SCENT OF DANGER

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Carson Brooks, the CEO of Ruisseau,a top fragrance company, is shot in the back looking out his window at the Manhattan skyline. Dylan Newport, a Ruisseau corporate counsel, is the only other person in the office at the time, and he endures suspicious questions by the police trying to solve the mystery. But Carson's injuries send him on another search, employing Dylan to look for the child he sired 28 years ago.

Sabrina Radcliffe, the head of a management consulting firm, is shocked when Dylan informs her that her father is Carson Brooks. The daughter of a fashion designer, Sabrina had no idea of the identity of her biological father. As Sabrina and Carson become acquainted, and she joins the Ruisseau staff, their admiration grows.

The tension between Dylan and Sabrina escalates, even as they find reasons to avoid a relationship. Unavoidably, their attraction becomes too great to deny, and the bedroom scenes sizzle. The physical and mental perfection of these two lovers is somewhat unrealistic, which lessens their believability, especially since their blissful coupledom results in little or no conflict. But the quest of detectives Jeannie Whitman and Frank Barton of the New York Police Department to find the shooter is a true highlight, as they interview employees of Ruisseau and its competitors. Secrets are revealed and suspects eliminated, as the target of the killer changes faces. (Feb., 496 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick