Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blog Tour for Date Shark by DelSheree Gladden

Date Shark (the Date Shark series)
by DelSheree Gladden
Blog Tour July 13th-19th
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

When it comes to choosing between passion and obsession, 

some lines should be crossed. 

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.

Will his friendship with Leila mean the end to any romantic pursuit?



“Did you know you’re missing a button?” Eli asked. 
Leila’s hand clutched at her shirt, praying she wasn’t letting too much cleavage show. She had completely forgotten about the button. “One of the models tore it off … she tripped and … oh, never mind.” She sucked in a lungful of air and braved looking up at Luke again. “Did you need something? You said you came back here to find me.” 
Leila’s change in topics prompted Luke to take a step back and let her start breathing normally again.
“I wanted to talk to you about doing some shoots for Ana’s website. She said you were looking for a new photographer.” 
“Yeah, our old one moved to L.A. a few weeks ago. Don’t you already have a job, though?” 
Luke shrugged. “Newspapers are a dying breed.
They don’t pay as great as people think. I’m always looking for some side work.” 
“Great,” Leila said, glad this wouldn’t be the last time she saw Luke. “Why don’t you call me this week and we can set up a time for you to bring your portfolio by. Ana will want to see it as well. Do you
still have my work number?” 
“I do.” 
“Good. This week should be a lot calmer now that the show is over. Give me a call when you have some time off from the paper.” He may be looking for side work, but Leila did remember briefly checking out his credentials after they spoke. Bachelor’s in photography, working on a Master’s, he had been at the Tribune since his freshman year in college and had gotten considerable acclaim in his nine years with them. It would be fantastic to have someone with so much experience shooting for them. 
Leila moved away, her brain already jumping ahead to everything she already had scheduled for the coming week. Mentally she was already halfway through her appointments when Luke grabbed her arm gently and prevented her from getting any farther away from him. Leila looked at him expectantly. 
“Is that the only reason I can call you, to set up an appointment?” 
A dozen different thoughts ran through Leila’s head in that moment. Eli’s advice was by far the most dominant. Luke passed his checklist, and she did want to see him again, but should she say yes if he asked her out? What about hard to get? Leila decided to save that decision for later, maybe after she had been able to talk to Eli about it. First he just wanted to know if he could call her. 
“If you think of another reason to call me besides your portfolio, I don’t think I’d be against that,” she said

DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn’t speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.
Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their seventeen cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist.


Review by Gia:
Date Shark is a good read.  It has a fresh and interesting storyline.   
 Eli Walsh is a Psychiatrist.  On the side he is a Date Shark.  He goes on a date with women and in return to tell the them why they are having dating problems.
Leila Sparrow has a hectic life and wants to get help in the dating world.  Leila's boss and friend Anna recommends Eli.  For Eli, Leila is different but he's not sure if she is worth giving up his Date Shark business for.
At first, Leila doesn't know Eli is treating her any different than any other client but Anna knows.  Anna doesn't allow Eli to come to their fashion show because she doesn't want Leila's heart hurt by Eli.  Eli gives himself 6 month (which is when the next fashion show is) to determine if Leila is worth giving up the Date Shark business to date her.
Eli ends up helping Leila date.  Leila starts dating Luke.  I loved Luke, he pushes Leila to come out of his shell.  I kind of felt a little bad for him.
It's a great read because as we read we get both Eli and Leila's prospective.  Leila is clueless about Eli wanting more than a friendship which make it so much fun to read.
Eli has issues that involves his mother and they are kind of hinted about. The truth about Eli's mother comes out and it explains his behavior a little bit.
This was one book that when I finished I thought, wow this book would make a good movie.
5 Amazeballs Stars!!

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