Immersed by Jennifer Griffith
~Excerpt~Erik Gunnarson was unbelievable. Her mouth went dry when she saw him. Lisette hadn’t seen anything this good in months. Years. Maybe ever. At least not in person. Sure, in movies, when men were all filter-lit and filmed from just the right angle, they might have looked this good, but not in person.
Suddenly the room was far too hot for this stupid fuzzy pumpkin sweater with the shoulder pads. And this wig? She felt like a blooming fool in it.
“Hello. I’m Lisette Pannebaker.” She extended her hand, but immediately saw it tremble. His olive skin. Those dark brown waves in his thick hair. She could feel her voice quavering. Tiny beads of perspiration formed on her upper lip, and she touched the side of her eye, then her neck.
He looked up at her, looked puzzled a moment, and then gave her a crooked smile before standing to shake her hand. When he touched it, the trembling went into high gear, like she’d received an electric shock. Did he feel it too?
“Ah, you are speak the English now. I see.” His voice was like…butter. He cleared his throat and said, “I am please to meet you. My name is Erik Gunnarson.”
The accent came heavy, and the lilt was definitely Scandinavian. She’d lived in Norway, traveled all the Scandinavian countries. Was he Danish? He looked Danish. Lots of Danes she’d met had darker hair. Like Erik’s.
With effort she remembered to speak to him. “Where do you come from, Mr. Gunnarson?”
He squinted and shook his head, a sign she’d seen a thousand times before in these meetings, so she asked it more slowly.
“I come from Reykjavik. No.” He puzzled a moment and then continued. “A village…near…Reykjavik.”
Oh, Iceland. She wanted to ask him all about his life there, his upbringing, his family, his plans for a family of his own, and could she please be the mother of his children?
Get a hold of yourself, Lisette. She nearly slapped herself. This had to be professional. What a crying shame, too. He had such a nice crooked grin. And those upper arms. While most clients wore stinky sport coats over golf shirts or boring business suits and ties, Erik Gunnarson wore a plain grey Henley shirt—and looked like he’d just been at Henley itself, pulling the oars in the Thames. Those triceps. Who did he think he was? Thor?
Immersed is the final novella in the Ripple Effects Romance Series. This has been a delightful series to read. Each book can stand alone and yet they are all connected. Each one is a quick read for a relaxing afternoon when you need a little spark of clean romance to brighten your day.
I really enjoyed the story of Lisette and Erik. Unlike the other books in this series the connection to the others is very loose. I didn't even realize how it connected to the previous book until I went back to read the intro to the book at the end of Second Chances 101. Although the connection to the other books is very loose - it continues the theme of sweet romance between somewhat unlikely couples.
Poor Lisette - she's too beautiful for any man to take her seriously. I can't imagine the frustration she must have felt at being taken advantage of and inappropriately propositioned so often. I love her aunt Corky who knows just how to help Lisette and is able to help Lisette find balance between her beauty and her brains.
Erik is a doll! What a sweet and determined guy. Somehow he's the only man who can see beyond Lisette's good looks and recognizes not only how intelligent she is, but what a kind heart she has also. He's the man of any girl's dreams.
Be sure to pick up Immersed and the entire Ripple Effect Romance Series - you will not be disappointed!
I was Immersed in Immersed in Love. It is a sweet romance that had magnetic characters Lisette and a perfect combination. But, Lisette just seems to pick all the wrong guys. All the guys in her life seem to just look at her outward beauty and not her as a person. So, her brilliant aunt gives her an idea about a make under. Yes a make under. It seems to be just what she needs. Until she wants to get all dolled up for Erik her client who is not fazed by her make under and seems to understand Lisette flaws and all. I would say that Immersed in Love is not to be missed. Read it today! I am still smiling when I think of the book.
I have truly enjoyed each book in the Ripple Effect Romance Series. Jennifer Griffith captured me with the engaging story of Lisette in her concluding volume, Immersed. Lisette's story keeps moving and I was often wondering about Erik's history. He seems just too good to be true and in the final chapter all my concerns were answered. I wish I had an Aunt Corky; she is perfect in this story and adds a listening ear and wonderful advice to Lisette. Everything is tied up with a pretty bow and life is wonderful after all the heartache and conflict are resolved. Make sure you find time to enjoy this series soon.
FYI~ we received complimentary copies in exchange for our reviewz and participation in this blog tour. Immersed is a clean romance - nothing more explicit than sweet kisses and no inappropriate language.
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.