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Michael Casey strolled along the Juneau waterfront, enjoying the briny smell of the early morning mist and the screeching Keee of seabirds overhead. He rubbed his thumb across the dark stubble of beard on his chin, ruffled his unkempt sandy-colored hair, and admitted that he was a bum at heart. In an hour his cargo plane would be loaded with salmon, and he would be off to San Francisco, but for now, he was at leisure to do as he pleased.
He watched the Alaskan state ferry dock and swing its boarding ramps into place. Cars and campers began to trickle from the lower deck, and a few passengers hustled down the gangplank to stretch their legs while the ship went through the loading and unloading process. A young woman struggled along the ramp, dragging a mountain of a dog behind her. She was tall, maybe five-foot-eight, Casey guessed, and had the bones and slim angular beauty of a high-paid fashion model. She paused for a second to shove a mass of glossy red-brown hair behind her ears and to push the sleeves of her fuzzy cream-colored sweater above her elbows. Casey smiled unconsciously as he watched her, wondering about her destination, enjoying the spectacle she was creating as she tried to drag her reluctant dog down the gangplank.
Alex didn't notice the man watching her from the dock. She had more pressing places to direct her energy. Bruno was being a pain. She took a firm grip on his leash and silently cursed her grandfather for willing her a rottweiler. Why couldn't she have inherited a small, polite animal? A hamster, or a guppie, or a hermit crab.
"Listen up, Bruno," Alex said, gritting her teeth, "I've dragged you all the way from the cargo deck so we could take a walk while the boat is being loaded, and I'm not going to give up now. Either you haul yourself down that ramp, or I'll cancel your subscription to Dog World."
In all honesty, she couldn't blame him for throwing a temper tantrum. She'd carted the animal three thousand miles across the country in a two-seater sports car, and for the past four days he'd been kept in a kennel cage belowdecks.
The big black dog, obviously not impressed with the threat, settled in an uncooperative heap at her feet.
Alex narrowed her eyes and reached for the gold-chained Chanel purse slung over her shoulder. "Okay, I guess I'll have to use my secret weapon." She took a foil-wrapped package from her handbag and waved it under Bruno's nose. "A doughnut!"
The dog's ear pricked up. His eyes opened wide.
Alex unwrapped the doughnut, and Bruno heaved himself to his feet. He swayed side to side for a minute, contemplating the treat his mistress held high above his head, his stump of a tail wagging vigorously, his tongue lolling at the side of his mouth in slobbering anticipation.
Alex smiled in smug satisfaction at her cleverness. "Be a good doggie and follow me down the ramp, and we'll have a picnic."
"Woof," Bruno said, planting two massive front paws on Alex's chest as he lunged for the doughnut, knocking her against the guardrail. The doughnut sailed off into space, and without a moment's hesitation Bruno jumped the rail in pursuit. He vaulted seven feet straight out, then dropped like a stone into the narrow space between the ship and the wooden slip. He hit the water with a loud splash and instantly sank below the surface.
Alex clung to the railing, unable to move, unable to feel anything but a numb astonishment. The air had disappeared from her lungs, and her stomach felt oddly suspended in space.
Suddenly the dog's black head reappeared, and he paddled around in confusion, searching for land and finding none. Alex could hear the labored breathing of the overweight animal. She closed her eyes for a split second, trying to pull herself together.
"Dear Lord," she whispered, "someone help him." She frantically looked around, but no one seemed to be moving toward Bruno. He was going to drown in the oil-slicked water.
Michael Casey couldn't believe his eyes. That crazy broad just deep-sixed her dog! She sent him sailing off to fetch The Big One. He saw the rottweiler bob to the surface next to the ship, and from the corner of his eye caught a flash of bare thigh as the woman hiked her skirt up and straddled the railing.
"Oh, man," Casey said, "what is she doing now?"
She was going to jump in after the dog! He broke into a run, reaching the dock's edge just as she went under. He kicked his boots off, uttered an expletive, and plunged in after her.
Alex gasped for air as she floundered in the freezing water and knew she was in deep trouble. This water was cold. She was going to be a Popsicle in twenty seconds, and her wet clothes felt as if they weighed four hundred pounds. She was going to die, no doubt about it. And she'd never get to wear her new raspberry cashmere sweater. Three hundred dollars, and she hadn't even worn it once.
A life preserver was forcefully thrust into her chest. "Paddle this to the ladder at the end of the slip," a masculine voice shouted in her ear.
"My dog -- "
"I'll take care of your dog!"
Alex turned to face him, squinting into the sun just in time to see another life preserver drop out of the sky. There was a sickening thud as it hit her rescuer square in the face. He went slack beside her, and a dark red slick appeared on the surface of the water as blood poured from his smashed nose. Alex clawed at his shirt, pulling him toward her, dragging him partially over the preserver. She clenched her chattering teeth and kicked out with rubbery legs, praying she could make it to . . .
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Posted February 16, 2009
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This is one of the romance books written by Janet Evanovich before her big success with the "Stephanie Plum" series books that I love to read. I really do like this book a lot. It's based in Alaska with a fun plot line and good dialogue. I recommend buying this book.
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I loved this book much more than I did her other earlier works! While it is a very quick read, the area its based out of and the characters are ones that readers fall in love with. The entire plot was great! A+++Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2013
I haven't liked all of these early stand alones from Janet Evanovich, but this one was really cute and funny. Worth a read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2013
Posted July 1, 2013
I love reading this book, it is a fun romance with humor! Also loved Smitten! And am currently reading Love Overboard, plan to read them all!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2013
Posted February 11, 2013
not the best Evanovich ever. the chica is just too spacy - a strong female executive trades her NYC condo sight unseen for a cabin in Alaska because she's heard that there are 10 boys to every female? then accidentally falls in love with her gorgeous, rich neighbor? yawn.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2011
This is the first Janet Evanovich book I've read. It's a nice little romance, but I really like more substance...a plot of some kind, mystery, or adventure. The main character leaves corporate life, goes to Alaska in search of a husband. In that regard she succeeds, but there is very little realism in this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2011
This is my 2nd favorite book of JE's small romance books, right after Love Overboard. She always finds a way to make me laugh out loud at her characters, their crazy antics, thoughts and conversations. Especially when you're a girl from the city, who happens to run into the local, rugged hunk! Oh yeah!! The picture she gave of being in the woods, a tent and then a cabin had me desiring a trip up north. Fun, fun, fun book...great for a quick one day read and lots of smiles!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2009
It was okay, but I have read better by Janet Evanovich. Her Romantic/Mystery novels are much better than romance only. I am glad I listened to it in the car and didn't waste my time actually reading it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2009
I really enjoy Janet Evanovich as an author. She keeps the story moving and it is hard to put it down. Her loveswept series are a quick, enjoyable read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2009
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I love Janet Evanovich. Her humor is great, translates well in the written form and audio CDs. Manhunt is true to form with a quirky heroine and sexy hero. I really love how Evanovich takes the reader through the ups and downs of romance with Alex and Michael and the intriguing setting of Alaska. I highly recommend this audio CD--it makes any driving time fly by and you'll find yourself laughing out loud.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2008
I have read books by her before, and they are all excellent. This one I bought on a whim because I wanted some thing to read on the bus home. But this book was so good I couldn't put it down. I stayed up all night just to find out how ends up. I love how she flirts and how she moves in to his house as sweet revenge for trying to make her move. Man this was a hunt you will never forget.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2007
Alex Scott, smart, gorgeous, successful NJ lady, gets bored with life in the big city and trades her swell condo for a rustic cabin in the woods of Alaska! Oh, and by the way, she's hoping to land a husband in the deal, too. She has her sights set on Michael Casey, big, brawny, hot confirmed bachelor. With two such drop-dead attractive people living on the same mountain, is there any chance they WON'T end up hitched? Get real. Your standard romantic fluff. But I always enjoy Janet E. for her wit and her wacky heroines. By no means great, but amusing, and I needed something light and forgettable right now.
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Posted December 31, 2007
Manhunt is a very humorous story of a rich woman, Alexandra Scott, who makes an exchange of her lavish condominium in New York for a cabin and hardware store in the Alaska wilds. Was she crazy? Sometimes she wondered but since most of what she owed on her condo was still mortgaged, she thought this as an adventurous but satisfying transaction. When she gets to Alaska, Bruno, her huge dog falls into the water at the docks, followed by Alexandra also falling into the water dressed in her New York finery, has her dog rescued by someone who¿s identity she has no idea of, then drives off in her sports car into the back wilds of Alaska. Alexandria wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, enjoy quiet time, and maybe find a husband that would share her quiet life. She is quite taken back when she finds her cabin at the end of a rutted road that her car could not traverse. As she looks over her rustic cabin with its tin roof and very weather ravaged walls, she is unaware that someone is standing nearby looking at her and wondering what this woman was doing here near his cabin. It just so happened that this man, Michael Casey, was the same man that had rescued Bruno at the docks. Casey and Bruno follow Alex into the cabin and Alex discovers that this cabin only has one room, a loft for sleeping, boarded up windows, and a mess that very much looked like no one had lived there for years. Casey¿s cabin was only one-quarter mile away from this mess of a cabin but Alex was determined she was going to stay in it and live her wilderness life. Since the inside was so bad, she decided to attempt to sleep in a small tent that first night. Between the bear and moose stories that Casey had told her and the noises she kept hearing, she didn¿t last long in the tent. Eventually Alex got to see her hardware store and its strange clerk who lived in a back room of the store. It was filthy and had so little merchandise that a hardware store should have in stock that she started making plans for what she would do to this store and it¿s antiquated clerk. Manhunt is filled with page after page of gut wrenching humor along with romantic adventures encountered by Alex in her wild wilderness. It is a fast but terrific read for anyone liking humor and deep woods romance. I have read many of Janet Evanovich¿s books and have enjoyed them but the humor makes Manhunt one of my favorites.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2007
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Posted June 16, 2006
Janet Evanovich is truly my favorite author. I've read all her Plum series,Full series and now I just finished 'Manhunt.' This book is amazing. I couldn't put the book down!The characters were great and entertaining. The plot had you off your seat!I recommend this book to everyone. All her books are great. But if you're interested in reading any of her books I recommend reading the Plum Series first.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.