Lip Action (Kiss Talent Agency #1) by Virna DePaul-a review

LIP ACTION (Kiss Talent Agency #1) by Virna DePaul-a review

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 23, 2017


Appearance is everything to my upper-crust mother, but when she insists I take back my pedigreed-but-cheating ex? I’d rather stab myself with a salad fork. So I blurt out I’m dating someone new. Someone like…that smoking-hot, vaguely familiar guy across the restaurant, who could be the next James Bond.

Turns out he’s the star of my favorite, cheesy, sci-fi soap opera. (Don’t judge me.) One minute I’m fantasizing about Borg and his green-hued abs. The next, Simon Dale is making me an offer my sex-starved body can’t refuse.


I’m up for a breakout movie role that’ll launch me off the B-list, but I don’t need a script to read the scene between Marissa and her mum. Even though I’m a London gutter rat who never rubbed elbows with a Royal, I easily slip into the role of Marissa’s doting boyfriend. Why? I need a favor in return— a steady girlfriend, just long enough to convince the producers I’ve changed my wild ways.

Trouble is, I’m going all Method on this relationship—and close to losing the one thing that could break me. My heart.


REVIEW: LIP ACTION is the first installment in Virna DePaul’s contemporary, adult KISS TALENT AGENCY erotic, romance series. This is British b-list actor Simon Richards-Dale, and heiress / marketing specialist Marissa Woodcrest’s story line.

Told from dual first person points of view (Marissa and Simon) LIP ACTION focuses on the fake boyfriend/girlfriend relationship between British b-list actor Simon Dale, and marketing specialist Marissa Woodcrest. Simon’s reputation in Hollywood as a manwhore keeps our hero on the b-list of celebrities and in the news. Hoping to land a lucrative role in an upcoming Hollywood blockbuster movie, our hero is in desperate need of a committed girlfriend to impress the people behind the scenes. Enter heiress, and marketing specialist Marissa Woodcrest, whose own personal life has fallen onto hard times with the discovery that her fiancé had been having an affair with his office secretary. Pressure from her mother to rekindle with her former flame, finds our heroine secretly agreeing to become Simon’s girlfriend to keep her mother off of her back. What ensues is the building relationship between Simon and Marissa, and the fall out when the truth is revealed.

Marissa Woodcrest is the daughter and heiress of well- to –do businessman Raul Woodcrest but Marissa’s earlier years were fraught with questionable behavior and run-ins with the law. Hoping to keep up appearances, Marissa’s recent engagement was everything her mother had ever wanted but not so our story line heroine. Simon Dale (Richards) grew up the son of a drunk, and a drug addict but needed an image change when the studios came calling. His reputation as a manwhore did not appeal to the bigwigs in charge, and a steady girlfriend is just what was needed and Marissa was ripe for the picking. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. Simon likes to talk dirty in the bedroom, against the wall, on the beach……

There are a large number of secondary and supporting characters including Marissa’s ex Charles, and Simon’s ex Janelle, Marissa’s parents Raul and June, as well as her brother Kenny and sister Larissa; Simon’s sister Dana, his friend and agent Declan Kiss; and Hollywood producers Arnold and Edward Spires.

The world building follows the lies and secrets that begin to spiral out of control. As Simon desperately battles for his upcoming role, Marissa comes to the realization that she has fallen in love with a man who isn’t looking for a permanent relationship.

LIP ACTION is sexy and spicy read with a little bit of humor, heartbreak, and a happily ever after. The premise is entertaining; the characters are colorful; the romance is seductive. The story line needs another round of editing due to some spelling and grammar issues, as well as a mix up in names e.g. Woodcrest vs Woodward-hopefully the errors were corrected before the final release.

Copy supplied by Netgalley

Reviewed by Sandy


Filthy Rich by Virna DePaul-Review & Giveaway

FILTHY RICH by Virna DePaul-Review & Giveaway

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by Virna DePaul
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance

Filthy Rich

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 27,2015

Cara Michal has had to fight every step of the way to earn her place in the glittering seven-figure world of Wall Street. Years ago her hardworking father, a small-time investment adviser, was humiliated and wrongfully accused of fraud. Now Cara is at the top of her game, trying to support not only herself but her mother and brother. The occasional night out dancing soothes Cara’s soul, even as a bitter need for revenge against the man who destroyed her father makes inner peace elusive.

Then, in a moment of heat, Cara kisses a sexy stranger at a party—only later to discover that the man is Branden Duke, her new boss, an infamous operator with a wicked reputation in bed and on the Street. Branden is a man who seemingly has it all—except a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that he’s found Cara, he’s not sure he can let her go, even if he should.

In spite of herself, Cara is drawn to this charismatic guy. He is a challenge like none she has ever faced in her life. Their passion for each other is unquenchable, surprising them both with its ferocity. Even as Cara wonders if she can trust this man with her heart and soul, the ecstasy of their love cannot be denied. But when the past threatens the present, the two are faced with a truth from which they may never recover.


REVIEW: FILTHY RICH is the first book in Virna DePaul’s contemporary, adult, erotic romance series. This is billionaire/CEO Branden Duke, and Wall Street analyst Cara Michal’s storyline.

Told from dual third person perspectives FILTHY RICH follows the building relationship between Branden Duke and Cara Michal. Cara is an analyst for Dubois & Mellan, and the with the recent sale of the company to Branden Duke finds our heroine caught in a taboo relationship with her new boss, whom she first met at a gathering intended to introduce Branden to his new employees. What ensues is a highly sexual relationship between two people whose lives are connected by the past. Cara is the soul source of income and support for her mother and mentally ill brother since the death of her father, and with it comes the responsibility of both physical and emotional acceptance of what she is and is not capable of providing. Her position within Dubois & Mellan is a necessity but an affair with the new boss proves that nothing is secret or sacred in the workplace when threats, accusations and adulterated videos of Cara and Branden are used as leverage against our leading couple. Branden has begun an investigation into the financial assets of the company, and Cara has become the target of slander and office gossip while a stalker continues to threaten our leading couple.

The relationship between Cara and Branden begins accidentally at a party to honour the new owner of Dubois and Mellan. Cara finds herself alone with a man she knows nothing about but a man who calls to her heart and soul. Branden, as it will soon become known, is Cara’s new boss, and the man who would die to protect the woman with whom he is falling in love; their backstories are sad and heartbreaking, and tied together by deceit and fraud. The $ex scenes are numerous, erotic and intense. There is very little angst between Cara and Branden; when Cara is threatened, she is quick to let Branden know without denying the obvious or hiding the truth.

There are a number of secondary and supporting characters including Branden’s five half and step-sisters but we only meet Deena who has a recurring role as she is hired to investigate some of the people at Dubois and Mellan. With the introduction of Branden’s extended family, his best friend Alex (who may or may not have an interest in one of Branden’s sisters), and Alex’s brother Lee, there may be several story lines on the horizon from Virna DePaul. The requisite evil has many faces. Cara’s best friend Iris continues to push Cara to come out of her shell.

The world building introduces the characters and players behind the scenes at Dubois & Mellan, and the loving relationship between Branden and his family. The witty text banter and phone calls are humorous and affectionate. The sibling interactions are familiar and warmhearted.

FILTHY RICH is an easy read with drama, betrayal, mystery and suspense; the person responsible for the threats against Cara and Branden is unexpected, and not whom the reader may have been lead to believe. The premise is entertaining with scenes of drama, humour and a twist; the romance is erotic and not unexpected; the happily ever after is about to begin.

Copy supplied by publisher through Netgalley.

Reviewed by Sandy

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