Imagine a perfume that would be arousing to people after just breathing its aroma. This is what master perfumer Simone Lefevre hopes to concoct as her very first "Grande Perfume." She has found a rare vial of an ancient scent that has just such a magical effect, and she is desperate to discover its chemical solution. But the perfume does more than simply excite those who indulge: it acts as a hallucinogenic drug, and literally transfers lost and separated lovers to another place where they can act out their sexual fantasies. As she works to make the perfume hers, with every breath, Simone is carnally reunited with Nicholas Rutledge, her mortal enemy. The two were lovers as young adults, but were torn apart when Nicholas betrayed Nicole and her father by stealing the family's secret perfume formulas. Nicholas, too, has discovered a sample of this rare and unusual scent, and hopes to uncover the formula as a last-ditch attempt to save his floundering family business. Although Simone and Nicholas are sworn enemies, the two feel such intense sexual attraction that when they are exposed to the rare perfume's powers, they are united by their darkest and most erotic fantasies.
The battle to create the ultra perfume! Secrets from India, snarky competiors. Beautiful talented heroine on her last dime re-encounters young, misguided lover now a repentant perfumer. Nice characters, well written story.