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Manhunting Hardcover – February 1, 2007

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"A sure bet . . . Jennifer Crusie's rollicking romance hits the jackpot." -- BookPage on Bet Me

"Crusie seems incapable of writing a boring page, or one that's not aglow." -- Kirkus Reviews on What the Lady Wants

"Few popular writers handle light romantic comedy as deftly as Jennifer Crusie." -- Boston Globe on Bet Me

"Wonderful, fresh, funny, tender, outrageous . . . Crusie is one of a kind." -- Booklist on What the Lady Wants

About the Author

Jennifer Crusie has written over a dozen novels and has appeared on many bestseller lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the New York Times.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Library edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373772513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373772513
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Crusie was researching her dissertation on the differences in the way men and women tell stories when she got sidetracked into writing romance novels.

Her first book was published in 1993 (which pretty much finished off any hope of her getting that PhD) and her twenty-second book, Maybe This Time, came out in August of 2010, all of which she considers a minor miracle, especially since she is also a New York Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestseller and a two-time Rita award winner.

Jenny is currently working on her new Liz Danger mystery series. She is a very happy woman.

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126 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Setterfield on May 22, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As my first taste of a Jennifer Crusie book, I think I ordered well. While not a book for those who enjoy stories that require heavy brain use, readers of all types can gain pleasure from this book. For the serious in you, Manhunting touches on commitment and career issues. For the practical person, the orderly list-making and the perfecting art of finding a suitable mate will appeal. But most importantly, for the romantic reader, Manhunting will have you climbing up the wall with anticipation -- like any good romance book should.
Kate Svenson has what she thinks any woman would want: beauty, money, a successful career, and an apartment full of French Provincial furniture. Unfortunately, she also has too much time and lonliness on her hands. Tired of the single life, Kate and her best friend, Jessie, come up with the plan to beat all plans. Thus begins Kate's search for the perfect man. Armed with her list of qualifications (tall, distinguised and successful), Kate heads to Toby's Corner, Kentucky, home of The Cabins Resort and vertical golf -- a magnetic haven for the suave businessmen of Kate's desire.
Well, it started out a good plan... Within the first few days of her arrival, Kate has managed to attract men that meet her requirements but with disastrous results. The only thing decent out of the whole trip? The two new friendships she's made: Penny, gorgeous and engaged, who feels she needs to do a little harmless dating before she's tied down for good, and Jake, the rugged resort handyman and exact opposite of the man of her dreams. Hopeless and exhausted, Kate is on the verge of giving up. But there a light at the end of this tunnel after all?
Manhunting is a delicious romp of a novel, full of sexual tension and too much pride.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Childress on June 21, 2000
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This is one of Ms. Crusie's best books ever. She has her standard quirky, fun-loving, bantering characters that Jennifer Crusie is known for, but the heroine and hero are such a HOT couple and fun that I didn't want it to end. Kate and Jake are the total opposite on the surface but once you get below that cover layer you find two people that are such a great compliment of one another that you want to push them faster together. And watching Kate deal with the dates from hell, and Jake give her a hard time over them, you just laugh all the way through the story. I loved this book and it is on my keeper shelf to be read when I need a pick-me-up.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By amf0001 VINE VOICE on August 23, 2000
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This was Jennifer Crusie's first published romance and it's so sophisticated and slick and funny, that any would be writer will go green with envy.
It has all the trade mark Crusie attributes even at this early stage - great humour, even better energy level - it's a fun, uplifting read. It also has a great heroine in Kate, who is too thin, too successful but also too staid. She makes you aware of the price Kate has paid to get where she's at. And you laugh out loud at the terrible dates she manages to get for herself on her one woman mission to 'manhunt' herself a husband.
Jake is an equally great character. He is warm and lazy and funny. He also needs more direction in his life.
Both lovers help bring out the best in each other - which is what love's all about after all...
There was a quirk or two with the secondary characters (Jake's brother is unexpectedly brutal (emotionally, not physcially!) in one scene) so it's only a 4 star rating, but it shows Crusie to be the talent she so obviously is, from the word go.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By rebelmomof2 VINE VOICE on April 16, 2001
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This is the third Jennifer Cruise book I've read so far and it's hilarious! I read it in one day ~~ despite the chaotic holiday weekend! What turns out to be a short-lived summer romance ends up being a hot romance. It was a book I couldn't put down.
Kate is a well-off business woman, who after three failed engagements, sets off to a resort in Kentucky in hopes to meet Mr. Right. She set up a list of the qualities that she wanted to see in her Mr. Perfect ~~ only to discover that despite best intentions, it didn't work. Hilarious accidents seem to befall the men who chase after her. As she begins to despair that she'll never find Mr. Perfect, Cupid has other ideas.
Jake is the man every woman loves to love ~~ handsome, charming, laid-back and sexy ~~ the only thing stopping him was a lack of ambition. He gave up the rat race five years prior just to enjoy life again. That was before Kate crosses paths with him. And she turns his life upside down, much to his chagrin.
Then the rest is history ~~ two people rediscovering what love is. And Cruise writes with gentle humor throughout the book ~~ and saucy sex scenes engraces the book (though not as revealing as some of her later books! Thank heavens!) ~~ it's a sweet book filled with laughter. It's a read that I highly recommend if you're taking the afternoon off to hang out at the pool or at the beach ~~ it's light, saucy and fun. So far, Jennifer Cruise hasn't disappointed me yet.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By mirope on April 4, 2001
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This great early effort by Jennifer Crusie is a fun, fast read that will leave you grinning. It is the story of Kate Svenson, a serious business woman with a string of failed engagements behind her. With some heavy-handed encouragement from a meddling friend, she goes to a secluded golf resort with a plan to catch a husband. As her frustration with her would-be suitors mounts, she finds herself spending more and more time with the inn's caretaker, Jake Templeton. The two couldn't be more different - Kate is wedded to her high-powered career whereas Jake deliberately left it all behind to enjoy life on the lake. You will laugh out loud as Kate dispatches her various suitors and Jake teaches her the joys of fishing.
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