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. 

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