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Open Season

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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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    AudioAddict 04-20-16
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    "I've heard so many books I'm probably too picky"

    STORY (romance/suspense) - The book takes place in a small town in Alabama. Daisy awakens on her 34th birthday and decides to make a change. Her clock is ticking and she wants a husband. So...new hair, new makeup, new clothes and, voila, it's time to go dancing. She gets the attention of sexy police chief Russo but, unfortunately, the attention of others as she witnesses a murder at a nightclub.

    This is one of my favorite genres, romance combined with suspense. Another book from this author, Mr. Perfect, is one of my favorites. I've heard 312 books to date and have loved, liked and hated many, and I can honestly say that this is a very good book. Daisy (main character) is a hoot, and there's nothing wrong with Chief Russo either. The suspense element was good. I really can't say what my problem is with this book except that I've heard better, especially from this author.

    PERFORMANCE - The reader has an age-appropriate female voice and does a pretty good job, but she reads a little too slow IMHO. I listened at 1.5X, partially because she was reading slow and partially because the book was kind of slow-moving. Occasionally, however, I would rewind or listen to good parts at 1.25 speed.

    OVERALL - Good romance/suspense but not great. There are a few F-words but not many. There are, I believe, two sex scenes which are very short and moderately explicit. The violence is not explicit either. I think most women who like the genre would enjoy this book. I'm just probably too picky, as I said in my title.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 03-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "The Librarian Gets A Makeover"

    Small town Alabama librarian Daisy Minor decides on her 34th birthday that it's time for a change; so she gets a makeover and begins going out to a club on weekends. There she sees the wrong people doing the wrong things and puts her own life in jeopardy.
    Daisy is a great character and some of the interplay between and the Half-Yankee Sheriff Russo is really very funny at times. The reader Deborah Hazlitt does a great job narrating it in such a way that she remains funny and her southern accent sounds quite authentic. A better listen than much of Ms. Howard's library due to the humor.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 10-13-17
    Victoria 10-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not the author’s best"

    The first 1/4 of the story I didn’t like. The first book by this author I actually stopped listening to and came back a few weeks later I tried again. Finally, the last half was really good. A lot of unexpected twists and turns. I was glad I tried again and stuck with it.

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    Sheri W. 07-25-17
    Sheri W. 07-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book! With a strange ending..."

    Linda Howard didn't disappoint. A romance loaded with suspense and a just a touch of humor.

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    bebe South Carolina 05-05-17
    bebe South Carolina 05-05-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Good!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a truly enjoyable suspense/romance. Daisy, a 30 year old librarian decides to get an update with new hair cut, makeup and wardrobe. She also will move to her own home. At about the same time she comes into contact with the Chief of Police. Chief Russo is single and hot. The suspense behind the story involves a sex traffic ring and date rape drugs. Daisy accidentally becomes involved when she witnesses a murder related to the sex traffic ring. She is targeted for a hit and Chief Russo is determined to save her. As you all know, things are going to come out okay. There is great chemistry between Daisy and Chief Russo. I really was rooting for them. Daisy's mother and aunt are also great characters, as well as the little Golden Retriever puppy, Midas. I really enjoyed this book and almost finished it in one sittling but I was just too tired. Went to sleep and then finished it just as soon as I awoke.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-31-17
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story."

    I loved chuckling at the way prim librarian interacted with macho police chief.

    STORY BRIEF:
    Daisy the small town librarian is 34 and has always lived with her mother. She decides to get a makeover, new hair, new clothes and to start going to night clubs. Her goal is to get married and have babies. The police chief Jack goes to clubs to watch for bad guys putting date rape drugs in girls' drinks. Daisy unknowingly interacts with bad guys. She ends up being a target.

    OPINION:
    I loved something at the end that is not done enough by authors. There were a couple bad guys. We are in the heads of the bad guys as they plan and try to do bad things. They don’t know the good guys are on to them. Just before one of them is arrested, he thinks of what he will say if he is questioned. He believes he will not have a problem, but he has no idea that the good guys have all kinds of evidence against him. It was well done.

    I read the paperback several years ago and gave it 4 stars. But just now listening to the audiobook I felt it definitely was worth 5 stars.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Deborah Hazlett is not a good narrator - for me. Many times I felt she was “reading fast.” She was not feeling things. Dialogue was clipped. A few times a character muttered or mumbled something. The narrator read that line in a chirpy voice. Not good interpretation. However, I was pleased that her breath noises were edited out.

    DATA:
    Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 337 pages. Swearing language: strong but not often used. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: six. Setting: 1990s Hillsboro, Alabama. Copyright: 2001. Genre: contemporary romance with suspense.

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    Shannon Hobbs Santa Clarita, CA 01-27-17
    Shannon Hobbs Santa Clarita, CA 01-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging story, great narrator"

    This is an older book, but still really enjoyable. Some unintentional funny moments when that crazy new technology is mentioned like those computers showing up everywhere...but lots more very funny intentional moments with some sexy ones too. Excellent job by the narrator brought the story and characters too life. This is romantic suspense but it's mostly a love story.

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    N. C. Schmidt 01-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Delightful"

    Linda Howard is a master at combining romance with suspense. Based on previous reviews, I didn't purchase this book until I couldn't find anything else that tickled my fancy. And I'm so very glad that I did. There were parts of this story that actually had me whopping with laughter. The wrap up to the story was not Howard's best, I'll grant you that, but it certainly did not detract from the majority of the story.

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    Tannie 11-13-16
    Tannie 11-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story"

    Good story, definitely some laugh out loud moments. The accent the reader used needs work though, far from believable.

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    Erin Ericksen 06-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it!"

    Love it! One of my favorite stories. Linda Howard is one of the best writers.

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    11/17/13
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    "good read"
    What made the experience of listening to Open Season the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the way the book was read


    Any additional comments?

    this is the sort of book that makes a good holiday read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    11/10/13
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    "Big-hearted Small Town Heroine"

    I loved Daisy Minor and felt that I had lost a friend when I finished listening to the book. I got absorbed in her family, her routine and could picture her clearly. This is a "feel good" novel which holds your interest, keeps the thriller suspense going and has a satisfying ending. Beautifully read by Deborah Hazlett I will definitely read it again if I need a pick me up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pagewizz
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    7/3/13
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    "Daisy is on the way"
    If you could sum up Open Season in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Scary and Witty


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Open Season?

    When Daisy bought the condoms. and the ball of fluff as the Chief calls the puppy.


    What about Deborah Hazlett’s performance did you like?

    An easy listen starts with the narrator and she was great, will listen to her again


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

    It made me laugh and cry and cringe and everything in-between.


    Any additional comments?

    I new this was good, as I have the paperback, so it was a winner already. I loved the Chief he complemented Daisy all the way. I recommend that you read this you will be laughing and crying at the same time. Now I have this on audio I will be listening again and again. Read it, its great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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