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Everyday, Average Jones (Tall, Dark and Dangerous) (edition 2004)

by Suzanne Brockmann

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Title:Everyday, Average Jones (Tall, Dark and Dangerous)
Authors:Suzanne Brockmann
Info:Mira Books (2004), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Have Read, Don't Buy, Romance

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Everyday, Average Jones by Suzanne Brockmann

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Overall Rating: 3.90
Action: 3.2 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 3.2 / Sensuous: 1.3 / Suspense: 2.7 // Laughter: 2 / Giggles: 0 // Tears: 1 / Teary: 0

Everyday, Average Jones: 3.90:
While this book showcased Brockmann's {1} excellent storytelling skills, {2} her ability to write superb, interesting, fun dialogue, and {3} creating intriguing, well-written characters, this story just seemed to drag at times. Although Brockmann had plenty of entertaining side story events running through the plot, the fact that Melody was constantly rejecting Cowboy just got old and tiresome.

Hero: 3.9:
U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Harlan "Cowboy" Jones, Jr.: Although this hot, muscled, handsome, charming, SEAL got to strut his stuff in the first two chapters of the book, his personality was not as multi-faceted and well-developed as I would have liked. He was the only one working towards a happily-ever-after ending.

Heroine: 2.1:
Melody "Mel" Evans: Originally revealed as a quick-thinking (disguised herself as a man), intelligent (compared to her fellow hostages), brave (facing her demise by writing a final letter to her sister), and stalwart (doesn't complain on the two-day trek through a war-torn county) heroine, but her repeated rejections of Cowboy made her unlikeable.

Story Line: 2.5:
Although the details about the people inhabiting the small, gossip-ridden town of Appleton, Massachusetts was entertaining and the inclusion of twelve-year-old Andy Marshall into the story helped, the unexpected pregnancy troupe is just not my cup of tea.

Action: 3.2:
The book opened with an excellently written, entertaining action scene. The rest of the book revolved around Cowboy's everyday efforts to convince Melody that he was an ordinary enough guy for her to consider his marriage proposal.

Emotion: 3.5:
Even though there were tearful and laugh out loud moments, Brockmann failed to deliver that strong, deeply emotional connection between her readers and the protagonists that she usually brings to her stories.

Romance: 3.2:
The romance aspect of the story floundered, even though Cowboy managed to spend an inordinate amount of time with Melody despite her tendency to run and hide. The romantic aspect to the story was, basically, generated by Cowboy's and Melody's desire for the other as they remembered those six sexcapade days they spent together seven months ago.

Sensuous: 1.3:
The sensuality in the book was revealed through Cowboy's and Melody's memories about the heat and desire that flared between them during those six days they spent together. Brockmann did a great job of giving readers that degree of sensuality required in a romance book through those remembrances . . . because the one actual on-page love scene was very understated and, literally, in the dark.

Suspense: 2.7:
Suspenseful moments were briefly inserted into the story, but mostly this was just a Contemporary Romance story.

Secondary Characters: 4.3:
The book was greatly enriched by the appearance of several well-written, intriguing secondary characters added into the story. The interesting characters from Appleton included: {1} Brittany "Britt" Evans, Mel's sister; {2} Andrew "Andy" Marshall, the foster boy that lived next door to the Evans; {3} Estelle Warner, gossip extraordinare; and {4} Peggy Rogers, Estelle's sidekick. The members of Alpha Squad, in all their male camaraderie-type interactions, included: {1} Captain Joe "Cat" Catalanotto; {2} Lieutenant [Carter] "Blue" McCoy; {3} Senior Chief Daryl "Harvard" Becker; {4} [Luke] Lucky O'Donlon; {5} Wesley "Wes" [Skelly]; and {6} Bobby [Taylor].

A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of Everyday, Average Jones appears at Wolf Bear Does Books (http://goo.gl/vq9G7N). ( )
  Vonda_M_Reid | Jun 15, 2015 |
Everyday, Average Jones
TDD #4

Harlan "Cowboy" Jones & Melody Evans

After Cowboy's SEAL team rescues Melody from a near-death situation in a foreign embassy, the two of them get together for a week in Paris. Their chemistry is off the charts but Melody walks away at the end. They both can't stop thinking about each other, but Melody is stubborn, even after she discovers she is pregnant. He tracks her down seven months later and finds out the truth. He has to fight to make her believe that he truly wants to be with her and not just because of the baby. He is way more patient than I think most people would be, but she finally comes around after some tough love on his part. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Jul 21, 2013 |
Typical SEALs book from Brockmann meets typical secret baby romance. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 13, 2013 |
If I had to rate this book on Jones alone, it'd be a five. If I had to rate it just on Melody, she'd be lucky to score a three. Honestly, what was WRONG with her? Her hesitation is understandable up to a point, but then it just got to be rediculous. She's darn lucky he stuck with her, because I would have been tempted to give up before that tent went up in her backyard. I find it hard to believe that anyone--especially with all those pregnancy hormones running rampant through her system--could be that coldhearted. It all ends up well in the end, of course, but if you ask me it's in spite of Melody, not because of her. ( )
  beckymmoe | Apr 20, 2013 |
Everyday, Average Jones is the fourth book in Suzanne Brockmann’s Tall, Dark and Dangerous series about Navy SEALs finding love, with a little bit of action thrown in to spice things up. I thought this book was very nice. I love the fact that Jones does give up in the end, only to get a push from his teammate to get back in the game. To me, that showed the closeness of a SEAL team more than any battlefield heroics ever could. ( )
  Samantha_kathy | Nov 6, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0778320146, Mass Market Paperback)

All her life Melody Evans has wanted to marry a plain, average man who didn't take risks. But when the foreign embassy where she works as an aide is taken over by terrorists and she's rescued by a daring navy SEAL, Melody blames the extreme circumstances for their ensuing passion. When it comes to ordinary, Harlan "Cowboy" Jones is anything but, and their encounter leaves Melody with a little more than just memories . . .

Seven months later when Cowboy pays Melody a visit, he's surprised to find her pregnant -- with his child. Now all he has to do is convince her that they are meant to be together. That he can be as ordinary as the next guy. The only problem is, once a hero, always a hero . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:44 -0400)

His mission was to pretend that Zoe Lange, beautiful young scientist -- nearly half his age! -- was his new bride. Former Navy SEAL Jake Robinson was sure that his romantic years were behind him, but for God and for country, he would look into Zoe's beautiful dark eyes, kiss her senseless, hold her as if he would never let her go ... and then, when the job was done, do just that. The only problem was, with each hour in Zoe's company, the stakes were becoming higher. The game more real. And the dangers within their "honeymoon" chamber more and more apparent ...… (more)

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