In at the Deep End by Penelope Janu

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A quick-witted, contemporary romance about losing your cool.

What woman doesn’t love a real-life hero? Harriet Scott, for one. The fiercely independent daughter of famous adventurers, she grew up travelling the world on the environmental flagship The Watch. So when Harriet’s ship sinks in Antarctica and she has to be rescued by Commander Per Amundsen, an infuriatingly capable Norwegian naval officer and living breathing action hero, her world is turned upside down.

Like their namesakes, the original Scott and Amundsen who competed to reach the South Pole first, Per and Harriet have different ways of doing things. Per thinks Harriet is an accident waiting to happen; Harriet thinks Per is a control freak. But when Harriet realises that Per is the only one who can help her fund the new ship she desperately wants, she is forced to cooperate with him.

Per refuses to assist unless Harriet allows him to teach her to swim. But there is more to Harriet’s terrible fear of water than meets the eye. Can Harriet face her fears and come to terms with the trauma and loss of her past? And will she begin to appreciate that some risks are well worth taking—and that polar opposites can, in fact, attract?




Hey! Here's my review.

A light, fun contemporary romance with plenty of action and adventure, balanced out with a deep side of psychological scars, phobias, and a strong ecological message.

The opening scene hooked me in and I was intrigued to find out if these opposites would attract. If you like control freak alpha male heroes and strong-willed, accident prone heroines, then this is for you. I reviewed a complimentary copy.


★★★★

  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook