Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Girl’s Guide to (Man)Hunting-Jessica Clare

The Girl’s Guide to (Man)Hunting

Jessica Clare

Berkley, May 1 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9780425247358

Former Bluebonnet librarian Miranda Hill is leaving town in two weeks for an office position in Houston. She sees Dane “Casanova” Craft who left town a decade ago for a career in the NHL. When he departed he dumped Miranda but not before he placed sexually explicit photos of her on the net. She became known as the “Boobs of Bluebonnet while her storeowner mother suffered a nervous breakdown.

Dane and his high school buddies have started a wilderness survival camp teaching teambuilding outdoors. With an unfair creepy reputation thanks to the wife of his former boss, Dane pledges to his partners he will not use his penis with their clients. He thinks back to the one he lost after he left town. Dane called Miranda several times but her mother answered hysterically so he stopped trying.

Miranda plots revenge on Dane by taking naked photos of him to place on the net. Later she tells her mom she will be out of town for a week due to her new job. Melissa signs up for the survival training. A stunned Dane will instruct five men and her. She tells Dane she plans for them to finish what they started nine years ago as they never slept together.

Although the behavior of the protagonists is too childish to accept, the modern day revenge angle is fully developed and fascinating as the key motivator of the lead female. The trysts are well written, but the lead couple has sex seemingly everywhere regardless of witnesses and his grand gesture of love is inappropriate. Still fans who enjoy Revenge will want to read the Boobs of Bluebonnet man-hunting Casanova.

Harriet Klausner

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