Promise” by Sharon Hamilton (2014)Author: Sharon Hamilton
Title: SEAL'S Promise
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Special Operator T.J. Talbot had watched from afar as his best friend married the love of his life. Raised in and out of the foster care system and nearly ruining his chance to become a SEAL, he figured his Happily Ever After would never be. But Dr. Death plays a heartbreaking trick on him and he winds up being the man’s father confessor, where he makes a promise to the dying SEAL to look after his friend’s wife and baby.

Back in the states, Shannon Moore is grateful for the baby she is carrying, though she is a constant reminder of the man who no longer lives at her side. She is not ready for the attention from the community she receives, especially from T.J. She’s decided to honor her fallen husband by giving her whole life to the child he left behind.

Recovering from his wounds, Talbot is plagued by the depth of the wounds he still carries inside him, as he tries to perform a mission he wishes he was not given. Rebuffed at every turn, he struggles but understands his promise might not be able to be fulfilled. He does not want to take what was never given to him in the first place.

But what starts out as an improbable love story begins to bloom and grow. When Shannon and the child are endangered, he will not quit fighting for the family he now knows he was meant to love forever.
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

This novella is included in the boxset Hot Alpha SEALs: Military Romance Megaset.

In “SEAL’S Promise,” TJ’s buddy Frank makes a dying wish for TJ to protect Frank’s wife and unborn child. Frank’s wife, Shannon, hates T.J. because he’s a womanizer. However, when he shows a little interest in her soon-to-be-born daughter, she does a 180 and ends up in bed with him. Next thing you know he’s proposing and they’re in love.

It’s a well-written story. I have no qualms with the author’s style or skill. I just don’t like insta-love. It’s hard for me to understand how loneliness=love, how duty=love, or how lust=love.

TJ went from being unwillingly obligated to being head-over-heels in love, but I’m not really sure how that happened. Shannon went from being lonely to confused to head-over-heels in love. Again, I’m not sure how that happened, especially in such a short period of time.

Some people may take offense because of the pregnant woman (7 months along) having sex. Other people might take offense because she is in bed with someone else so soon after losing her husband. Neither of those things really bothered me, but I can see how it might upset someone else.

Overall, I think this story will appeal to a lot of readers. It’s erotic and romantic. I don’t want to give it a star rating because I feel that would be unfair to the author since it really boils down to personal taste.

 

Jen Schaper

I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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