Thursday, August 22, 2013

{Romance Review} Lingerie Wars by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

{Romance Review} Lingerie Wars by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Englishman Lake Benson loaned his life savings to his dippy sister so that she could buy a shop. It was a big mistake. His sister has been steadily flushing his money down the drain – and now he wants it back. Years in the special forces taught Lake that if you want a job done, do it yourself. So he steps in to make the shop profitable, sell it and get his money back. The only problem is, the business is an underwear shop. And all Lake knows about underwear can be summed up in how fast he can unsnap a bra. To make matters worse, the tiny highland town already has a lingerie shop. A successful one, run by an ex-lingerie model. A very gorgeous ex-lingerie model, who’s distracting him from his mission more than he’d like to admit. If Lake wants to get his savings back, and get out of Scotland, he only has one option – wipe out the competition.

Kirsty Campbell has spent years rebuilding her life after she woke up in hospital in Spain to find her body scarred, and her ex-fiance had run off with all her money. The last thing she needs is a cocky, English soldier-boy trying to ruin all she has left. Her home town is only too happy to help her fight the latest English invasion, although Lake is beginning to sway them with his sex appeal and cut price knickers. With the help of her mother, and the retired ladies of Knit or Die, Kirsty sets about making sure that her shop is the last one standing in Invertary.

It’s Scotland versus England as you’ve never seen it before. It’s lingerie war. (Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} Ebook, 300 pages, Published June 14th 2013 by Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

{Rating} 4/5 I really liked it!

{Review} Lingerie Wars had me from the very first page.
"Lake Benson's midlife crisis lasted exactly twenty-four hours. In that time he quit his career with the army and bought a lingerie shop. All things considered, he was glad the crisis hadn't lasted longer." (page 1)
Those lines set the tone for the book, a fun book that has a great sense of humor (cardboard Lake and the list of anxieties written on the inside of the cupboard to name two) and many laugh out loud moments.

I adored Lake and Kirsty. Kirsty is resilient. After a car crash and the resulting injuries ended her career as a model she found and followed a new dream. And then the infuriating and anxiety inducing Lake shows up, threatening everything she's worked for. Lake has figured out what he wants to do with his life and it's not owning a lingerie shop. Even when he's at war with Kirsty he's sweet, helping her, worrying about her, and wanting to protect her.

It's war from their very first meeting, complicated by a sizzling sexual attraction and Kirsty's body image issues. Their skirmishes were amusing - mostly because of Team Kirsty's ineptitude, former soldier Lake knows war. I was on both Team Lake and Team Kirsty as they waged their Lingerie War and Battle of the Bras, I wanted them both to achieve their dreams.

There are quite a lot of characters, all quirky. Lake's little sister Rainne who I wanted to smack upside the head for most of the book, the alternately amusing and horrifying antics of the eighty-six year old underwear mascot Betty, the Knit or Die group, morality policewoman Morag, and the pubescent hacker just to name a few.

I had a smile on my face when I reached the last page. I will be keeping an eye out for other works by Janet Elizabeth Henderson.

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