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Wanted: Girl I Once Met is a story about yearning for love, discovering what one wants out of a relationship, and finding happiness. The story centers around damaged people and their desires to find fulfillment, usually through different kinds of relationships.
One of the central characters is Rane Schoen, a divorced woman in her early thirties, who is still suffering from the emotional wounds inflicted upon her by her adulterous cad of a husband. As the story opens, she is searching for a job and for a fresh start in life. She soon finds an interesting job, and as the story unfolds she embarks upon a relationship with the potential to change her life.
Another main male character is Mark Christmenn, a wealthy and powerful man with a heroic streak, as the opening scenes show. He also has a notable love for dragons, and is not ashamed to advertise his money and influence.
Perceptive readers can probably predict the outcome of the novel’s plot based on this brief description. Damaged heroine. Attractive, unattached man of means. Early in the novel, I knew exactly where Rane would get a job, that there’d be a steamy, transformative sex scene, and I knew precisely which relationship would form and what would come of it. This book follows a familiar template, although it’s hard to see how the story might have taken a different path without leaving its readers unsatisfied.
The content of the book will either win a reader over or leave that reader cold. There’s a lot of blunt sexual talk. Sometimes it’s humorous or stupid, but some readers might enjoy the material. Some may find the extended seduction scene over several late chapters erotic, though I found it to be almost a parody of the genre.
Although I personally am not a great fan of romantic novels, or of works where the characters spend most of the book reflecting on their sex lives or their attractions to other people, I can understand why others might. I personally did not enjoy Wanted: Girl I Once Met very much, but I can certainly understand why other people could have fun with it. Gunter does have a keen eye for human nature, and I was impressed by her prose skills and how she captured the desires and yearnings of her characters in brief scenes and snatches of dialogue.
Though the subject matter isn’t my preferred topic to read, I feel that other people might enjoy the book, and I therefore recommend this book for people who like romance novels, although readers with no interest in the genre are advised to look for alternative reading material.
I give this book three out of four stars.
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