The first book in the series was so much fun to write. It was a challenge not to rely on anything supernatural to keep the story going, but it made me work harder and I was really pleased with the results. The idea for this book came from an experience I had when I submitted a query letter to “The Query Shark,” which she promptly ripped to shreds (deservedly) and set me on the right path. I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like if there was a similar “shark” for women who needed a dating overhaul.
Date Shark, book 1
When it comes to choosing between obsession and passion, some lines should be crossed.
Life as the marketing director for a fashion boutique is hectic enough for Leila Sparrow, without trying to revamp her dismal dating life as well.
Calling in renowned date shark Eli Walsh seemed like a good idea, until she actually met with him…
Being a date shark was only supposed to be a side-enterprise to his thriving couple’s therapy practice, but Eli Walsh knows it’s become more of an obsession.
That was until he took on Leila as a client. She quickly steals his entire focus. He wants to admit his fascination with her, and his 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?
Shark Out Of Water, book 2
It’s the very last venture he intended to take on, but somehow Guy Saint Laurent has just become Chicago’s newest most reluctant date shark.
Guy Saint Laurent is too busy cursing his sister for roping him into taking over Eli’s Date Shark business to prepare himself for the slew of bizarre women he’s about to get involved with.
His easygoing life with zero commitment to anyone other than his friends and sister suited him just fine. They’re the only people he’s willing to
On top of dealing with bug-toting, mothering, obsessive women, Guy faces personal tragedy that changes his outlook on life, whether he wants it to or not. He’s not sure what it is about Charlotte Brooks that draws him in, but getting her off his mind after a brief encounter proves impossible.
As Charlotte tries to help Guy deal with his loss, he begins to get the impression she’s hiding something from him. He knows he could simply walk away, continue as he always has, but he suspects whatever she’s hiding, she won’t be able to face it alone. Charlotte is the one woman who can capture his attention, but she may also be the one woman capable of breaking him.
The Only Shark In The Sea, book 3
Betrayal, lies, and guilt spill out in the face of tragedy, and the only person Vane is willing to accept help from seems the least capable of giving it.
Vance Sullivan has always been the rock everyone turns to for help.
Hie specializes in working with trauma victims, which makes him perfect to help a date shark he suspects is hiding the truth behind her fears. When Vance meets hesitant, frightened Natalie Price, he’s drawn in by a need to help her.
Haunted by a terrible event from her past, Natalie Price can’t even endure being touched without suffering a crippling panic attack.
Despite the tension her bi-weekly sessions with Vance causes with his girlfriend, they seem to be helping…as long as he keeps his promise not to push her to reveal more than she’s ready to share.
Then the tables turn.
When Vance suffers his own unspeakable tragedy, asking for help is the last thing he wants to do. Drowning in grief and guilt, and crushed by betrayal and lies, Vance needs a lifeline.
Natalie doesn’t understand why anyone thinks she can help him, but she knows she has to try. When a twisted notion of justice brings dangers into the mix, Vance and Natalie realize it might take one broken soul to mend another…
Shark In Troubled Waters, book 4
Michael’s intentions are questionable, but Sabine desperately needs help and he’s the only one who understands enough to give it.
Sabine Saint Laurent is known as the Princess of Paris. Polite, beautiful, charming, polished…perfect.
Everything is always under control and, when it isn’t, she handles it.
It’s been an eventful few years, and just as she’s looking forward to things calming down, her entire life is upended by a startling piece of news.
Sabine does not ask for help. Not even from her close-knit group of friends and family. As she struggles to cope with major changes in her life, she’s determined to power through on her own. It should be easy enough. Everything always is for Sabine. Finding out she’s pregnant shouldn’t be any different, right?
Except it’s not easy. Nothing is simple about navigating pregnancy, custody, complications, and a man she despises trying to seduce her. Michael Moniteau’s intentions are questionable, but she desperately needs help and he’s the only one who understands enough to give it.
It could be the beginning of something wonderful, or it could break the heart she’s kept carefully shielded for so long.
Repelling the Shark, book 5
Simple and easy falls apart when secrets revealed require making promises and opening up to the possibilities of hurt and hope.
Leo Bailey has so far escaped the curse of the date shark business. He fills in when needed, but has held onto his casual relationships and family emergency-free existence. hover
Marriage and family are a vague idea for the future, but he’s not ready to give up the freedom of being single and answering only to himself.
When Piper Moretti witnesses the demise of yet another of Leo’s friends-with-benefits relationship, she doesn’t think much of it. She has a long list of more pressing responsibilities and headaches to occupy her mind.
Friends, and the strings that go with them, are at the bottom of her priority list.
When a date shark client who tops the list of bizarre behavior Leo has seen, his half-joking request for rescue drags Piper into the chaos and into Leo’s life.
Neither one wants more than a simple, no-stress friendship. Secrets and surprises force them to admit neither one is nearly as in control of their futures as they think they are.
Helping each other means getting involved, making promises, and opening themselves up to the hurt and hope they’re both terrified to face.
Release is tentatively planned for July 2020.