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"...[R]eaders 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." - Publishers Weekly

"Jerry Maguire meets Fifty Shades of Grey"

About the Author

Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is a Cuban-born American writer. She has written ten novels including the Lupe Solano mystery series. Her latest novel is Magnolia.
Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States when she was 10. She went to Miss Porters in Farmington, CT for high school, before graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, with B.A. in history and political science.
She became a Private Investigator in 1986 with a goal of writing a series featuring a female Cuban-American P.I. based in Miami. Garcia-Aguilera is the author of ten books, seven in the Lupe Solano series.
She lives in Miami Beach with her three daughters and four dogs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Books & Books (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983937842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983937845
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this would be a fun romp, a little sexy, a little light hearted. Instead I thought it very tedious. Someone else mentioned the discrepancies in time -- that is true. Magnolia worked for Oona 6 months, then 18 months, then almost 2 years then to just over a year? I thought the word "encounter" was way over used. And by the time she made her decision in the end, it came out of nowhere? There were many holes I just couldn't get past. I finish a book when I start it but this was a struggle. I actually groaned when I was finished.....
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By Janet Marletto on September 22, 2013
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This book was touted as erotic. To whom? I found it slow moving and a grooming guide for the unsophisticated.
Nothing happened for over 150 pages.
ANY book I read must grab me in the first page or so.
Sorry I believed the magazine review.
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By Postit on October 2, 2013
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This could have been a great novel. The idea of the plot is sexy and exciting. However, this was not carried out in the book. There were to many inconsistencies through out the book. The timeline does not make sense. The "athletes" are so stereotypical and sports psychology sex therapy is boring at best. Then the book just ends. There is no resolution to Magnolia's relationship with her ex or what her future looks like. I would definately skip this one.
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I was suckered into buying this book by People magazine! Gah! The author must be a friend or relative of the reviewer. This book was absolutely terrible. Boring, too much detail, all telling, no showing...I'm trying to think of one positive thing to say and I have nothing!!!! I made it through 46% of the book while skimming probably 25% of the 46% and couldn't take it anymore. The book was putting me into such a bad mood, I had to quit and I always finish books. Always! The story is about a sports geisha and the sex was so boring and ridiculous, I mean c'mon if you're writing about a hooker, the sex better be hot! This book was just so wrong on so many levels, I will never ever believe another People book review EVER!
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I judged a book by its cover, incorrectly. I originally thought this book would be about lesbians. About halfway through, I realized that was not the case...

Regardless, it was a quick and entertaining read about Magnolia, an innocent girl from Minnesota who becomes an elite sports geisha as a last resort after breaking up with her boyfriend and running out of money. The plot is a little bit "Fifty Shades" but with a different spin.

While the writing is clear, detailed, and fun to read, there are several plot inconsistencies that make the story not as enjoyable as it could be. The timeline of how long Magnolia has been working skips from months to years, and back again, and meanwhile she supposedly falls in love with a character, Max, who we barely see.

The ending of the book, after all of its inconsistencies, also comes abruptly (perhaps because we don't know how long anything takes to plan out). In a matter of weeks (a few pages), 24 year old Magnolia pretty much abandons her dreams of opening an art school for underprivileged children in order to open a brothel for high class call girls to cater to elite athletes.

Overall, an entertaining read, if you can look over the inconsistencies and piece together the plot-holes.
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Having never read this author, I didn't know what to expect.I thought it was a little thin, no real plot or meaning. I guess it would be an okay poolside read- no particularly sexy and definitely not erotic.
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This story best left in a teenage fantasy diary. My mistake, I thought I was getting a mystery novel with a south Florida setting. All is a little too perfect only to end happily. I continued to read waiting for the conflict. Alas, no such luck.
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I was looking for a fun, page-turning beach read, and Magnolia certainly delivered! I've read all of Garcia-Aguilera's books and really enjoy her humor, interesting characters and great dialogue. Not only did Magnolia possess all of these qualities, but it also had 50 Shades of Grey-like scenes that were the real kicker. There are quite a few books out there that use sex or sports as a backdrop, but this is the first that I've found that combines the 2 - and the results are caliente!
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