From Publishers Weekly
Those who like James Bond but admire his gutsy female counterparts even more will savor this smart, humorous send-up from Cash (George & the Virgin, etc.). Not many romance heroines have pink hair and a nose ring, but sassy Nepal tour guide Rachel Calais does, and her individuality and wry wit are what make this such a delight. When dashing Harrison Wiles asks Rachel to lead an expedition into the Himalayas to help stamp out a doctor determined to find a lost city and manufacture a drug that will make women submit to his will, Rachel scoffs at the offer. Harrison claims to be a covert agent for B.L.I.S.S., a secret service organization composed almost entirely of women, but it isn't until a good friend vouches for him that she agrees to the task. The situation gets stickier, however, when Rachel learns that the dastardly doc is her first lover, gawky Alan Archer. As Rachel and Harrison plot to bring down Alan, the chemistry between them hits feverish heights, but will it be enough to keep them together once the adventure is over? Cach paints both the vibrant beauty and blemishes of Nepal with a fine hand, but the exotic locale never outshines her charismatic characters. Uneven pacing makes the novel feel jumpy at times, but there's enough humor and suspense here to keep readers from dwelling on these minor flaws.
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Rachel Calais couldn't say no to B.L.I.S.S. The top-secret international female crime-fighting organization sent Harrison Wiles, one of its few male agents, to convince Rachel, an American tour guide working in Nepal, to join B.L.I.S.S.'s latest mission: to stop evil Dr. Yes from locating a dangerous plant growing somewhere in the Himalayas. The plant was used as an aphrodisiac that turns any woman into a slave answering to the sexual whims of any man who gave her the drug. For the women of the world, Rachel agrees to work with B.L.I.S.S and Harrison, but when she is hired on by Dr. Yes as part of his expedition, Rachel is quite surprised to discover the dastardly villain bent on sexually subjugating the women of the world is really Alan Archer, Rachel's very first lover! Cach beautifully distills all the vivid colors of Nepal into a wonderfully exotic setting for her contribution to the B.L.I.S.S. series, and her sharp, humorous writing is the perfect counterpart for this splendid story of a stubborn modern-day heroine who finds romance with a sexy, surprisingly old-fashioned hero. John CharlesCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved