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.
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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.
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Ros Baxter writes a humorous romance of opposites attracting in Lingerie for Felons. Baxter creatively pulls you into this story, telling it through Lola’s eyes. The author beautifully and seamlessly blends a story that spans over fourteen years, telling the story in the present time and using flashbacks that add depth to all of the characters involved. As a mathematician, Lola finds peace in numbers, especially when the rest of her life is a chaotic mess. She wants to change the world, to make it a better place, and because of this activism, Lola gets arrested from time to time. Lola never expects she’ll meet a guy, Wayne, while she is drunk on the subway, but that’s just what happens. Lola and Wayne have a special chemistry when they are together. Although Lola recognizes that this chemistry is important to their relationship, she chooses to concentrate on their differences instead. Wayne is a rugged and handsome stockbroker from Australia, and he works to raise money for prominent Republican, which Lola just can’t stand. Passionate about her causes, Lola is prone to yelling during arguments. I just loved how Wayne can stop Lola in her tracks with just a few words. The spitfire dialog between Lola and Wayne provide many laugh-out-loud moments throughout the story. Their differences are just too much for Lola to handle, so she breaks up with Wayne. As the years go by, life throws Lola many curveballs. Furthermore, no matter what relationship she is in, Lola has doubts about the person she is: if she’s good enough for her partner, and if she really is changing the world. Throughout the years, Lola sees Wayne from time to time and misleads him as to her current relationship status. Wayne is a stand-up guy who really loves Lola, and despite the lies and the deception, he just wants Lola to be happy. While they are apart, Wayne makes changes to his life and hopes that Lola will take note of these changes. It really is really beautiful to see when Lola finally puts all the components of a relationship into the right equation and realizes that she has truly loved Wayne all along. Lingerie for Felons is a thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy about a woman coming into her own and realizing that sometimes love waits for you to catch up. I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
An engaging story that drew me right into the story of a young woman that wants to change the world. While this had a serious message, it had many laugh out loud moments as we follow Lola's life. She is a likable heroine who struggles to be the right person and be with the right person while attempting to save the world....or at least the whales. Told with humor and humility, this is a must read - but make sure to start it early enough in the day, as you won't be able to put it down once you start it
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. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.