[Review] Leave It to Cleavage - Wendy Wax

Title of Book : Leave It to Cleavage
Author : Wendy Wax
Publisher : Bantam

Miranda Smith isn't surprised to discover a cache of racy photographs in her husband's desk--after all, he is the president of Ballantyne Bras. But she's more than shocked to realize it's his buff, burly body encased in the red satin bustier and matching bikini panties...and he's nowhere to be found. Neither is their life savings nor the company coffers. Thus begins Miranda's hilarious, frantic scramble to unravel the mystery behind her husband's disappearance, illegal accounting practices, and penchant for wearing silky teddies and kitten heels.

Miranda Smith is a woman with high social status in her small town of Truro. After all, her family is the owner of Ballantyne Bras, a company focusing in women underwear. She spends her time being charity fundraiser and a trainer for pageant class in high school. But her life turns upside down when she found a racy picture of her husband wearing women’s underwear with another woman’s hand. When she went to seek for answer from her husband, Tom, a letter was left behind stating that her his husband is away and not coming back. Engulfed by sadness and anger, she realized that she’s the only one who’s capable of saving herself and the company.    
Although Tom Smith only appears for a brief moment, I hate him. Based on other characters’ explanation, he’s described as a coward and an unfaithful husband. Not to mention his weird fetish. Ew. As for Miranda, in my opinion, the author tries to make Miranda an example of women empowerment. Before her husband disappears, her life is defined by Tom. Miranda is the wife of Ballantyne CEO. As the story progresses, she rediscovers herself as a whole human being apart from being a wife.
There’s a romance aspect in this book between Miranda and Blake, a police officer who investigates Tom’s case. The romance is not my favorite part of the book. I’d rather read about Miranda’s attempt to recover Ballantyne after Tom’s disappearance. Miranda’s relationship with Blake’s daughter is also a nice addition to the book. Miranda was trying to have a baby with Tom, so her maternal instinct and her longing for a child have a big role in it.
I hate the last few chapters of this book. I think it’s repetitive and annoying. There’s a misunderstanding between Miranda and her grandmother as to what really happen to Tom. So Blake as a police officer tried to clear the misunderstanding by locking them in a cell. That caused them to debate and argues for hours, which makes the chapter full of nonsense talk and that annoys me. I mean, just cut the chase and finish it already.
Overall I give this book a three out of five. It’s more of a two point five out of five actually. The ending just doesn’t work out well for me.

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