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A Great Catch (Avon Light Contemporary Romances) Mass Market Paperback – 9 Dec 2000

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Tessa Jardine was deeply hurt when Lucas Hall walked out of her life, but when he returns, she finds herself falling for him again despite what her head is telling her.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic 10 Sep 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Two years ago, Tessa Jardine and Coast Guard officer Lucas Hall were lovers. However, during a rescue attempt that went bad, Tessa's brother and three other individuals died in the subsequent explosion. Though acquitted of any wrongful doing, Lucas lost Tessa who blamed him for her sibling's death due to what she believed was his mishandling of a hatch.

However, Tessa has no choice, but to work for Lucas, the new captain of a Port of Milwaukee based, century old, but renovated steamship. However, an unknown person has an agenda of their own with the owner, her shipping company, or perhaps the captain being the target of revenge. As they sail Lake Michigan, Tessa and Lucas struggle between their attraction and their demons, not yet aware that someone has deadly plans in store for the twosome.

A GREAT CATCH is a warm romantic suspense tale that provides readers with a strong story because of the baggage carried by the emotionally scarred lead characters. The story line is filled with action as Lucas plans to reel in his beloved who previously escaped him when fate interceded. This time he refuses to allow a tragedy to deter him from his greatest catch, Tessa. This novel works because the audience feels the pain suffered by Tessa and Lucas who still mourn what happened to her brother and their love. Michelle Jerott provides a fresh catch with this second chance at love novel.

Harriet Klausner
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A one-sitting read! 3 Sep 2000
By Gail Russo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you have read Michelle Jerott's previous two books you really don't need to read what I want to say about her newest offering. You already know that she writes romances with heroes and heroines who are just that bit different from the usual, stories full of warmth, touches of humor and hot, hot, hot and sexy! "A Great Catch" won't disappoint you. For those of you who have never read her books...well what a treat is in store for you! It's a rare and wonderful thing to discover an author who writes books like this and I envy you reading her for the first time. In Tessa and Lucas you will find two ex lovers reunited despite themselves. Tessa is fighting the sizzling attraction for all she is worth. After all he never explained his sudden termination of their romance 10 years earlier and his involvement in the death of her brother has made any reconciliation impossible. Or has it? Lucas is that most wonderful and rare romance hero: an alpha male with sensitivity. Suffering with his own demons since the accident that killed Tessa's brother, Lucas decides that since he can't resist the woman he'll break down her defences and win her back. The ensuing clashes and clinches will keep you entertained enough to read the book in one sitting - I know I did! And I'll bet you will all be out in the kitchen measuring the height of those counters too....you'll know what I mean when you read the book <g>!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful, sizzling new contemporary by Michelle Jerott! 7 Sep 2000
By Barbara Deane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Great Catch by Michelle Jerott Review by Barb Deane, Barb's All Romance Book Store
Michelle Jerott's third book, her latest Avon contemporary, is entitled A Great Catch. What a perfect title for this book - be sure not to miss this one!
A Great Catch is set in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin but most of the action takes place on the Taliesen, a grand old steamer that has been reconditioned and newly christened as a cruise ship travelling Lake Michigan between Milwaukee, Chicago, and various ports in Michigan. Something about drama on the high seas, even when the "sea" is one of our great lakes, takes the overall level of intensity up a notch from the very first pages of this book. And of course, throw in great characters as well and you have a riveting story.
Tessa Jardine has been hired on as the First Mate of the Taliesen, the kind of job she has been dreaming of since her early academy days and throughout her career in shipping. Being a woman, and a young woman at that, has never been easy in her male world, but Tessa has learned to deal with the snide remarks and sexist jokes. What she didn't expect to deal with, however, is the fact that Lucas Hall is the Taliesen's captain. Not only was Lucas her first lover before leaving her high and dry, more than ten years ago, he is also the man responsible for the death of Tessa's younger brother Matt in one of Lake Michigan's greatest shipping disasters.
Lucas Hall has had a hell of a life. His work in the Coast Guard was not only challenging but, at times, overwhelming. Being the closest thing to a cop on water, he dealt with all of mankind's evils and inhumanities while keeping the various shores of our country safe. While visiting the Coast Guard station while on vaction, Lucas ends up commanding the rescue attempt on the McKee, which exploded and sank, plunging five men to their deaths on the bottom of Lake Michigan. When given the chance, he becomes the captain of the Taliesen to face his fears and continuing nightmares in an attempt to redeem himself and lay old ghosts to rest. However, having Tessa as his first mate, and the close quarters that come with life on board, does nothing for his peace of mind.
Michelle has created very realistic, believable characters who are both drawn together and pulled apart by life and circumstance. Their struggle to find a way through the pain and past the protocol of shipboard romance is well crafted and, often, heart wrenching. Carefully drawn suspense elements add to the sexual tension and on-going conflicts to create a sizzling page-turner. Truly, this is a book you should not miss - positively A Great Catch.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Desmond Chan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
AFTER her sophomore effort in ALL NIGHT LONG, Michelle Jerott steers new frontier with the romantic suspense A GREAT CATCH. Her maiden voyage in narrating a tale between Lucas Hall and Tessa Jardine is buoyant and gripping. Ms. Jerott gives readers a pleasant surprise as she launches into great details in navigation, ships and her description in Tailesen is simply vividly detailed. Tessa Jardine and Lucas Hall after a short affair reunites and chemistry flies like that of the past. However shadows obliterate their romance as Tessa comes to terms with the death of her brother Matt caused by the alledged Lucas in a submarine mishap, while Lucas battle with the demons of his guilt. His job as a erstwhile coastguard makes his life even more complexed as he faces the traumas of death in the past.
Ms. Jerott's writing is powerfully raw, engaging and majestic as the liner charting new frontiers. The romance is sensuous and heartbreaking, complimented by an aura of vulnerability in the two flawed characters. Meanwhile, the mystery and suspense falters in contrast to ALL NIGHT LONG, where the beguiling chase and threat notes starts only until half of the story is told. However, Ms. Jerott gives readers a blasting finale where Lucas must face his own battle by rescuing the beleagueredpassengers on Taliesen. It excites and pulsates.
A GREAT CATCH is indubitably catchy and a must-read for romance fanatics for the waves of emotions amid troubled waters and the irresistibly sexy heroes and heroines. This voyage anchors her firmly to the grounds and establish her as a fine writer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
disappointing 2 April 2007
By bijou2311 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ok, so i found this book disappointing. i found the writing style weak and some what lacking. the story didn't pull me in very much, and neither did the characters.

i found both lucas overbearing and annoying, and i think i would have been annoyed by him if i had to deal with him. he doesn't seem to give tessa much credit, and i just didn't get attached to him the way i like to. i couldn't have cared less what happened to him, and i didn't get the impression that he and tessa would last much past the end of the book.

to be honest, i just couldn't figure out what tessa and lucas had other than lust. and like i said earlier, nothing in the writing style makes up for the lack of characters. in addition, there weren't a lot of good secondary characters to help prop the story up. over all, i would skip this book. although i will point out that i am in the minority, i really would recommend skipping this book.
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