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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Review: The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting by Jessica Clare

Format: .mobi (purchased)
Release Date: May 1, 2012

Once, Miranda felt a little exposed…

Miranda Hill can’t believe her eyes—her cocky ex-boyfriend, pro-hockey player Dane Croft, is back in Bluebonnet, Texas, after all these years. He ditched her – and their little town – just as some rather shocking photos showed up on the internet for the whole town to see. Miranda wasn't so lucky. Stuck in Bluebonnet and left to fend for herself, she’s never really shaken the scandal — or his betrayal. After nine long years, he's back, and she has the chance to turn the tables on Dane…

It’s time she got even.

Former NHL hotshot playboy Dane Croft has returned home to open a survival training school on an old ranch, and reinvent himself. When his former high school girlfriend enrolls in his school, he has no idea that Miranda's plan is to get him in a compromising position—not the one he’s imagining, anyway. But soon Miranda realizes that to carry out her deviously sexy revenge, she'll have to get up close and personal with Dane all over again. Being a good girl got her nowhere for nine years, and now it's time to be a little naughty. But falling in love with the man that broke her heart was never part of the plan.

Finally, a small town romance that doesn't feel like a small town romance. The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting is the first in a series that takes place in the town of Bluebonnet, where everyone knows everyone else and worse, knows every one's business.

Miranda Hill has had it tough. For nine years she's been ridiculed, gossiped about and treated like a social pariah all because of photos she assumes her then boyfriend Dane Croft took of her back in high school. The photos were put on the internet for every one to see. Nicknamed "The Boobs of Bluebonnet," Miranda has dealt with the scandal all on her own and for the most part talk has died down. Until Dane comes back to town with the intention of opening up a survival training school. Angry that his presence has brought up the past again, Miranda signs up for Dane's first survival class intent on doing to him what he did to her.

Dane never forgot Miranda but he's shocked to see her in his class and confused as to why she's hell bent on seducing him. Not that he puts up to much of a fight though. Being with Miranda seems easy to Dane and he wants more, but it isn't long before he begins to suspect that she's hiding something from him.

The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting was a lot of fun and it certainly made survival classes look sexy even as the characters were struggling to make it in the wilderness. Dane was certainly a man's man and a woman's fantasy yet he wasn't a chauvinist or overbearing caveman either. He had the right amount of macho, sensitivity and humor to make him a well rounded character that doesn't alienate any one. Even I found Dane sexy and I am not attracted to sports of any kind. He doesn't take himself too seriously and knows how to have a good time.

Miranda had her ups and downs. I felt bad for her because she's a perfect example of the unfair stereotypes that women have to deal with. If it had been Dane in that situation, no one would have made an issue out of it, much less treat him with disrespect or disgust. Yet Miranda was looked at like a slut and she was justified in wanting payback, even though she had the facts wrong. There were times that she let herself be defined by the gossip and wallowed a bit too much in self pity but hey, nine years of crap from small minded people could drive any one to drink.

Let's talk sexy time. Dane and Miranda have some seriously hot scenes, most of which take place during the survival class, out in the wilderness (which is why I think this book makes survival classes look sexy). This is definitely an erotic romance, wild, graphic sex scenes ahead so be warned, this book is not for the prudish or faint of heart.

It's not just about Dane and Miranda though, readers get to meet their friends as well. I loved the friendship between the guys more than the girls to be honest. Dane, Colt and Grant just have that brotherly/pain in each other's ass kind of friendship that makes you laugh. The girls, Miranda, Beth-Ann and Brenna have a strong friendship but naturally, it's on the girly side with more dramatics, hair days and other girl problems. Not as entertaining as the guys but still, solid friendships for both main characters is refreshing.

The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting is for me, a fun, sexy read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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1 comment:

  1. I have this one and hope to get to it eventually. It sounds like it was a really cute read :)


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