In Over Her Head Author:Judi Fennell To spend her life with him, she'll have to face her greatest fear... Erica Peck thought she'd never have to go into the water again. After all, there's plenty to do running her family's marina from shore without having to dive in herself. But then her unstable ex-fiance shows up with a gun and demands her help in finding a bag of rare jewels she... more » accidentally tossed into the ocean. Unable to find them, bleeding from a grazing gunshot wound and running out of oxygen fast, she has no choice but to give herself up to the mercy of the sea. Rescued from the water and the sharks by a gorgeous merman named Reel, Erica quickly finds herself falling head over fins in love with him. And when Reel risks his life to save hers, she discovers that she doesn't want to live without him, no matter the consequences. But can they ever find a way to be together when she still can't stand the water and he can't survive on land?« less
Reel's been in love with Erica from afar for many years. When he sees the chance to have her for himself, he seizes the opportunity. Unfortunately Erica is terrified of the water and everything in it. Through most of the book Reel makes moves on her, She starts to succumb but has second thoughts because of the tail. The adventures in the Kraken's cave is life threatening for both and it draws them closer until they end up on an island and all Reel's half-truths suddenly are exposed.
An interesting take on mermaids (mermen), Atlantis and the depths of the ocean. I really liked Reel. He's very arrogant as only a royal can be (he is a prince after all). And Erica, though terrified handles it all with aplomb and manages to have the time of her life. I can't wait to read book two.
It's a light and sometimes giggle worthy spin on the Little Mermaid - complete with Atlantis, talking fish sidekicks and tail/leg issues. It does require major suspensions of belief but it was amusing enough that I'll keep on eye out for the two sequels...
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