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The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting (Bluebonnet #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  2,104 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
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 herse
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)
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~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Very sexy story with a big secret that took a tad too long to come out.. And caused some unnecessary angst for the heroine when if they had talked I guess we wouldn't have had a story. Very hot though.
Both dated after high school separation.
But the hero has been celibate for 3 years prior to them being reunited. No om or ow drama.
I loved Dane he was awesome.
Look forward to more in this series.
I didn't enjoy this one at all. It's about Miranda who wanted to take revenge on her ex-boyfriend (whom she hated very very very much). She wanted to ruin his reputation with dirty photos, same like he did to hers nine years ago. I would've let things go and move on and let the past be just that, past. Why muck everything up for the things that happened nine years ago? Then again, I'm not an immature 27 year-old tramp.

And i use the word tramp very loosely. Miranda came on Dane way too strongly f
Lady Lioness
A librarian heroine and an ex-NHLer hero? Woohoo!, I thought.

Not so much.

This might be a bit of a personal preference thing because I kinda found their relationship a little, um, icky. I mean, who the hell sleeps with a guy that you think, basically, performed a sexually charged action against you without your consent? And maybe it's because I've lived in suburbia all my life, but I can't believe an entire town is blaming for the victim for what was, in essence, child pornography. She was a mi
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
DiDi's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

Welcome to Bluebonnet, Texas, a fictional town just north of Houston....Let me go on record as saying if Bluebonnet was real, I would be packing up my stuff and heading up from just south of Houston! Ms. Clare has created a fun, friendly, small town with to die for men and feisty women!

The Girl's Guide to (Man)Hunting is a sexy, funny story about life in a small town, revenge, redemption and best laid plans going awry. Miranda has a lot of anger, resentmen
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

4.5 Stars
Review also posted at link: Under The Covers Book Blog

The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting
by Jessica Clare
(Bluebonnet # 1)

This first installment of the Bluebonnet series has kicked off with a sweet, romantic and hot start. If you like small town settings with characters that are easy to fall in love with, this is the book for you.

Miranda Hill is Bluebonnet’s Librarian with her nickname “Boobs of Bluebonnet”. She was given this name in high school as half-naked pictures of her had surfaced
Aug 12, 2015 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun goofy read. Miranda's idea of how she was going to humiliate Dane..yeah guys HATE that kind of thing(sarcasm, men never get tired of looking at potential porn) :-) . I do think Miranda and Dane made a cute couple. I wanted to hug Dane a million times throughout the book, because I knew he was clueless about Miranda and her past and the part he played. I just wish we would have seen the scene where the website got taken down. I am going to pick up the entire series.
Um, wow! This book had a lot of sex in it! Like, so much that towards the end I found myself almost skimming some of the sex scenes just to get back to the actual story! Strange, right! :) Anywho... It was a pretty good story! Funny and quirky characters, lol moments and some major swoon worthy hunks! I enjoyed it! I'm now curious about the next in the series and if I'll need a cold shower afterwards... ;)
2.5 to 3 Stars

I'm making this short and sweet since I don't think I have one interesting thing to say about this book. The one word that keeps repeating over and over is meh. The character development was weak and Miranda was reduced to a killer set of knockers out for a little revenge. I can't believe I just wrote the word "knockers" but there it is. If I had to hear about her perfect and pretty breasts one more time, bad things were going to happen to my kindle. I get it! She's got a nice pair
The first book in the Bluebonnet series by Jessica Clare. The series feature three men who grew up in Bluebonnet but left when they graduated high school. The first is about Dane Croft who left and joined NHL and Miranda Hill, his girl-friend from high school. Just after he left years ago pictures popped up on the internet of Miranda and Dane making out in a closet. They ruined Miranda's reputation and Miranda has harbored bad feelings for Dane ever since. So when Dane comes back opening a survi ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I really really wanted to like this one. I enjoyed the writing, but Miranda just drove me nuts. Actually, Dane did too. And all the sex they're having in the woods while there are other people not that far away? You'd think sound would travel... I got about halfway through and DNF'd it. I might try the author's next book, but I hope there aren't as many improbable situations to try to ignore.
Apr 27, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Small towns can be brutal to live in when you’re in the middle of gossip and scandal. Miranda had pictures taken of her during a private moment with Dane when they were in high school and naked pictures of her ended up online. Dane left town the next day, heading to the NHL, a dream he had been working toward for years and Miranda was left to deal with the fallout. Her mother had a breakdown and Miranda had to endure the small town whispering and gossip a
Jun 09, 2012 HJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying that I really like Jill Myles (aka Jessica Clare for the purpose of this book). I like her sometimes quirky, but not too stupid heroines, and her pretty awesome heroes.

But this book? Not so much.

Maybe not having the heroine's 1st person POV has something to do with it, but I really just wanted to slap the heroine silly for the first half of the book. I mean really, what intelligent woman sets out on a 7-day survival-training camp with seduction in mind? Out in the wood
Aug 05, 2015 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Clare is a great writer. I think she writes great women and female/male friend relationships. Great dialog. Good pacing. But this is the second book in a row by Clare I've read where a "big misunderstanding" drove the story. I hate the "big misunderstanding." I really hate it. At least at the end of this one Miranda says to Dane, "I'm sorry. I should have just asked you about it." Yeah. You should have. But I know I'll read the next one. I loved the secondary characters of Colt and Beth ...more
Ghelyn Patriziah Gloria
Ok so I don't like reading about a librarian/internet scandal victim but is actually a slutty girl who is impossibly horny all the time. Her act of revenge is simply childish. Maybe it was really hard to be a subject of ridicule in your home town, but honestly, she should have just played it cool and wait for Dane to make the move. You can't actually get past 5 pages without reading yet another one of their sexcapades in the forest.
Story Rating 3 Stars
Character Rating 3 Stars
Romance Rating 3 Stars
Heat Level 5 Stars
Overall Rating 3 Stars

Meh. I just didn't love it.
Maybe being dirty in the woods doesn't appeal to me.

Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Things get spicy in a little Texas town.

Opening Sentence: Like everything else bad that happened in Miranda Hill’s life, rear-ending old Mrs. Doolittle was purely the fault of Dane Croft.

The Review:

Meet Miranda Hill, small town girl, librarian and part time helper in her mother’s antique shop. She used to be a good girl, and still mostly is, with one really awful exception. One night. One party. One glaring example of what young love could d
May 01, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

When I picked up The Girl’s Guide to (Man) Hunting by Jessica Clare, I really needed a light and fun read. I had just finished reading a very heavy and dark urban fantasy book and needed a complete change of direction. I needed to giggle and blush. When this book arrived, I thought it would be just perfect to lighten my mood. But even if it did fit the ‘complete change of direction’ requirement, it didn’t work well to make me giggle and blush. I just di
May 04, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

First just let me say that this book is HOT! Seriously. The chemistry between Dane and Miranda is electric and I found I had to fan my face quite a few times after reading one of their love scenes. I wasn't really sure if I would like this book. I'm not too big on revenge story-lines, but I found myself pleasantly surprised. I really liked this book and I definitely can't wait to read more from this author.

Miranda and Dane dated briefly when t
May 06, 2012 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girls Guide to Man Hunting by Jessica Clare
Contemporary Romance –May 1st, 2012
4 stars

Goodgirl Miranda Hill has lived years of shame when Dane Croft posted pictures of her ‘exposed’ on the internet. It is a scandal that continues to haunt her as the ‘Boobs of Bluebonnet.’ Since Miranda lives in a small town that knows everyone and everything this has made her life very rough. To make matters worse Dane just left town after the fallout to become a big athletic star.

But now Dane is back and sw
Ana Devecka
The premise of this book was interesting until it actually started to happen and then it made no sense at all.


Miranda wants revenge on the guy that she had a one make out session during a 7 minutes game when she was a senior in HS. Pictures of her half naked were shared with the whole small town and she thinks that the guy, Dane did it. Dane left the next day and she never heard from him again.

Fast forward 9 years and he is back in town and he
Krissy P (Kris)
May 09, 2012 Krissy P (Kris) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting is another fun and sexy read by Jessica Clare a/k/a Jill Myles. Jill Myles is a favorite author of mine. She knows how to bring the humor and sexiness to her romance novels and this book was no exception. After reading this, I will never look at camping the same way.

Miranda Hill is the town librarian who is notorious for her Internet rendezvous with former boyfriend and ex-NHL star, Dane Croft. She has spent the last nine years with an awful reputation and nickn
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Three stars

I really wanted to like this more, but I just couldn't. I found myself skimming just so it could end faster. I didn't want to quit the story altogether just because I did want their issue resolved. I did like the chemistry between the H/h, it was pretty steamy at times, but all that steam kinda watered down the story, if that makes any sense. However, I did like the ending a lot. I found the hero's extreme gesture to say he's sorry very funny and sweet. And let me tell you, it was som
Very sexy (yes...hmmm...lots of down and dirty smexing going on in this book...just the way i like it!) and enjoyable read with some real laugh out loud moments (or in my case; spit your cup of tea all over your iPad...) I absolutely love Jessica Clara aka Jill Myles aka Jessica Sims :) Cannot wait till October when we get to read about Beth Ann and Colt's story in The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male!!
The ending for sure bumped this up a star. It's not a bad book. It's very hot and steamy for sure. The story line was just not for me. Again, loved the spice and the ending, enough that I will probably read the next one at some point.
Oct 26, 2012 *My* rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 Stars very cute story
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Cute, sexy read! Review coming soon!
May 31, 2013 Rooks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(It's really a 2.5.)

Yeah, ok, so here's the thing, straight out:

Miranda's kind of a twatwaffle.

Not a problem.

Our heroine, who has suffered some very real (but you know, fictional, because she herself is not real) personal and I'd go so far as to say sexual trauma from a particularly bad combination of teenage stupidity, someone's cupidity (or maybe just assholery - it's unclear), and the rampant slut-shaming that yet exists in our (as in USAmerican) society, has decided that the best way to cope
Mandi Schreiner
Miranda Hill and Dane Croft got hot and heavy at the end of high school in a closet at a party. But to Miranda's devastation, pictures of what they did inside the closet ended up on the Internet, and Dane left the next day to pursue a NHL hockey career without a word to Miranda. Left in the small town of Bluebonnet, Texas, by herself, Miranda became known by a derogatory nickname because of what ended up on the Internet. Her mother suffered a nervous breakdown because of the shame. Dane went on ...more
2.5 Stars

I like the way JC writes a story (light and easy going) and some of the funny dialogue and that is why I struggled on to the end. It wasn't that this story was entirely terrible as had some really good parts and had flashes of the JC that I've come to know through her other books/series, it's that I thought Miranda was pretty childish and her plan of revenge was worthy of a teenager plotting in the school playground and it got tiresome. Fortunately it dig pick up towards the end and I t
While I've enjoyed Jessica Clare's books in the past, The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting left me frustrated and bored at the same time.

I listened on audio, and I kept looking at my MP3, hoping that it was near the end of the book . . . only to discover there was still 3 hours left. A bit later I'd look down again—2 hours 45 minutes left. Was this book ever going to end? [Also, 9 and a half hours for a 236 page book – WTF?] The narrator didn't help things; her voice annoyed me, quite frankly, esp
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This is a pen name for Jill Myles.

Jill Myles has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the 'naughty parts' of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.

After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a fe
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