Thursday, August 1, 2013

Not Your Average Joe by Nell Carson

Publisher: Escape Publishing
Pages: 155
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Jennifer Wright is finishing a long shift on the assembly line at Brickman Foods when she meets her newest trainee, Jason Baxter — only that’s not his name and she knows it. She recognises him instantly as Jared Brickman, internationally renowned playboy and son of the CEO of Brickman Foods, working undercover to film the reality show, Joe Average.

Jared is also the father of Jennifer’s son, Chris, although he doesn’t know it. The six years since they dated have been momentous for Jennifer, but it’s clear when they meet again that Jared doesn’t even remember her. Jennifer knew Jared the boy — irresponsible and reckless. Now she has the opportunity to discover Jared the man. She’d like to tell him about his son, but fears his reputation as depicted in celebrity magazines.

Is Jared an infamous heartbreaker, or is he the man she sees now: sweet, shy, and dependable — someone who can be trusted in her son’s life…and maybe even her own?



Kritters Thoughts:  A reality show that mimics the likes of Undercover Boss, but the person undercover and one of the employees have a past that may be uncovered.  Jennifer has been working hard at a plant for Brickman Food and soon the son of the CEO is going to come undercover to work a few jobs and she will be his trainer.  As always on reality tv, drama ensues and a great book blends the reality tv phenomenon and chick lit in one book!

From the start I fell in love with the character of Jennifer and wanted her to succeed.  Jared/Jason was an easy character to envision and although I thought he could have maybe showed more signs of recognizing Jennifer from the past, I loved how the story played out.  Jennifer's son Chris was written so well.  I loved how he didn't obsess over who his father was, but the reader could definitely tell that Chris wanted to know.

With a definite sweet ending, this book ended on a high note.  I definitely enjoyed the epilogue that took place a year after the final activity, but still wouldn't mind a sequel to move the story even more into the future.


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 51 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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