One of the things I feel it’s important to keep in mind when reading the Camaro Espinoza novels is that Camaro is not, and never has been, a covergirl. I worry it’s an assumption made by readers and critics alike that Camaro is meant to be this sort of “karate hottie,” as Hollywood would likely make her. She’s not unattractive, but she isn’t some model-pretty honey bouncing around an action thriller. Camaro is a fighter — no, she’s a warrior — and she looks it.
This was addressed in The Night Charter (link), but overlooked by critics. I do a more explicit job of it in Make Them Sorry (link). Camaro is referred to as beautiful in a couple of The Night Charter‘s reviews, but bear in mind that the only time someone refers to her as being “hot,” is when Matt Clifford, the main antagonist of the book, says so. This man is a murderer, extortionist, kidnapper, and possibly a child molester. This is not somebody whose judgment can be relied upon. Don’t put yourself in Matt‘s corner. Please.
There’s too much emphasis placed on beauty in books, movies and television. Beauty is considered an outward indicator of virtue, much like ugliness is a sign of villainy. But Camaro is an athlete and a warfighter, and she should be held to those standards, not those of a pageant queen.
Be sure to get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, available for purchase at your favorite bookseller on August 7th. (link)