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Review: The Girl's Guide to Man Hunting

Written by Jennifer Porter
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Girls-Guide-to-Manhunting-199x300“The Girl’s Guide to Man Hunting” by Jessica Clare (erotic, Berkley Heat, May 2012, $15.00, 336pp)


Series: Bluebonnet

  1. “The Girl’s Guide to Man Hunting” – Miranda Hill & Dane Croft
  2. “The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male” – Beth Ann Williamson & Colt Waggoner (to be released)


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.


I was intrigued when I heard that Jill Myles (a paranormal author) was branching out into erotic romances under the pen name Jessica Clare. I was determined to read “The Girl’s Guide to Man Hunting” even if the revenge plot and outdoor survival themes weren't my favorite. Given that I knew parts of the plot would not appeal, I’m not surprised that I had a mixed reaction to the book. However, the revenge plot worked better than anticipated, and the romance actually charmed me.


Miranda Hall and Dane Croft dated when they were in high school in Bluebonnet, Texas. Their relationship ended when Dane was called up to play hockey in the NHL. However, photos of the couple’s amorous exploits during a game of seven in minutes in heaven left Miranda with the moniker of “The Boobs of Bluebonnet” and a reputation as the town slut. When Miranda learns that Dane has returned to town to open a survivalist training school with friends, she can think of nothing but revenge and decides to turn the tables on the man who hurt her so badly.


As part of her plan, Miranda signs up for the survivalist training. She seduces Dane in the woods, repeatedly. And this is the part that I had trouble with (not the seducing). I’m not an outdoorsy sort of gal, and I’m not so keen on survivalist stuff. So while Miranda and Dane are frolicking away in the woods, all I could think of is dirt and bugs finding their way into places they don’t belong. This made the erotic parts of the story rather unsexy for me. I kept looking forward to the end of the outdoors part of the story.


But despite this fact, I did like both Dane and Miranda and their romance. While Miranda is bent on revenge, she can’t help but be drawn to Dane who isn’t the love ’em and leave ‘em type that his reputation suggests. He genuinely cares for Miranda and has missed her throughout the years they have been apart. Both are hampered by bad and unfair reputations – and are in need of acceptance. Plus, they work very well together. The revenge plot becomes much less important as Miranda falls in love. Of course, Dane wasn't the cad that he seemed to be.


“The Girl’s Guide to Man Hunting” didn’t work so well as an erotic romance for me, but features engaging characters and an oddly sweet romance (odd because I didn’t expect it to be so sweet). I'm on the fence about whether to read the next in this series, but I do enjoy Clare's storytelling ability.


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