Book Review: Lingerie Wars by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so I thought a romance post would be prudent. I recently read a great romance novel with lots of comedy and quirky, loveable characters. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard while reading a book! And after reading a bunch of dystopian YA novels, I needed some laughter in my reading life.

Below, you’ll find my review from Goodreads for the book: Lingerie Wars by Janet Elizabeth Henderson. If you’re looking for a fun romance to read this Valentine’s Day, I HIGHLY recommend this one!

Lingerie Wars (Invertary, #1)Lingerie Wars by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

My rating: 5 of 5 Stars

4.5-5 stars!

This book sounded interesting from the summary, so while I was waiting on a book order, I decided to take a chance and download Lingerie Wars. And boy, did it exceed my expectations!

Lingerie Wars is about an ex lingerie model, Kirsty Campbell, and an ex Special Forces officer, Lake Benson. Kirsty suffered a bad car accident a while ago, and is now running a lingerie shop in her home town, Invertary, Scotland. She’s on her last dime–literally–and wants to make the shop a success. Lake Benson comes to Invertary to reclaim an investment: he lent his younger sister, Rainne, money to buy the lingerie shop across from Kirsty’s shop, and Rainne is not doing a great job of turning a profit. Therefore, Lake decides to stay for a while, in hopes that he can revive the business, turn a profit, and eventually sell the shop so he can move on with his life.

When Kirsty and Lake meet, they begin a competition that turns into a lingerie war: who’s shop can make the most profit before the new year. As Kirsty and Lake have trouble ignoring the chemistry between themselves, colorful characters such as old and sassy Betty (who Lake nicknames a Hobbit), Kirsty’s mom who runs a knit shop and group called Knit or Die, and the town’s unofficial mayor, Dougal, bring humor and well-timed conflict into each chapter.

The characters are very well-developed, believable, and entertaining. I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed so often while reading a book. Seriously, I couldn’t put it down and probably LOL’ed every other page.

Henderson has an amazing sense of humor and has expertly woven it through the romance and suspense. I am now a big fan and have recommended the book to some friends. And I’m hoping this becomes a movie some day! I’d totally watch it. 🙂

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I’m not kidding about the movie part. There’s a movie that I love (which is way underrated) that reminds me of Lingerie Wars: Assassin In Love (aka The Baker).

MV5BMjE1NDYwNTc0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTg1NTk5Mw@@._V1_SY500_SX351_ Lingerie Wars and Assassin In Love are similar in that they both feature small towns with quirky folk who are extremely meddlesome. The male MCs in each story have a background with weaponry and combat, only one’s former militia and the other is, well…an assassin. Both female MCs are feisty and beautiful, and find themselves attracted to the bad boys. However, it’s a secret that “the baker” is not actually a baker in AIL. In LW, it’s NO secret that the hunky lingerie shop owner, Lake Benson, is former militia.

Both stories have sizzling romance and lots and lots of comedy. In fact, I watched AIL last night and nearly forgot just how funny it is. Now it’s in my Amazon video library for good, available whenever I have a hankering for a Welsh romcom. I’m not always up for romance reads or movies, but honestly, Lingerie Wars and Assassin In Love are some favorites that I will readily recommend to anyone.

So if you’re looking for a great read, or even a great movie, I hope you’ll take one of my recommendations to heart and read/watch something new. Even if your date is a pint-sized serving of Ben & Jerry, you’ll love either one–or both!

Is it February Yet?

Hello, lovely readers!

I have missed you all SO much! It’s been an insane month and I am ready for February! I’ve been somewhat silent on this blog for a few weeks because my life has been crazy. What have I been up to? Well, give me a minute, and I’ll show you!

1. I entered a blogging contest.

Yep, I sure did. It’s for my new blog at my business website, helawrite.com. I am participating in HubSpot’s 30-Day Blog Challenge, and I REALLY hope I win because it would definitely give my business a little boost. You can visit my site and read my latest posts on business. There are some great tips (at least, I think so) that are relevant to anyone. Except babies and children, I guess.

My business website with the new blog front and center.

My business website with the new blog front and center.

2. I was a production assistant on a movie set!

Ah, four days of being a glorified coffee/errand girl. Actually, it was more than that and I did have fun. I got to meet some cool actors and the crew was really nice. I made dinner for everyone one night (aka put frozen lasagnas from Costco in the oven for 2 hours) and that was fun (except for the Costco part–most of you know how I feel about Costco). Everyone remembers you when you feed them, and you’re no longer: “Hey, you!”

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Day 1 on the set of Whipping Boy, in San Jose, CA.

As a writer, I gained some great perspective on the film industry, and was able to talk to some of the actors about screenwriting ideas I have. They were very encouraging and liked what I had to say. All in all, a wonderful experience. The movie is called “Whipping Boy” and it’s in the Sci-Fi genre. It was filmed in San Jose and San Francisco, and it’s a short film being entered into a contest. I will let you all know how it does when I receive an update from my producer friend. And I may be blogging about it, too.

To the left of me: Chris Ely, Co-producer for Whipping Boy. To my right: The famous Jon Talbert, founder of Beautiful Day, a compassion innovator, and well-known speaker. He played a cracked out hobo in the film!

To the left of me: Chris Ely, Co-producer for Whipping Boy. To my right: The famous Jon Talbert, founder of Beautiful Day, a compassion innovator, and well-known speaker. He played a cracked out hobo in the film! (Which is why his eyes are very red.)

(To find out more about Chris Ely, click HERE. To find out more about Jon Talbert, click HERE. Jon happens to be one of my clients through HelaWrite and he’s awesome!)

3. My little sis bought a house!

Okay, she’s not “little,” but she is my younger sister. My sister, Julia, bought her first house. I am so proud of her, especially because she’s a single mom and works her butt off to provide for her son. All her hard work is paying off and now she owns some real estate. Therefore, like any good sister, I’ve been at her place every few days for the past 3 weeks to help her with the move.

My nephew and I, a year ago, on his 6th birthday. He's grown since then, and my hair is all gone. :)

My nephew and I, a year ago, on his 6th birthday. He’s grown since then, and my hair is all gone. 🙂

As a special treat for my adorable nephew, I painted his room with a custom “Tron-themed” runner, and he loves it. My sister bought a Tron rug for his room, so I was inspired by that, but kind of made up the design as I went. At one point in my college career, I was an interior design major, so I had a lot of fun coming up with the design for his room. I also put chalkboard paint on one wall and am building a sort of art center for him. He is quite the artist and I wanted to give him a special space.

Blank canvas.

Blank canvas.

Chalkboard paint.

Chalkboard paint.

The layout.

The layout. (If you squint, you can see the pencil lines.)

Phase 1: Dark blue.

Phase 1: Dark blue.

Phase 2: Black glitter paint added.

Phase 2: Black glitter paint added.

Phase 3: Silver paint added.

Phase 3: Silver paint added.

Phases 4 & 5: Blue glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint added.

Phases 4 & 5: Blue glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint added.

Room complete!

Room complete!

And, of course, I put up his Tron decals from his old room.

And, of course, I put up his Tron decals from his old room.

4. And speaking of art…

I DID take some time for myself during the chaos. I found these awesome ideas for a calendar journal and made one for myself. I recycled old maps I had from traveling in Spain 6 years ago, and used them as part of the calendar decor. I have finally admitted to myself that I am never going to scrapbook and decided to put those papers and stickers to good use. I’m pretty pleased with the results!

Gluing on pieces of the map to make squares for each day.

Gluing on pieces of the map to make squares for each day.

A blank canvas, ready to be filled with thoughts and events.

A blank canvas, ready to be filled with thoughts and events.

Really liking February. :)

Really liking February. 🙂

I will be blogging more regularly in the weeks to come, so thanks for bearing with me. And next month, I plan on revealing the cover for my 2nd book, The Wrong Fairy Tale! I can’t wait to share it with you all. It is awesome!

Oh yeah, I did read Beautiful Creatures and Warm Bodies and will be doing a movie/book comparison in the weeks to come. And I took some time to enjoy good wine, too. 😉

Enjoyed this red while I was painting into the night.

Enjoyed this red while I was painting into the night.

Until next time,

Tamar xoxo