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HaBO: She Smells like Strawberries. Yuck?

Help a Bitch out! Lia is looking for a book she read awhile ago – this sounds rather amazing: 

It was a Harlequin series romance. It might have been a Temption, but it could be another line as well. Pretty sure on the Harlequin bit, though and it was probably published late 80's or early 90's.

It was a story about a Plain Jane, who I believed was named Jennifer. She is either on the run because she has seen something she was not supposed to see or is dropping off something of an illegal nature, but obviously dimwitted enough to take strange parcels with her on a plane to a South American country. She ends up in Rio (I believe) and is rescued out of the clutches of some evil-do'er by the hero. He is named something in the region of Dominic or Deveraux.

Anyway, Plain J ends up under his guard in his appartement, but she is unimpressed by hero's protection strategy of locking her up in his appartement, whilst she is in Rio and there is some little party called carnaval going on. So she escapes to let her hair down, and after our hero finds and once again rescues her, out of gratefulness and the fact that he doesn't exactly look like the backside of a bus, her hair is not the only thing she lets down that night, so to speak.

They somehow end up at the ranch of hero's dad, and when he smells something yuk like deodorant on her, he marches her straight to the shower to wash it of, claiming that he wants to smell only the scent of her and not some synthetic strawberry flavour. After which they do the dirty again.

If you or anyone else can help me finding the title of this book, you would make my day!!

Do you remember this book? And dude, if Dominic Deveraux Don Juan had a whiff of what passes for scent today, from deodorant to perfume, he'd pass out. There's vanillas and strawberries and peaches and half a salad bar scent-wise. 


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  1. 1
    GhengisMom says:

    ugh. What if the heroine wants to smell like strawberries?! What if she LIKES the smell of strawberries?

    sorry, woke up domineering-man hating, today.

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    StarOpal says:

    I totally read that the first time as the hero’s dad making her take a shower and then they did the dirty. I was like, ‘Wha… What?’

  3. 3
    Ruthie says:

    I feel as though I read an accidental-drug-mule heroine once. Could it have been a Loveswept? I read a lot of those.

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    Lia says:

    @Ruthie: it could have been, I’m not 100% sure if it actually was a Temptation (HQN Temptations were printed in The Netherlands – where I live – as HQN Love Affair). But I remember LoveSwept being printed in the Netherlands as well, so I might have had the series mixed up…

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    Lia says:

    Yeah, does sound a bit strange… :-) but they were definitely not that kinky :-)

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    Ailikate says:

    Um, no idea what the book is, but how did she manage to hold on to her strawberry scented vagina perfume through being kidnapped multiple times and all the random other stuff?  Did the kidnappers take her to the drugstore?

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    Chloemonster says:

    I think I found it!  Is it “Some Like It Hot?” by Patricia Coughlin?  Here’s the summary from good ol’ Paperback Swap.  (link:…

    Reclusive Jennifer Graham kept her nose in her ledgers-until she became the reluctant star witness against an illegal adoption ring. Terrified of notoriety, uncertain of the truth, she hotfooted it to Brazil—and suddenly found herself kidnapped by a mysterious stranger! Why had raven-haired Dominic Laino “imprisoned” her in a luxurious Copacabana condo?

    Dominic wanted revenge against the man Jennifer could incriminate, and she was going to be his bait. Meanwhile, though, how would he pass the time with his bewildered hostage? To his amazement, the pulsing beat of Rio soon transformed prison into paradise . . . and turned his bashful bookkeeper into a femme fatale eager for his heated embr

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    Lia says:

    Omg…. You are amazing!!! That has to be it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :-)

  9. 9
    Amanda says:

    “Copacabana condo” sounds dirty.

    “Hey there Big Daddy, come over here and slide into my Copacabana condo…”

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    CutMyTeethOnKleypas says:

    Ahahaha I thought the same thing! ~ LUXURIOUS Copacabana condo!

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    The Other Susan says:

    Just goes to show…always use unscented deodorant/antiperspirant.  It’s easier on your skin too.

  12. 12

    So his line in seduction was basically “You stink?”

    Fuck that for a game of soldiers.

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