Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: Lingerie For Felons by Ros Baxter

Rating: ★★★★
Date published: March 1st, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Synopsis: If there’s one universal truth, it’s this: You’re always wearing your worst underwear when you land in trouble. 

Lola’s parents told her that everyone can make a difference. And she believed them. She’s been fighting the good fights since she was eleven years old. But at 23, Lola falls hard for an Australian stockbroker who thinks Doctors Without Borders is a porno and Joni Mitchell sounds like a harp seal being battered to death. She cuts him loose, but over the next fifteen years, through protests, misunderstandings, humiliating predicaments, and a number of poor underwear choices, their lives and paths continue to converge. 

Along the way, Lola learns a few important life lessons: Never wear a red lace thong to a strip search. Make sure you take motion sickness pills if you’re going to the Southern Ocean to save the whales. And sometimes, Mr Right can be all wrong, and Mr Wrong just needs time to find the right path. 

Funny, touching, emotional and political, Lingerie for Felons is Bridget Jones meets An Inconvenient Truth, about doing the right thing, finding the right person, and always thinking through your underwear choices. 

What I Thought:

Wow.  I'm not sure what exactly it was I thought this book would be about or like after reading the synopsis, but the book was definitely a good surprise.  I love how the chapters are headed by underwear choices.  That's definitely a first.

Lola was a hoot.  I loved her attitude towards life and how she always leaped first and then looked.  Her adventures had my mouth falling open more than once and laughing aloud too.
I wish I had her zest but I also wish I'd been able to shake some sense into her.  She was too hung up on the way she thought things should be rather than what could be.

This is my first, but not last, book by Ros Baxter.  I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down.  I did get a little confused when the story flashed forward and it wasn't marked clearly, but once I figured it out as I kept reading.  I do hope Ros keeps writing books like this one.  It was a great read on my trip back from RT in New Orleans in May.  It certainly made the travel time feel nonexistent.  

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About the Author
Ros writes fresh, funny, genre-busting fiction. She digs feisty heroines, good friends, quirky families, heroes to make you sigh and tingle, and a dash of fantasy from time to time. 

Ros Baxter has been writing since she was eight and penned a whimsical series of short stories about a race of tiny people who lived on a rainbow. She likes her new stuff better than her old stuff.

Since starting writing again in earnest four years ago, Ros has published Sister Pact (a romantic comedy co-written with her sister Ali, published by Harper Collins Australia); Fish Out of Water, White Christmas, Lingerie for Felons and Beached(Escape Publishing); and and two shorts - Home for the Holidays and Seven Deadly Sins (Amazon).

Ros lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband Blair, four small but very opinionated children, a neurotic dog and nine billion germs. 

You can email Ros at or find her at, on twitter @RosBaxter, or

* A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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