First of all, Happy Memorial Day. I hope you take a moment to remember those who have died for freedom and that you get to spend today with friends and family.
Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for the last of the Ripple Effect novellas, Immersed, by Jennifer Griffith. This one is about Lisette Pannebaker who graduates with her MBA but her life doesn't go the way she expects. Her almost-fiance unceremoniously dumps her while at the grad ceremony, and to top it off, her mother seems to be backing away from helping her start her own business, wanting her to find a husband instead. She holds firm with her mom, though, and starts what she thinks will be her dream job. Unfortunately, her clients mostly see a pretty face and don't take her seriously as a type of language immersion assistant, and want her to be more of an escort, if you catch my drift.
Her Aunt Corky (a quirky fun character in the book) suggests she do a make-under to make herself less attractive and help clients see her as more than a pretty face. Everything seems to be going okay until Lisette finds out that her mother is keeping a huge secret (and I wish the mom had been a stronger character. She barely bats an eye at some of the things that happen to Lisette and puts herself in a situation that seems odd for a woman who is a major shareholder in a corporation to really do. But at the end of the day, she does love her daughter and that's clearly shown.) Anyway, at the last moment, Lisette lands a client from Iceland, Erik Gunnarson, who could help her get her mom out of the predicament she's in, but he has a few secrets of his own. (I really loved him as a hero. Sweet and unsure, yet strong in all the ways that matter. *le sigh*) And the author definitely provides us with a nice twisty ending on the road to happily ever after. Love that.
This novella was a fun afternoon escape, light fluffy-type romance that every girl needs once in a while. A nice finish to the series.
Here's the back copy:
Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever. But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under.It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest. Until… Erik. Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she'd never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her career.
Author Jennifer Griffith Jennifer Griffith studied French, German, Japanese, and a wee bit of Spanish in her school days. Her grandmother was Norwegian, and Jennifer grew up with lots of Scandinavian traditions floating around, including fabulous cardamom laced cookies called Krumkaker, made on a fancy waffle iron. However, she’d never dream of trying to teach someone any of those languages. And she might botch the cookies. Instead, she writes novels in English, drives her five kids a million places, and laughs with her husband, who came up with the plot for Immersed because he’s just a cool muse like that.
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