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Open Season | [Linda Howard]

Open Season

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 34th birthday and wonders how it is that she still lives with her widowed mom and spinster aunt while her friends have all gotten married and started families, she decides it's time to get a life - and a sex life.
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Publisher's Summary

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 34th birthday and wonders how it is that she still lives with her widowed mom and spinster aunt while her friends have all gotten married and started families, she decides it's time to get a life - and a sex life. And as far as she can tell, good girls don't attract nearly as many men as bad ones.

One makeover later, Daisy has transformed herself into a party girl extraordinaire. She's dancing the night away at clubs, and laughing and flirting with men for the first time in, well, forever. With a new lease on her own place, it's open season for manhunting.

But on her way home late one night, Daisy sees something she's not supposed to see. Suddenly the target of a killer, she's forced to put her manhunt on hold. But the very moment she stops looking might be the moment she finds what she's wanted all along.

©2001 Linda Howington (P)2001 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"A thriller... with deftness and charm." (The Orlando Sentinel)

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    BonJo 06-20-15
    BonJo 06-20-15 Member Since 2011

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    "My Third Time Reading & Listening"

    I really enjoy this book. I liked the heroes (male & female). It is a good escape (for me) book. Plot is good.

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    Christine 05-16-15
    Christine 05-16-15
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    "Great Story"

    loved the interplay among the main characters. Linda howard always has great light mystery romance. This novel was very entertaining.



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    Caroline 07-24-14
    Caroline 07-24-14
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    "Fun Storyline and Heroine"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Open Season to be better than the print version?

    I liked both, but audio version I can listen to at night when I do not feel like reading a book and can also take with me in the car on trips to keep me entertained on boring drives.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I enjoyed the interaction between Daisy and the Chief and what would happen next in their encounters. Interesting how the main plot with the danger of drugs is woven through the storyline - ending a surprise which is always good.


    What about Deborah Hazlett’s performance did you like?

    Did not like her as well as a previous version on tape that I bought years ago. She did a good job but other reader was better with voice changes for different characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    More laughter and anticipation for the next encounter between the main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Daisy is a really great female character in this book and one so many women will be able to relate to in looks, attitude, and feelings.

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    Skipper 03-06-14
    Skipper 03-06-14

    Skipper

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    "Good fun with Jack, Daisy, & Midas the puppy"

    Despite one major quibble (noted last) this is one of Howard's best, IMO. Heartwarming, sexy, and mildly suspenseful. A total beach read. Best of all -- it's funny!! Plus, this unabridged version provides a solid gold narration by Deborah Hazlett. I wish she would narrate more books. Easy on the ears, good vocal modulation, perfect pacing, and she makes the voices distinct enough to differentiate between the characters.

    I have read this book in the past, and now I've listened to it. No matter how many times I "read" it, I always laugh. Daisy and Jack are such a kick! Adorable scenes with Jack, Daisy, and her Golden Retriever puppy, Midas. I believe I'm in love -- with both Jack and Midas!

    Jack Russo, a former SWAT cop from NYC, is the chief of police in Hillsboro, a small town in northern Alabama (the author's home state). Daisy Minor is a naive, prim, and frumpy librarian. At age 34, she decides it's time to live a little, so it's OPEN SEASON and the manhunt is on, for Daisy's clock is ticking. She gets a total makeover with her friend Todd's help (but unbeknownst to Daisy, Todd has an ulterior motive for dolling her up).

    Daisy is a trip. The scene when she was buying condoms!! I loved watching her come into her own in the small busy-body Southern town. I loved her puppy, too, and even enjoyed the scenes with her family.

    Then there's Jack. Shrewd, experienced, but totally decent to the core. I loved his bemused and delighted interactions with Daisy. Lots of laughs between those two! He's also protective, putting his sniper and snooper skills to good use. And, as with all Howard's heroes, Jack gets a strong case of the hots for Daisy (a few explicit sex scenes).

    The mystery itself was only moderately intriguing. Not terribly inspired, and everything fell into Jack's capable hands towards the end. The crime (sex trafficking of young girls and date-rape drugs) is a downer topic for me. The backstory of a certain abused and alcoholic wife was depressing. I did like finding out where/ how the boss villain was shot. :)

    Major Quibble: I didn't care for the ending at all, when one of the villains knocks on a certain door. What in tarnation was that all about?? What was Howard thinking? No way. Just wrong.

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    G. M. Griffin 05-07-13

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    "Too much of a prude for the main character"
    What would have made Open Season better?

    Rewrite the main female character


    What was most disappointing about Linda Howard’s story?

    The female lead was a prude and was judgemental and not very nice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    i dont know as i didnt listen to the whole book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Open Season?

    .


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    Ellen K Avondale Estates, GA USA 04-09-13
    Ellen K Avondale Estates, GA USA 04-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just plain fun."

    I will just say straight out, I loved this book. Yeah, there were issues, but who cares.

    It had humor, it had likeable characters and villainous villains.

    Did I mention there was humor?

    The narrator did a great job. Lots of women's voices were needed and each was distinguishable. Intonations were spot on. The men's voices were not grating or silly sounding. The emotion was properly done; there was no overacting or over-reacting.

    The story is simple; the execution, superb. Some people don't like the "ugly duckling" trope, but I like it. This on was quite well done. She is the one that initiates her change. She looks at her life, sees it is not going the way she wants it to and effects the changes that she thinks will get her to her desired end.

    She initially has issues with the male protag. Needless to say, they work it out. There was a natural (if predictable) arc to their relationship. They tease each other, they have fun. He does not overpower her and she does not overpower him. They meld. They make a couple. The female protag is not TSTL and even chides him for thinking she would be TSTL in a certain situation.

    Just fun and funny. Did I mention there was humor?

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 03-20-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 03-20-13

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Great book - open season"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this fun story. It was well narrated and had a little mild sex spice added in. All in all an enjoyable listen. :)

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    Squirrel Auburn, NY, United States 03-19-13
    Squirrel Auburn, NY, United States 03-19-13
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    "Just OK"
    What did you love best about Open Season?

    I liked the relationship and banter between Daisy and the cop.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book but thought that it was kind of an anticlimactic ending. I found it interesting how she put a little bit in there about the Mayor's wife at the end.

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-12-13
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "entertaining story!"
    Where does Open Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    i have about 123-30 books. it is in the top 25.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    no i found the book to be a light book. even comical at times. but i found the story very entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    i think the scenes when jack and daisy were "sparring". they were comical. it was the type of book that no matter how it ended it would still have been entertaining.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    green behind the gills


    Any additional comments?

    the reader was great. i loved the story!

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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 02-12-13
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely Love It!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Open Season to be better than the print version?

    Yes, narrator portrayed characters far better than print did.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this over and over. When I can't find anything new that appeals to me I listen to this or "Mr. Perfect" or " Now You See Me." Linda Howard ha become 3rd in my top ten authors. This booked helped her secure the placement.

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