In another of the series of stories revolving around an international crimefighting organization that uses the acronym B.L.I.S.S., Lisa Cach takes up the challenge with her novel Dr. Yes. And as you can tell, there is a distinctly “Bond” theme to these tales.
Rachel Calais is an intrepid young woman whose life has led her to Kathmandu, where she leads tours through the local environment. Imagine her surprise when she’s recruited by a local B.L.I.S.S. operative and gorgeous agent Harrison Wiles. They want her to lead an expedition under the guidance of the really bad guy, Dr. Alan Archer. He’s allegedly on the trail of a drug which renders women sexually aggressive and uninhibited. The name of the drug? “Yes”. Got it?
It’s an interesting plot, and the characters are delightful. They’re complex, dragging their own little bits of baggage with them, and it’s also charming to run into a hero who is still a gentleman, who can still blush, and yet who can seduce the heroine into falling in love with him. Harrison Wiles is all those things and Rachel doesn’t stand a chance. It’s fun.
There’s not a great deal of hommage to the spy genre once the story gets underway, the gadgets are mostly non-existent, and Q is obviously working on other projects. But the premise is sound, the romance delightful, the bad guys get their due, and Rachel and Harrison make splendid adversaries-turned-lovers.
A fun tale with a dash of exotic excitement makes Dr. Yes definitely a recommended read.