Premieres Saturday, May 27 at 9 PM ET/PT on Hallmark Channel
After a string of successes, romance novelist Jo Parker (Sara Rue) is worried she’s losing her Cupid’s touch. She herself has sworn off relationships, saving her love affairs for the page. But her sales are down and her last book was an unmitigated disaster, replete with factual errors and scorned by critics and readers alike. Her road to redemption just got harder.
Her publisher, Diana Shaw (Teryl Rothery) is not at all happy with Jo’s first draft of “SEALed with a Kiss,” and sees wince-inducing history repeating itself with the book’s hunky Navy SEAL hero. With her career on the line, Jo unenthusiastically commits herself to the real-world research her publisher has arranged: a deep dive into the SEALs’ world under the tutelage of retired SEAL Colin Shaw (Steve Bacic), who happens to be Diana’s younger brother.
Neither Jo nor Colin has made a particularly favorable impression on the other and their collaboration gets off to a rocky start. Jo’s immersion in SEAL life begins at the boot camp Colin runs for SEAL recruits and other future military specialists. Teamed with three focused young recruits, Jo finds that she is expected to perform the same grueling exercises as the three young recruits on her team, with no quarter given. She makes some early stumbles with her team but quickly makes things right. She rises to the physical challenges and makes contributions that reflect who she is, whether giving dating advice or sharing a strategy that helps the team ignore pain and triumph in a tough contest.
While Jo is getting a feel for the SEALs’ life, Colin also becomes privy to Jo’s world of writing and publishing, which has its own set of demands. As the weeks unfold, writer and sailor develop a mutual respect and perhaps something more. But for two professionals who have committed themselves to very different paths, can art really imitate life?