Review: Lingerie and Felons by Ros Baxter

9780857991393Summary: Lola is always wearing the wrong underwear at the worse times… like upon arrest. Wait! Let’s back up a minute!

Lola’s parents repeatedly told her she could make a difference growing-up. Lola wants that. She wants to have purpose and be a force of change… The trouble for Lola is that she’s not sure what force of change she wants to be. As she tries to help she slips into and out of tricky legal situations such as the aforementioned arrest.

Along the way Lola meets a handsome Australian broker and a sexy lawyer with Superman tendencies. Her heart is torn and the choice should be easy, but there isn’t a pair of undies to tell a girl what to do and who to be with… Lola will have to figure that out on her own.

Review: I really enjoyed Wayne. When he’s first introduced he’s clearly the opposite of the heroine. They butt heads on a lot of issues. I loved that he switched Lola’s nickname on the first date and started to call her Rocket. That was really cute.

Wayne gets Lola on a level that she’s terrified of because on the surface Wayne is all wrong. She’s hardcore save the planet, hippy, libertarian, democrat and he’s a “heartless” and “soulless” suit, except he isn’t. Wayne is greatly amused by Lola and her passion for making a difference. It changes him throughout the novel. I really felt for him and wanted him to find someone special who loved him and wanted to be with him.

The greatness that is Wayne aside, I do not like Lola, and since the story is from her point of view (POV) that puts me in a predicament. I liked her fine in the beginning of the story, but actions she takes reveals that Lola is narrow-minded and shallow about what is right and what is wrong, and she argues instead of debates. Wayne gets in a really good point about money when she’s on her high horse and it makes her very uncomfortable.

Then there is Lola’s emotional immaturity. She ends her and Wayne’s relationship when it gets to be “too real” and hides her emotions in another relationship because the man is a safe choice. He’s rebound all the way and she uses this other man, who is equally great (but not great for her), to hide. This is perfectly acceptable in the beginning of the novel when she’s younger and a grad student. Everybody needs some time to figure out what they want and who they want.

But, as the years go by, she should have a better grip on what she wants/needs and not face a panic attack every time she and Wayne cross paths. Lola pushes Wayne away at all of their encounters, tells him lies when she’s scared she might fall back into a relationship with him, and misdirects him (regarding her daughter, Eve). She feels that wanting Wayne means being untrue to herself and punishes him for it. I’m honestly surprised he wanted her after all the years apart and all her crazy. And she hurts another in her endeavor to protect herself from what loving Wayne might mean.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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5 Reasons Why You Should Never Wear a Thong to a Strip Search

9780857991393Guest Blog by Ros Baxter, author of Lingerie For Felons

Hi there – today I’m introducing you to New Yorker Lola, the sticky-situation-prone heroine of Lingerie For Felons. Lola knows that 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, three arrests and a series of poor underwear choices, their lives and paths continue to converge.

Today, I’m sharing Lola’s top 5 reasons why you should never wear a thong to a strip search:

  1. Well, firstly, it’s a sure sign I haven’t done the laundry again (and I’ve had to borrow from my stripper room-mate – well, she says gentlemen’s escort, but it’s all interpretation).  I just don’t feel that at home in sexy knickers; normally I’m a functional underwear kind of girl.
  2. Secondly, and maybe mostly, given that the whole red lace thong thing happened on my first arrest EVER, I was really worried that cops might think girls in red lace thongs  were ‘askin’ for it’ (cue to image of a burly prison guard, lasciviously beating a truncheon against his open palm).  It was probably just too many bad cop shows on TV, but I just wasn’t entirely sure whether cops were the kind of people to respect a woman’s right to own her inner vixen.
  3. Police cells can get kind of chilly, especially when your heart is all frozen over from being so damn broken.
  4. Y’know what? Most of all, the whole underwear thing has become kind of symbolic, and the thong…well, the thong gives a majorly false impression. A red lace thong looks like it belongs on a girl who knows what to do with it.  Whereas, me? The first time Wayne kissed me I got so scared I had to fabricate menstruation to give me some breathing space while I worked out what to do about it.
  5.  And then there’s the whole first-line-of-defence thing. What if Wayne shows up again? He’s making a habit of turning up just as I Iand in trouble. Like Superman. And when he does, it’s a matter of microseconds before we’re at it again. A red lace thong is nowhere near substantial enough to stand between me and the force of the wicked, wanton thing I have for this guy.  It’s doesn’t seem to make any difference that I know he’s Mr Wrong. With Wayne around, it’s not a thong I need, it’s a chastity belt.

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Lingerie for Felons by Ros Baxter

Available from Escape Publishing on 1 March 2014

Amazon link: Lingerie For Felons

Ros BaxterAbout the author

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

Ros has published Sister Pact (a romantic comedy co-written with her sister Ali) with Harper Collins, Fish Out Of Water, Lingerie For Felons and White Christmas (Escape Publishing), Home for the Holidays and Seven Deadly Sins (Amazon).  Sequels to Sister Pact and Fish Out of Water are coming out in 2014, along with Second Chances, a Bold and the Beautiful story published through Pan Macmillan.

In her spare time, Ros is also a public servant, consultant, mother, lover, taxi service for extra-curricular activities, and (because she is so freakin’ busy) maker-of-the-fastest-family-meals in the business.  There is nothing you can teach her about using a slow cooker or making the same dinner sound more appealing by giving it an exotic name or interesting backstory.

Ros also coordinates “Tomorrowgirl”, a short story competition for remote Indigenous girls in Australia. You can find out more at www.tomorrowgirl.com.au.

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 rosbaxterink@gmail.com, find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RosBaxterInk, or on twitter @RosBaxter. You can also visit her website www.rosbaxterink.com.

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