Monday, August 2, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway- Waxed

I just finished reading Waxed by Robert Rave for a TLC Book Tour.

From Goodreads:

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. . . .

Wow.  I don't know what to say about this book.  There is so much going on, that I don't think that I really get a feel on any of the sisters or the full story of things.  I felt that the book just skimmed the surface of the sisters and we didn't get the real story on them. 

Carolina just seems cold.  There are times when a nicer girl shines through, but not really.  I wish we could have gotten a background on why she was that way.  Anna just seemed like a middle child--she easily got lost in the other two sisters.  But I would have liked to have known more about her daughter Ariel--we only get a little glimpse of what makes her daughter different and I would have liked to have known more about her.  Sofia is the sister that I most closely identify with and whom I felt we got to know best.  Her story was one that I definitely didn't see coming.  But my favorite character by far was JJ.  I loved how spunky she was and that she didn't let her age or her illness slow her down.  And that while she seemed tough, she was really a softie.

This book had some definite shockers in it.  And while it was definitely entertaining, I was left wanting more details of the stories of the sisters.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

Waxed will be released on August 3, 2010.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 99

More about Waxed and Robert Rave

Waxed on
Robert's website
Robert on Twitter

Robert Rave’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, August 3rd: Books, Movies, and Chinese Food
Wednesday, August 4th: Trashionista
Thursday, August 5th: Bellas Novella
Friday, August 6th: Chick Lit Reviews
Monday, August 9th: Novel Whore
Tuesday, August 10th: Chick Lit Club
Wednesday, August 11th: The Brain Lair
Thursday, August 12th: Rundpinne
Friday, August 13th: Luxury Reading
Monday, August 16th: Simply Stacie
Tuesday, August 17th: Chick Lit is Not Dead
Wednesday, August 18th: Book Club Classics
Thursday, August 19th: A Novel Menagerie
Monday, August 23rd: Pop Culture Junkie
Tuesday, August 24th: Starting Fresh
Thursday, August 26th: Ask Miss A

I am also lucky enough to give away one copy of Waxed.  The contest will end on Monday, August 9th at 11:59 pm.  US/Canada only, no PO Boxes.  To enter, fill out the form here.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the TLC Book Tours.


  1. Thanks for hosting - sorry you didn't enjoy it more. I hope that if I win I find it more fulfilling.

  2. No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  3. Thank you for the review. I'm sorry the book wasn't a better fit, but I appreciate your being on the tour.

  4. Interesting premise for a book. But still, it goes on my reading list. Would like to find out for myself how highly to rate it.

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

  5. I'd love a chance to check out 'Waxed'=)
    Thanks bunches,
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  6. Thanks for taking the time to read WAXED and my apologies it wasn't your cup of tea.

    Good luck with the TwentyTen Reading Challenge!!! Enjoy the rest of your summer and thank you again!