Open Season is a very cute story of a 34 year old, inexperienced librarian named Daisy Minor from a small Alabama town who gives herself a little makeOpen Season is a very cute story of a 34 year old, inexperienced librarian named Daisy Minor from a small Alabama town who gives herself a little make over and sets out to be more social and in essence, is out to hunt for a husband. She meets the local police chief, Jack Russo who is so not her type and they actually get on each other's nerves a bit when he comes to the library for assistance on two occasions. But there's a subtle attraction there nonetheless.
Daisy gets into a little trouble here and there when dancing out at the local bar and inadvertently just manages to sidestep a seriously disturbing crime ring that's taking place within the community. As Daisy and Jack continue to bump heads, the sexual tension between them increases, and then when Daisy witnesses something that puts her life in danger, Jack realizes his interest in her is deeper than just a fling, and in fact, he's falling for her. Daisy doesn't think Jack is her type and accuses him regularly at foiling her plans for finding herself a husband, all the while she's falling for him as well. Daisy may have declared it open season for husband hunting, but it's quite clear she already caught the right one from their first encounter at the library. No one she meets is as exhilarating or as comfortable as Jack. No one makes her feel as safe and as cherished as Jack. Daisy may have declared it open season for husband hunting, but it's quite clear she's already caught the right one for her right from the beginning.
The romance between Daisy and Jack is fun and sweet. Although at first I found Daisy's inexperienced librarian character too cliche, I couldn't help be entertained by her honest, open and somewhat naive approach to the world as she explores her independence. She has such verve for life and her desire for a simple, happy life full of love and laughter. She effortlessly drove Jack crazy and I appreciated the ease at which he came to realize that she drove him crazy in a good way and that it made him crave her company even more. Why wouldn't he? She's kind hearted, honest, adorable and fun! There's never a dull moment with Daisy.
The suspense plot of Open Season is based on a serious and disturbing crime ring involving date rape drugs and the sale of young, illegal immigrant women that felt a bit incongruous with the fun, light hearted nature of the romance plot. I also felt I couldn't quite take the suspense element seriously enough because the men organizing the crimes seemed so stupid and careless. I suppose one could argue that that's why they got caught in the end, but I still thought they were too stupid to have even taken the crimes as far as they did in the first place. I think the novel would have been more cohesive and realistic if the crimes were simply less severe in nature for this fun loving romance between Daisy and Jack. Despite these issues, however, Open Season is well worth the read due to Daisy Minor's high spirited, warm character and the amusing, sweet romance between her and Jack.
Overall, Open Season is an entertaining romantic suspense novel--the romance being this story's strength with generous doses of humor and tenderness that leads to a delightful story book happily ever after....more
Picked this one up off my TBR shelf on a whim the other day and read it straight through with barely a break. Super cute contemporary romance, a reallPicked this one up off my TBR shelf on a whim the other day and read it straight through with barely a break. Super cute contemporary romance, a really fun read. ...more
*** EDITED August 29, 2013 Just re-read this one and love it as much now as I did the first time around. Off to read the recently released sequel!
* **** EDITED August 29, 2013 Just re-read this one and love it as much now as I did the first time around. Off to read the recently released sequel!
* * * * * * * * * * * I finished this book last night. Whoa, baby, what a ride!!! Deliciously gritty with plot twists and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters will drive you mad but you will love them and root for them with all your heart. I LOVED this book and cannot wait for the next one-- I'm dying of suspense here!
This is a cute contemporary romance novella starring a sworn city girl who gets romantically tangled with a rural outdoorsy guy while visiting her sisThis is a cute contemporary romance novella starring a sworn city girl who gets romantically tangled with a rural outdoorsy guy while visiting her sister in Vermont. Ami Jordan is still feeling the sting from getting dumped by her ex and is sort of coasting through life right now trying to figure out what to do with herself. She thought she was on track with her plan to settle down in a house of her own complete with husband, kids and a garden out back, but now she's back to square one with everything--even her career. When she meets rugged Marcus Anderson, a friend of her sister and brother-in-law, there's instant attraction even though Ami and Marcus are from two different worlds and are constantly butting heads over it. Ami's pretty sarcastic, but Marcus is easy going and takes it in stride, turning it into friendly, if not flirtatious, banter. Ami eventually learns that Marcus isn't anything like her ex. He's kind hearted, patient and if nothing else, very persistent. In time, these two learn exactly where to compromise in order to find long term happiness as a couple.
Overall, Lumberjack in Love is a very cute, heartwarming romance. The dialogue is fun--at times sexy and other times very sweet and kind. I have to admit I often found the sexy talk--(and the physical sex) to be a bit too much too soon. Too much that it felt contrived and corny at times. I think this was exacerbated by Ami's constant dithering between insulting Marcus and the rural Vermont life one minute and wanting to jump him the very next minute. I realize the intent was that Ami wanted the release and passion of a one night stand without any commitment, but the delivery felt kind of off. In the end, though, I liked how they worked everything out and found their happily ever after together. A nice little feel-good kind of story. ...more