Sunday, March 2, 2014

Lingerie For Felons by Ros Baxter

Title:  Lingerie for Felons
Author:  Ros Baxter
Published:  March 1st 2014 by Escape Publishing
Length:  222pgs
Format:  ARC ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This novel was absolutely hilarious at times. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much. At the same time, Baxter tells a heartfelt and poignant tale of love, loss, and changing the world. The novel does jump around quite a bit at the beginning getting to know the characters and their stories while leading to a feeling of perpetual forward motion. Baxter’s entertaining, lively writing style brought everything together in a very approachable manner.

Baxter fills this novel with approachable, well developed characters that the reader can identify with. I love how full of life the characters were. I also appreciate how they stuck to their ideals while (eventually) learning to compromise for those they care about.

As a whole I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was unique and well written, poignant read. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to step outside the box, as this author does so brilliantly.

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