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My name is Hunter O’Shea and I have a confession to make…I’ve met a girl who consumes me. I know that makes me sound completely whipped, but Mary “Lamb” Mitts has the power to bring me to my knees…it’s just too bad she hates my guts. But that’s okay, because I hate hers, too. The fiery redhead stirs something in me that I can’t explain.

This temporary insanity could be due to the fact my best friend, who used to be a bigger player than me, is getting married. That must be it. I’m caught up in an Oprah moment.

The only solution is to get back in the game and forget she exists. That theory is great—too bad I don’t want anyone else.

I…just…want…her.

I’m so screwed.

First published October 26, 2017

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Monica James

41 books2,551 followers
Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.



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888 reviews667 followers
November 20, 2017


The Hunt is a well-written story that will make you feel everything, from horniness to heartbreak. Hot, passionate, screamoutloud sex scenes! It ranks off the sexy scale charts. I’m becoming a big fan of Ms Monica James!!!

In short:
Hero 5/5 | Heroine 5/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 4/5 | Writing Style 5/5 | Steam 5/5 | Romance 5/5 | Angst-Suspense 3/5 | Darkness 0/5 | Humor 5/5 | Secondary Characters 4/5 | Drama-Conflict 5/5 | Mystery 0/5 | Twists 4/5 | Pacing Steady | Action 3/5
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1,602 reviews
May 14, 2020
Stopped at chapter 3.

NO Fucking Way.

Why do authors think we like the manwhores? I don't. Hunter is just AWFUL. There is no two ways about it. 7-8 girls in a week b/c he saw her. NOPE. If he had any feelings at all, this would not be the case. You don't "FUCK" someone out of your system. Add in I think he left a hotel room of a MARRIED women, when downstairs, called his friend. Then hooked up with a lady in the stairwell not 20 mins after leaving the married women's room. Nope. Just fucking NOPE.
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2,799 reviews616 followers
June 8, 2021
I do love Miss James's books. I picked up her mafia/ dark romance. So I was surprise that she wrote The Hunt. This is more rom com. I listened to the audio book. The first 30%, it was full of cute, alive banter. After that, I can not help myself thinking that this book is lack of originality.

The Hunt reminds me so much of Tangle by Miss Emma Chase. The plot, the banter, the characters are very very similar. It is so sad. I was having high hope from Miss James.

Did anyone read The Hunt and Tangle? Anyone also feel the same that these 2 books are similar?

2 stars
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Author 41 books2,551 followers
November 11, 2018
Today has been a dream come true.

I want to thank anyone who bought a copy of The Hunt. And to anyone who spread the love, thank you thank you!

These orange ribbons make me so happy!

THE HUNT is now:
#1 Bestseller in Humorous Erotica and Romantic Erotica in the USA
#1 Bestseller in Humorous Erotica in Canada
#1 Bestseller in Erotic BDSM Fiction in the UK.

It’s also sitting pretty in the Top 100 on the Amazon Kindle Charts.

My heart is full and I am so very thankful to everyone for the support. Thank you so much.

If you wanted to grab a copy, THE HUNT is still $0.99.


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3,749 reviews441 followers
October 30, 2017
Hunter O'Shea had my undivided attention from the 1st chapter. Besides his sexy look, his smooth pick up lines had the ladies fawning and falling for him with a false sense that they meant more to him. But Hunter has always been a love them once and leave them satisfied kind of guy. He was not one to believe in love...until Mary.

Yet Mary wants nothing to do with him and that in turn adds fire to his ego!! He's wanting to scratch that itch just to make sure that's all it is. But Hunter is in for the ride of his life.

Mary's ability to get under Hunter's armor had me rooting that maybe, just maybe it would nudge Hunter to tell Mary his true feelings for her.

Their back and forth had me laughing, cringing and needing to smack some sense into both of them. Would Hunter finally accept that he was capable of loving someone? Would Mary be able to penetrate Hunter's walls? 4.5 Stars
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919 reviews116 followers
October 10, 2017
The HUNT by Monica James ~ 5 Stars

Review contains some spoilers ...


I have met Monica James – she is sweet, kind, warm and she is funny as hell so guess what? Her writing style reflected that – freaking hilarious. I had a permanent smile on my face the whole time reading this book.

I was first introduced to the author through the Dixon series which I totally fell in love with. I have been anticipating The Hunt for quite some time and of course Monica does not disappoint. She delivered Hunter O’Shea and Mary “Lamb” through a funny, flirty, heartwarming and beautiful love story.

Dixon was a playboy until he met Madison who finally tamed the beast. Now they are getting hitched so they employ Hunter and Mary as the best-man and maid of honor. Slight problem – these two can’t stand being in the same breathing space with each other. Dixon is Hunter’s best-friend and was his wingman – he has now left Hunter flying solo (in the hunting department ). Hunter is portrayed as a total man-whore: cocky, crass, and bedhopping, hit it and quit it kind of guy. He is not ashamed of making it known that he is only in for a good roll in the hay and nothing more. Mary is Madison’s best friend. She is well acquainted with Hunter’s habits, she despises him, and is smart not to touch him with a ten-foot pole. Mary is Hunter’s kryptonite though – she is beautiful, feisty, and unreachable. Hunter wants what he can’t have but he will stop at nothing to attain her. So, when Mary needs to finish a redecorating project to complete her interior design degree Hunter is more than willing to offer up his office as well as his home … or mainly his bed :) How long can Mary resist the irresistible, hot, charming, sweet talker Hunter?

I enjoyed the push and pull, cat and mouse chase between Hunter and Mary. Hunter has some commitment issues but he is a romantic at heart when it comes to the right person. The only thing that I did not like was the fact that he went for Kiera when he was already in hot pursuit of Mary. I don’t know why that bothered me since Hunter and Mary were not a couple but it did … maybe I just loathed Kiera and I want her hoo-ha to grow cobweb :0)
I really adore Mary. She is smart, funny, feisty and spirited. She has strong romantic feelings for Hunter but she hesitates understandably because she isn’t sure if he can change his ways for her. They both guarded their hearts well and neither expressed their true feelings, afraid of getting hurt and rejected. But in the end true love prevailed. As a couple, they are explosive – sexy, passionate, and adorable. Monica can write awesome sexual chemistry, angsty, and racy scenes. I love her writing style – playful, charming, effortless. She has an analogy for everything and it’s pretty riot. There is never a dull moment in this book - if you are not laughing your ass off about some heated banters or engulfing yourself in the romance, you are on your toes with the twisty plot involving the boss and Keira and Hunter’s business.

Overall, this was an entertaining read. Funny, sexy, light-hearted … nothing overly dramatic with the plot. Very refreshing, enjoyable, and relaxing Sunday read.

“A simple look can convey a million words they say, but this only suggests one – fight … for the one you … love.”



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2,188 reviews632 followers
February 20, 2020
fucking hell...
I actually detested these characters, especially Hunter...and that really sucks

this was supposed to be funny, light read and all I got was an aggravation of a fucking heartburn.

I guess this story just didn't click with me, I had no connection with the characters, I had no empathy or simpathy whatsoever...and the humor wasn't really funny, it was annoying, considering the H/h were in their mid 30s...so, to me, that kind of talk is just lame and annoying...

#sorryNOTsorry

it is what it is. *shrugs*
I'm sure there are a lot of readers who will or did already enjoy this story for their own reasons.
Sadly, i'm just not one of them.
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423 reviews108 followers
October 26, 2018
In a couple of years this dick brain will be screwing around on his Mary. NO question. After all he wouldn't and couldn't keep it in his pants even for a second right up until literally the second he was with the h. Eye roll. Beyond pathetic.

Almost every time I even bother to give one of these types of books a chance, they're a slap in the face with their sexism and doormat heroines.

OF course he wants only you, he's proved that to you hasn't he, by nailing anything in a skirt he can get his hands on....while...."only wanting you" lol. Idiot.
October 19, 2017
This book had a lot of chemistry between the main characters. Both of them got on my nerves a little but other than that this was an enjoyable read. There was a little bit of suspense that kept me on my toes trying to figure out what was going on. I enjoyed it and look forward to more from this author.
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2,755 reviews312 followers
November 2, 2017
The Hunt by Monica James
4.5 stars!!!

“In the end, some of your greatest pain become your greatest strengths.”


I found Monica James years and years ago when she had just started writing and no matter what book she has written, her voice has always transported me on her carefully crafted journeys. After meeting Hunter in Dixon’s books, I always knew that this book was going to be a riot and Monica James did not disappoint. This enemies to lover’s romance will have you laughing out loud as well as swooning and smiling like an idiot. Hunter for all his crassness and having no filter makes for entertaining reading and despite his constant foot in mouth problem you cannot help but love him.

Hunter is the last man standing of the three friends, Finch is still pussy-whipped and being Dad of the Year and of course our Dixon is getting married, so Hunter feels the need to take over the mantle of manwhore and take one for the team. However, this life is getting old, especially when the woman he so desperately wants cannot stand the sight of him. However, there is a fine line between love and hate.

“I don’t kiss…”
“Why not?”
“’Cause I don’t want you falling in love with me.”


Since the moment that Mary and Hunter met, battle lines were drawn, and this fiery redhead could spar with the best of them. Mary’s forked tongue, quick wit and poisonous barbs are her armour for her heart, a heart that was battered by the one man she thought would be her forever. Now permanently scarred this woman is not letting any man in, especially a manwhore like Hunter.

Hunter and Mary’s interactions are hilarious and these two certainly know how to poke the fire underneath one and other. Monica James really brought Hunter to life and this larger than life character became one that played out in glorious technicolour before me. I was like the voyeur looking in, witnessing the battles, feeling that scorching chemistry and just waiting for both of them to realise that together they could seriously make music. Hunter has never been in love, never had a girlfriend so this is virgin territory for him, but for a man with no experience he certainly makes up for it in other departments.

“…And you, Hunter… are something else. You take my breath away, and I’m afraid I’ll forget how to breathe on my own.”


The push and pull was highly entertaining, the dialogue was hilarious, and the character connection was on point. Not too heavy on the angst, this was all about the couple and breaking down those barriers, restoring confidences and knowing that no matter your past, when you find “the one” there is nothing you can do about it, the heart wants who the heart wants. With some hot and heavy scenes, Monica James really cements these two as a couple and with work shenanigans bringing an interesting side story there is something for everyone. One of the most entertaining enemies to lovers I have read.

“A simple look can convey a million words they say, but this only suggests one—fight…for the one you…love.”


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434 reviews2 followers
October 30, 2017
Hunter had me swooning , laughing...all the feels. What a perfect character the author has penned. His obsession with Mary and the denial, it had me hooked!!!
I loved this story so much, all the characters so well drafted and matched perfectly. Hunter was a ladies man, smooth suave and too full of himself. Can Mary bring him to his knees?
This book is so sexy, Hunter is so sexy...I define got a bookorgasm. Loved it!!!
ARC generously provided by the author in exchange of an honest review
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1,716 reviews233 followers
October 23, 2017
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

An enjoyable enthralling enemies to lovers romance by Monica James with her latest novel The Hunt. Marvelous beyond words as Monica writes just like her bubbly, fun personality. I love romances that have that push and pull magnitude right off the bat and she doesn’t spar you any within this wonderful story. She has delivered a flirty, warming and engrossing romance through and through.

The ever arrogant, cocky man-whore Hunter O’Shea stands behind his motto: love’m & leav’m attitude. He can care less what others think of his proclivities except for one… Mary. She’s who he wants, however, there is one problem… they can’t stand one another. Mary knows all too well who and what Hunter is and she will not fall for his antics. When a design project presents itself and Hunter graciously helps, how long can she resist his charms, wit and sexual allure?!

Both must learn to communicate, forgive and love. But can they or will it deem to difficult?

Throughout the book we learn that Hunter has multiple layers to his outer shell and to see those layers melt away was heartwarming and beautiful. Monica truly knows how to describe her characters and give them the spark they need. Mary, understandably, had a harder time trusting and at some points it became a little redundant, but the ending was well worth it! I also commend Monica for the chemistry between Hunter and Mary, which was off the charts hot!
Monica has nailed it with another dirty mouthed male who is captured by a feisty, smart female who puts him to his knees. Can’t wait to see what else Monica comes up with next.
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443 reviews6 followers
October 29, 2017
The Hunt is my first read from Monica James, and loved it. This is a spin off from another series, but can absolutely read as a standalone. I didn't feel lost at all.

Hunter O'Shea is a player, he makes no promises and wants no commitment, unless you're the one woman he can't stop thinking about and even trying to get her out of his system just isn't working.
Hunter is definitely a cocky bastard, but damn does it make him even hotter! I loved Hunter, he was rude, crude and didn't care who didn't like it. Except for her.
Mary can't not stand Hunter, but she's kinda stuck with him thanks to her bestie marrying his best friend.
I loved this story and seeing how Mary could see a different side to Hunter once he let down his walls
I loved this enemies to lovers story, as crude and rude as Hunter could be, you couldn't help but love him. And Mary is just what he needs, now if he can make her see that.
I'll definitely be reading more Monica James in the future. This is definitely one click worthy!
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Author 12 books553 followers
October 4, 2017
Monica James has brought Hunter O’Shea to life by skilfully finding his voice, and beautifully crafting it into the written word.

I absolutely adore Hunter. For all his crass and inappropriate comments, he is a gentle soul with many layers. He knows he is flawed and makes no apologies for it, instead he embraces his faults and makes the most of them.

Dixon also makes appearances throughout the book, which ties The Hunt into the highly successful, A Hard Love Romance series, perfectly.

I love Monica’s writing style and The Hunt is another must read novel.
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434 reviews2 followers
October 30, 2017
Hunter had me swooning , laughing...all the feels. What a perfect character the author has penned. His obsession with Mary and the denial, it had me hooked!!!
I loved this story so much, all the characters so well drafted and matched perfectly. Hunter was a ladies man, smooth suave and too full of himself. Can Mary bring him to his knees?
This book is so sexy, Hunter is so sexy...I define got a bookorgasm. Loved it!!!
ARC generously provided by the author in exchange of an honest review
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2,770 reviews239 followers
October 30, 2017
Hunter is a player. He's sexy and a little jerky. He's funny and has no filters. He's super cocky but he has depth too. He kind of hooked to the story from the beginning. He likes Mary but she wants nothing to do with. Mary knows about Hunter's man whore ways and wants nothing to do with him. Mary a strong and sassy. I liked her. I really liked this one. It's a fun read.
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6,195 reviews152 followers
October 29, 2017
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 30, 2017

My name is Hunter O’Shea and I have a confession to make…I’ve met a girl who consumes me. I know that makes me sound completely whipped, but Mary “Lamb” Mitts has the power to bring me to my knees…it’s just too bad she hates my guts. But that’s okay, because I hate hers, too. The fiery redhead stirs something in me that I can’t explain.

This temporary insanity could be due to the fact my best friend, who used to be a bigger player than me, is getting married. That must be it. I’m caught up in an Oprah moment.

The only solution is to get back in the game and forget she exists. That theory is great—too bad I don’t want anyone else.

I…just…want…her.

I’m so screwed.

•••••••••••

REVIEW: THE HUNT is the third instalment in Monica James’ contemporary, adult HARD LOVE ROMANCE erotic, romance series. This is financial investor Hunter O’Shea, and interior design student Mary Mitts’ story line. THE HUNT can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Mary and Hunter were first introduced in the first two instalments Dirty Dix and Wicked Dix. Mary is Madison’s BFF, and Hunter is Dr. Dixon Mathews best friend.

Told from dual first person points of view (Mary and Hunter) THE HUNT focuses on the contemptuous and anger filled relationship between financial investor Hunter O’Shea, and waitress/interior designer Mary Mitts. Mary and Hunter’s hate-filled, visceral and verbal exchanges masks a heightened sexual energy that is barely contained in one another’s presence. Seeing something beyond the angry façade Dixon Mathews makes a suggestion that places Mary in the direct line of fire as it pertains to the man that she barely tolerates. What ensues is the slow building but acrimonious relationship between our leading couple, and the fall out as betrayal and jealousy destroy what was never meant to be.

THE HUNT is an emotional, intense and heart breaking story line about two people whose sexual histories are as diverse and different as night and day. Hunter is a manwhore whose reputation precedes his introduction to our story line heroine-a reputation that Mary takes to heart. Hunter doesn’t do relationships; has never fallen in love but something about Mary calls to his soul, a soul he believes isn’t worthy of a happily ever after. Mary’s only boyfriend destroyed her faith in men and her trust in love but her attraction Hunter is palpable and confusing knowing he is the last man she should ever hope to fall in love.

The relationship between Mary and Hunter is one of mutual animosity tethered by a mutual attraction that burns hot and electric. Their antagonistic love /hate dual does not go unnoticed by everyone concerned; it makes for some uncomfortable moments as Madison and Dixon’s wedding day approaches. The $ex scenes are erotic, intense and provocative but the lack of trust and miscommunication between our leading couple is frustrating and powerful. My only complaint is the over-use of a certain four-letter word that I do not find conducive or necessary in a romance story line.

We are re-introduced to Dr. Dixon Mathews and his fiancé Madison (Dirty Dix / Wicked Dix), as well as their mutual friendship with Finch and Heidi. The introduction of fellow investor Aaron Gail, and his PA Keira Celly adds the requisite evil that heightens the betrayal and jealousy between our leading couple.

THE HUNT is a story about one woman unable to let go of the past; and one man’s inability to let go of his heart. The premise is engaging, edgy and intense; the characters are edgy, spirited and flawed; the romance is emotional, dramatic and passionate. My only complaint- the language is graphic and course including the use of a certain four-letter word as I mentioned above.

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246 reviews5 followers
January 28, 2018
This book was so much fun to read. I just love a good man-whore reformed romance, but there was also the addition of enemies to lovers that made for a lot of great banter and sexual tension.

Hunter was charming, the way he pined after Mary had me chuckling. His heart was in the right place but unfortunately for him, a long history of one night stands and thinking with this, well you know had made Mary pretty stand-offish.

Mary was hilarious, she certainly had no problem telling people how it is, especially Hunter.
I can not get over how fun their dynamic and banter was. This was quite a jealous pair, but in a fun teasing way.

There are some great twists and turns that kept me guessing. I’d been looking forward to reading about these two after finishing Dirty Dix and Wicked Dix. It didn’t disappoint at all. If you love a player with a heart of gold and a sassy sarcastic female that can hold her own then I’d highly recommend picking this one up.
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815 reviews13 followers
October 30, 2017
This was a spin off from Dirty Dix & Wicked Dix, but I read this one as a standalone and was totally able to follow along. If anything it made me want to read about Dixon that much more.

"He oozed confidence, sex appeal, and that mouth...I should detest that mouth, but I don't. I want it all over me."

This is not only the best way to describe Hunter, but a great explanation of the book boyfriends we all love. Something about a smart, cocky mouth that drives us wild.
I love a good "bad boy".
Mary was just the "Lamb" to break this alpha. Strolling in with guns blazing from her red head to her fiery personality.
Hunter and Mary were both such strong personalities that watching them try to "top" each other was entertaining and MERCY, these two know how to burn up the pages in and out of the bedroom!
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3,131 reviews24 followers
October 30, 2017
Received in exchange for a honest review.

Hunter reminds me of Emma Chase’s character Drew. He is brash, smart and a total player. Until Mary. Who gets under is skin but he doesn’t like her and she doesn’t like him. Only they do. They drive each other nuts in so many ways.

Hunter is the last of his friends on the market. He first revels in it. Loves the hunt of getting a woman but over time there is no challenge and he isn’t fulfilled. The only one who challenges him and has him get all fired up is Mary. Mary who is his best friend’s Dixon’s fiancee’s best friend. The one who is the maid of honor in their wedding. At first they call a truce to make the wedding go a little smoother but these two are so brash and feisty.

The banter between them is uninhibited and hilarious. They throw barbs at each other that could lance many but they blow it off and one up each other. The tension when they are in the room is through the roof and yet they don’t like one another.

Hunter though shows his nice side when he lets her remodel his home and office so she can get her degree. it is in this time we see the fun loving sweet side of Hunter. He isn’t just brash he is kind and understanding. Don’t get me wrong they still banter and bicker like nobodies business but they learn about one another and start to act on their explosive attraction.

One problem? Hunter’s co-workers are up to something and it smells rotten in Denmark to all but Hunter. It does put a elephant in the room. In the end it feeds on their insecurities and almost takes away a wonderful relationship. When you get Hunter mad though whoa not good. I love though how when his time with Mary is threatened he, like Drew did in tangled, becomes a blubbering blathering bafoon. We do see him though wait it out and do a very romantic gesture at the end that has you swoon.

It is seen in both Mary and Hunter’s view and I like Hunter’s more. It is more unabashed and raw. We also see more change in Hunter than Mary. Mary we learn doesn’t trust easily and has insecurities due to past relationships that bleed into this one. Don’t get me wrong Mary’s view is fun but Hunter’s is just more. More brash, more raw, more real and hilarious.

This is a hilarious, fun and sexy story of two people who dislike each other with the passion of a thousand suns come together and fall in love.
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381 reviews11 followers
October 30, 2017
***I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review***

When Hunter's best friend and partner-in-crime, Dixon, finds the love of his life and gets engaged, Hunter finds himself without a wingman while he continues to play the field. He's a classic playboy, who womanizes his way through town. He's got a big mouth and an even bigger ego, and both of these seem to get him into trouble. 

Mary, the best friend of Dixon's soon-to-be-wife, catches Hunter's eye. She's smoking hot and he loves her spunky attitude. And hey, Mary thinks Hunter is pretty easy on the eye too, but his personality is enough to send her running for the hills. 

I enjoyed the elaborate game of cat and mouse that Hunter and Mary played throughout this book. The Hunt really is quite a fitting title for this story. Hunter is very much an alpha male, and once he sets his sights on Mary, he'll stop at nothing to get her. 

I loved Mary's personality. She's sassy, doesn't take crap from Hunter (or any man, for that matter), and she's perfectly fine standing on her own without a man. She commands respect and she won't tolerate being treated any less than she deserves. It really felt to me like if Mary was going to get into a relationship, it would need to be with somebody who would bring something great to her life, who would make things better. It definitely wouldn't be out of convenience. 

Hunter was truly what made this book a 4 versus 5 star read for me. The whole arrogant playboy thing in the beginning of the book was way too much. I think it got laid on a little thick with him, and though James did a good job of redeeming him as the story passed, I was honestly kinda grossed out by him for much of the first half of the book. It was nice to see that he did have a softer side hidden somewhere in him, and the feelings I had for him at the start of the book didn't make me dislike the book itself. It just made the first portion a bit harder for me to read. 

There was insane chemistry between Hunter and Mary, and the author did an amazing job of playing off that. The first time the two were in a room together it was like fireworks started going off. Even more entertaining was the fact that everyone around them seemed to see the way these two felt. There was so much UST built up between the two that I thought one might explode at any minute. Which made me as a reader want to simultaneously slap the characters and explode myself. 

The Hunt flows well, is wonderfully written, and has solid characters that I enjoyed. I found myself laughing a lot as I read, because the exchanges between Hunter and Mary were quite entertaining at times. I liked the plot that James crafted with this story, and I enjoyed that I really didn't know how things were going to end up. 

I would recommend this title to anyone looking for a sexy, sassy, and funny romance. 

Four stars to this novel! 
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2,275 reviews35 followers
October 29, 2017
In true Monica James style this is one you will not want to miss because Hunter is a man you really should spend some time with!
Hunter is a love them and leave them guy, happy with his lifestyle and love life just the way it is…or is he? Well, that depends on whether you consider the fact that the one woman he actually does want is the one woman that isn’t willing to give him the time of day!
For Hunter, there is only one woman worth a fight and nobody compares to Mary, and believe me he has plenty to compare too but when he gets to the point that he isn’t willing to listen to Mary’s rhetoric any longer, I fell head over heels for him…he may be rude and crude at times, but I have to say that I loved him all the more for the fact that he had a mouth that just didn’t know when to quit!!
Mary felt peeved that she was saddled with Hunter, their best friends were tying the knot, but I couldn’t help but think that it was more than a little bravado and I was desperate for Hunter to find a chink in her armour that he could exploit? Well that was the million-dollar question???
I wasn’t sure about Mary and the animosity that she seemed to show towards Hunter but what I did like was the fact that his desire for her allowed him to show her who he really was, and that hidden depth had not only Mary but myself thinking all manner of naughty things about a guy that was more than just a pretty face.
I very much doubt you will be able to resist the magnificence that is Hunter O’Shea, he is glorious!!!
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1,194 reviews67 followers
October 26, 2017
I fucking loved Hunter the manwhore. The guy was just a walking disaster sometimes, and oddly enough really naive.
Mary, she was anything but innocent, a true spitfire and just like Hunter, another walking catastrophe.

This is my first read by Monica James, the story is a spin-off from another series, and true to her word a standalone. I didn't feel lost while reading and the story felt complete. The story was a bit predictable but how I enjoyed it. I laughed so much with the antics of Hunter and Mary, and let me not forgot the supporting characters, Dixon, Maddy and Finch.
I truly admire Dixon's friendship with Hunter. I loved the mushy side the author presented between these two.

As I write this I laugh. The ending was perfect for these two adorable dummies.

Can't wait to read more stories by this author.
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1,618 reviews76 followers
November 2, 2017
5 Crazy Ass Must Read Stars!!!!!

Oooh I have been wanting this story since reading the previous two books in the Hard Love series. Hunter totally piqued this book whore's curiosity.
Monica James topped those with this book, thus putting Hunter above Dix on my BBF list.
The chemistry between Hunt and Mary could be felt through my kindle. Their little game of chase had me all kinds of frustrated but I just love when I get like that. It is just a great sign that I'm into the story and the characters have gotten under my skin.
This was fun, sexy, and had just the right amount of drama to give the storyline the depth it needed without overdoing it.
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1,226 reviews17 followers
November 29, 2017
I really enjoyed this great story. Full of laugh out loud moments and moments where you needed a box of tissues. Although the story was fun and kept me gripped, it was a slow burner and I found myself wanting it to hurry the hell up. But I held firm in not jumping pages to get to the heart of it all and it paid of.

The characters were brilliant and Hunter was probably one of the funniest characters I have read. The wit that was in abundance through these pages had me laughing my head off. Mary however was just as funny and that's why they make the perfect couple. Well apart from the fact that they "hated" each other. Their story is one of troubles, love and hate. But Trust plays fhe biggest part in this book.

I really recommend this great read and I wonder if like me, you hoped the authors was like any of the characters in real life. Cos my god she would be a hoot. I read this book as a standalone but I will go back and read the rest as I live the authors style and humour.
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199 reviews6 followers
November 10, 2017
So this a new author for me. But I can definitely see myself reading more of her in the future.

Very well written, with characters that you just fall in love with. Hunt is your typical wealthy, successful…manwhore, for lack of a better word. But there is something lovable about him, he handles life with a great sense of humor. Mary is a fiery redhead who is a little jaded when it comes to men. When these two meet, it’s instant fireworks.

Funny, lovable and steamy, this a good book to read!



♥♥♥♥ 4/5 Hearts
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1,402 reviews
March 12, 2018
The hunt

Love, love loved this book! Hunter is laugh out loud funny, crazy and crude, but that's why he's so lovable. And Mary is his perfect match. These two were on fire. Supporting cast of Dix, Maddy and Finch were also perfect in this book. A solid 5 from me
Author 3 books39 followers
October 7, 2017
Thank you Monica James for the ARC.
1% ---> 40% : 2 stars.
Hunter is a manwhore who seems to think only with his attributes. Yes we see he feels something for Mary, something strong. He's not good with words, and he doesn't seem to control himself with her... But still. He's crass. Too much. That kills what could have been cute or sexy. His "cock" is too much present and salute women too easily. At a moment i thought he likes Kiera as much as Mary. He's blind with Kiera.
40% ---> 100% : 4 stars.
Hunter express and show his feelings in a better way. He's still a little crass but ALSO tender, sexy, funny, sensitive, jealous... We see more of the human and less of the manwhore. I even hurt for him. Mary is totally understandable. After a heartbreak it's hard to trust, but even more that kind of man. She has good reasons for hesitating. They both don't know how to behave, how to love, how to trust. Their big issue : communication. With words and behaviour but not with their bodies. The sexual chemistry is perfect. That's their honest way to communicate.
5 big stars for Hunter and his friends' relationship. The 3 of them are hilarious and cute and smart.
5 stars for Yeong's wisdom.
3 stars for the end. A little predictable and easy and fast. But heartwarming.

---> Some people: love dirty talk
: don't like dirty talk at all
: like it but with limits
it's totally subjective and personal. So please read this review with that in mind. My review is subjective and i don't want to hurt Monica because she's an amazing person, an amazing author and she created an explosive couple.
Hunter and Mary are lovely and hot and funny and never boring, they love with passion.
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