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Open Season by Linda Howard
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Sep 14, 2010

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Open Season is more mystery romance than suspenseful. The premise is simple: a boring librarian reaches that turning point in life where she is ready for a change from good and predictable woman to an exciting and charismatic one. She wants a husband and family, and it has not happened or look like it will anytime soon, thus it is time for a big change. For Daisy Minor, what she needs is an image makeover that will attract men and ideally a committed relationship in the end. What she doesn't bargain for is the jockey, cocky Chief of Police ruining plans for her. Jack Russo with his macho ways is not her type, yet he makes his presence undeniable in her life. To further complicate Daisy's husband-hunting plans, she unwittingly witnesses a crime and becomes the target of a killer.

The romance between Daisy and Jack developed well, but the killer and murder plot was almost non-existent. Much of the story focused on the improvement of Daisy's image and the relationship developing between her and Jack. Aside from the prologue, which was intriguing, there was no real danger, chase or attempts on Daisy's life. Not much excitement. Rather the murder plot felt secondary to the relationship. The highlight of the story was Daisy and Jack who as stereotypical opposites expressed their differences comically. The humor made their characters endearing.

The novel does bring awareness to some serious issues, which include gangs, date-rape drugs and human smuggling. These issues though raised, were not deeply focused on. There is a message for safety and awareness that is appreciated despite its limiting presence. Like the plot itself these issues only skimmed the surface, yet did catch my attention.

I wasn't sure what to make of the ending. From one angle it could be taken as a happy ending for the minor characters or redemption in their character flaws. Then it again, it leaves you wondering if there's more to it or if that is just it.

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