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"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 s...more
Audio, Abridged, 5 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published January 1st 2001)
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Stacia (out of inspiration)
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
♡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...more
Lisa Kay
Daisy needs some protection.

★★★★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
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...more
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!
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...more
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...more
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
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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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!
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
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...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!
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!
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
Carisa
I loved this story. It was light on the action/suspense plot but very well written. Original, funny dialog between the H/h, the sexiest hero, great heroine. Love this author.
HERO is a Warrior, chief of police, sexy, blunt, determined to get his prude librarian.
SCENES/CONTENT: several/hot
GENRE/TONE: contemporary/action, light
LENGHT: 365 pages
İlkim
Linda her zaman Linda. Yine hiç sıkmadan okunacak, heyecanlı ve komik bir kitap yazmış. Sadece sonları çabuk çözüldü gibi geldi, biraz daha aksiyon olabilirdi. Onun dışında Daisy ve Jack ikilisini ve de Midas adlı golden köpeği bir hayli sevdim. Linda'yı özleyenler için birebir.
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
I have very little good words to lace up this review with. The book blurb had a lot of promises, none of which were delivered to my satisfaction.

My opinion
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
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
This book, for me, was just brilliant. I listened to the audio (the abridged version unfortunately) and thought it was just magic. I was crafting and wanted something to keep my mind occupied whilst doing so, and it was perfect, I laughed out loud so many times - the condom scene especially - and thought I should read the ebook version. Just as good, will be an absolute keeper. The H is the best sort of hero, but so real (I want him), and the h is the star of this book. I want to be her, but if...more
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.
Cphe
This was a bit "lighter" than I've come to expect from Linda Howard. Others have already attended to the synopsis so no point going over old ground. I liked the main characters, but I did like the character of Jack Russo more so than Daisy Minor. I felt that Jack had a bit more substance to him then Daisy.

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
Shannon C.
4 stars: very good romantic suspense

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
Yz the Whyz
I've heard so much of this book, that when it came up on RRRC's Random Book List challenge, I used it as an excuse to read it.

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.

Despite t...more
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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
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