Not That Kind of Call Girl

Nova García

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Pages: 260 Price: (paperback) $16.99 ISBN: 9781509255085 Reviewed: June, 2024 Author Website: Visit »

This tale revolves around two Mexican women, each with very different lives; one who struggles with everyday problems, the other who faces grave danger.

As the story opens, Julia Navarro-Nilsson is about to take maternity leave from her job as a supervisor at a newspaper call center and is looking to hire a new employee for the customer service center team. Carmen Cooper applies for the job, but she seems nervous, and her application is spotty, offering only one reference: Percy Booth. The name is vaguely familiar to Julia, but when she calls, he hangs up on her. Julia soon realizes that Booth is a former Hollywood star, and not a nice one at that.

Julia soon gives birth to a baby boy and discovers she’s not a natural mother: “Julia and motherhood paired as well as chilled champagne and chili fries,” the author writes. Months later, she’s back at work, but now the newspaper is up for sale and although Carmen has been hired, she fails to show up, then later turns up injured. In time, she confides that Booth has imprisoned her and her mother (he threatens to harm her mother, should she try to escape), and she’s fearful for their lives. No shrinking violet, Julia sets out to right the wrongs.

This is a story with dark undertones but lightened by humor, particularly Julia’s salty tongue and irreverence. Her mother, Paloma, is a tell-it-like-it-is Latina, while Julia’s husband is the patient schoolteacher often caught up in the whirlwinds that are Julia and Paloma. Rounding out the crew is the sexually harassing boss Carlton, a college champion wrestler who comes to Carmen’s rescue, and Jerry, a wannabe investigative reporter.

The writing flows naturally, often incorporating Mexican dialect, which works well, but the ongoing use of words like “ya,” for “you” can interrupt the otherwise easy flow.

All in all, however, this is an engaging read, mixing suspense and humor while inspiring readers to cheer for the good guys.

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Edmonds, Washington
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