Ms. Anderson has crafted a truly enjoyable story from the simplest of premises. We all know part of sexual attraction is based on scent, but what if a man smelled so good that women were compelled to throw themselves at him to the point of taking what they want, whether it is offered or not? It's a simple and unique concept that I found to be very entertaining. Joseph isn't much of a hero to begin with - spoiled, rich, and as is the custom in his fanatically religious country, saving himself for his bride on their wedding night. The irresistible scent comes upon him overnight and he's branded as the devil's spawn and cast out.
Send in Liliana, the one woman on the planet who is immune to Joseph' scent. She's been sent to rescue Joseph from his own people for a nefariousness purpose I won't reveal. Liliana might be immune to Joseph's scent, but she isn't immune to him.
As they say, opposites attract, and that holds true here. Both Joseph and Liliana are valuable because of their unique traits, and are caught in a web of intrigue with seemingly no path that will lead to happiness.
No spoilers here, but I'll say that Joseph rises to the status of hero in the end, and working side by side with Liliana, they find their path to happiness.
The story is ripe with political,religious and moral undertones with a hint of fairy tale thrown in for good measure. Add some good old fashioned fornication, and you've got a winner.
I give SCENT OF A MAN 5 stars and put it on my keeper shelf.