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.
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 care
Immersed by Jennifer Griffith is the 6th novella in The Ripple Effect Romance Series. This is the second book that I have read by Jennifer, and I am not at all disappointed. Immersed did not have any of the characters in it from the previous novellas in the series, which was a little confusing at first. Confusing, because I just ‘assumed’ that it would. That’s what I get for assuming!
Never the less I was not disappointed at all. At the start of the book we met Lissette. She is graduating from college, and possibly getting a marriage proposal all in the same day. The first few pages of the book, I was thinking that she was really shallow, and I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy her story at all. That changed quickly as the story progressed.
Lissette starts her own business as a ‘Language Teacher’, where she teaches either French, Chinese or English to business men. She goes along with them on meetings, and business diners to help translate between them and their prospective business clients. Pretty soon it seems that all the men think she should be offering more than her language services.
That’s when her aunt Corky steps in and recommends Lissette have a make-under, because she is just too beautiful. Lissette’s make-under consist of a matted up wig, pale face makeup, dowdy clothes, and a mole!
Erik is tall, sweet, Greek god handsome, and wants to hire Lissette for 6 weeks to help him with his English. Lissette’s make-under does not have a negative effect on Erik. In fact it seems to have the opposite affect on him. He seems to genuinely like Lissette, ugliness and all! Too bad he is a client, because dating clients goes against her work policy.
I enjoyed reading Lissette and Erik’s story. It was clean (only a few kisses), heartfelt, and fun! There is even a little surprise toward the end. I loved Lissette’s aunt Corky, and I bet if she had her own story, she would be a hoot. Even though this novella didn’t have any of the characters from the other books in it, it was still a wonderful way to end the series. Wonderful job, Jennifer!
This was it, the day she’d waited and worked for over the past years—her degree would be firmly in her hand. Lisette Pannebaker, Master of Business Administration. Her smile even made her eyes scrunch.
Dad’s dress shirt would’ve popped buttons, had he been here to see her.
But it wasn’t just the degree. Chances were that tonight she’d have something else in hand. Or, rather, on her hand. She’d seen the little navy velvet box on Justin’s coffee table—he’d left it in plain sight when she came by to drop off dinner for him last night—and she’d nearly fainted from heart palpitations last week when he’d dragged her past windows sparkling with diamonds and asked whether she thought round cut or brilliant cut had more fire.
Brilliant cut, of course.
Ah, Justin Fox. She sighed for his blond crew cut, his square jaw. Mrs. Justin Fox. It fit. Lisette Pannebaker, student, no more. Now she’d be Mrs. Justin Fox, Master of Business Administration.
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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