Date published: June 14th, 2013
Publisher: Invertary Books
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.
What I Thought:
I've always been fascinated by the Scottish-English struggles in history. So when I saw this book was a book with comedy and romance set amid tension between a Scot and Englishman, I knew I had to read it. Thankfully my gamble regarding this book paid off; it was a great read.
I think my favorite part of the book were the scenes with Lake and Kirsty. There were some that caused me to laugh hard and others that made my chest squeeze with emotion. I even enjoyed when they were toe to toe with each other and neither was backing down. Lake may have come across as cocky, but I could overlook that for the way he brought Kirsty back to life by giving her something to fight for.
The other part of the book I loved was the small town shenanigans. Some of those situations were almost unreal and unbelievable, but they rang true for the setting. After all in small towns, everyone knows everyone and their business. The supporting cast for this book was so large, because of all the townspeople. I loved seeing how everyone picked sides and got involved in the lingerie battles.
Janet Elizabeth Henderson has written a fantastic story. It's witty, uplifting, emotional,and funny. You won't be able to put it down and will enjoy the various skirmishes between the shop owners to stay on top and stay in business. I can't wait to read book 2 in this series!
About the Author
I was born in Scotland and now I live in New Zealand. I’ve been here almost ten years and I absolutely love it! I’m married to a lovely Dutch man who tolerates the fact I make fun of him on my facebook page. I have two adorable little girls and several mad animals that eat up a lot of my time during the day. This means I do all my writing in the dark when everyone is asleep. I put on some music and entertain myself with stories of people falling in love. It’s such fun to watch the characters screw up from the comfort of my wee office! I’m a trained artist, an ex-teacher and travel junkie. But most of all – I LOVE to talk to people! So if you want to contact me, feel free.
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Janet is a member of Romance Writers of New Zealand, Romance Writers of Australia and Romance Writers of America.
* A copy was provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*