The bad wig, icky makeup and puffy sweaters work like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest. Lisette’s totally relieved.
Erik Gunnarson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Every day as his tutor is making her fall for him more. Even though he seems to have a secret, and she’s sworn she’d never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—although it could mean jeopardizing her career.
I thought this was a great way to end the series! I now want to go read every book Jennifer Griffith has ever written! 🙂
Lisette was horrified on graduation day to find out that the guy she thought was going to propose to her (she had gone ring shopping with him, after all) was actually using her and was planning to propose to someone else. She starts her own business out of grad school as a linguist for hire — if someone wants to learn one of the 5 languages she speaks, she will do a 1:1 immersion program with them. She has a great business plan, but she has one recurring problem: she’s too good-looking and her clients keep wanting “more” from her (even though they signed a contract that firmly stated there were no other “benefits” besides the language immersion). So her aunt talks her into doing a make-under. Which works well until she meets Erik Gunnarson.
From the beginning, you can tell there is more to Erik Gunnarson than he is telling. He is from Iceland and looking to improve his English and so he signs up for a six-week session with her. He is the opposite of everything she has learned to hate about men. And her ugly disguise doesn’t seem to phase him at all… it’s as if he can see right through it! I loved the scene where he took her ring-shopping and convinced her to play the role of his fiancee so he could learn to negotiate a business deal in English.
There were a few minor distractions in this story (for example, the whole story of Mort and her mother — I feel like I must have accidentally skipped a few pages in the story because parts of that didn’t even make sense to me), but overall I loved the characters of Erik and Lisette so much that I didn’t really care! I usually like the novella length, but I would have loved to have seen this story a little more developed – mostly because I didn’t want it to end so soon!
Content: Squeaky Clean