Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: Lingerie Wars

Lingerie Wars
By:  Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Rating: 5/5 Cogs


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.

If you've read any of my reviews, you probably already know I'm a sucker for Scotland, and this book was no exception.  It's absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious.  During Lake and Kirsty's "Lingerie War," there is one crazy mishap after another, causing both businesses to suffer some of the most outrageous problems.  From having no water to having no underwear, the laughs keep coming in this adorable romantic comedy.

The characters are well developed and easy to love.  Even the ornery Betty has her moments where I just wanted to hug her for her sweetness or poke her in the eye from her craziness.  Lake and Kirsty are immediate adversaries, but even with the war, they can't prevent themselves from falling for the other.

This story also portrays some amazing strength on Kirsty's part.  She's able to finally overcome the scars that ruined her career, and put herself back out there to earn well deserved respect from the lingerie community.

I really wish this story had a little more Rainne in there, though.  She seemed like she was such a sweet character that had her own love connection going, but she was completely overshadowed by the main couple.  Seeing that this is the first book in the series, I have hope that Rainne will make an appearance later, and have time to tell her story.

Overall, this is a fantastic romantic comedy that will leave you in stitches.  I definitely recommend it to contemporary romance readers!

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