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I just have to start with HOORAY! We got Joe's book! Thank you, Ms. Kleypas for giving your readers what they wanted when perhaps it wasn't part of yoI just have to start with HOORAY! We got Joe's book! Thank you, Ms. Kleypas for giving your readers what they wanted when perhaps it wasn't part of your plans. While this book is not nearly as profound or heart wrenching as the first two books in the Travis Family saga, Brown-Eyed Girl nevertheless did not disappoint. Joe Travis doesn't fall far from the Travis tree of strong, confident, protective, sexy, gentle men with hearts as big as Texas itself, which as always, makes a really fun, romantic and sexy story. The heroine in this story Avery Crosslin, is a woman who considers herself average in every way, and had been burned in a romance gone bad several years ago. She and Joe cross paths, she embarrasses herself in front of him, but instead of scaring him off, it makes him interested. Her pursues her and she tries to distance herself from him. But... we're talking a Travis here. Damn near impossible task, if you ask me. Very sweet romance and a good reminder that as women, we are often our own worst enemies and harshest critics. Love and be loved. You're worth it. ...more
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