Author on Author Book Review & Giveaway ~ Dating in the Dark by Tracey Rogers

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Dating in the Dark - Sweet Delights Series #1
by Tracey Rogers

Audience: Adult - Genre: Contemporary Romance
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Beachwalk Press
Cover by: Fantasia Frog Designs
Editor: Kelly Anderson - Pages: 150 (50K words)
ASIN: B00QYB19M2
Date Published: Dec 15th 2014
   
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Can you find what you need hidden within the dark?

Hiding out in his sister's bakery to recover from a recent injury isn't an ideal solution for newly unemployed meteorologist Damian Trent. Especially since he doesn't like cake. But hiding anywhere is preferable to facing the media frenzy revolving around his life. He has no intention of being seen by anyone. That is, until he hears a honey-toned voice over the phone.

Public relations agent Sophie Rose has a boss who makes her working week a hellish one. He drives her to her need for sugar, so the recently opened Sweet Delights Bakery is perfect for her much needed Friday treat. But one day when she calls to place an order, she gets an unexpected surprise.

Sophie's keen to dump her V-plates, though only the right man will do. Damian, with his sexy, yet familiar sounding voice, seems the ideal person for her to gain some much needed experience with. But why do they need to date in the dark?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex.  


The Food-Lit lover in me began to drool just by reading this summary. Darkness and using your sense of taste to get to know a person really intrigued me. While the bakery and sweet treats played a secondary character, Damian and Sophie really turned up the heat.

Rogers introduces us to Damian as he sits in the office of his sister's bakery. We know he's hiding out from the media because of some accident, but we don't know anything more. She keeps us in the dark as well for several chapters.

Sophie is like a lot of young women these days, eating like a rabbit most of the time to give themselves that one chance in a week to really splurge on something decadent. For Sophie and her co-workers, that treat is something special from the bakery across the street from their office. When Sophie calls the bakery to place the weekly office order and Damian answers, the sound of her voice won't keep him in hiding for long.

The concept of how these two people could get to know each other by spending time together in the dark captivated me. I wanted to know where the author could take this. One date was so unique, I wouldn't mind going on a date like it myself. Once the lights come on, Rogers leads the story in a direction I never expected and throughly enjoyed.

Thank you Tracey Rogers and Sparkle Book Tours for gifting me with a copy of Dating in the Dark in exchange for an honest review. I can't wait to read more of the Sweet Delights Series!

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excerpt

Damian rested his arm across his forehead and sighed, trying to blot out the ringing sound and failing. Sleep wasn’t happening. He ached from his walk after pushing it to a run. With each step he’d remembered Sophie’s voice. He had very little else to occupy his mind, so she was an easy focus. Every stride had gathered pace, and before he knew it a walk had become a jog; a jog becoming a run.

And her voice was still inside his head.

Stretching out on the creaky sofa bed, he winced at the movement. Irritated, he tugged the sheet down from his bare chest to lean over and grab the phone. He placed it to his ear and muttered something unintelligible.

“Hi, sorry—did I wake you?”

“Sophie?” Or was he asleep and dreaming?

“Oh, crap. I did, didn’t I? I’m so sorry. I couldn’t sleep, so I thought… Anyway, my apologies. Pretend I never happened, and goodnight,” she said speeding over her words.

“Sophie, wait!” he called out, wanting to stop her before she hung up, needing to listen to her voice for a little while longer. “I couldn’t sleep either,” he reassured her as he heard her soft breaths. He shuffled higher against his pillow and propped one hand behind his head. Why couldn’t she sleep? Because of him? And how had she gotten his number?

“Really?” Her relieved sigh made him smile. If he wasn’t careful smiling could become a habit of his. “When you left your number in the box, I thought…”

Left his number? He had no idea what his number was.

“What did you think?”

“I thought you might want me to call?” she asked hesitantly, as if she was worried about his response. She wouldn’t be worried if she could see the stirring going on beneath the sheet. Or maybe she would be? Though she seemed confident, he still detected a shyness behind her words.

“And did you want to call?”

“I did.”

His jaw clenched at her immediate response, a muscle flickering in his cheek. Interesting. Her honesty was evoking things inside that he was starting to like. A lot.

“I like hearing your voice.”

Christ, what was she doing to him? “What do you look like?” he asked, without thinking about the repercussions of his question. Silence.

“Does that matter?” she said quietly, the warmth in her tone dropping a degree or two.

“No, no it doesn’t.” He frowned, the admission taking him by surprise. “Tell me what you’re wearing instead.”

“Why?”

“Because if you don’t tell me you’re wearing something hideous, I won’t be sleeping for the rest of the night either.”

She laughed then, the sound not helping his libido whatsoever. “Damian.”

“Yeah.”

“I’m not wearing anything hideous.” He groaned then, obviously out loud because Sophie was laughing again. “I’m not wearing anything.”

Oh, hell. A sudden spike of desire sliced through his veins, making him regret his impulsive words. “Then I’m now very grateful I don’t know what you look like.”

“You could. Know what I look like I mean.”

“You want to tell me now?”

“No. I want to show you. On a…date?”

Damian lifted a hand to his face, massaging his fingers above his brow, then lower to scrub over his jaw. His breath felt restricted by his tightening lungs. As much as he wanted to see her, to touch her, to have someone touch him in a way that wasn’t clinical or trying to fix him—he couldn’t do it. How could he see her, without her seeing him?


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about the author

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Usually found with a pen in my hand, or my head in a book, I’m a contemporary romance author who also thinks fangs and wings are a very attractive accessory.

A devourer of books from an early age, imagination was my best discovery. I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and I refuse to leave.

I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around. I like nothing more than to be swept away by the words on a page. I hope I can sweep you away too.

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Tour Schedule - Two Week Blog Tour for Dating in the Dark, Sweet Delights Series by Tracey Rodgers from Jan 19 to Feb 5, 2015.

Jan 19
A Book Junky's Obsession - Promo
Books, Authors, Blogs - Promo & Top Ten
Sassy Southern Book Blog - Review
Jan 20
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Promo
Smile Somebody Loves You - Promo & Top Ten
Coffee Books & Art - Promo, & Top Ten
Jan 21
Kimber Leigh Writes - Promo & Top Ten
Sweet Treat Reading Reviews - Promo

Jan 22
Trips Down Imagination Road - Review
The Avid Reader - Promo, Author Interview & Playlist

Jan 23
Lindsey Gray ~ Author & Reviewer - Review
The Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind - Promo & Author Interview 

Jan 26
Cover Reveals - Promo

Jan 27
Rustys Reading - Promo
Books Boys and Badass Bloggettes - Promo

Jan 28
Kelly P's Blog - Promo
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Promo & Top Ten

Jan 29
Cajun Book Lover - Promo
Indy Book Fairy - Promo
Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books! - Promo & Playlist

Jan 30
Deal Sharing Aunt - Promo
Eclipse Reviews - Promo, Character Interview & Playlist

Feb 2
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog - Promo

Feb 3
G & Co. Book Blog - Promo
Bound 2 Escape - Promo

Feb 4
Portals to New Worlds - Promo, Author Interview & Playlist

Feb 5
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Promo, Author Interview & Playlist
Room With Books - Promo
A Little Bit of R&R - Promo

3 comments:

  1. Lindsay I'm thrilled with your wonderful review! So pleased you enjoyed Dating in the Dark. Thank you for hosting me!

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  2. Sorry, that should have said Lindsey!

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