Lingerie Wars Synopsis:
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.
The cover says it all and I couldn’t help but snicker at the thought of a Lingerie War, but I have to say I never imagined the story to stick with me, nor to fall in love with the town of Invertary or its colorful enduring cast. I pictured Victoria Secret models in catfights or arrogant men scoring cat walk figures but I was wonderfully wrong.
Its not what you’d expect, but in the most silly and quaint way, the author delivers just the right amount of back story and momentum that captivated me all the way to the end. I felt part of Invertary and would not mind visiting again soon.
The charming small town setting of Lingerie War is the very unexpected Scottish back drop of two lingerie shops, neither shop is really booming with business until all out war is declared and only the best shop shall survive.
Rainne Benson borrows money from her brother Lake to purchase a lingerie shop and after a few inquiries about its success, Lake arrives in Invertary to see not much has changed since the previous owner Betty dictates which knickers are worth selling and even the name-Betty’s Knicker Emporium. If this name has you chuckling, then you won’t be disappointed in the crafty banter and silliness within this wonderful novel.
The author cleverly pulled me in from the first meeting between Lake Benson and Kristy Campbell on the streets of Invertary. Lake was charmingly annoying and got under Kristy’s skin right away. Immediate heat.
Kristy once was a model, grew up in Invertary, and returned home after a car accident that left her pretty banged up – inside and out.
Lake Benson just left his military career behind, heads to Inventary to check on the money he lent his sister. He plans to invest in a security company with an army buddy, but when he arrives, nothing is as he thought nor is the quaint town’s lingerie competition. He decides he must turn a profit before he can move onto the security business. That means war. Lingerie war, that is.
The more I learned about Invertary, the characters and the lingerie war espionage; the more I wanted to step right into this novel of unforgettable characters.
Betty McCloud, the ex-shop owner still has a hold over certain aspects of the lingerie shop per contract agreement with Rainne. This character was one of my favorites and her hilarious antics made my laugh out loud. I loved this town, pub, Scottish politics, and loyal knitting circle that is convinced not to surrender to the invading Englishman,Lake Benson.
Just when I thought I knew exactly how this story would conclude, I was pleasantly surprised with the twisted and exciting ending. Plus, I had to see who won the war! A page turning sweet, funny, and romantic read. Loved it! I’m anxious to read more from Author, Janet Elizabeth Henderson.
5 Stars *****
Wine Recommendation: Sparkling Moscato
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