Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blog Tour: DATE SHARK by DelSheree Gladden


BLOG TOUR JULY 13th - 19th

DelSheree Gladden

Book Description:

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?


What really made Eli the maddest about the way Tony treated Leila was that she was nothing like most of the other women that hired him. It was hard not to slip up when a woman was wearing something so revealing and inappropriate that you were afraid she was going to fall out of her dress in the middle of the meal, or when the woman who seemed normal at first pulls out a rolled up snakeskin her pet boa constrictor shed the previous week and asks you if you want to touch it. Some of the women Eli brought here were so painfully unaware of how insane they made themselves look that people couldn’t help stare or shy away. Leila had her faults, which Eli had tucked away in the back of his mind for their next meeting, but she was a breath of fresh air compared to most of the others. Tony didn’t even give her a chance.  
“I’ll have Pierce make up an invitation for Leila. I caught a glimpse of her earlier. She’s a doll. Pick it up tomorrow before you meet with her, okay?”  
“Sure.” Conrad was a good friend. Which was why Eli’s sudden irritation at him was so odd.  
“You know what really chaps me about Tony is that he drags my name around with him when he pulls crap like this,” Conrad said, distracting Eli. “I may not cook the food served here anymore, but I approve every recipe. Our food is the best in the city, and I hate the idea of anyone being put off because of some arrogant waiter.”  
This was going to dig at him for at least two weeks. Eli knew him too well. Conrad loved his restaurant more than anything or anyone. Which was why he was still single, but it fulfilled him. Eli knew this, but his earlier annoyance at him for wanting to have dinner with Leila made him say, “She hated the miso-glazed sea bass, by the way.”  
“What?” His mouth actually fell open. “Did she actually say that?”  
“No, of course not, but she grimaced every time she forced herself to eat a piece.”  “That’s one of my favorite recipes!”  
Eli shrugged, enjoying his shock for a moment.  “Unrefined palate, that must be what’s wrong with her,” Conrad grumbled.  
“Yes, I’m sure that’s it.” Eli slouched down in his chair and leaned his head back. He loved this restaurant almost as much as Conrad did. Its elegant, but homey feel was calming. It made Eli feel like he was back at his mother’s house. Memories of her tried to creep up to the surface, but Eli shoved them away quickly and forcefully.  
The clink of his friend’s espresso cup meeting back up with its saucer registered with Eli, but didn’t make him stir. “So,” Conrad said, “what was Ms. Leila’s biggest fault, the reason she is alone. One word only. You know the rules.”  
The rules. That phrase struck a nerve. “Just let me relax, Conrad.”  
“Ha, this was an unspoken part of our business arrangement. Don’t fail me now.”  
It was a stupid game, but it did usually help Eli collect all his observations and arrange them into a concise list. One word to describe the woman’s greatest fault, then two, then a sentence, working his way into a definitive plan of action for each client. One word to explain why Leila thought she needed Eli’s help to fall in love and stay there.  
“I don’t know, Conrad. I honestly don’t know.”  

Author Bio:

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.


I would have loved to have had the help of a Date Shark when I was going through my dating days, especially if the Date Shark was quite certain Mr. Eli Walsh. This book is a lovely read for someone wanting a 'clean' read but with passion and romance in spades. Leila is a timid young woman who wants more for herself and with the help of Eli's services she gets it. The story becomes something of a love triangle and who Leila eventually ends up with is for you to read and discover. But what I can say is that both men have positive attributes and both help and Love Leila in different ways. Overall this book definitely have me the 'feel good factor' and I would definitely recommend it. I give it 4 stars.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing Date Shark with your readers!! I appreciate you taking the time to help spread the word :)