“I agreed to read this book because I absolutely loved The Gingerbread House. Not Your Average Joe did not disappoint. The main character, Jennifer, falls in love with Jared as a student and falls prey to a fraternity prank involving several young girls. She becomes pregnant but never tells Jared because she catches him in bed with another girl. This devastates her since she thought they were in love. Her father disowns her and throws her out of the house, forbids her mother to have anything to do with her, so she is alone in the world to raise a baby. She is strong, smart, and devoted to her son. She takes a job at Brickman Foods, which Jared's father happens to own. One day Jared prances in, disguised for reality tv, and Jennifer recognizes him right away. But, it seems she meant even less to him than she originally thought since he has no clue who she is. She plays along with his game because she doesn't want him to find out about their son and try to take him away. He flirts and pursues, she dodges and deflects. But their attraction becomes stronger and their joining inevitable. Finally she admits she knows who he really is, but struggles with whether or not to tell him about their son. The decision is taken away from her when it is revealed by accident. Jared is supposed to take over his father's company and is technically supposed to marry someone else. He watched his mother fall to depression and alcoholism over the years as his father strayed from their marriage over and over again and worries he will be the same way. Jennifer doesn't want to settle for less than everything and Jared isn't sure he can give it to her. Watching them work through the mire of emotions and conflicts of their hearts, and the added twist of reality tv makes this a good read. I was very pleased with it.
I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. ”