Kate Svenson is a successful single thirty-five-year-old businesswoman with a plan. Specifically, she decides it is time for her to put the same energy she puts into her professional life into her personal relationships. To that end, she packs her fancy lingerie and “wish list” for the ideal man and heads to a swanky resort where she fully intends to find her ideal mate and bring him home.
Upon her arrival, Kate is pleased with her initial survey of the available bachelors, and the “man hunting” begins. Her plan is a rigid one, and she targets the men who will most likely fit into her long-term goals. She arranges a series of dates, and Penny, a guest who happens to be beautiful, engaged, and a representative of Kate’s ultimate goal, provides staunch support along the way. It is not surprising that Jake, the rugged, sexy, seemingly unmotivated and shiftless handyman appeals to Kate, but she immediately recognizes that pursuing him would be fall outside the parameters of her structured plan.
Manhunting is a romantic book sprinkled with broken hearts and failed relationships. It is a charming reminder that the journey to finding love may not be always be a smooth ride, but its rewards are well worth the few bumps in the road. While the novel rarely deviates from the traditional chick-lit formula, readers will have no trouble routing for Kate and eagerly waiting for a firm confirmation of the happy ending they predict from the first chapter.