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Leave It to Cleavage

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  443 ratings  ·  43 reviews
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 Mirand ...more
Published August 3rd 2004 by Bantam (first published 2004)
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This was a cute easy read. The female characters were strong women, especially Grams. Strangers things have happened.
I just chanced upon this novel by a less known author, Wendy Wax. I read it just not to judge the book by its cover. But due to obvious reasons, any girl will know it would be a full blast Chic Lit.

How could Miranda Ballantyne know, searching for a roll of stamps could be catastrophic and change her life as she knows it. Miranda's new year resolution was to stock a good amount stamps and she had failed to live to it. She has nearly upturned the whole house, and the only thing left was her husba
This was a cute, light read. Not heavy on the romance like I thought it might be. My favorite character was Andie, the fifteen year old daughter of the police cheif. The part where she learned to walk in high heels made me smile. The female characters were strong women who went after what they wanted. Miranda was a likeable enough main character, but after awhile I found her to be a little boring. I would definitely qualify this paperback as a beach read.
The tagline, "Lingerie is her business. Seducing her out of it is his," is actually inaccurate. Blake spends a good portion of the novel lusting after Miranda while on the verge of falling in love, and the feelings are mutual. The sex is kept to a bare minimum, which I found quite soothing because it doesn't detract from the plot. There is a twist near the end that drags the story out a bit.
This is more of a "I Am Women Hear Me Roar" book (not saying there's anything wrong with that), but the romance/main love story is pretty lacking...Here's a little praise to the pepe's in the marketing department and the author; they did do an awesome job with the cover and the title... the story is by all means as cute as the cover. So overall it's a fairly good Chick Lit book and fast read.
I am somewhere between it was okay and liked it. I have LOVED all the other Wendy Wax books I read. This one took me some time to get into and in the end I did enjoy it, but not as much as her others. She is always a fun read! I have one or two more of hers to read until she comes out with more :)
another book about nothing that i enjoyed
Lori Loper
This was a fun, easy to read book. My only problem was the last few chapters seemed rushed and jumbled up in a hurry to finish it up by page ##. I would have thought that having knowledge of each other from school days past, that more info about their interactions or antics could have been interspersed along the way. At times, they seem to not have known each other in their past? Otherwise, the chemistry is a good build up between the two characters.
Jane Aronoff
Spent a hot June reading Wendy Wax books. Didn't have the beach but did have good beach books!
Marcia Lester
Good plot, different. Great characters with a splash of humor
It was a quick and easy read. I felt like there was a lt of back and forth between the chief of police and Miranda that was bordering on my yelling "enough already!" but I manage to keep it at bay. One thing that bothered me though was the scorn the town held for Miranda regarding the disappearance I her husband? I think sh should have been more forthcoming of those details because her protecting his so called reputation was really bugging me. Overall it was quick and easy and just the way I lie ...more
By necessity, I must keep my late 2012 reviews short. However, for a book of this particular genre, this novel is decent. It certainly contains the bare bones of a writer with some talent--the book is a combination of mystery, romance, coming-into-one's-own, etc..., so that immediately set it apart from others in the genre. Of course, this is no literary novel, but one ought to know that upon glancing a bra on the cover. Overall, an enjoyable "fluffy" read.
This is old-school romantic-comedy with a heavy helping of cheese, which makes for a breezy read. Wendy Wax's earlier works remind me of Jennifer Crusie's old slapsticks, and I just couldn't resist. Yes, it was predictable in the relationship department--her writing has evolved a lot as evidenced by Ten Beach Road--but I'm a big fan of word candy. Those of you looking for something profound or intellectual: this is NOT it. But it was fun!
The plot line -- deserted wife steps in to rescue failing family-owned bra factory -- was reminiscent of the British movie Kinky Boots, and just as enjoyable.

Stock characters, a homely small-town setting, no unexpected surprises, and a few plot holes didn't detract from the fluffy good-natured atmosphere of the story.

Solid, well-written mainstream chick-lit.
This was a fun fast read about a woman that is under estimated and has to find a way to stand on her own to feet before she can count on anyone again, especially men!

I feel the lead male could have had a bit more character development, but overall a nice story that begs for a sequel

Looking for mire Wendy Wax books.
I'm not sure what to think about this book. It was mindless, but at the same time I got so annoyed with the ending (view spoiler)
This is one of the books that I'm embarrased to rate. It was actually a good romance and not trashy - but the title...

It's a funny title (the long title is: leave it to cleavage - an uplifting book) and she makes decent use of humor in the book.

I will look for more books by Wendy Wax.
A nice story of a southen woman done wrong but she did good with the brains that she had been unable to use in her marriage. This book contains some humor along the way. Wendy Wax is a very fun writer and I really enjoy her books!!!!
A love story/mystery around the disappearance of the CEO of a bra company and the wife he left behind. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there wasn't much mushy stuff and was unhappy to see I was correct about the affair.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was different than other books that I have read. I liked the author's writing style and the way she told the story. I will definitely try to read all of the books she has written.
Diane Perry
Wendy Wax is a great writer. Her characters are always likable and funny. This book did not let me down. Miranda Smith was able to show everyone just how smart she really is. That is the ultimate revenge.
I remember enjoying this book, i read it so long ago. All i took from it was that i want a bra made specially for me, in fact it was all i wanted for a while. thankfully i'm over that craving now!
Jolisa Sampey
this was my first book by wendy wax but not my last. it was a fun story about a woman who finds herself on her own and learns to deal with it and then to shine.
Sasha Strader
Why, oh why, are the heroes in romance novels so often arrogant pricks? Not to mention the whole "let's conceal something that isn't criminal from the police" angle.
Meh - this was another "skimmer." Wasn't pulled in right away, and didn't feel compelled to keep reading and just ended up flipping through it quickly.
This was very uplifting! I love novels that the woman reinvents herself and becomes self-reliant. Then, of course, the man that can appreciate her comes along.
Dan Couch
I picked this one out of the library on one of the cruise ships and I loved it...funny, light reading with just a little eroticism built in.
Nov 11, 2011 Kathleen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: Robin
i liked the missing person storyline - and while i wanted to smack the main character for some of her decisions, it was a good read :-)
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The Wendy Wax who writes Children Books is my cousin. She’s at See the PW Article about the 2 Wendy Waxes.I'm the Wendy Wax who writes women's fiction exploring friendship,self-discovery and the challenges life brings us, leavened with a touch of humor. I'm proud of all my books and perhaps best known for my "Ten Beach Road" titles including the USA Today bestsellers, Ten Beach ...more
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