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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  18,473 ratings  ·  927 reviews

Be careful what you wish for....

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—dancing

Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published July 1st 2001)
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Bugsbunzy Spoiler alert!

I have only read about 1/8 of the book so far so I might be wrong, but I reckon the prologue was about the girl who got drug-raped, over…more
Spoiler alert!

I have only read about 1/8 of the book so far so I might be wrong, but I reckon the prologue was about the girl who got drug-raped, overdosed and died in chapter 4. Remember the mayor get called into a scene of a dead girl to arrange a clean up? I also didn't make the connection until I listened to that particular scene, which shocked me. If it wasn't for that prologue, I think she would have been just a dead girl to the reader.

Anyway, my point is that it was written in order to give us a little background into that poor girl's life. It also gives us some insight into what kind of naive, young, desperate innocents are getting smuggled and have become victims of these people.

Hope this helps!
And please correct me if I'm wrong :)(less)
Dair No he does not.

From memory, when asked, Linda Howard said something along the lines of the characters insisted it be included.

Personally I wouldn't ha…more
No he does not.

From memory, when asked, Linda Howard said something along the lines of the characters insisted it be included.

Personally I wouldn't have added it.(less)
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Loved it!

I love how Linda Howard's books always follow the same formula but still end up different and unique.

This book is very entertaining, hot and engaging. The characterization is well-done, the hero is off the charts hot and the heroine is likable (despite her innocence and old-fashionedness).

If you're looking for a well-written and feel-good small town cop romance then this one is definitely for you.


Enjoyment:: 4/5
Writing style: 5/5
Storyline: 3.5/5
Hero: 4.5/5
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

I haven’t read many Linda Howard books but for the ones that I have I did enjoy then. She is certainly a talented author. Open Season was such a fun book to read. I was hooked right from the get go and just let the story unfold ignoring some of the predictability.

The two main characters were fantastic together. Daisy Minor was a 34 year old Librarian who was about to find her inner tiger that would finally snag a guy of husband material. She was done with being plain Jane and all about becoming
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story, granted not very original but it still had a little of everything. I very much enjoyed the banter between the 2 main characters.
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
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Alex ♈
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe, strong-heroine
A good mix of suspense, romance and humor.
Very likable heroine. Decent hero.
Overall very enjoyable! 🤓
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
♡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
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
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4.5 Party Pack Stars!

Daisy Minor wakes up on her 34th birthday and has an epiphany. Daisy decides she wants to meet a man! Not just any man, she wants to find a husband and have children before it's to late.

Daisy is a small town librarian who leads a pretty boring life. She lives with her widowed mother and Aunt in the house she grew up in, hasn't had a date in a very long time, dresses drab, wears no make-up, and is basically mousey....and she's a very proper southern lady who's a bit n
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 (even though the make-over fashion scenes went on too long). Jack Russo, a former SWAT cop from NYC, is the new chief o
Re-read on 27 Sep 2019 --- and I again enjoyed this a lot!
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 a
~~~ 4 stars~~~

When in doubt read Linda Howard! That's my new motto. I loved it.

This book was funnier and cuter than the previous ones I've read by this author.

I loved both MCs, they had awesome chemistry and their dialogue was funny. No OW/OM drama.

Daisy is a 34 year old virgin. Halo!?! (she's not a nun or has a particular reason)

A bit far fetched if you ask me but, she was intelligent, independent, naive and a sweetheart. I loved her a lot.

Jack, Jack, Jack! Le-sigh. Hot AF Chief Russo!

I adore
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingie by: Kathleen
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 fun
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!
Ann Lou
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
On her 34th birthday Daisy had an ephipany.  She had to make some major changes in her life (makeover) to avoid being a spinster.  She's  prim and proper.  A poster child for a responsible citizen.  She wants to men to notice her.  Get married and have babies.  And so the transformation begins.

Jack Russo is the chief of police.  He is fairly new Hillsboro and thought Daisy is cute even before the makeover.  When Daisy's safety is threatened, he's very protective of her.

I love the evolvement of D
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!
Lady Heather
Read: 23/10/10, 13/05/20

Ladies and Gents that's how it's done!
From the Prologue this author had me captivated, engaged and eager to see what would happen next.

Linda Howard has the amazing ability to switch from writing in the first person and allowing the reader to feel what the victims and the villains are feeling and thinking during prime events in the story, to writing in the third person and "see" what everyone else is doing.

It had been so long since I first read this story, that
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another fav LH book come and gone again... I loved this one as much this time as I have the other several times I've read it. First time was in paperback years ago. As I've been saying all week on my LH re-read one does rom suspense like her. This one didn't have the creepy villain factor like most of her others do, and the suspense was kept to a minimal... he H/h still had the awesome chemistry going on as they smoked out the bad guys.
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
bella farren
2.5 / 5 stars

Sadly this book just wasn't as good as I was hoping, I read another of Linda Howard's books last year and loved it. All these books tend to be a little dated now, having been written in the 90's and early 2000's, but this one read more so.

This book had a lot of similarities to Mr. Perfect, the heroine being stalked by a dangerous 'person', and the police officer/sheriff falling in love with the heroine while protecting them. This book just had a little too much going on, and I neve
"Oh, this is bad," she said distractedly. The man was positively narcotic, and she had never suspected.

On her thirty-fourth birthday Daisy Minor, small-town librarian, realised that she has one nothing meaningful with her life and she decided it was time to change that because she wanted a husband and kids and it was time to make men notice her. Only the man whose attention she keeps on getting is the one man who isn’t her type, the bossy and sexy Jack Russo, who is also the Chief of Polic

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This delightful book is one of Linda Howard's best-an impressive accolade considering her incredible ability to tell a story.

Daisy Minor wakes up on the morning of her 34th birthday and decides its time for a makeover. She wants a husband and family and decides that her mousy librarian look has to change. So does living with her mother and aunt-she needs her own place. With those goals in mind, she goes to the town's gay man with idea he can
SB*needs low angst books*
So I re-read or re-listened to this and I liked it much better first time around. This time I found the heroine to be nice but rude and judgmental. She acted young and naive but then also acted much older than her age too. So I found she didn't get better until the second half of the book which I enjoyed more than the first part. I also thought the guy who gave her the make over was a complete ass for doing what he did to her. So I will leave my stars but here I will say I am giving my reread fo ...more
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
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!
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.
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
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Daisy Minor is tired of being boring. On her birthday, she decides she wants a family and makes changes to her life to find a husband. Chief Russo steps in to make sure she is doing it safely, but Daisy still manages to get on a hit list.

I started listening to this book last year, but it felt disjointed and I gave up. Didn’t realize that I was listening to the abridged version. There were some major edits and rewrites for the abridged version. The unabridged is much better.

Daisy was a fantasti
Overall rating: 4.5 "Miss Daisy" stars!

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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance

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