Saturday, May 12, 2012

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

Title:  The Girl's Guide to (Man)Hunting
Author: Jessica Clare
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Bluebonnet #1
Main Characters: Miranda and Dane
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: 978-0425247358
Publisher: Berkley
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
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 everyone 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, Dane’s back, and she has the chance to turn the tables on him…
It’s time she gets 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 the program, 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; now it’s time to be a little naughty. But falling in love with the man who broke her heart was never part of the plan…

My Review:
What an incredibly sexy and entertaining book. I really, really enjoyed this one. For the last nine years, Miranda has been known as the Boobs of Bluebonnet. Right after graduation, she spent 7 minutes in a closet with Dane and that seven minutes ruined the rest of her life. Someone took photos and posted them on the internet, ruining her reputation and causing her mother’s nervous breakdown. Finally 9 years later, and Miranda‘s mom is finally stable enough again so that she can have her own life. She’s three weeks away from a new career and move to Houston when Dane rolls back into town. He’s starting an outdoor survival school with two of his best friends and she sees this as her opportunity for revenge before she starts her new life.

For Miranda, thoughts of Dane feature anger, revenge, and hurt. But for Dane, he only remembers Miranda as the one who got away. He's spent the last nine years partying his way through the NHL and when that dream suddenly ended he figured out what's really important about life. That epiphany has led him back to Bluebonnet Texas to start a survival school and is shocked when Miranda is part of his first week-long class. He thinks that she's a plant there by his partners to test his will-power.

This book is so good. It's Miranda and Dane and 5 other guys out in the wilderness together. Miranda joined the class to get revenge, but she excels in the class...I loved that about her character. She is such a tough girl. Honestly, the last nine years of her life have been incredibly miserable and she's innocent of the judgement this small TX town has levied on her that entire time. I can't imagine standing up to that kind of ridicule day after day.

For his part Dane has made some bad choices too, but he also knows way too much about being judged harshly when he didn't do anything wrong. I really loved how into Miranda he is. He truly looks at her as the one who got away and can't resist her when she joins his first class, although he really REALLY tried to resist. Their relationship is built entirely on lies, but I loved these two together when they both forgot all that. They were so naturally perfect together. 

It definitely helped my enjoyment of this book that I read it while on a campout in TX...perfect for reading a book where the characters are spending 7 days in a wildlife survival school. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and the premise. Everything about it was well-done and extremely HOT. I look forward to reading more of this series!

1 comment:

Julie said...

I also liked how Miranda did well in the class...I only wish we saw more about that part of the story. We know she did well because of the final test and because she wasn't all whiny all the time but still. It would have been SO interesting to be right there with her while she learned her survival skills. The forest sex was hot - I'll give you that. ;)