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Years ago I purchased Midnight Rainbow by Linda Howard, the first romance novel I ever read. Since then, I have purchased all of Linda Howard's books and Open Season remains one of my favorites. While some of her novels, such as Cry No More, concern serious topics that will have you in tears, and others (All the Queen's Men) have more suspense, Open Season is a light hearted novel about life in a small southern town. This is a novel that will make you laugh.
Daisy is the town librarian who decides she is boring, dresses too plainly, doesn't date and living with her mom is not helping matters - so she gets a make over at the big city "beauty salon" vs. the small town "beauty shop" where she typically goes, moves out of her mother's house and rents a house only a first time renter could appreciate and attracts the attention of the local Sheriff, with humorous results. This is a romance novel, with a suspense sub plot that is there so the characters can have a romance. Deborah Hazlett's performance is very well done with distinctive accents, a good pace and inflection - she brings the book to life.
Linda Howard has written other books that have more involved plots, character development and suspense, but for sheer humor and joy, this book is a favorite.
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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.
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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
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.