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
"A thriller... with deftness and charm." (The Orlando Sentinel)
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
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.
Rewrite the main female character
The female lead was a prude and was judgemental and not very nice.
i dont know as i didnt listen to the whole book
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?
Was a very nice love story with a little action with the illegal stuff going on.
Her search for a husband to have babies with.
When she sat on that man's lap and accidentally started a bar fight.
Yes but it took me four sittings.
No other comments.
those two love birds
she was ok
yes, when she fell down the hill in the rain and hurt herself
no. Linda howard has better books. it was ok
The biggest problem that I have with rereleases is that the social norms, technology, and dress tend to be a bit distracting and glaringly obvious.
The main character Daisy is very likeable.
Yes, her books are well written, they hold your interest
No, I was able to break it up with no problem
This was the ---...uhm AWESOME! AWESOME read! Love the characters and the writing! Linda Howard is PERFECT! Immensley satisfying listen! GO LINDA HOWARD! I need to find more by her...
Absolutely! The narration was great! So was the story! There was some "who done it", some intimacy, and some parts made me laugh out loud.
When a kiss happened in the middle of a sentence - Deborah Hazlett handled it perfectly!
The variations in her voice for the different characters - was just enough. It really made a difference.
I can't pinpoint one. There were several. Some were intimate, and some were cute and funny.
I listened every moment I could.
! Love to listen to jazz, r/b and listen to erotic or a good paranormal sci-fi and " good narration is everything"
One small town librarian name Daisy Minor wants a make over . She sees her time running out for a good man and some children. With the help of a gay man whose not really gay but a undercover federal agent but he get the job done. In walk the Chief of Police he see Daisy makeover and figure she after a man and he decides that he is going to be the one. There're all kinds of hilarious incidents especially when she buy condoms at the neighborhood drugstore, he sits beside her in church, meets the family the chief do so many things. One night Daisy goes dancing by herself and see something she thinks it's guys helping one guy that's too drunk but they're really killing him. A few days later she see a picture of the man in the paper and tells the Chief and later on he gets a call about a plate number on a car its park illegally the Chief knows this is a lie! Get the book its has drama, action, love. You get to see both side of a town the nice hilarious honest people than there's the Dark side murders ,rapists, white slavery ring sell very young women and girls to the highest bidder for torturing doing anything they want and laughing about when they kill them they just throw the body in a field or river like a piece of garbage and this is from the rich and powerful evil people!
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