Love Spell, Dec 2002, 6.99, 376 pp.
To support herself and her baby Graham, Maxine Bleckner provides phone sex to her clients under the name India McBride. She needs eight to ten customers every day talking to her over her 900 number for at least twenty minutes to buy diapers and baby food. In spite of walking her infant while on the phone with paying studs, her business has become so successful; she has hired an employee. However, Maxine worries about the future once Graham becomes of an age where he understands how she puts food on the table.
Vancouver Star assigns reporter Harry Watson, single father of a three year old daughter, to investigate phone sex. Though he has no experience in this safe sex, Harry calls Maxine, but he cannot bring himself to discuss his libido. Instead he wants to just talk to an adult. As Maxine and Harry begin to fall in love over her 900 number (and the Star's business account), both worry that if they are to meet, they will see the child in each one's life ending the relationship before it began in person.
GENTLEMAN CALLER is a funny creative romance that is at its best when Maxine fakes heat as she changes a diaper. The story line works amusingly well when the couple talks over the phone while tending to their respective child though a sidebar involving another couple with intriguing commitment problems takes away from the prime tale. Still Bobby Hutchinson furnishes a wild romantic romp that sasses modern sexual not in the flesh encounters at two cents a page.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner