Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review: Not Your Average Joe by Nell Carson

Not Your Average Joe
by: Nell Carson
$2.99 ebook
Escape Publishing
Contemporary Romance
Released: August 1, 2013

After a disastrous relationship at the end of high school, Jennifer is left with two things: a son and a distrust of men.  She spends the next six years building a life for herself and her son, and is happy alone.  Most of the time, anyway.  When her boss at work brings her a new guy to train, it's business as usual until she sees his face, and time stands still-it's Jared, the man who broke her heart and father of her son, although he doesn't know it.  He's introduced as Jason, and she realizes he's working undercover for a reality TV show.  She figures this is her chance for a little payback, and plans on humiliating him for the cameras.  But grown-up Jared is totally different from the irresponsible playboy she remembers.  He's calmer, dependable, and ready to take control of his life and his father's business.  As the banked embers of their passion reignite, she has to make a decision-keep their son a secret and spend the rest of her life alone, or risk her heart and her son's happiness for the chance to finally be a real family.

The original blub labels this a Cinderella story about a factory worker and a CEO's son, and that's true.  It's also a story about a woman who pulls herself from the absolute bottom and manages to scrape a life together for her and her son.  The sheer willpower necessary to go from a pregnant teenager with no home to a woman in law school is both amazing and humbling.  Her life revolves around her son, and usually that's enough.  When she meets Jared after six years and he doesn't even remember her, all the hurt comes pouring back and she throws up her walls.  But getting to know him all over again makes her start to wish for things that can never be.  Jared finally grew up and took responsibility, and was a complete opposite from the cocky teenager he was first portrayed as.  This was a great love story about two people who had a spark of something when younger, and are able to get a second chance once they've grown up and learned a thing or two.

Carla gives this book a

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