Re-reading Challenge: February 2009
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Category: Contemporary – Romantic Suspense
Be careful what you wish for…
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.
This story is just pure fun. Although it deals with grim issues such as human trafficking and murder, it is nevertheless a fast, enjoyable read. The suspense aspect is light; it is the humour and human relationship that take precedence here.
I read it many years ago (can’t remember when exactly) and it is my favourite Linda Howard book then and now.
Daisy, the dowdy, spinsterish town librarian decided enough was enough. On her thirty-fourth birthday, she was going to start over – new clothes, new hairstyle, new makeup, new attitude, date, have fun and move out of the house she was sharing with her mother and aunt.
On that very same day, the town’s new Chief of Police, Jack Russo, decided to pay a visit to the library – and so the fun started. Almost immediately, the confident, brusque and arrogant Jack antagonized the polite and accommodating Daisy. She wrote him off as “Damn Yankee”.
Since this is a romance, we all know that Jack was actually attracted to Daisy, don’t we? He was having fun provoking Daisy, which was his way of getting her to notice him. Then, after Daisy’s transformation, he simply couldn’t stay away from her. Of course, to Daisy, he was just an irritant, forever getting underfoot and botching her chances of meeting other men. Their verbal sparring and encounters are seriously funny – the one involving a pack of condoms and the town’s biggest gossip is unforgettable. Jack’s dogged pursuit of Daisy soon paid off and they became a couple. And what a couple they make! Fabulous chemistry, both in bed and out.
While Jack was busy pursuing Daisy, someone was hunting her down. Daisy witnessed a murder so she must be killed. However, Daisy wasn’t aware that she saw a murder and it was by chance that Jack found out someone wanted her dead. With all his alarm and protective instincts coming to the fore, the tenacious Jack stopped at nothing until he solved the mystery of the murder, and the baddies got their comeuppance, thereby ensuring the safety of his lady love.
There are many engaging secondary characters who help enliven this story – Daisy’s mother and aunt, the man who transforms Daisy from a dowdy spinster to a ravishing beauty (who keeps everybody guessing as to his sexual orientation), the gossipy town folks, and even the assassin (I like the twist to his story at the end) – everybody has a part to play in this fast-paced, humorous, and dare I say, feel-good, tale.
4.5 out of 5. This fantastic story is a keeper.