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Waxed is the story of three relationship-challenged sisters working together at New York?s hottest waxing salon, catering to socialites, actresses, and regular folk alike.
Yank. On the surface, glamorous Carolina Impresario?-big sister and owner of Impresarios?-unapologetically wants it all, but secretly she is caught between her successful boyfriend and the only man she has ever truly loved.
Pluck. After a painful divorce, middle sister Anna ...
Waxed is the story of three relationship-challenged sisters working together at New York’s hottest waxing salon, catering to socialites, actresses, and regular folk alike.
Yank. On the surface, glamorous Carolina Impresario—-big sister and owner of Impresarios—-unapologetically wants it all, but secretly she is caught between her successful boyfriend and the only man she has ever truly loved.
Pluck. After a painful divorce, middle sister Anna reluctantly reenters the workforce and puts on a brave face while attempting to raise her children, one of whom is decidedly different.
Tear. Newlywed Sofia is a hybrid of her two older sisters: She loves the idea of a domestic life like Anna’s, but is entranced by New York nightlife and a new best friend, resulting in some major complications at home.
Amid the sticky confines of a perfectly manicured world, these three sisters search for love, friendship, and better versions of themselves.
Waxed is a funny and heartfelt novel that illustrates the lengths to which some women will go to present a seemingly flawless exterior, even when it involves pain. . . .
"Intoxicating and irreverent, Rave's lowdown on an upscale Manhattan waxing salon...exposes the secrets of three sisters whose lives are filled with dishy complications....Rave waxes eloquent in this hilarious soap as the sisters become independent women with some outside guidance, friendship, and inner musings." —Publishers Weekly
"Rave’s second novel (after Spin, 2009) of love, sex, and families is dishy and fun. The perfect summer read." —Booklist
"[A] witty and smart look at fast lane life in contemporary Manhattan...The story follows three sisters—born into a middle-class Queens family—who work together at a chic meatpacking district salon owned by the oldest of the trio. Rave brings these three women—and their friends and the men they love—to vibrant life in a juicy novel that most readers will probably finish off in a few visits to the beach...Waxed is a treat that delivers a completely satisfying finale for all three Impresario sisters while leaving the door open for a sequel." —Connecticut Post
“Rave gets it totally right in this charming and hilarious novel about love, sisterhood, and dating. . . . The perfect summer beach read and a ton of fun!” —-Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Hope in a Jar
Praise for Spin:
“With its inside views of a corrupt yet glamorous lifestyle and its witty tone, the book is sure to please fans of the subgenre.”—-Publishers Weekly
“Spin by Robert Rave is a delightfully snarky and hilariously biting peek into the world of high-stakes public relations. With scathing wit and a gimlet eye toward celebrity culture, Rave serves up a delicious tale of rivalry, revenge, and redemption. I adored Spin and didn’t want to see it end. You need two things in your beach bag this summer—-sunblock and Spin.” —-Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty in Plaid
“Robert Rave takes you on a behind-the-scenes walk on the dark side of all the grit, vanity, and back-stabbing of the PR world, and in the end you will be left ‘spinning.’” —-Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper, New York Times bestselling authors of Celebutantes
“Robert Rave offers an X-ray look into the wicked perversions that make up the celebrity PR world. Dirty, sexy, funny. And compulsively readable.”—-J.J. Salem, author of Tan Lines
Posted April 8, 2013
Did I enjoy this book: In the beginning, I had a hard time getting into this book. It was kind of slow and I couldn't connect with any of the characters. The last quarter of the book had me hooked and laughing out loud and enjoying the book. I'm glad I didn't give up completely.
For me, the characters didn't seem all that real. It seemed like a guy wrote this book. (I know a guy did write this book...I'm saying you could tell a guy wrote it.) The women just seemed fake. Maybe I didn't feel connected because I'm not a big city/lots of money/high fashion person. I don't know. But something was off about the characters.
Carolina had her quirks and she was a tough woman but she had a vulnerable side she did not let show. Unfortunately, her tough exterior showed the most and it was difficult to feel for her. Anna was a trip. She was the most real out of the three sisters. I connected with her the most out of the three sisters. Sofia didn't make any sense to me at all. I didn't like her. I thought she was childish, spoiled, and just not likeable.
I did enjoy the scene between Anna and JJ during the photo shoot towards the beginning of the story. Their relationship throughout the book was fun. These two women really helped each other out and I almost wish this was the focus of the book. It was my favorite part of Waxed.
As I said at the beginning, I am glad that I stuck with Waxed and finished it. The last quarter of the book is what makes me comfortable giving it:
Would I recommend it: If you like chick lit set in the big city, you will probably enjoy this book.
Will I read it again: I will not.
Posted October 13, 2012
Posted January 29, 2011
This book is one of those books where you get so invested in the characters that you cannot put it down. I loved all the characters and I really hope there is a sequel to it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2010
Looking for a fun, light, New York chicklit novel to bring to the Park or the beach? Waxed will surely entertain. The three sisters are interesting in their own right, but the family dynamics and the drama of their love lives keeps Waxed moving at a quick pace.
It might be my current diet woes, but I was drawn to the middle sister Anna who is trying to get back into the workforce and finds herself outdated, overweight, and overwhelmed. Anna navigates office politics, her new job, and taking care of her kids, albeit there are many misses, she doesn't give up. Her luck starts to change with her home visit to New York socialite JJ.
Carolina, the glamorous and successful sister, has her own hangups which manifest themselves in her OCD and controlling nature. The traits don't hold her back though, the perfectionist standards have made her salon the undisputed best in NYC. It takes considerable effort for Caroline to keep everything in balance and relaxing her guard at the wrong time can take her down a rocky path. Fortunately, even though she doesn't realize it, she has people watching her back.
The youngest and the peacemaker of the family, Sofia is facing the pains of early adjustment in her marriage. Gorgeous, glamorous, and devoted to her new husband, Sofia occasionally misses the excitement and fun of going out in the City. But she buckles down and learns to cook, decorate, and all the pastimes that she associates with nesting. A surprise friendship with a client opens a window to another world and Sofia starts to explore NYC again -- this time without her husband but secure that her new friendship doesn't strain her marriage.
In Waxed Robert Rave gives us characters that we can cheer for and a fun escape from reality. Friendships, romance, adventure, intrigue, and heartache in NYC -- Waxed is a satisfying read.
ISBN-10: 0312544375 - Trade Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (August 3, 2010), 320 pages.
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Posted August 14, 2010
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Posted April 9, 2011
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