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A woman with a talent for numbers, Alexandra Scott wanted to escape the rat race and go someplace where the men outnumber the women. Trading in her Wall Street job and fancy condo for a rundown cabin in the woods. She's now Alaskan Wilderness Woman. It isn't long before she finds exactly what she's looking for: one sexy pilot named Michael Casey. But this confirmed bachelor has no intentions of getting caught in any woman's crosshairs -- especially a hunter as appealing as Alex. It'll take skill, determination, ...
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Overview

A woman with a talent for numbers, Alexandra Scott wanted to escape the rat race and go someplace where the men outnumber the women. Trading in her Wall Street job and fancy condo for a rundown cabin in the woods. She's now Alaskan Wilderness Woman. It isn't long before she finds exactly what she's looking for: one sexy pilot named Michael Casey. But this confirmed bachelor has no intentions of getting caught in any woman's crosshairs -- especially a hunter as appealing as Alex. It'll take skill, determination, and a little romantic persuasion for this big-game hunter to bag her prey.
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Both of these novels feature spirited women, appealing men, and a rollicking plot. In Manhunt, which is more complex than some in the genre, Alaskan pilot Michael Casey is well drawn, and although it may strain credulity to believe that Wall Street whiz Alexandra Scott would trade her life in Manhattan for a business and home in Alaska (sight unseen), Evanovich makes it plausible. C.J. Critt narrates with great spirit and strength and a facility for defining characters; she's having such a good time that the listener can't help but be drawn into the story and want to stride into the Alaskan wilderness. Full Bloom is part of a series loosely connected by a town and earlier characters who show up in minor roles. Here, Annie Fortenberry is running a B&B in the home an ancestor ran as a brothel. Wes Bridges checks in just before Annie's husband, who disappeared three years before, is found buried on the property. It seems Wes is not just a photographer but also a P.I. There is more peril here than in the earlier book (Full Blast), a cast of eccentrics, and a resolution with unexpected twists. Lorelei King narrates with a smooth, wry voice that captures the mood, the sexy moments, and the farcical aspects of the story. Her rendition of minor characters is fully formed and adds to the humor. Both books are recommended for Evanovich fans.-Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553219586
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/1988
  • Series: Loveswept Series, #303
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

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Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

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Manhunt


By Janet Evanovich

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Janet Evanovich
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060598824

Chapter One

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 . . .

Continues...


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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    The Better of the "pre-Plum" Evanovich books

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    highly recommend

    my favorite author...

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    I loved this book much more than I did her other earlier works!

    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+++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    I haven't liked all of these early stand alones from Janet Evano

    I haven't liked all of these early stand alones from Janet Evanovich, but this one was really cute and funny. Worth a read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Great book.

    Great book.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

    I love reading this book, it is a fun romance with humor! Also

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Manhunting

    First book I have read by Evanovich. Good writer but I did not enjoy the discourse between the main characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    not the best Evanovich ever.

    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.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Don't be misled by the title. It's not a mystery

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    wait for something better

    i usually love janet evanovich, however $7.99 for 114 pages of no plot flirting?!!! i say save your money for a full feature from this gifted writer.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

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    Laugh out loud fun!

    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!

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Ok to listen to in the car

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2009

    Manhunt a neat romantic story

    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.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Classic Evanovich contemporary romance with engaging characters and a fun plot.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    Truely a book you can't put down

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

    Beautiful people get together

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    Humorous adventure,leaving big city for Alaskan wilderness

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is a cute book. Absolutely unbelievable, but it is fun, fast paced, exciting. It is a quick read....a great book to read on the weekend. I really liked it a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    Great Beach Read

    This was a very cute story - it's fast-paced & a quick read. Perfect for a day at the beach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    truely amazing..off your seat excitment!!!

    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.

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