Slick’s Review – Scent of Danger (Phoenix Agency #3) by Desiree Holt

Anyone who enjoys well thought out, well written romantic suspense with a strong heroine and a swoon worthy hero will want to add Desiree Holt’s Scent of Danger to your reading list. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Kelly Monroe was shocked when her dog, Xena, a Caucasian Ovcharka seemed to bond at once with Rick Latrobe, a partner in the high profile Phoenix Agency. Ovcharkas are known for linking with only their owners. But Xena is picking up Rick’s wave length, very much aware when an attempt is made on Rick’s life and sensing all kinds of danger signals related to Rick’s current project: ferrying a shipment of arms to a private security cadre in Iraq. Rick is nearly killed when the shipment is stolen by terrorists who are hot on his trail. Only Kelly and Xena—coached by members of The Lotus Circle to expand the psychic link between the three of them—can keep him safe. As Rick scrambles to learn who’s behind the whole mess, the relationship he and Kelly have deepens. But Xena is the real star, not only signaling when danger is at hand but “sniffing” out the killers.

I’m not a huge fan of romantic suspense for many reasons, but I had heard good things about Desiree Holt’s Phoenix Agency series so when Scent of Danger became available for review, I decided to give it a try. There were many aspects of Scent of Danger I thoroughly enjoyed and while I’m not a big believer in extrasensory perception I found the way it was wound into this story fascinating, the characters were intriguing and the whole concept of the Phoenix Agency and the services they provide believable. Overall, this book was entertaining and sexy, but most of all it featured a heroine who was more than capable of taking care of herself and doesn’t need a man to do it for her.

On a cross country trip Kelly Monroe is visiting her grandfather when she and her dog, Xena, connect with one of her grandfather’s employers, Eric “Rick” Latrobe and soon finds herself embroiled in a web of danger, mystery and intrigue.

As a member of the Phoenix agency Rick Latrobe is overseeing a huge shipment of arms and vehicles for a government contractor doing work in Iraq that has had its share of problems and his gut tells him that there is more on the horizon, when he meets Kelly and her unique dog he feels an instant connection to them both, but he has no idea they will both be instrumental in keeping him alive.

Although this is the third book in this series, I had no problem picking it up and getting right into the story or the characters. I loved Kelly’s spunk and the fact that she was smart and savvy and didn’t let anyone dismiss her talents or her connection with Xena. I like Rick and thought he was good for Kelly, but I didn’t feel as if I got to know him as well as I did Kelly. I think I would have liked a bit more background on him, but it was obvious he was well liked and well respected because when his integrity was called into question, everyone who really knew him had no doubts about him. Kelly and Rick connected immediately and Xena linked them in ways other people couldn’t understand or imagine. At times I felt like the relationship between them got lost in the story and I would have liked to see them have more time together when they weren’t in a crisis situation, but I can’t deny they had a remarkable connection.

I’ll admit I got a little weary of the espionage and suspense but probably because I figured out the “bad guy” early on in the story and was waiting for everyone else to catch on. Ms. Holt did a great job of masterminding the story; I just happen to be really good at figuring out these types of plots which is one reason I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense. I also had to suspend belief a bit about Xena‘s ability to send messages to both Kelly and Rick, but I did find this part of the story to be very entertaining.

Anyone who enjoys well thought out, well written romantic suspense with a strong heroine and a swoon worthy hero will want to add Desiree Holt’s Scent of Danger to your reading list.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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