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Scent of Danger Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2006

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From Publishers Weekly

Handsome, charismatic and successful beyond his wildest dreams, street kid-turned-perfume magnate Carson Brooks has it all-except the knowledge of whether an anonymous sperm donation he made almost 30 years earlier resulted in a child. When a gunshot from an unknown assailant permanently damages his kidneys, the question of paternity becomes critical. Incredibly, Carson's attorney and prot‚g‚ Dylan Newport manages to track down Carson's daughter, management consultant Sabrina Radcliffe, in less than a day. In just as little time, Dylan persuades her to leave her budding business, meet her father, step in as president of Carson's company and part with one of her kidneys. As Sabrina's bond with Carson deepens, so do her feelings for Dylan, but their blossoming relationship is threatened by someone intent on eliminating them. Many of the plot elements are both improbable and familiar from other romances, but Kane's (No Way Out; The Gold Coin) diverse cast of characters and careful balancing of romance and mystery will keep readers from dwelling on the unlikelier twists. While it won't win any awards for novelty, this well-rounded effort is certain to satisfy Kane's fans.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

From Booklist

Perfume mogul Carson Brooks has been shot and critically wounded in his New York office, where he is found by his protege, Dylan Newport. Dylan now has to find the daughter born as a result of a sperm donation Carson made for 20 grand 28 years ago so he could afford to start his company. Dylan heads to New Hampshire to meet with Sabrina Radcliffe, who heads her own management-consulting firm and is flabbergasted with the news of her paternity. Together they fly to New York to meet Carson and develop an immediate rapport. Sabrina takes control of the fragrance empire, including the secret formula for the new and highly successful perfume, and thus becomes the target of whoever tried to kill her father. Dylan and Sabrina work to save the company and figure out the identity of the would-be killer and discover along the way that perfume isn't the only chemistry at work in their chaotic lives. A fun romantic suspense novel filled with dynamic characters. Patty Engelmann
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416540865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416540861
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,575,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As a New York Times bestselling author of more than 25 novels, Andrea Kane has delighted readers of psychological suspense with compelling characters and unique plot twists.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Romance Lover on March 24, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was so boring I couldn't get through it. The plot moved far too slowly, and we were given lots of detailed prose about aspects of the story that weren't very interesting. Normally romantic thrillers are lacking in either the romance department or the thriller department. This book was lacking in both. The main characters were two-dimensional. Instead of letting us get inside the characters and learn who they really were, we were just given the cut-and-dried facts about their pasts. The author apparently expected us to assume things about the characters from their backgrounds. As a result, I didn't care about either of the main characters, or about what was going to happen to them. Sabrina and Dylan had absolutely no chemistry!! If you hadn't known this was a romance, you wouldn't have known that they were supposed to be attracted to each other. So even though their first kiss came very late in the book, it still seemed premature, because up to that point neither character had had a single romantic thought about the other. As far as the "thriller," it was boring. I couldn't have cared less who shot Carson Brooks. Again, without any insight into his character, I had no feelings about him one way or the other. Also, the author used this irritating technique of giving information about the characters through lengthy stretches of dialogue. The dialogue ended up seeming contrived and unrealistic as a result. Sorry that I spent ${munnies}on this poorly written book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the kind of book you think you have all the characters figured out (who done it) and then you find later on they are eliminated. The story between the main characters, Sabrina and Dylan, ... keeps your interest throughout the book. The overall story line of a child from a sperm bank finding out who her father is and without any hesitation accepts this father, is alittle hard to accept. However, the overall suspense is worth the read. This is a great book to think you have all the answers, who did what to whom, and then you are pleasantly surprised. The only thing I would change would be to go into more detail about why the villian does what they did, i.e. attempted murder, murder, arson, etc. I can't wait for the next Andrea Kane mystery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on February 1, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Businessman and perfume mogul Carson Brooks is lying near death and asks his protege, Dylan Newport to find the child he fathered as a result of a sperm donation decades earlier. Carson has been shot and the only thing that will save his life is a kidney transplant, and what better match than a biological child.

Dylan finds management consultant Sabrina Radcliffe, who reluctantly agrees to meet Carson but they immediately bond. When she takes over the reins to run the company in Carson's absence, she and Dylan discover that she is in danger of becoming the next victim of a killer who will do anything to get their hands on a secret perfume formula.

The story has a great premise - Kane keeps the romance light and the suspense lighter (unfortunately). The culprit is easy to guess, and the romance between the main characters is a bit abrupt. But overall, Kane's writing keeps this one interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelley D. Edwards on January 3, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow, what a let down.

Not a bad story overall. However, the characters are overblown to the point I really disliked them. Genius, superior olfactory sense, incredible business acumen and outstanding style. It was all repeated so often that the only character I liked was Dylan Newport. He hardly ever announced how awesome he is. Instant connections, deep rooted love in record breaking time. It was a flat story that never hooked me emotionally.

Mundane, trite, phrases are repeated as well; 'tension so thick you could cut it with a knife', 'it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop'. Really? And not just once or twice.

Although I have enjoyed some of her books I do believe I'm now done with Ms. Kane's works.

Shelley Dawn, author of Sweet, Sweet Jessie and Dark Nights
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on March 21, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been a fan of this incredible author from her very beginning as a historical romance author. She has now moved to the suspense/romance genre and her talent here is first rate!
Sabrina Radcliffe is the daughter of two very talented people. Her mother and grandparents are Beacon Hill Boston, and Sabrina has become a sucess in her own right. She is approached by Dylan Newport the lawyer of Ruisseau a very successful company which just so happens to be owned by Sabrina's father Carson Brooks.
Carson has reached the age of 50 and he is sorry that he never got married and settled down. He remembers that he was a sperm donor that was pre-selected by Sabrina's mother. He now wants to find out if a child resulted from that donation. After he is shot in the back he askes his friend and lawyer Dylan to find out and to bring the child back.
Dylan thinks highly of Carson and will do anything for him. He goes out on this search and finds himself face to face with Sabrina. He passes on the request for the meeting which now must take place in an ICU unit in New York. Sabrina accepts and together they go back to New York to introduce Sabrina to her new dad.
Of course there is intrigue, who shot Carson, why, and the suspect list is long and keeps getting longer. Then an attempt is made on Sabrina's life. Could these attempts be due to the creation of C'est Moi the newest fragrance to take the States and Europe by storm or is it due to something more personal?
Although the story lags at times it is still saved by the colorful characters. Dylan and Sabrina have great chemistry between the two of them and Carson and Sabrina's mom also are fun together. If you are an Andrea Kane fan you will not want to miss adding this one to your personal library.
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