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Magnolia
     

Magnolia

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by Carolina GarciaAguilera, Petra Mason (Designed by), Ausbert de Arce (Produced by)
 

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Women's interest novel with an erotic twist. Young midwestern girl comes to Miami and becomes a call girl specializing in famous atheletes from all sports. Lively and fun read with just the right amount of graphic detail.

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Women's interest novel with an erotic twist. Young midwestern girl comes to Miami and becomes a call girl specializing in famous atheletes from all sports. Lively and fun read with just the right amount of graphic detail.

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Publishers Weekly
Garcia-Aguilera (One Hot Summer) creates a lovably imperfect heroine in this Pretty Woman–type tale. Blonde, blue-eyed Magnolia Larson left Minneapolis behind when she followed her boyfriend, Fred, to Miami. Turns out he didn’t know the meaning of fidelity, and she couldn’t find a job with her art history degree. Down to her last few dollars and nursing a rum and coke in a decrepit bar, she meets Oona O’Ryan, a sports agent looking for an “edge”—a way to keep from losing clients—and sees it in Magnolia. Oona convinces her to become a high-priced call girl, or “sports geisha,” for her clients. The author paints a believable scenario whereby the innocent, Midwestern Catholic girl—who wanted to start an art school for underprivileged kids—now engages in exotic sexual activities such as BDSM and pony play. While she enjoys the attendant luxury perks of her new lifestyle, Magnolia increasingly feels conflicted about the way she’s earning it and soon must make a choice: her self-respect or her bank account. Despite an abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying ending, readers will fall in love with Magnolia in this engaging tale of what unexpected choices can be made when one’s back is against the wall. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983937845
Publisher:
Books & Books Press
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


Cubanborn, Miami Beach-based Carolina GarciaAguilera is the author of nine books as well as a contributor to many anthologies, but she is perhaps best know for her Lupe Solano mystery series. Her books have been translated into twelve languages: One Hot Summer, her seventh novel, was made into a film for Lifetime Television. Ms. GarciaAguilera, who has been a private investigator for twenty five years is the recipient of many awards.

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Magnolia 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I'm sorry but I did not like this book. It was hard to follow and took me a long time to read. I just could not stay interested.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This was a very different book, but I will admit that I enjoyed reading it. Magnolia is a 22 yo blonde, all-American girl. Her fair looks stand out in Miami where she's been abandoned by her boyfriend after upending her life in MN to move there with him. She has a degree in Art with a specialty in the impressionists. She has dreams of opening an art school for underprivileged kids, but right now she can't even make her rent. When Oona approaches Magnolia, Magnolia is pretty desperate and running out of ideas. Oona is an aging sports agent who has used her sexuality in this man-dominated world to find her place. As she's getting older, she's losing her clients and needs an "edge". She thinks Magnolia, as an attractive young woman with an enthusiasm for the sports world, will fit that place in her agency. The one thing her ex-boyfriend did for Magnolia is show her how much she enjoys sexual experimentation...one of the reasons she doesn't turn Oona down immediately. I liked Magnolia as a character. She's obviously intelligent and uses this opportunity to get whatever she can out of it. She learns both fluent Spanish and Japanese. She also studies hard under a sports psychologist to understand the men she is interacting with. It's interesting because, as a reader, you get to meet several of her clients and see their needs. She definitely learns lots about sports psychology. She's also smart in how she handles the money she's making. With her father as an accountant, she knows that she needs to invest the money and becomes quite a player in the stock market. You would think that with today's book market and the subject matter of this book that it would be an erotica. Well, never fear....it doesn't quite go to that place. I was actually surprised at how mild the book was sexually. There are several scenes described, but it never gets down into the nitty-gritty of it all. In fact, I almost gave it just a "spicy" rating rather than "hot", but this is about a prostitute and there are several games that she has to play which I think puts the book a little over the top of "spicy". My main issue with this book is Max. Although she's not allowed to, Magnolia has a relationship with Max throughout the entire book. He has no idea what her job is and with him busy running his restaurant, he has no clue what she's hiding from him. As a reader, I needed more from this story line. Max is a big part of Magnolia's life, but all of the mentions of him are in a passive way. The reader is never given the chance to get to know him or become attached to him. I think that the author really passed up a fantastic opportunity here to push the book a little bit further on the emotional level. There's also a slight issue with sequencing the timing in the book. The last half of the book is interspersed with client bios and experiences. They seem to be placed randomly which makes the story jump back and forth a bit. Add to that, there are several times that Magnolia is talking about how long she's been working for Oona or meeting clients and those time lengths do NOT mesh up at all. That became frustrating as a reader. That being said though, the book was engaging and interesting. It's written so that you almost feel like you are reading someone's personal diary. I know it's fiction, but I still enjoyed the taboo sneak peek into this girl's extraordinary life. I received a complimentary copy of th