Sunday, October 11, 2015

DATE SHARK by DelSheree Gladden

Series:  Date Shark #1
Author:  DelSheree Gladden
Publish Date:   05.08.14
Publisher:  Limitless Publishing, LLC
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to adult content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Date completed: 10.08.14
Goodreads link: Date Shark 

Description from the publisher:
Life as the marketing director for a popular fashion boutique is overwhelming for Leila Sparrow, to say the least.

She’s not sure what ever possessed her to add revamping her dating life to her already hectic schedule. Calling in renowned Date Shark, Eli Walsh, seemed like a good idea until she actually met with him…

Date Shark was only meant to be a side-enterprise to his thriving couple’s therapy practice, but Eli Walsh knows it’s become more of an obsession.

At least, it was until he agreed to take on Leila. Somehow she has stolen his entire focus. He wants to admit his fascination with her and growing romantic interest, but he knows coming on too strong will scare her away.

His plan to convince her that she is worth any man’s interest by first being her friend is challenged when his tips start to pay off and Leila begins dating Luke.

This is the first book in the Date Shark series.  They will need to be read in order.

Leila contacts the Date Shark to bolster her lack-luster love life.  There must be a reason why she hasn’t found a lasting relationship.  One date with her and Eli knows that her only problem is a lack of confidence.  She is beautiful, smart, talented, and sweet….and quickly becoming his obsession.  In order to stay close, he offers to be her friend as she begins dating Luke.  His plan to build her up before claiming her for himself just may backfire as her relationship with Luke continues to grow.

What is a date shark?  In this book, it is a psychiatrist with a side business where he assists women with understanding the errors they make in dating and how to improve their chances of gaining a lasting relationship.  The story is told in the third person with chapters alternating in focus between Leila and Eli.   

The interaction between Eli and Leila as she dates Luke brought to mind the play, Cyrano de Bergerac.  I kept praying that  Eli’s Roxane, Leila, would see through the layers of their friendship to find the love that is growing within each of them and know that she can trust his desire is genuine.  When he finds out what her deepest secret is, I was excited to see how he could make her dreams come true.  I do a bit of sewing and I could just imagine the fabrics and patterns described.  I would love to get a chance to make “the dress.”

I loved this story and the characters.  I definitely would love to continue to read more from this author. 

Grammar/editing:  B – a few errors

The Date Shark series:
  1. Date Shark
  2. Shark Out of Water (coming 11.15.14)
Aerling Series:
      1.      Invisible
      2.      Intangible
Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series:
      1.      Wicked Hunger
      2.      Wicked Power
      3.      Wicked Glory
Twin Souls Series:
      1.      Twin Souls
      2.      Shaxoa’s Gift
      3.      Qaletaqa
Destroyer Trilogy:
      1.      Inquest
      2.      Secret of Betrayal
      3.      Darkening Chaos
Escaping Fate Series:
      1.      Escaping Fate
      2.      Soul Stone



originally posted 10.19.14 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

SINFUL CRAVINGS by Samantha Holt

Series:  Cynfell Brothers #4
Author:  Samantha Holt
Publish Date:   09.20.2015
Publisher:  Samantha Holt
Category /Genre:  Historical Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Goodreads link: Sinful Cravings
Date completed: 10.10.2015

Description from the publisher:
Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The Cynfell brothers are the very embodiment of a sinful existence. But could the right woman change that?


Lord Jasper Cynfell—wastrel, blackguard, a rake of the highest regard. He puts every rake in England to shame.

Henrietta Foster—daughter of a vicar and a volunteer at the village orphanage. Few women can claim to be as virginal and upstanding as Miss Foster.

At least not in Jasper’s eyes. The uptight Miss Foster vexes him at every turn. The laced-up woman won’t seem to leave him alone—even in his dreams. Why does this woman seem to be turning up everywhere he looks? And why is there something innately appealing about her?

Hettie knows Jasper dislikes her. And she dislikes him in return. But after the disappearance of her rebellious sister Emma, she needs answers. And for some reason, all paths keep leading to Jasper, as much as she’d like to ignore him.

However, after Hettie is forced to accept Jasper’s assistance to track her sister down, Hettie finds herself inexplicably drawn to him. It can’t be because he’s as handsome as sin or because he makes her feel like a woman for the first time in her life. After all, the stalwart Henrietta Foster would never have her head turned by someone like Jasper.

Would she?

This is the fourth book in the Cynfell Brothers series.  Each does stand alone.

This is one of those books that I call a “relaxed read.”  Nothing about it stresses me (though the characters do have some stress in their lives).  Hettie and Jasper originally fight the feelings that are stirred upon first contact, but, when each recognizes those feelings for what they are, they are noble enough to lay aside convention and expectations to lay claim to what they desire.  Though there are no dragons to slay and neither is overcome with the desire to kowtow to society, I admire their mutual desire to assure the safety of Hettie’s selfish sister, Emma, before pursuing their own cravings.   

I loved how both Hettie and Jasper were multi-faceted jewels, with unexpected sides to be explored, nurtured, and admired.  I look forward to the glimpses we’ll receive back on their lives in the future books in this series.

Another wonderful story brought by one of my favorite authors, Samantha Holt. 

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

The Cynfell Brothers series:
  1. Sinful Confessions
  2. Sinful Deeds
  3. Sinful Liaisons
  4. Sinful Cravings
  5. (coming soon)
Books from Samantha Holt:
      ·         The Crimson Castle
      ·         A Summer Siege
      ·         The Sexy Bartender’s Virtual Seduction
      ·         Buckle Down
      ·         Eden’s Fire
      ·         Not Another Soldier
      ·         Her Dream Cowboy
      ·         Hunting His Highland Lass
      ·         Alrek
      ·         Too Much to Lose
      ·         Tempting His Mistress
      ·         Once Upon a Rake
      ·         Christmas Seduction
      ·         Kissed at Midnight
      ·         The Warrior’s Reward
Highland Fae Chronicles:
      1.      To Steal a Highlander’s Heart
      2.      To Dream of a Highlander
      3.      To Avenge Her Highland Warrior
The One Knight Collection:
      1.      One Knight
      2.      Black Knight
      3.      White Knight
      4.      Highland Knight
Borderland Legacy:
      1.      Borderland Bride
      2.      Borderland Beauty
      3.      Borderland Betrayal