The Girl’s Guide to (Man) Hunting by Jessica Clare
Once, Miranda felt a little exposed…
Miranda Hill can’t believe her eyes—her cocky ex-boyfriend, pro-hockey player Dane Croft, is back in Bluebonnet, Texas, after all these years. He ditched her – and their little town – just as some rather shocking photos showed up on the internet for the whole town to see. Miranda wasn’t so lucky. Stuck in Bluebonnet and left to fend for herself, she’s never really shaken the scandal — or his betrayal. After nine long years, he’s back, and she has the chance to turn the tables on Dane…
It’s time she got even.
Former NHL hotshot playboy Dane Croft has returned home to open a survival training school on an old ranch, and reinvent himself. When his former high school girlfriend enrolls in his school, he has no idea that Miranda’s plan is to get him in a compromising position—not the one he’s imagining, anyway. But soon Miranda realizes that to carry out her deviously sexy revenge, she’ll have to get up close and personal with Dane all over again. Being a good girl got her nowhere for nine years, and now it’s time to be a little naughty. But falling in love with the man that broke her heart was never part of the plan…
She glanced over her shoulder again to see if he was looking at her.
This time, he was. He turned and she saw his expression change from exasperation at her weakness to . . . something else. His gaze slid down to her skimpy black thong, evident over the low waist of her shorts, and she resisted the urge to stand up and cover her backside and then clutch at her neckline.
Evil Miranda would not approve of covering up.
He seemed to swallow hard. “Are you wearing a thong?”
“What, this old thing?” she drawled, and gave her hips a little wiggle that caused her to wobble slightly on her feet. “Of course.” As if she never left her house in anything but Victoria’s Secret’s tawdriest.
He moved closer to her, his gaze still on the expanse of flesh she was exposing. “You do realize that’s not exactly camping appropriate?”
She shrugged and tossed her long hair over her shoulder, watching as his gaze flicked to it, then back down to her thong. “It’s a little tight against my skin,” she admitted in a coy, secretive voice. “I don’t suppose you could . . . help me with it?”
Even that was a little forward. Very Evil Miranda. Good Miranda would have been totally mortified.
But Dane moved down next to her, his voice low and husky in her ear as he spoke. “Sure thing.”
She arched her back and closed her eyes, anticipating his touch.
His hand grasped the back of her panties roughly, and her eyes flew open at the uncomfortable wedgie. Before she could protest, he pulled the thong away from her skin. She heard the click of his knife, and then the chopping hiss as he sliced through the fabric.
Dane let go of her and she fell forward, the fabric loose between her legs. Her hand flew to her bottom and sure enough, he’d cut the thong square up the backside. The crotch of it dangled against her leg. She gasped. “What did you just do?”
“We’re on a survival trip, Miranda.” The look in his cool grey eyes was no-nonsense. “First rule of survival is to be as comfortable as you can, and you should remember that.” He stood and turned away, then extended a hand toward her. “Or wasn’t that what you had in mind when you asked me to help you with them?”
His eyes were knowing as they looked at her, glimmering with amusement. Dane knew her game and he wasn’t going to make it easy for her.
She glared at him.
He gestured at the wood behind her. “Hand me one of the lighter logs, would you?”
“I can’t believe you just cut my panties!”
“Probably a good thing you packed a whole bag of them, then, eh?”
Forget revenge and ruining his life. She was going to kill him before the week was out. Forcing a tight smile to her face, she slapped a piece of wood into his hand. “Good thing,” she echoed sourly. “I’d hate to have to go without.”
His laugh strangled off and he gave her an intense look, and then stomped away.
Evil Miranda two, Dane Croft zero.
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