Sealed with a Kiss

Sealed with a Kiss

by Carly Phillips


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On the outside, Molly Gifford had it all—a hot legal career and a hotter boyfriend. But what she really wanted was a family. So when she discovered her real father, she didn't hesitate to pack her bags. Even though it meant leaving her old life behind.

Daniel Hunter's still trying to get on with his life after losing Molly. Then she shows up at his door, begging for help. Her newfound father is under arrest for murder, and she's convinced Hunter is the only attorney with the skill and reputation to get him off.

Hunter can't resist helping an innocent man and he’s still drawn to Molly. Although he can't resist her, he won't be hurt again. This time he's determined to be the one who walks away with his heart and emotions intact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947089235
Publisher: CP Publishing LLC
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Ty and Hunter , #2
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 1,075,371
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over 25 published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary romances, striking a balance between entertainment and emotion, and giving her readers the compelling story they have come to expect and enjoy.

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"I want my father out of his jail cell now," Molly demanded of the public defender assigned to her father's case.

Bill Finkel, Esq. rummaged through the papers in front of him, searching for heaven knew what. Each time she asked the man a question, he responded by first sifting through his disorganized folders and briefcase. He finally glanced up at Molly. "It's a murder case."

She cocked her head to one side. "And?"

He looked down and shuffled some more papers. Molly was getting tired of looking at the top of his bald head. "I may not specialize in criminal law, but even I know that since the general is a decorated soldier and an honorably discharged war hero, there's no reason you can't get him released on his own recognizance or a minimal amount of bail." Her years in real estate law felt like a waste right about now.

Bill cleared his throat. "It may not be that easy. Your father is accused of murdering his friend and business partner. He had a key to the office where the body was found, and motive since he discovered Paul Markham had been embezzling money from their real estate business." The public defender read word for word from the paper in front of him.

Weren't good lawyers supposed to think fast on their feet? "It's all circumstantial. Ask the judge to balance the weight of the evidence against my father's reputation in the community, his ties to his family and business, not to mention his service to this country!" Molly slammed her hand against the old metal table in frustration. "Speaking of my father, where is he? They were supposed to bring him to this meeting twenty minutes ago."

"Ah, I'll go see what's holding him up." Bill scrambled to his feet and practically ran out the door in an effort to get away from Molly and her questions.

She didn't care if she scared him silly or if he wet his pants. He was all her father could afford after discovering his partner's embezzlement, which meant unless Molly had a better idea, that bumbling excuse for a lawyer held her father's life in his hands.

From the moment Molly had shown up on the general's doorstep, he'd accepted her into his heart and made her a part of his close-knit family. She might not feel as if she was completely a part of the family yet but she couldn't deny how badly she wanted to be. She'd also grown to love the man and she intended to see to it that he lived his life outside prison walls.

Another ten minutes passed before Bill walked back into the room. "They said they're shorthanded and can't bring him down right now."

And he'd stood for that? Molly had had it. She needed a lawyer who would break down walls to get her father free. She needed Daniel Hunter. Without pausing to let herself think about what that would entail, she slung her bag over one shoulder and made a beeline for the exit.

"Where are you going?" Bill asked, running after her. "We have strategy to discuss. The guards said he'd be here within the hour."

Molly glanced over her shoulder. "I'm going to do what I should have done the minute I got the call that my father was arrested," she said to the dim-witted attorney. "Tell Dad I'll be back to see him tomorrow, but not to worry. I have a plan."

Bill blanched, his white, pasty skin turning even paler. "Aren't you going to share it with me? I'm his lawyer."

Not for much longer, Molly thought. To Bill, she said, "It's on a need-to-know basis and right now, you don't need to know."

Her plan hinged on getting the best criminal lawyer she knew to represent her father, but the chances of Hunter agreeing to help her were slim. After all, she hadn't ended things between them on a positive note. Hunter had offered to uproot his life and his practice and leave town with her. To go wherever she needed to run to so they could be together. She'd walked away from him instead.

Although she'd had her reasons, she held no illusions that he understood. Then or now. It wouldn't matter to him that she'd never stopped caring, never stopped thinking of him. After the way she'd rejected him, Molly had no choice but to visit him in person if she wanted him to even consider representing her father.

Faced with the sudden prospect of seeing Hunter again, Molly's stomach churned with a combination of excitement, panic and fear. She would have to risk everything by trusting her father's life and the rest of the family's future to Hunter.

A man who probably hated her guts.

Molly knew she could make the drive to Albany in one day. Three hours there, three hours back. She could do it, but first she had gone home to change into comfortable driving clothes, and yes, gather her nerve. In the privacy of the guest room where she was staying until she decided where she wanted to live more permanently, she tossed a few spare things into a duffel bag in case she had to stop overnight.

She didn't miss the irony of her situation now. Over the last year, she hadn't been able to think about anything more than how to fit in here. She'd taken one step at a time, trying to gain the trust of her two half sisters and her grandmother who'd ruled the family since her father's wife died nine years ago. Now she found herself in charge of keeping them together by calling on Daniel Hunter.

Drawing a deep breath, she headed downstairs. She'd almost reached the front door when she heard her half sister Jessie speak. "My father's been arrested for murder. That ought to do wonders for my social life."

Molly rolled her eyes. Jessie was fifteen years old. Teen being the operative syllable. Angst and drama were typical overreactions to even the slightest shift in her half sister's universe.

At fifteen, Molly had been taking care of herself for years. She hadn't had time to indulge in tantrums or histrionics. She'd been a mini adult for as long as she could remember, which put her in the position of not being able to relate to Jessie. And since Jessie didn't want anything to do with Molly, she found herself at a stalemate with the teen.

"You can be such a brat." The well-deserved verbal smack came from Robin, Molly's twenty-year-old half sister, who like Molly had grown up too fast. Her mother had died while Molly's had just been perpetually absent. She liked Robin and not just because the other woman had accepted her without question. Robin was an all-around good soul and there were too few of those, at least in Molly's world.

She had planned to sneak out without conversation but she realized she should tell them she'd be gone for the rest of the day and possibly night. Although she still wasn't used to living in a house with other people, where her goings and comings would be questioned and dissected, she'd been trying to train herself to do just that.

She stepped toward her father's office where the rest of the family was apparently gathered.

"Shut up," Jessie said to her sister. She never gave up without a fight. "You don't get to tell me what to do."

"But I do."

Molly grinned as Edna Addams spoke in a firm, commanding tone that explained why the older woman was more often known as Commander rather than Grandma. She was the general's mother, which made her Molly's grandma, too. Molly stepped into the doorway at the same time the double thud of the commander's cane hitting the floor caused everyone to snap to attention.

Edna stood in the center of the room, her focus on concentrate on what's important and that's helping Dad," she suggested as she entered the room.

Jessie whirled around, the hair she'd spent hours straightening this morning in the bathroom she shared with Molly flipping over her shoulder as she moved. "Dad?" she asked. Her tears were gone, replaced by sarcasm and anger, which was as usual, directed at Molly. "That's rich since you didn't even know him until a little while ago. He's our dad." She gestured between herself and Robin. "Not yours."

"Jessie!" Edna and Robin yelled in unison and shared horror.

Molly's heart clenched tight in her chest and almost immediately a headache threatened, one of the migraines she'd fought since childhood.

Despite being used to Jessie's outbursts, the teenager's verbal abuse still stung. Was it so much to want everyone in this family to accept her? She'd already paid her dues as a child born out of wedlock and lies, and she'd spent a lifetime believing the man she thought was her father didn't have any more time for her than her mother had.

She was damn tired of putting up with Jessie's crap, but out of respect for her father and for the sake of family peace, Molly had bit her tongue. She'd hoped in return, Jessie would eventually come around but, so far, no such luck.

"Apologize to Molly." Robin perched her hands on her slender hips.

Molly hated that her other sister fought her battles. Turning on Jessie now wouldn't help anyone, but soon they would have to come to terms with each other.

"I mean it," Robin said in the face of her sister's silence.

Jessie looked to her grandmother for salvation. But the older woman merely shook her head and tacked on another command for the teen to follow. "Now," Edna instructed and leaned on her cane, waiting for the obligatory I'm sorry to come from Jessie's lips.

Without warning, Jessie let out a loud groan. "You always take her side," she said on a misunderstood wail. Then she stomped her feet dramatically as she flung her body out of the family room.

"Crybaby, crybaby," Edna's macaw crowed from his cage across the room.

Leave it to the mouthy bird to make his presence known now, Molly thought. A quick glance out the family-room door told her Jessie had already fled far from hearing distance.

"Never you mind," Edna said to her pet. She turned to Molly and Robin. "I'll speak with Jessie. She can't talk to you that way."

"Just let her go." Molly dismissed her half sister's behavior with a wave, pretending to be unfazed by the outburst.

"Only if you promise to ignore her. Sometimes Jessie acts like she's fifteen going on thirty and other times she behaves more like she's three," Robin said, her blue eyes flashing with regret. She walked over and placed a comforting hand on Molly's shoulder.

"Amen to that." Molly managed a laugh and tried not to squirm beneath Robin's touch. Unused to any kind of affection, she was still growing accustomed to the gestures that came so easily to the rest of the family. She didn't want to insult them though or discourage their attempts to reach out to her. Besides, Robin's caring was exactly what she'd needed when she'd arrived here. She'd left Hunter behind and it had helped to know she'd found something solid. Not that it replaced him or the place he could have had in her life.

"What's with the duffel bag?" the commander asked, interrupting Molly's thoughts. "You're leaving?" Robin asked, panic in her voice. Molly shook her head. "I have to go see a friend about Dad." Despite Jessie's outburst, the word flowed easily off Molly's tongue, due completely to how Frank had pulled her into his home and his family.

Robin's shoulders relaxed. She leaned forward, her hands folded over each other on the desktop. "I worry about leaving you and Jess alone when I go back to school."

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Sealed with a Kiss 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Beth_R More than 1 year ago
I love Carly Phillips. This book has some bad reviews. I enjoyed it though. I must admit that it would not be as good if I had not read Cross My Heart first. There are too many references to Ty and Lacey and to Molly's past. Hunter is a hunk. Molly eventually figures things out. Give it a chance, but read both books.
Kassie More than 1 year ago
I read Cross my Heart first, and was very excited to start Sealed with a Kiss. I love Hunter's character; I think Carly Phillips got him right. But,even though it was necessary for the story line, Molly's personality just irked me. The complete emotional dependence on her family got old really fast (again, important for the story line, but still equally irritating). The downfall was that Carly Phillips has the tendency to go for the overdramatic plots/storylines, which can sometimes come off as cheesy and very soap-operaish. Overall, I would say that it is an entertaining read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since reading of Molly & Hunter in the first of the series 'Cross My Heart', I've been counting the days until I could get my hands on it! I was so excited I read it one day! The push and pull of emotions that both Molly & Hunter deal with makes you wonder what the next move will be. The interaction between the two of them is realistic and hot. The other minor characters - the Commander, the younger sister, and even the bird are hilarious.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Less than a year ago, Molly Gifford left her boyfriend Daniel Hunter, their hometown, and her profession behind because of a clue as to the whereabouts of her biological father. Daniel was heartbroken that Molly deserted him, but has begun to move past his loss.------------ That is until now. Molly has come back in need of Daniel, but not as her lover. Her father has been arrested on first degree murder Molly believes Daniel is the best attorney to represent him. He reluctantly agrees not for her sake, but because he believes her dad is innocent. However, this time he plans to hide his heart as he rejects the notion of a second chance unlike his best friend Tyler (see CROSS MY HEART) with a woman who will leave once he completes her request.-------------- This is an enjoyable second chance at love contemporary romance. The story line looks deep into differing relationships that compete for the affection of the prime key that ties everyone together. In this case the focus is Molly who is pulled by a desire to have her father in her life vs. her love for Daniel. The legal thriller subplot enhances the tangle of a triangle between a father, his daughter, and her beloved, who happens to be his lawyer.------------ Harriet Klausner
JennieF More than 1 year ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation Sealed with a Kiss by Carly Phillips is part of the Ty and Hunter series, this book is a standalone. Daniel Hunter, a hot, sexy lawyer at the top of his game is trying to get over and move on since losing Molly Gifford in book 1. Until Molly shows up at his door asking for his help defending her biological father. Will he help her, not lost his heart again, getting over the past suspense, and maybe finding their HEA...
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I was anticipating this one after finishing Cross My Heart. It lived up to my expectations. This book caused a book hangover because I just couldn't put it down. I knew I was going to love Hunter and Molly's journey I just didn't know how much. Seeing Molly finally get everything she wished for since she was a little girl was beautiful. I loved her family. What a great cast of characters. Her grandmother was a hoot especially her bird. This book really packs in the feels. There are also some twists that you don't see coming that is one of things that kept me on the edge of my seat. This a book you won't want to pass up!
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This is another reissue that is perfectly refreshing and up to date. This second chance romance has everything you need in a read, romance, suspense, drama, twists, turns, and humor. Hunter and Molly went to law school together and were involved until Molly left to find her biological father. When she discovers he is being accused of murder the only person she feels can help is Hunter but will he put aside the fact she left him and actually help her now. Hunter does not want to get sucked into the drama but he cannot let Molly deal with this alone but he is not going to let his heart get involved again. Yea, right. It was so much fun to watch these two circle each other and figure everything out. This one can be read as a standalone but I really recommend you read Cross My Heart first for some of the back story and because it is a great book too! Definitely a great two-book series! **Received this ARC for review**
Theresakerch-28 More than 1 year ago
Great rerelease This was the second book in his series that was rereleased, I loved Hunter and Molly’s story the first and the second time. Carly Phillips never disappoints. This was a great second chance story. I couldnt put this wonderful quick suspenseful read down, that I highly recommend reading. There were many twists and turns with the case against Molly’s father. Will Hunter be able to move on with out getting hurt.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This story features Molly and Hunter. This second chance romance has plenty of drama that runs through each and every member of Molly’s family. Hunter really has his hands full. There’s a lot of soul-searching and self-discovery going on here, as well as building some sibling relationships. The story was good but it didn’t feel like the emotional, sexy, angsty stories I’ve come to expect from this author.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
Molly left everything behind to find herself but she wasn't expecting things to go the way they have. The man she thought was her father turns out not to be and he leads her to the man that actually is her dad. Molly decides to find him and hopes to form a loving and lasting relationship, something that has been sorely missing in her life. Not only does she find him she now has two half sisters and a grandmother to boot. When her father is accused of murder and is arrested she learns quickly that the attorney they hired to help him isn't worth his weight. She decides to turn to the man who tried to be a part of her life but who she turned down and left behind so that she could find herself. When a knock came to Hunter's door he wasn't expecting for it to be Molly. He hasn't seen her in close to a year and is still hurting from her departure. He doesn't want to help her out but being the nice guy that he is he can't just leave her hanging. He tells her that he will help but as far as they are concerned there is nothing to talk about. Follow along as the two try to help Molly's father and at the same time figure out just how they feel about each other. Hunter still has feelings, he never lost them but he doesn't want to get hurt again. Molly still hasn't found what she is looking for and although she has feelings for Hunter she doesn't know what to do about them. Will the two talk and let their true feelings show or will Hunter leave town saying bye to Molly forever? This was a touching read that had you cheering for the two to end up together. You couldn't help but wan them to figure it all out and come together in the end.
ViperSpaulding More than 1 year ago
Powerful story about family and belonging! Molly's flighty, neglectful mother has left Molly adrift without a solid foundation, until she discovers who her birth father really is and is immediately accepted into his family. When he's arrested for a murder, she is certain of his innocence, and equally certain that the only criminal defense lawyer that can save him is the one man she had to walk away from - Daniel Hunter. Hunter doesn't want to take the case because he doesn't want his heart trampled on again, but he just can't let an innocent man suffer if there's anything he can do to help. He takes on the case and takes on Molly and her seemingly hot and cold attitude towards him, all the while vowing to keep his heart detached and protected. Their romance started - briefly - in the previous book in this series, Cross My Heart. While this book does a fine job of filling in the blanks so you don't have to have read the first book first, I highly recommend it because it's a terrific book on its own and it gives a lot more feeling and insight into these two characters. This story is filled with emotion, strong family values, a wonderfully heartfelt passion between Molly and Hunter, and just enough suspense and intrigue to keep it fast-paced and exciting. The HEA was so, so beautiful, everything a romance should be. I highly recommend this book for all true romance lovers. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
From the moment they met in law school, Hunter and Molly became the best of friends, but Hunter always wanted more. Molly was a little apprehensive though, given past hurts, and pushed off his advances. But, before long he began to sneak past her defenses, and she soon gave in and accepted his offer for a date. Not long after they fell hard for one another, but she always felt a small part of herself was missing, she longed to know more about her real father, and began digging, and when she discovered his whereabouts she knew she had to leave and find him. Which also meant putting an end to her relationship with Hunter, and that hurt more than she cared to admit. Now she is back in town, standing on his doorstep praying he can provide the help she needs to clear her father of murder charges. She just has to hope that he can look past the hurt she caused him in the past, and agree to work alongside her once again. Sealed with a Kiss is a gripping little page-turner that comes brimming with drama, suspense, heart-wrenching emotion, and steam riddled throughout it's pages. Hold on tight cause this one will take you on a thrilling literary ride, it sucked me in and wouldn't let go until I had devoured every last page. You couldn't help but feel for these characters, both had been dealt a crappy hand in life, and I had to admire the way they continued to bounce back from every set-back they faced, they were quite inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it was a perfectly blended story, that satisfied on all fronts! Highly recommend!
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Talk about your heart pounding emotional roller-coaster ride... wow, whats a guy to do when the love of his life walks back in the door looking for help proving her new found father innocent of murder??? Loved the drama, family dynamics and shaken up friendship this journey started on. Was a great night of reading.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
We met Daniel Hunter in Cross My Heart and now he gets to have his own happy ending. Back in law school Hunter met Molly Gifford and was instantly smitten. He tried multiple times to get her to go out with him but nothing ever panned out. Now Molly is in Hawken's Cove because her mom is engaged to Lilly's Uncle Mark. When Molly's mom's engagement ends, and Molly finds out who her real dad is, she decides to leave town and Hunter to go find the family she has always longed for. After being gone a year, Molly all of a sudden shows up on Hunter's doorstep needing his help. Her real father has been charged with murder and Molly needs him to defend her dad. Hunter reluctantly agrees but decides he is walking away from Molly for good once the trial is over. Throughout the investigation into the murder, Molly and Hunter grow close again and they both realize they never stopped loving the if they could only trust the other. It was really fun going through the mystery of who killed Molly's dad's partner and the final reveal was worth it. Throughout this story Molly realizes that she has finally found what she always wanted in her new family and especially in Hunter. I just loved all the crazy characters in Molly's new family. Grandma "Commander" Edna was a hoot as well as her macaw, Ollie. Overall this was a fun romance with a little bit of mystery thrown in and a perfect happy ending.
AREEDAR More than 1 year ago
Daniel Hunter is still reeling after Molly Gifford left him. His life is spiraling out of control. Molly has finally found the family she has been dying for but her father is suddenly charged with murdering his best friend and business partner. Molly knows the one person she has to ask for help. Will Hunter help her? The sparks fly instantly but Hunter is determined not to walk away once this is over. Molly realizes what she wants out of life is Hunter. Will Hunter be on board for this as well. So glad these two figured things out!
beausmommy More than 1 year ago
Molly had been searching her whole life for a family. Hunter had a family of his own making and really didn’t feel a need for anything else. Except for Molly. But could Molly ever choose him first? Or would her desire for family above all else push him away for good? This is a re-release of an earlier story written by Carly Phillips. It is also the second story in a duet but can totally be read as a stand-alone. It has all of the emotional feels of family angst, a little mystery and LOTS of steamy romance, along with the HEA that we know and love to read.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** Sealed with a Kiss is the second book in Carly Phillips Ty and Hunter series. While you don't have to read Cross My Heart first, it is helpful in giving you some context regarding Molly and Hunter's past relationship. Molly and Hunter have been circling around one another for some time. They attended the same law school and when they were living in Hunter's hometown both practicing law, they grew close as they worked to unravel a mystery that affected Ty and Lacey, the people that Hunter considers his family. When Molly learns that the man she thought was her father actually isn't, she leaves her old life behind in search of her biological father and to "find herself" as well. Obviously, that included leaving Hunter behind as well. Once Molly connects with her real father, things go south in a hurry when he is accused of murder. There is only one person Molly thinks of that can help her in this situation - Hunter. The question is will he be able to help the woman who hurt him so and then just take off or will things between Molly and Hunter turn romantic once again? This story is filled with a bit of everything. You have mystery and intrigue, you have family drama, humor and romance. I've always been a huge Carly Phillips fan and this is just another great book in her library!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
She needs his help. He wants her heart. A complicated history makes working together a bad idea, but the heart wants what it wants. Molly is the one that walked away. Now she's back with a favor to ask. Hunter was left nursing a broken heart. Can he forget the past and accept the second chance headed his way? Phillips never makes love easy, but it's the journey of getting to the happy ending that keeps pulling me back to the ride. Sealed with a Kiss engages the heart from beginning to end.
chrissywest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked Sealed With A Kiss to be one of the featured books of the month for November because I have heard a lot of good things about Carly Phillips, but have never read one of her books. So I thought it was time. It was the cover of the book that first caught my eye. I thought it was pretty. I then learned that the book was the sequel to Cross My Heart, so I ended up having to read it first - which I did a few days ago, and really enjoyed the book.I thought Sealed With A Kiss was a lot better then Cross My Heart. There was more to the plot. I think the contributing factor to this was the secondary characters. The romance was a lot hotter too. As with Cross My Heart, I¿d recommend Sealed With A Kiss for a fun, quick, light read.
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Carly Phillip always gives a great read, and this is one of them. It is cute and an esay read.
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Amarillis More than 1 year ago
This book has so many more elements to it than I originally expected, but they all came together to tell a great story.
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