Review: Not Your Average Joe by Nell Carson

Not Your Average Joe
 By: Nell Carson
 Publisher: Escape Publishing
 Release Date: August 1, 2013

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Short Summary:

A CEO works in his own factory under-cover for a TV show. What he doesn’t know is that a factory worker is his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son.

The Summary (via Goodreads):

Reality TV just got real in this Cinderella story about a factory worker and a CEO’s son…

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?



Every once in a while, I feel the need to read romance. I say once in a while because if I read a lot of it at once, I start seeing similarities and that takes the fun out of reading. The blurb made me want to read this one. I had recently seen a similar TV show and I wanted to see how would it be with romance factored in.

Not disappointed. It was a cute story.  There were two major problems with the story but I’m willing to overlook them because the book, over-all, was interesting.

The first issue was the fact that the main guy, Jared, doesn’t recognize Jenny. Fine, he may have dated a million women but I really don’t think you can fail to recognize someone you’ve slept with, and not just on a drunken night or something. Mentioning the second issue would be a spoiler so I’ll stay shut about it.

I loved the setting of the book, Jenny is a simple factory worker who had to drop out of college to raise her son. Jared is a spoilt millionaire who will inherit his dad’s business empire. They share a history, but only Jenny knows. And when he comes back into her life, she debates telling him about his son.

The fact that Jared has to work in the factory under-cover for a reality show isn’t all that special, but when he actually works hard and tries to find solutions to the problems the workers face, that is endearing. He may be a player, but he has a heart.

Father figures in this book are the worst people ever. Except maybe Jared, but then he doesn’t know he’s a dad.

The other characters are fun and believable. One of the side issues of harrassment at work is brilliantly executed.

The Final Words:

A cute romance. A nice time-pass read.




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