Revew: Open Season by Linda Howard

Open SeasonOpen Season by Linda Howard

337 pp. // Rom. Suspense // Pocket Books // Jan. 2001

GOODREADS SUMMARY: On her thirty-fourth birthday, Daisy Minor decides to make over her entire life. The small-town librarian has had it with her boring clothes, her ordinary looks, and nearly a decade without so much as a date. It’s time to get a life—and a sex life. The perennial good girl, Daisy transforms herself into a party girl extraordinaire—dancing the night away at clubs, laughing and flirting with abandon—and she’s declared open season for manhunting. But her free-spirited fun turns to shattering danger when she witnesses something she shouldn’t—and becomes the target of a killer. Now, before she can meet the one man who can share her life, first she may need him to save it.

I had been wanting to read this book forever and kept putting it off because it wasn’t available on kindle and I could never find it in Borders. Finally I came across it at Barnes and Noble a couple weeks ago and just HAD to buy it.

I’m so glad I did; the wait was well worth it!

At first I didn’t like Daisy’s character because I found her too vapid and annoyingly old fashioned, but the more I read on the more she proved me wrong. I often find it hard to get into a book if I don’t like the heroine right away or find that I don’t relate. But I gave Daisy a chance and I’m glad I did. She grew on me, and when it comes to character development that’s a good thing, right?

Her relationship with Jack was interesting to watch, as it went from a slow bud to quickly blooming. He was a great alpha-male who didn’t have to be “chased,” but at the same time didn’t bog Daisy down with over the top possessiveness even though he wanted to be with her.

I do have to say, however, that I was somewhat disappointed with the watered down climax and plot resolution. When things wrapped up I honestly though to myself, “this isn’t really the way things end, it was too easy! There has to be a plot twist coming.” Alas, there wasn’t.

But, things ended, though not in a completely satisfying way, as I was left with questions. Aside from that, the book was enjoyable — proof being that I finished it in only two days :)

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