Thursday, September 4, 2008

Whittling away at the TBR

You know it is the beginning of the school year when I completely disappear from bloglandia. So many details to take care of: curriculum, seating charts, grade books, etc. Sadly, that means I don't get to read as much as I do during the summer. Not to fear, though, I have slowly but steadily been chipping away at the TBR pile, attempting to achieve the goal I set for the Ban On Spending Book Challenge. I have reread two books on that list and finished a couple more that were new to me. Right now I am in the middle of No Ordinary Man by Suzanne Brockmann. It was one of her earlier categories. Not a SEAL in sight :( It is still pretty good, I am just not sure what the deal is with the hero. I suppose that is the point, though.
One book I did want to mention and suggest to everyone is Open Season by Linda Howard. I really do love most of her books. This was classic Howard with a strong alpha hero, a quirky heroine, and steamy chemistry. Don't forget the mysterious bad guy lurking in the background causing trouble. The thing I love about this book is that it is an ugly duckling book. Better yet, the hero already found her attractive pre-transformation. For any of you who (like me) were late bloomers, this is a must read. I love that Daisy starts out as the stereotypical small town librarian and, despite a rather drastic transformation, still remains that geeky gal at heart. As you read and experience the changes she is making, you really want to cheer her on. Daisy finds herself in a rut and does what few people have the courage to do: she steps completely outside her comfort zone and makes solid changes. The external changes happen quickly, but the internal ones happen a bit slower and more naturally. I appreciated this. It made the character more real.

Jack is tough and strong and hot. I love that Daisy is at first adverse to him because he is so attractive. He has left behind a high stress job on a task force in Chicago to become the Chief of Police in a little Southern town. He is protective of the sweet awkward town librarian. When she suddenly breaks out of her shell he finds himself having to protect others from her (oh lord, the scene in the bar when the guy pulls her on him lap!) Jack's confident, charismatic personality strikes sparks off of Daisy's practical, small town sensibilities. Oooh boy, those sparks are hot. In typical Linda Howard fashion there are moments of intense passion and other moments that are painfully funny. If you have read this book then you know exactly what I mean when I say "party pack."

Seriously, go read this book. If you like Ms. Howard's style, but are not a fan of the serial killer plot (Nicola, I am looking at you!) this is a good one for you. There is crime, but not the "inside the crazy killer's head" passages. I give this some big thumbs up, lots of stars, a decadent chocolate truffle, or whatever rating system you all like. It's simply good reading.

8 comments:

Katiebabs said...

Condom party pack and ice pops in bed! WOOT :D
You must read Cry No More next. That book by Howard destroyed me! I was a puddle of tears.

Kristie (J) said...

This one is a good one isn't it? I love the way Jack keeps trying to 'get' to Daisy. And she's so adorably cute at being so obvious that what she's looking for is right in front of her. And I love the part where they argue about the colours *g*. I just reread this one a short while ago and I whole heartedly second you in enjoying this book.

Mollie said...

I LOVED this one. But I have to disagree with Katiebabs, I HATED Cry No More, I thought it was by far her worst book.

Shannon said...

KB- I love when she was digging through the party pack and they were trying to find a condom in an inoffensive color. Not purple!

Kristie- heehee... puce. "What color is puce?" "Is that a trick question?"

Nicola O. said...

Linda Howard goodness minus serial killer? I'm there! thanks for the shout-out. ;)

little alys said...

My favorite was the puppy scene and clicked for Daisy even more how Jack was just too sweet, alpha and all. ;)

Jill D. said...

I loved Open Season, another great book by Linda Howard. I feel a reread coming on!

Katie Reus said...

I loved this book! She's one of my favorite heroine's b/c she's such a geek! (in a very good way)

And Katie, I agree. IMO, Cry No More was the BEST work of hers...I cried more than once! I was already a huge fan of hers, but after reading CNM, I became a lifelong fan :)