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In Over Her Head

A book by Judi Fennell

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Okay, Mermen really are Fun

  • Feb 8, 2010
It really wasn't that long ago that I read the opening scene from Judi Fennell's novel, In Over Her Head, in a Gather writing competition. It was good. Part of me wondered how mermen and romance would sell, but I was definitely "hooked." And romantic mermen clearly sell just fine as I've seen In Over Her Head well-displayed in our local bookstore. I felt that warm glow of "Hey, I sort of know that author," as I walked past. And now I've read the book.

(Yes Judi, I know I was going to save it till Christmas, but I couldn't wait.)

I wonder what Judi would be like if I met her. She looks nice in her picture. I think we'd laugh a lot. Certainly her writing has me smiling and giggling at crazy puns and furious, zany conversation. Weird situations, madcap characters and simply delightful asides drive the story forwards. And when Reel (a Mer) asks Erica (human) about magic it's almost a surprise to see how many impossibilities have somehow become real. (Reel, like his name?)

Of course, the fact that Erica hates the water is a bit of a problem as romance presses its cause (and Reel presses other bits). Circumstances consistently drive the couple apart at the most inopportune moments. But eventually they find themselves alone. And then... well, that's the bit I'll probably have to censor if my Mum asks to read the book. It's nicely written, definitely enticing, but still...

Afterwards there's more delightful interplay of characters and a truly satisfying conclusion. Bad guys get what they deserve and good guys... well, you'll just have to read it to find out. It's a fun and magical tale, and maybe I'll manage to wait till Christmas to read Wild Blue Under.

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A New Jersey marina owner finds adventure and romance while conquering her fear of the sea in this playful but uninspired debut. When Erica Peck is forced overboard into shark territory by an ex-boyfriend who wants her to recover his lost diamonds, Reel Tritone, the œspare second son of an undersea king, swims up to save her. Reel gives Erica the ability to breathe water and introduces her to talking fish, sea monsters and strange landscapes. Reel's growing interest in Erica's œshell-fillers and hers in his œgono lead to a night of island lust (conveniently, Reel has legs rather than a tail). Fennell's sincere wit is overshadowed by stilted writing full of fishy wordplay, and Erica's self-consciousness turns her visit to an exotic undersea fantasy world into pretty window dressing on a thoroughly traditional romance story.(June)
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ISBN-10: 1402220014
ISBN-13: 978-1402220012
Author: Judi Fennell
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

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