TITLE – SEAL My Destiny
SERIES – SEAL Brotherhood #6
AUTHOR – Sharon Hamilton
GENRE – Romantic Suspense
PUBLICATION DATE – June, 1, 2014
LENTH (Pages/# Words) – Full Length Novel
PUBLISHER – Al Publishing
Navy SEAL Luke Paulsen, on the verge of PTSD stemming from the death of his fiancée and a brutal tour overseas, knows he is damaged goods and unsuitable for relationships. While paying respects to a fallen comrade, he is unprepared for the chemical attraction he feels for the carefree dark-haired beauty playing in the surf one evening.
Julie Christensen befriends the troubled SEAL, motivated by her yearning to soothe the young man’s troubled soul. Fueled by intense mutual desire, they succumb to one night of mind-numbing passion. Afterwards, he is unable to shed the memory of his lost love and disappears.
When they meet again at a wedding that will forever bring their two families together, their passion and longing for one another forces them to confront their pasts in order to find a future together.
But soon the trauma of his service separates them. Julie goes back to teaching and Luke deploys for North Africa with SEAL Team 3. Upon his return, he receives a frantic call that Julie’s life is in danger. Will he make it in time to save the woman he now knows he wants to marry and spend the rest of his life with?
He wanted to say something but suddenly became hesitant. Everything had gone so fast, he didn’t want to spook her. He was unafraid to show her how much he loved being with her, especially since she’d promised to visit him in Coronado and they’d see where things went from there. It would have been like the cart before the horse, but he wanted to ask her to marry him at that impulsive moment, but he held himself back. Being the wife of a SEAL was a special assignment and there was no training for that, except the school of hard knocks. There was a community of wives that looked out for each other. And not all the stories from overseas made it home to them. The smart wives knew this. He knew it was a lot to ask of someone. He didn’t want to fall for a lady who didn’t really understand what she’d be getting herself into. But that was a completely crazy thought, because he’d already fallen for her. He decided he’d just put it out of his mind, and not discuss anything future-related, to keep the pressure off them both. Nothing wrong with having a little bit of—well, a lot of—fun in the next few days before his deployment. He held her under the starlight. Feeling eyes on him, he saw Julie’s parents eyeing him from their kitchen window, smiling. He couldn’t keep up the eye contact because odds weren’t in his favor. He wasn’t prince charming, or Sir Galahad riding in on his white horse. He was just a guy other guys sent in to blow stuff up, grab people and hopefully get out before getting shot or caught. And his intentions, although he liked to think of them as honorable, were merely to do everything in his power to be as irresistible as possible to her so that when he left, he’d be the one hard to miss. And then maybe she’d wait for him. Maybe she’d wait until he got fully well. It was a lot of ifs. The music stopped while he was kissing her ear through her hair, while he was holding her tighter as she melted into him. He liked that they were dancing because their thighs made soft caresses and the dress, that yummy dress, made all that noise. He just knew every time he heard the sound of layers of chiffon, he’d get hard. It was going to be something he’d have for the rest of his life.
Seal My Destiny tells the story of Luke Paulsen and Julie Christensen. Luke is a navy Seal who suffers from PTSD. Julie is a teacher who wants to be with Luke no matter what. These two had a night of intense passion which left a lasting impression. It was clear from the outset that Luke had secrets which he was not willing to share with Julie. He was not totally honest with her and this came to light when their paths crossed two months later at his sister’s wedding, which also happened to be Julie’s brother’s wedding. Yet, in spite of this Julie wanted to be with Luke.
The premise of the story is good, however, I had difficulty in getting through the story.. I disliked Luke’s treatment of Julie which I thought was sometimes disrespectful. I could not fathom how Julie was so accepting of this treatment. The story dragged at times and I found myself skipping a few pages.
I would have loved to see these two talking more about the issues affecting them, however everytime they got together, it was more about sex and not enough dialogue.
The aside story with the father of one of Julie’s students added a little excitement to the story. However, I would have loved to have learned more about this situation.
Overall this was an ok read.
DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW