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!
My rating: 5 of 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. 🙂
(End of review.)
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).
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!