Janet Elizabeth Henderson
Independent Book Publisher's Association 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: IBPA via Netgalley
Summary from Goodreads
Englishman Lake Benson loaned his life savings to his dippy sister so that she could buy a shop. His sister has steadily been flushing his money down the drain - and now he wants it back. Years in the special forces told Lake if you want a job done, do it yourself. So he steps into make the shop profitable, sell it and get his money back. The only problem is the business is an underwear shop. To make matters worse the town already has a lingerie shop, run by an ex-model. If Lake wants to get his money back, he must wipe out the competition.My thoughts:
Kirsty Campbell has spent years rebuilding her life after waking up in hospital to find her body scarred and her ex-fiance run off with all her money. The last thing she needs is a cocky English soldier trying to ruin all she has left.
At first I passed by this book, the cover indicated it wasn't my kind of read. However on learning Scottish author Janet Elizabeth Henderson lives in New Zealand I decided to give it a whirl. ( I have a new goal to read more of the local authors!). Turns out the cover actually suits the story - it is called the Lingerie Wars after all! It is set in Scotland in the town of Invertary, and there are some very wacky characters. The romance is not quite as saucy as the cover might suggest.
This is a fun and lighthearted read, it's a romance novel that has a love/hate relationship between the two main characters. Kirsty and Lake are at war over their lingerie shops, they are in competition and there is room for only one of them in such a small town. I had a few laugh out loud chuckles at some of the antics that the vast array of characters indulged in as they supported the two main characters in the 'war'. As I read I kept picturing this as a great story for a TV comedy.
Kirsty is rather insecure since her accident, having been a model she is now rather sensitive about the scars that cover her body. Lake while entering fully into the 'war' of the shops, actually falls for Kirsty early on in the story, so that really he has her good interests at heart and wants her to make a stand for herself. It was all rather sweet and predictable, and enjoyable.
I personally didn't like the story of Lake's sister and her love interest with a younger guy was superfluous, if I had been editing this book I would have edited it out entirely. There was enough happening in the book, and a switch to another relationship didn't serve any real purpose.