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The Scent of Rome by Lise Gold


Love, love, love the title. And the book so totally lives up to the lovely title.

Nadine Costa is a high-end escort, which means dating but no touching and definitely no sex. She’s approaching thirty, retirement age from her current profession. Early for one of her ‘dates’ she meets a beguiling young lady, Rome Foster, who’s come for an interview with potential investors for her app. The two strike up a conversation in which Nadine shares the nature of her ‘date’ right before realising that Rome is a participant of the evening’s meeting. With tacit agreement, neither mentions the fact that Nadine is in fact an escort and before the evening is over there is a bit more bonding between them than expected – enabled by one lascivious man in the group and some well-timed statements by Nadine which help Rome’s efforts.

Nadine is quite taken by the ‘straight’ Rome and offers to play guide to her for the next couple of days. The sparks between them are undeniable and despite her protestations about being straight, Rome is entirely into Nadine and unexpectedly relishes her flirtations.  

Rome gets her funding and moves to her namesake city and their relationship develops.

Nadine and Rome are engaging from word go. Nadine is crush-worthy and Rome is woo-worthy. The chemistry between them is off the charts which comes to awesomely satisfying fruition first in the sex scenes and more fully in the depth of their emotion towards each other.

We loved the respect, support and interest that Nadine and Rome had for each other’s work. First Nadine never hid or apologised for her job as an escort and after an initial faux pas, Rome didn’t bother about hiding Nadine or her work from her new colleagues either. Gold has created two impressively original ideas for both her leading ladies work-wise. Besides her job as an escort, Nadine is a perfumer. The impressive originality in Nadine’s work as a perfumer is the line she’s working on. Similarly, Rome is an app developer, but the app she has created to measure an individual’s carbon footprint is fabulous. We’re not sure if something like that already exists, but are convinced that it should exist.

Besides the two winsome leads and their fantastic relationship, there is Gold’s description of places – Rome in this case. We believe that Gold has actually travelled to each place she writes about, has experienced it all and shares the best parts of each new place in ways that make it irresistible. With this one, we felt frenwah for Rome. (Fernweh is a German word that translates as ​‘farsickness’ and refers to ​“feeling homesick for a place you've never been or could never go.”)

Thankfully, there is no angst created between Nadine and Rome in their relationship. The conflict and drama comes from outside their relationship in a #MeToo scenario. We wish all women who have ever been harassed or abused by men (in power particularly) received the kind of quick resolution as they did in this one. But then fiction is free to create utopia and we can hope it comes to pass in real life at some point too.

All in all, this one is most definitely recommended. 


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