"A funny romance"
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
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 1, 2002