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In Over Her Head

(Tritone Trilogy #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  71 reviews

He lives under the sea…
Reel Tritone is the rebellious royal second son of the ruler of a vast undersea kingdom, and he's always been fascinated by humans…

She's terrified of the ocean…
Marina owner Erica Peck would never go swimming willingly--but she's forced into the water and is nearly eaten by a shark. Luckily Reel is nearby to save her, and he discovers she's the wom

Paperback, 343 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: PNR Fans
Shelves: mermaids-mermen
#1 Mer series - Paranormal Romance

The Little Mermaid ... for adults in paranormal romance book form.

Charming, light, talking sea creatures ... Erica is turned into a Mer after Reel, a Mer man, rescues her from a misadventure with her evil former boyfriend. Erica and Reel go in search of hidden treasure, which Erica hopes she can use to return to her normal life.

Beautiful descriptions of life below the ocean's surface ... sparkly! I enjoyed this very lighthearted paranormal romance. In Over Her H
Mar 02, 2009 marked it as dnf
What I read of this book is kind of cute but more along the lines of silly. The writing is just ok and the storyline has been done before and better by others. Think Finding Nemo with a touch of Jenny Crusie, only not nearly as funny or good.

I'm not rating it only because I didn't finish it. The silliness won out and I just wasn't in the mood for a silly book, so I'm passing this on.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
In Over Her Head by Judi Fennell is a wave rollicking storm of comic delight. Throw in a bare chested hunky Mer Man and you'll really need to be at the beach just to cool down in the frothy ocean waves. Yumm!

Our heroine Erika runs a marina but is spasticly scared out of her wits about the ocean. She hasn't always been like this, no as a matter of fact she used to love the ocean and diving. It's only been since her childhood when she had a frightening incident below the waves that she made a vow
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed book one of this series, and I hated Erica's slimy ex, especially when he showed how much more important diving for his lost treasure was more important to him than her running out of air! I liked that Erica Peck decided to show her brothers that she could run their marina by taking on a client when she was afraid to go in the water from her past bad experience. Now, she wished she had never tried as she watched her ex motor off and leaving her for dead.

I loved that Reel Tritone
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, romance, paranormal
It really wasn’t that long ago that I read the opening scene from Judi Fennell’s novel, In Over Her Head, in a Gather writing competition. It was good. Part of me wondered how mermen and romance would sell, but I was definitely “hooked.” And romantic mermen clearly sell just fine as I’ve seen In Over Her Head well-displayed in our local bookstore. I felt that warm glow of “Hey, I sort of know that author,” as I walked past. And now I’ve read the book.

(Yes Judi, I know I was going to save it till
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, fantasy
This book is just SILLY. But that was exactly what I needed right now.
It has:
*Talking fish
*Immortals and gods
*An Incident (that's right- capital 'I' people!)
*Sweat dripping off brows - whilst under water (huh?)
*Sea-puns (Reel and Rod, omg)

It all starts off a bit hilarious when scared of the sea/owns a marina Erica is forced to dive for lost diamonds by her gun toting ex. A shark shows up and he shoots her
Luckily she's rescued by a merman
Who changes her into
Barbara ★
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 interesti
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mine
When I picked up this series, I did not realize that the author is not only a fellow Pennsylvanian but also a fellow Penn Stater! How awesome is that?! And the fact that she writes my favorite flavor of books (paranormal romance) ~ icing on the cake. I definitely enjoyed this first book - the names of the characters alone were worth the read. I mean, Reel (and Rod?!), Ernest the pelican, Chum? very LOL. This was Erica and Reel's story and I did indeed enjoy it very much. I'm looking forward to R ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Erica is terrified of the ocean, thanks to an experience in her past, so when she’s forced into the water at gunpoint, she figures it’s all over. She might be right. She’s shot and a shark circles around her. But Reel Tritone won’t let her die. The merman has watched her from afar and claims her for his mate. He gives her the power to breathe underwater so she can join his realm.

Erica has other ideas, though, and plots her escape even while wondering how she’ll survive without the man she’s comi
Nov 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
This was just painful for me. Not for me at all. Others enjoyed it so I guess its just me.
Erin Tanner
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hands down the best merfolk novel I have ever read. It was believeable, funny and well written.
Mary Lou Hoffman
IN OVER HER HEAD is the first book in the Magically Ever After series. Each will stand on their own, but I would highly recommend reading them all and in the order of release.

The only negative I can say about this book is that it sorely needs some editing love. Especially with it being a re-release, somebody should have fixed simple spelling and elementary grammar errors by now. For example, when I read about the diamonds being in her grandfather’s turn… this takes me out of the fantasy of the s
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked the first quarter of the book, then it seemed to get bogged down in details. It's a little predictable. I liked it enough to read the next in the series, especially since it is on my shelf already.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
The talking fish. I just can't.
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ever since she was eight years old, Erica Peck has been terrified of the ocean. Something scary happened to her when she was swimming (she can't quite remember what) and she hasn't been near the water since. Which is a bit of a difficulty because her family runs a marina in New Jersey. Since her brothers are away on military service, the running of the place falls upon her shoulders. And she was doing okay, really. She even got up the gumption to take the urn with Grandpa's ashes out and scatter ...more
Sandy M
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to say after learning that Judi Fennell is afraid of the ocean and, therefore, went with that idea and gave her heroine the same fear, I wanted to read this book to see what she did with it all. What I got was a light, fun, and quirky read that put a smile on my face.

I have a feeling this book might not be for everyone, however. Ms. Fennell takes our colloquialisms and gives them a new look and sound that fits perfectly in Erica and Reel’s under-the-sea world. “Hello? Sea to Reel” and son
Cham Perez
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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Wendy Hines
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
She's no little mermaid, and he's no landlubber.

Erica Peck has been afraid of the water ever since The Incident when she was younger. Being a marina owner, it's a strange fear to have. But nevertheless, Erica finds herself in a wet suit diving for diamonds with a gun pointed at her, and her fear of water is replaced by dying. Her ex-fiance wants the diamonds he hid in Erica's Grandfather's ashes, and he is willing to kill her to get them. But the fear of the water and the gun is soon overcome by
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2011, romance
Reel is a real nice guy. I really can’t help this, the author does the jokes on his name too. She set this up, I swear. Reel has a bit of a birth defect, he has legs and not the tail that his entire race has. His difference has also given him a healthy obsession of those like him. Humans, Reel loves to human watch. He has a specific human he has watched since he was young boy. I am sure what was the worst day of Erica’s life quickly becomes the best day of his when he sees her quickly sinking to ...more
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Reel Tritone is the son of royalty but even being the son of royalty can't help him from receiving slack about being born with legs instead of a tail. Just his luck, Reel is the only mer-person to be gifted with legs instead of a tail. Reel has lost count how many times he has wished to be normal. The only thing that has kept Reel's mind off of the issue is...her. Ever since Reel first laided eyes on her as a little girl, he hasn't been able to get her off his mind. He thinks about her all the ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is easily, if not the best Mermaid series I have EVER read.
I loved this book, everything about it! It was a flawless read for me. I am dissapointed that Reel and Erica's story is standalone, but the next one about his brother Rod sounds amazing too.
I loved the author's writing style. I could picture everything she described. Ever seen Atlantis on the Little Mermaid (Disney)? Yeah well imagine that but ten times more golden and beautiful. Fennell never wrote a boring chapter and never fille
Lover of Romance
In Over Her Head is the first book in the Tritone Trilogy. I came across this title on Goodreads, and once I read the synopsis, I bought the ebook for it. It definitely sounded like something I would love. Having read in under 24 hours, I would have to say it was a wise decision in buying this one. I can hardly wait to read the rest of the series. It has been a long time since I have read a mermaid themed based story. It starts out with Reel saving Erica from being killed, and before Erica reali ...more
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
I understand that this was Judi Fennell's debut novel. The cover looked appealing and the title drew me in, plus this is also a novel from one of the "Authors After Dark," I'm very interested in Paranormal fiction. According to RT this was a Paranormal Romance. As soon as the story progressed to the sea my thoughts went to a Fantasy Romance. I usually equate Paranormal with Vampires, Weres, and the unnatural. I felt mislead. I read for entertainment not looking for problems with writing or editi ...more
Oh my Goodness, this mercreature romance with the tasteless cover I generously planned to overlook is so not my book. I can tell just after having been introduced to the two main characters:

- The water-fearing, whiny and naive daughter of a marina owner Erica, who has to learn the hard way that her ex-boyfriend really wasn't one of the good guys, when he forces her to dive for some criminally acquired diamonds, which he had hidden in her Grandpa's urn of ashes (which are now at the bottom of the
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy tacky romance novels
There's this girl called Erica who's afraid of the water, but somehow she's forced to go diving in the ocean. Then she almost drowns, but luckily this Mer called Reel saves her by turning her into a water-breather. And guess what? They'll fall in love, but before they can have their happily ever after they have some troubles along the way:
a) she has problems with him being a Mer
b) they have a quest to complete or they'll die
c) ...

All in all, I had hoped more, but yet again I neglected the fact a
Rachel Applebaum
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Good book. Engaging.

I'm a classicist, so I loved the entanglement of Greek mythology. The world was well planned out, and a lot of suspense-of-disbelief questions are answered well.

I did think some of the non-major characters seemed a little flat. But as the book went on, even those characters were given more depth. Ceto, I thought, is a good example of this. She isn't just the big bad sea monster. She's a mother who longs for a child to take after. There were still flat points, but not unbearab
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it
As a debut novel, Judi Fennell's In Over Her Head was a refreshing read with great dialogue and a hero I would consider worth losing your legs for. It's fun and imaginative with plenty of sexual sparks igniting even under the sea. If you're looking for a fun summer read, take In Over Her Head with you to the beach and see if you aren't tempted to wade a little further out to search for your very own merman!

Did you love the story of The Little Mermaid? If so, this is the perfect grown-up romance
OK, I freely admit that the book was silly. But it was silly in a cute sort of way, not a dumb, eye-roll-inducing way. The author takes a lot of normal expressions and makes them applicable to the under-the-sea crowd. (Ex: Between coral and a hard place. Let the shells fall where they may.) There are a lot of fun, fishy characters. And the idea of an underwater world that's a lot like ours is oddly compelling. This is definitely a book made for sitting on the beach of swinging in a hammock. Noth ...more
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
This imaginative tale is about Reel Tritone, royal prince and second in succession to the Mer throne. When Reel witnesses Erica Peck bleeding in the ocean and seconds away from a shark attack, he swims into action, saving the damsel in distress. Reel's controversial decision to save a human leads Reel and Erica on "an underwater adventure to recover stolen treasure and battle a sea monster." Erica has been frightened of the ocean since "the incident" she had as a child. Can she bear the world un ...more
Ang from OZ
Jul 04, 2009 rated it liked it
He lives under the sea...
Reel Tritone is the rebellious royal second son of the ruler of a vast undersea kingdom and he's always been fascinated with humans.
She's terrified of the ocean...
Marina owner Erica Peck would never go swimming willingly-buy she's forced into the water and is nearly eaten by a shark. Luckily Reel is nearby to save her, and he discovers she's the woman he's been searching for...
Before she knows it, Erica is off with Reel on a wild underwater adventure to recover
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