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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671027581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671027582
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Orlando Sentinel A thriller...with deftness and charm.

About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

Customer Reviews

Loved the romance, suspense, characters.
ROMANCE ME
These characters were not developed, there was very little insight into why they acted as they did, no real plot development and an ending that was just plain flat.
Tomato Girl
Open Season by Linda Howard is one of my favorites books of all time.
Pamela P

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By mirope on August 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you're a fan of Linda Howard's (and if you're not, you should be), you will find "Open Season" to be a satisfying read even though it doesn't offer anything new. If fact, I thought this book was VERY similar to Howard's "Dream Man" without the psychic elements. But hey, "Dream Man" was a great book, so a repeat isn't completely uncalled for.
The core story is about a small-town librarian, Daisy Minor, who wakes up on her 34th birthday and realizes that her hair is boring, her clothes are boring, her job is boring, she's boring. Not to mention lonely. Daisy decides that if she doesn't want to spend her life alone, she needs to get busy, and the fastest way to get results is to do a complete make-over into a "party" girl. Sure enough, there is a beautiful, sexy woman under all her frowsiness. Before she even starts her transformation, she butts heads with the new police chief, Jack Russo, an apparent fish-out-of-water Yankee in this sleepy southern berg. He's big, he's intimidating, he's rude. He's also very sexy . As Daisy ventures out to strut her new stuff at the local bars, he becomes concerned that she's way too naive to realize when she's attracted the wrong kind of attention. Daisy wants him to get out of her way so she can continue her man hunt. Dane - I mean Jack - decides that he needs to stick close for her own protection. Then he decides that he just needs to stick close. Somewhere along the way there's a crime to solve and Daisy becomes a target for bad guys. Which means, of course, that Daisy and Jack need to have some hot love scenes.
Howard's unique style and humor are evident throughout the book.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By --corinne-- on July 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Once I found out Open Season is about a librarian who has a make over and moves out of her mother's house I couldn't wait to read it since I'm a librarian.
Linda Howard delivers another winner with Open Season, a cute, sexy, satisfying read that has more comedy than suspense. I guffawed at several passages (especially the scene involving a box of condoms). Linda Howard is one of the few romance writers who is an "auto-buy" for me. She never disappoints....Although, I'm rating this title four stars, because, I don't think Open Season ranks among the best she's written. I would have liked a little more characterization of the main characters. But Open Season's still darn good. I very much enjoy reading Ms. Howard's analysis and observations of nonverbal language that is part of her narrative voice. Running into those small gems are one of the joys of being a reader.
Linda Howard is much like Susan Elizabeth Phillips on an ordinary day: reliably good. Always deft and always satisfying.
The small town setting of Hillsboro, Alabama are reminiscent of Linda Howard's earlier After the Night and Jennifer Crusie's hilarious Tell Me Lies and The Cinderella Deal. Other Linda Howard titles that top my list are: Son of the Morning, the Mackenzie series, Diamond Bay, the short stories Lake of Dreams and Overload.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a Linda Howard fan, I can honestly say that Open Season was a dissapointment. After waiting about a year since Mr. Perfect, I was expecting more. Howard, in my opinion, is too talented to be writing "cute" or "adorable" romance/suspense novels with a formula feeling. Daisy Minor is a nice character, but a little too naive. Her transformation was well described, but her single/nightclub adventures were too quick. (I found her mother and aunt to be more interesting.) The romance between Daisy and Jack was too rushed. One minute Daisy is irritated by him and less than 18 hours later they're in bed. The sex scenes are lukewarm. It felt like a pseudo-replay of Mr Perfect, except Jaine was funnier and more feisty. The crime/criminals in the book were also very thin. It was an interesting idea but there did not seem to be time for detail. If the book was 400-500 pages, there might have been room to make the story interesting.The best feature in the story was the Party Pak. Linda Howard has written plenty of great books with a suspenseful story, likable heroines, enough sexual tension to give you a backache, and hot love scenes. That's what her fans expect, but I don't think she delivered this time.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Geek Girl on August 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've probably read every book Linda Howard has written. She's always been one of those authors that I automatically buy without reading about the plot or checking other people's opinion. This was a "cute" story, but it lacked in-depth character development and history. I think she spent the majority of her time trying to write funny or clever passages. I wasn't expecting 336 pages of cute. Actually, the first passage in the book (which is about a Mexican girl of 17 crossing the border illegally to start a new life in the US) is more of what I was expecting. I cared more about this girl than I did about the main character. That's not to say that cute and funny make for a bad book - but it's less than I expect from Linda Howard. If you look at some of her better books (Mackenzie's Mountain, Sara's Child, All the Queen's Men) you will find a lot more to the main characters than you will find in the characters in this book. This book is worth borrowing from someone or waiting for the paperback. It is not worth the hardback price.
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