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Open Season

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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  12,900 ratings  ·  542 reviews
She's hunting for a mate...
and there's no more playing it safe.

Daisy Minor is bored. Worse than that, she's boring. A plain, small-town librarian, she's got a wardrobe as sexy as a dictionary and hasn't been on a date in years. She's never even had a lukewarm love affair, let alone a hot one. So when she wakes up on her thirty-fourth birthday and wonders how it is that she
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Book on CD, Abridged, 5 pages
Published February 9th 2004 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published July 1st 2001)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
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
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Sandra
Apr 11, 2015 Sandra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandra by: Linda
Small-town librarian Daisy Minor wakes up on her thirty-fourth birthday and realizes she is tired of her life--tired of being boring, tired of her drab clothes and her mousy brown hair, tired of not having a boyfriend. She decides it's time for a change. So she gives herself a makeover--she starts using make-up, she buys new clothes, she colors her hair blonde. She looks for a home of her own (she is still living at home with her mother and her aunt). She wants to get married and start a family ...more
Lisa Kay
Daisy needs some protection.

(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 quite pe
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♡Karlyn P♡
Loved it! Couldn't put it down. When Linda Howard nails it, she certainly does a spectacular job. I think this might have been even better as an audiobook, as the narrator had a great voice for both male and female characters, she captured the humor, and made me believe I was really listening to these characters.

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
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Ingela
Written January 4, 2015

4 Stars - Well written, well thought out, well told and superbly well narrated - a great one!

It was once again time for a Linda Howard story. This one was once recommended by Kathleen (4.5 stars). - Hopefully a great (with a lot of high ratings) m/f CR to be experienced in a 9 hrs audiobook edition.

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Glad and smiling as usual - Ms H gives me what I like..
Yet another excellent quality romance with a good thrilling suspense plot and two very lovely, or actually amusing funny,
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Saly
This book so lived up to its hype, the heroine was a stereotypical librarian, with her nose in books, living with her aunt and mother when she got up on her 34th birthday and realized her life was passing her by, she was mousy, her hair, her clothes everything sucked and that if she didn't do anything she would never have the family she wanted, so she slowly starts working on it and her aunt and mom help. I loved how she was about money and her prissy tone especially with the Yankee police chief ...more
Kathleen
Updated for audio: 4.5 stars (half-point lost due to major quibble with the ending, as noted below). Good audio. Solid narration by Deborah Hazlett. I have read this book and now I've listened to it. Unabridged. No matter how many times I "read" it, I always laugh. Daisy and Jack are such a kick! Plus, an audiobook makes cabinet polishing go faster.

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
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Shawna
5 stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

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!
MelissaB
This was a very fun book to read! I enjoy the interaction between Daisy and Jack. I was rooting for Daisy to get the life she wanted and for Jack to win her over. Daisy was very funny, I loved the condomn scene and her rational for buying them (so people would know she was on the look out for a man). I loved the small southern town atmosphere and the characterizations the author used. Great story and enjoyable romance!
Eastofoz
This book is excellent nearly from start to finish! Howard writes with so many different tones and does so exceptionally well. The book starts out with hope, then gets creepy, frightening, horrific, light, fun, hilarious, serious and just wonderful! Some parts make you shudder at how horrible and disgusting things are and some are so funny you have tears in your eyes. For fans of Sandra Hill this is certainly a book to consider in terms of belly aching hilarity!

The love story between Daisy and J
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Lady Heather

I really liked this story.

Jack and Daisy are amazing together.

The writing, characters, and story are great.


All I can say is.... I'm glad Daisy won't have to buy a "Party Pack" ever again:))


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ElaineY
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, AUGUST 2013: DNF
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
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Ally72
I really loved this book and it was so different from the other Linda Howard book I read several months ago. "MacKenzie's Mountain" was very good, but this was fun! Daisy was such an adorable character and Jack was the perfect boyfriend for her (even when she did not know it). Now, I cannot wait to read Linda Howard's other books! The hard part will be finding my next book to top this one. Thank-you, MelissaB for talking about this book a couple of weeks ago because I probably would not have rea ...more
Sophie ♥
Fun Stuff! When I picked up this book, I certainly wasn't expecting the story I ended up getting - but I really enjoyed this! Granted it's not as pent up with angst and danger as Shades Of Twilight and After the Night were but this story holds its own. This is probably the most light-hearted Linda Howard book I've read. The suspense was certainly there but it wasn't the kind that tore my nerves to pieces. I kind of liked how she toned down the elements of danger and mystery. The excitement of ro ...more
Leona
Loved it! This was fast paced, emotionally charging, yet extremely fun to read. The characters were delightful and I found myself actually laughing out loud. I so rarely get the chance to do that with a book, so when it happens, I am tickled pink!

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!
Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 4.5 "Miss Daisy" stars!

Triggers:
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)
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KatieV
This was a very charming little story. Honestly, the narrator probably gained it a 1/2 star to a star. That's not because the story isn't fun on it's own, it's just a bit on the lighter side (no angst, no over the top crazy) and the narrator did a good job keeping me engaged.

Warning: The first chapter/prologue is disturbing as it sets the scene for the bad guys, who are into sex trafficking. Thank God it wasn't too graphic, but since it was told from one of the victims POV it was heartbreaking.
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Melanie
4.5 stars, on June 25:-)

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!
Pamela(AllHoney)
Loved it! One of my favorites by Linda Howard. Definitely a keeper to reread over and over again. Daisy Minor is 34 years old and its time for a change. The librarian is ready to break out of her shell and live. Enter the small town chief of police, Jack Russo. 'Nuff said.
Alicia
I adore this story. It's one of those that keeps me laughing out loud.
Celeste
Jul 24, 2008 Celeste rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspence
Shelves: favorites
I love this book! It's funny, entertaining, suspenseful, and HOT!
Zumbagirl
4.5/5 stars
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
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Ian
There are a couple of reasons why I shouldn't like this book;

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
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Kat Morrisey
Oh my god, how have I gone so long without reading this book? It was epic. EPIC I TELL YOU! (Hence why it's going on my "5 star epicness" shelf.) Although I got this from the library, I will be buying because this is going to be one of those that I re-read over and over and over again. And then re-read it again.

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
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Carrie
Originally read Nov 2008.

A-/B+
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
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
October 2013: Re-read yet again. This book is so funny and at the same time a solid romantic suspense story. Chief Russo cracks me up.

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.
Tasha
Open Season is a re-read for me. I loved it so much the first time, and it's been a while since the last time I read it (June 2008), so I thought I'd read it again.

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
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TJ
3.5/5.0

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
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Veronika
DNF at 59%.



This book could have been SO MUCH BETTER if not for the boring and uninteresting heroine, Daisy! The first half of the book was utterly boring and I kept reading only because of Jack. I liked those moments when he was on the pages and I thought everything would be better when these two got together. I was wrong.

The romance between Daisy and Jack was just as unbelievable as Daisy's sudden "ability" to make men fight for her because of her makeover. It was SIMPLY STUPID!



The only po
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Xiki71
Cuando cojo un libro de Linda Howard (que no sea harlequin) sé que voy a lo seguro y este caso no ha sido la excepción. Con un pueblo de fondo donde todo el mundo está pendiente de la vida de todos, con un poli como protagonista y una señorita remilgada del Sur, el libro ha hecho que me enganche casi desde el primer momento.
Es un libro muy del estilo al que nos tiene acostumbrada la autora. Se caracteriza por tener una historia sino de suspense porque se sabe desde el principio quienes son los
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