Monday, February 02, 2009

Book Review - In Over Her Head by Judi Fennell


IN OVER HER HEAD
By
Judi Fennell
Sourcebooks Casablanca
June 2009

Erica Peck is no little mermaid. Even though her family has owned a seaside marina, she’s been terrified of the ocean since she was a little kid. Then, in an attempt to conquer her fear, she tosses her father’s ashes into his beloved sea without knowing that her skanky ex-fiancĂ© had hidden some very valuable diamonds in the urn. Before she knows what’s happening, her ex forces her to dive into the ocean on a futile search for those diamonds. When she surfaces without the gems, he shoots her and speeds away. Just as she loses consciousness, she feels an exploratory ‘bump’ by a shark. Luckily, the shark isn’t the only creature in the water.

Reel has had a fascination with Erica since he first saw her when both he and she were little kids. When he sees Vincent, the shark, preparing to make a meal out of her, he intercedes. But the woman is out of oxygen and she’s too far below the surface for a rapid ascent or she’ll die of the bends. It doesn’t take much effort for Chum, his remora companion, to convince him to commit the ultimate crime of changing her so she can breathe underwater.

Reel knows this will make him responsible for her because she doesn’t know how to survive under the sea and he knows his father, the king, will be just as angry as any member of the council who all think of him as a wastrel. He doesn’t care because for once he has a purpose beyond being the spare son who won’t inherit the kingdom or immortality and whose lack of a proper tail sets him apart from all his kin and companions. He doesn’t count on the council sending Erica and him to find those diamonds and, in doing so, facing the monster who has them.

IN OVER HER HEAD is a delightful, quirky blend of humor, adventure and passion. Erica, once terrified of the ocean and everything in it, slowly overcomes her fear and becomes the heroine she’s always wanted to be. And Reel demonstrates some wonderful heroic qualities even while he retains his boyish playfulness. All in all, this is a fast, fun read and a great way to spend a snowy afternoon or a sunny day at the beach.

-- Lynda
By the way, I'll be offering contests on my readers group every month. All you have to do to win is to be a member and to follow the instructions I send in my group messages. To become a member, send a blank email to

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18 comments:

Judi Fennell said...

Ah, Lynda, I'm so glad you liked it! I had such fun writing it.

~Judi

Carla said...

Having known Judi through her Contest Queen days, I met Erica and Reel long ago. I'm delighted and excited to see they're going to meet the rest of the world soon too! Good luck, Judi! And thanks, Lynda, for the great review!

Pat Shaw said...

I'm hooked! I've been priviledged to read early parts of In Over her Head as well, and can't wait to get my hands on the rest of it!

Robin Kaye said...

Great review. I can't wait to pick up a copy for myself!

Stephanie said...

This looks like a Terrific concept!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention Lynda!

Beth said...

Humor, adventure and passion sound like the perfect recipe for an entertaining read. I've been looking forward to this one and can't wait to get my hands on it.

aries18 said...

I have my advance order in for this one. Can't wait for it to get here! Great review! Thanks.

Dana Fredsti said...

Being previously terrified of the ocean myself until I took up surfing (and it STILL has the power to scare the heck out of me), I cannot wait to read this book 'cause I know I"m gonna relate to the heroine!

Yay, Judi!!!!

other lisa said...

I'm really looking forward to this one, having followed Judi since the scary First Chapters contest at Gather. Wonderful to see her book in print!

simon said...

My copy is already on order. I know its going to be a few months, but I keep checking my mail box anyway. Hey, you never know!

VA said...

As an ocean lover and one who could swim before they could walk In Over Her Head sounds like my kettle of fish. :)

Can't wait to get my copy.

Jamie C. said...

I love Judi's tongue-in-cheek writing style. I had the priviledge to read the first few chapters of this manuscript, when Judi finaled in Gather.com's First Chapter's Romance Contest. I can't wait to read the rest!

Sherrie Super said...

Hey, I remember this from First Chapter's Romance contest. I can't wait to read the whole thing!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Thanks Lynda for the great review of this book.

I've been hooked on this story since I read the first few chapters of it. I am truly looking forward to reading the whole story. I laughed a lot reading them but I was frustrated when I couldn't read more. I even went so far as to bid on the ARC edition so I could read it. I lost. But soon I will have a copy in my hot little hands, lolol!

I love stories that take you on an adventure. Stories that have an imaginative and well defined world. I also love stories with a humorous twist to them. This story promises to have it all. From what I've read, the research involved by this author to make this world real is amazing.

Congratulations Judi Fennell--it's been quite an adventure hasn't it?

Frances Stephens Goss said...

Fabu Judi! The story sounds like so much fun! Can't wait to read it!

Gina Robinson said...

Great review! I'm looking forward to the book!

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said...

This blurb just sounds so fun, Judi, my American Title contest mate. The cover is yummy also. Can't wait to read it! I'll be one of the first in line.

Linda

"Barbie and the Beast" - April 1 - Dorchester

Marie Force said...

Great review, Judi. Can't wait to read it.