On her thirty-fourth birthday, Daisy Minor decides to make over her entire life. The small-town librarian has had it with her boring clothes, her ordinary looks, and nearly a decade without so much as a date. It's time to get a life -- and a sex life. The perennial good girl, Daisy transforms herself into a party girl extraordinaire -- dan...more
Tis' the (Open) Season.
There isn't much more to say than what this picture will cover because the word "condom" was used a couple dozen times in this book.
There were seventy-two condoms purchased in the production of this story.
Maybe she needed to warn Chief Russo to keep a close eye on aisle five at Clud's Pharmacy, because judging by the variety offered here, there were some hinky things going on in Hillsoboro.
No, hinky was not a typo. I swore it was kinky the first time I read it, which w...more
Daisy and Jack were a great romance H/h pair, the suspense was really good but never over-the-top, the humor was a great surprise (their conversations around a 'party pack' of condoms w...more
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Oh, I had to be bad and get this one! I know I only gave the hardcover of this one four stars, but it has some of my favorite themes along with one of my favorite authors, so I splurged and got the audiobook. I’m so glad I did, as Deborah Hazlett does a great job narrating. She handles this fast-paced Romantic Suspense with ease and perfect diction, while her pace, volume, and tone do not fluctuate. The male voices aren’t qui...more
This is one of Howard's best! Jack Russo, a former SWAT cop from NYC, is the new chief of police in Hillsboro, a small town in Alabama (the author's...more
I loved this! It's a funny, sexy, and entertaining read about quirky, prudish librarian Daisy, whose makeover and clubbing misadventures get her into trouble when she becomes an unknowing witness to a criminal operation, and HOT, protective alpha cop hero Jack Russo who comes to her rescue (in and out of the bedroom!). It's lots of fun and the romance is steamy!
The love story between Daisy and J...more
Narrator: Deborah Hazlett
This was a DNF in audio:(
The narrator was okay (my first audiobook with her narrating) but, to my utter surprise, I found the story way too 'chicklitty', something that I didn't feel despite when I read the paperback - twice (see my review below) and giving it 4 stars both times.
What made it a DNF? The part covering Daisy's makeover. It's a pet dislike, together with wedding preparations and weddings. I found it a yawn and it went on...more
Always on the lookout for new authors and good stories - heard about Linda Howard and I'm glad I gave her a try! Open Season was a humorous, fast-moving story filled with likeable characters - a 34-year-old librarian, Daisy, who has no life aside from her job and family and Jack, a police chief, who is pretty hot stuff. At first, I really didn't get them and didn't see how their relationship would work out. It started out more like he was her protector/guardian. But quickly enough, th...more
Daisy is sweet, smart, sexy and oh so fun. Chief Jack Russo, epitomizes the word "hunk"....and the party pak scene was a hoot.
This was entertainment!
Old-fashioned Southern Daisy meets big tough SWAT Yankee Jack Russo in small-town Alabama... what's not to like!
My favorite scene remains when Daisy buys the Party-Pak and discovers what flavors are inside:-p
Reread it on Nov 17th, and loved it just as much! Still as funny, and now it's a 5 star book!
Narration by Deborah Hazlett 4.5*
I originally read this book over three years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recently bought the unabridged audiobook from audible. The narration bu Deborah Hazlett is excellent. She does the Alabama accents well, and really gets Daisy's personality. Her voice sounds just like a smart but somewhat shelters southern woman should. Daisy is a great character, somehow blending prim-and-proper with backbone and humor. After deciding to c...more
1. In part it deals with the topic of sexual slavery. That is women and sometimes children being treated as a commodity to be bought, sold and if no longer useful to be disposed of. I really can't deal with this issue, it's just too heartbreaking.
2. It's something of a Pygmalion story...a mousy unattractive librarian gets a make-over by a man, and all of a sudden brawls are starting because of her.
So, why do I like it? Your guess is...more
First of all, when I picked this up, I thought, "uh oh, I sobbed ugly tears when I read Cry No More...I can't go through that again." So even though the blurb didn't indicate it, I was n...more
Daisy has just turned 34 years old and still lives at home with her mom. And she's the local librarian to boot. She has no life, but she has set out to change all that.
Jack is the new police chief in town who enjoys spending time with Daisy. More to the point, he enjoys getting her all worked up about something. She seems to have tak...more
Linda Howard's books aren't anything earth shattering - just fun romantic/suspense. She writes dark but not too dark, enough to allow the reader to understand the depravity and gravity of a situation but not to the graphic, totally uncomfortable level. I appreciate that.
Open Season rates a four star because I love the hero and heroine. Daisy is a plain, ordinary, milk-toast spinster/librarian who is sick of it and decides to give herself a make-over. The one thing she can't make over,howe...more
HERO is a Warrior, chief of police, sexy, blunt, determined to get his prude librarian.
GENRE/TONE: contemporary/action, light
LENGHT: 365 pages
Open Season starts on Daisy's 34th birthday, when she gets the sickening realization through one entire chapter that she is a Miss Goody-two-shoes with no life to boast of. No husband, no kids, no love life in years, still living with her mom and aunt (I know this is frowned upon so much, but I can never understand what's so wrong or embarrass...more
March 2010: I just re-read this book. I liked it even better than the first time. It was surprisingly funny. The kind of Linda Howard story I really enjoy.
I have to admit that it was the secondary characters that I found the more interesting, Todd Lawrence and Sykes. It would have been interesting to know a bit more about them. I'd like to see th...more
At first this book seemed a bit choppy to me and I was trying to figure out how the author was going to tie together human traffikers/sex slavers with an 'old maid' librarian. But as I got further into the story, things quickly started to tie together. The old maid librarian storyline was a cliche--and I didn't find it all that believeable. But I grew to like her character in spite of it, when she showed her intelligence and her spunky banter. Some of the inte...more
Meet Daisy - stereotypical dowdy librarian just had an epiphany. She wanted to change her life, make it more exciting. She decided to do a make-over and declared it open season for husband-hunting. Daisy is funny, quirky and stubborn, but you can't help but like her. Jack was an excellent hero for our heroine, his city street smarts contrasting with her naivete.
Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was publishe...more