Johnny Patrick is rich, powerful and gorgeous. He's also a doting father. This is how Nicky, designer and builder of tree houses for children, comes to have him and his 9-year-old daughter, Jordi, as clients. Things are going well until Lisa, Johnny's ex-wife, carries Jordi off to Paris.

A movie star and drug addict, Lisa doesn't have the best of friends for a child to be around. Nicky's rudimentary knowledge of French has her accompanying Johnny on his mission to retrieve Jordi and bring her safely home. But things in France get out of hand when Nicky and Johnny's relationship crosses the line from business to romantic, and Lisa gets into trouble with her new friends and calls on Johnny to come to her rescue.

The heroine's choice of career is interesting and gives this story a unique twist. The hero and heroine are both likeable, the little girl a delight and the secondary characters diverting. The sex scenes are more about lust than love, and the overuse of curse words can be distracting as well as irritating. (Jun., 304 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley