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The Agency (Tess Drake #1)

3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  434 ratings  ·  135 reviews

Meet Tess Drake. She’s earned everything she has. Now it’s time to get what she deserves…

Sexy super-agent Tess Drake has worked hard to make a name for herself in the glamorous yet cut-throat entertainment industry. Tess works at an international agency, where she skillfully manages some of the world's biggest egos—her company, Bardwell International operates in the th

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Maybe this deserves 3 stars. It was easy to read (finished in 1 sitting) and adding murder to the chick-lit plot was fun. I might recommend this as a beach read- but certainly not anything else. I read it happily to the end, but the whole way through I hated the protagonist. Yay for there being a strong, career minded feminist- but boo for who she actually is. Not your average chick-lit star. She's not the 'good girl' at all- more like a sleazy backstabbing bitch that makes your lip curl. I cert ...more
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A free book from a Goodreads give away. Japan, gift horses...

What do you get with a chick-lit book about the world of agents that was co-written by an agent and "an international bestselling author of suspense novels"? You get a book that is marginally suspenseful and checks the boxes of pulp fiction elements (sex, glamor, uninspired wit, scandal, murder, bitchiness) that agents know will sell well in the rarely-discriminating world of best-sellers. As our hero, Tess, notes, there are great book
This was a quick, fast-paced read. It was interesting in terms of learning about how vindictive people in publishing are. (Are they?! How would I know:-)) Either way, it doesn't take much time to read and it is entertaining.

I usually enjoy books in which it actually feels like the author knows about the subject. This sounds like a given but it really is not. (Case in point: Almost every book where the main character is a doctor.) In chick-lit types of books, it is easy to just gloss over this w
This was the first book I'd ever won on Goodreads. I just finished reading it this afternoon. In my opinion, it's hardcore brit-chick-lit. There was just too much sex (I even learned a new word!) and the main character was a ho. No other way to say it. All of the women were mean wenches. The book should have ended 3 pages earlier than it did.

With that being said, it did keep my attention to the end. I'd probably give it a 2.5 but definitely not a 3. Definitely not for the easily offended.

Amy, I
Loved it as much as Sex And The City.
Gift from a friend. Story: Publishing industry back stabbing, who dun it murder mystery. An editor who has morals of an Alley Cat, has burned a lot of bridges. She is not a hateful person, however, she has slept with most of her friends, husbands, fiances or lovers, and is now public enemy #1 with most females. They all hate her. She does have a few friends, or thinks she does, and is astonished when she finds out her boss is dead, and she is number one suspect, because, all the evidence points ...more
This didn't seem to flow right to me. Main character, Tess, was a bit too masculine, or something. The way she described herself and her certain body parts ~ felt too much like a man trying to pose as a woman.
Ploeteren op pumps is een leuke chicklit. Het verhaal draait om Tess, die als haar baas overlijdt besluit om voor zichzelf te beginnen omdat ze niet met haar nieuwe bazin overweg kan. Maar dan lopen bepaalde zaken toch anders dan gedacht. Tess is geen aardige hoofdpersoon. Ze is een bitch, probeert altijd haar doel te halen, ook al gaat dit te kosten van anderen, en ze heeft relaties met getrouwde mannen. Ondanks dat ga je toch met haar meeleven, omdat het verhaal vanuit haar perspectief geschre ...more
Jeanette Stingley
The Agency by Ally O’Brien has to be one of the most fun books I have read in awhile. A mixture of racy chick lit, mystery, and adventure, you will find it hard to put this book down once you get started.

At first I didn’t think I would like this story but on page 6 when Tess describes her new boss as “She is our wicked witch – the kind of witch who would have bitch-slapped Dorothy and served Toto sausages to the flying monkeys.” I knew I would love this character!

The Agency is about media agent
This may seem a little harsh but I was asked to read three hundred pages so I believe I am entitled to my true opinion.

“Sex, drugs, and literature...”, well Sarah Ivens allow me to disagree. The only “literature” I see in this book are some pinched and misquoted lines from other literary authors. It is a “plague” not a “pox” on both your houses. The original use of plague was placed there for a reason as the word “plague” has many connotations that “pox” simply does not have. And contrary to po
This was the first (and only) book I have won through Goodreads. I received it a few days ago, while I was in the middle of reading Eat Pray Love. I was not anxious to drop my book as I was thoroughly enjoying it, but I am not regretful that I did.

I found The Agency to be a great chick-lit novel. It was a fast read (I am a painfully slow reader and managed to finish this one in two evenings). I agree with some of the other reviewers about how this book had way too much sexual content in it, but
THE AGENCY by Ally O'Brien was a very fun book to read. I think a book about the book industry is fun to read every now and then and this one spins a nice entangled web for the reader. The book's cover definitely signals chick-lit but inside is a good mystery that I enjoyed as a dedicated mystery lover.

THE AGENCY features the sexy, daring literary agent, Tess Drake, who is likeable as your book friend but not sure you would want her as your real best friend. The book's main setting is London so
Jamie Holloway

Strong characters’, language, easy to read. Though Tess seemed to be a selfish woman at the beginning of the book, I believe she started seeing herself in the eyes of the people around her, especially her ex-best friend Saleema and her soon to be ex-boss Cosima. What struck me most about the story, though I never been in any of the awkward, sexual exploits , or even in the publishing world she wove her life in, I still could identify with her candor, her evaluation of her choices, and even with
Ket Lamb
The Agency is quick, empty read about a vile woman's rise and fall at a London literary agency. O'Brien nails all the pettiness, backstabbing, cheating, undercutting, and jealousy that agencies breed, but the protagonist, Tess Drake, is so unsympathetic, it's almost impossible to root for her. She accidentally has sex with her best friend's fiancee, but once Tess discovers who he is, that doesn't stop her from sleeping with him again, and again. Meanwhile, Tess is also having an affair with her ...more
Hiram Alexander
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Tess Drake is a literary agent and the protagonist of The Agency. She’s smart, she’s good at her job, and she certainly loves talking about herself, which was the impression I got after reading this book. The Agency is a good mystery novel wrapped up in a vapid, materialistic, and soul-killing book. As I as reading through the book, there were parts where I wanted to throw it to the ground because I was afraid of how much of my soul was dying. In that aspect, the authors were good at describing ...more
The Agency was an engrossing and quick romp through the underhanded world of media agencies. While it was a little bit predictable; I figured out all of the secret villains half way through, I knew exactly how the fur coat would be used when Tess opened it, and I never thought the wardrobe malfunction was an accident, it was a fun book that was made by the very real and well created cast of characters, from Samur the doorman all the way up to Tess herself. You know a book is well written when yo ...more
Tess Drake has worked hard in London's literary world as an agent for authors. She has a gorgeous apartment, a secret lover, and a client she's helped rake in millions. Then her boss winds up dead from erotic asphyxia, leaving Tess' nemesis in charge of the agency. Having kicked around the idea of starting her own agency for a few years, the timing seems right. However, everything else seems to go wrong: her biggest client, Dorothy, faces a plagiarism claim; the police seem to think Tess has som ...more
May 02, 2009 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
The Agency follows Tess, an entertainment agent in her mid-thirties who lives in Londom; she's battling some shake-ups at her agency that could negatively affect her, and is having some affairs with important people to boot. Standard chick lit. Problem was, it wasn't done well. Tess wasn't very likable and while I could deal with that if the plot was interesting, the plot seemed to go nowhere and seemed forced. It was as if one page worth of action was extended into 5-10 pages, with characters b ...more
En lue paljon chick-lit:iä, joten oli pitkästä aikaa hauska heittäytyä tällaisen viekkaan ja hauskan kirjan pariin. Meno oli kevyttä ja sai minut usein naurahtamaan. Tess oli mukavan terävä, vaikkakin ajautui surkeisiin tilanteisiin (useinmiten tietenkin oma-aloitteisesti). Tarina oli mielenkiintoinen ja ihanan hektinen. Ennalta-arvattavuutta ei ollut liikaa, joten lukuinto säilyi loppuun asti.

Who run the world? GIRLS!

Menestyneiden naisten epäsuoraa valtataistelua ja juonimista oli jännittävää s
Emma Joy
My copy of this book has been stored on my shelf for a long time, left unopened. It was very pretty much neglected. I got the copy (a hardcover) on sale. The cover was an eye-catcher right then my impulsiveness brought the book without knowing what was it all about. When I ran out of books to read and at the same time I decided to take a break from my usual historical fiction genre, I picked it up discovering it had harbored dusts for its idleness. I gave it a chance to be read and appreciated.

T.V and Book Addict
This book is sooo good! It will keep you entertained for HOURS, unless you can read all 316 pg in less than one hour or something.
Tess is a 36 year old literary agent working for Bardwright Agency. After her boss dies, the next person to take the "throne" is the evil Cosima, who hates Tess's guts. This is the perfect opportunity for Tess to dump that agency and start her own. But....she's got some problems.
-She's one of the major suspects/person of interest hehe
-Dorothy, the rich children's nove
Jules Jones
Note: I received an ARC of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme.[return][return]Tess Drake is a high-flying literary agent on the staff of a top entertainment agency. Sufficiently high-flying that she wants to branch out on her own, rather than continue to take a salary that's a fraction of the money she brings into the business. As the novel opens, she's just been given one final push in that direction by the death of her boss. Tess liked Lowell; she loathes Cosima, the ...more
I picked up The Agency at Walmart for $5 CDN, back when I was about to start my post-grad program in publishing. The idea of learning about writers and agents seemed exciting to me. I can't say I was exactly disappointed by the book, but by the end, it seems super agent Tess Drake stayed a super agent by pure, dumb luck. Sure she was plotted against and in the last chapter her life was in ruins but in three pages it all turned around. There was closure, but I can't help thinking that if an autho ...more
Tess Harper has worked for Bardwell International for 10 years and has made multimillion dollar deals. She is very good at what she does, in work and in bed. And she has been in some beds she shouldn't have been in. It's a fast pace with high stakes and Tess has made some enemies. Some of them are trying to move her out of the industry and when the senior partner of the agency dies a mysterious and dramatic death someone decides that Tess should take the fall. Cosima Tate is now the partner in c ...more
Eva Leger
Jul 29, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chic-lit readers
Recommended to Eva by: won it on first-reads
If you're an avid reader, like chic-lit and not a prude you'll like this book. I'm not a huge fan of chic-lit, especially Brit-lit but this was fantastic. I was rooting for Tess the entire time and I adored finding out more about her life. I felt her highs and lows and found myself smiling at certain situations far more often than usual. I hope there is more, maybe even a sequel, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
Don't let the few 1 star ratings fool you- if the word 'cunt' or 'fuck' absolutely bothers
I have to admit... I'm a sucker for chick-lit mysteries. If you enjoyed Meg Cabot's Size 12 isn't fat series, or liked Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner-- you'll like this book. It's fun, fast-paced, and thoroughly entertaining. It won't win a Pulitzer Prize, and it is not great fiction, but the characters are definitely believable. Tess Drake is a tough top literary agent at a London entertainment agency, when her boss mysteriously dies. She takes the opportunity to start thinking about s ...more
Dino Bolton
Very good book about the entertainment industry. Tess Drake is an agent for a international agency, Bardwell International. Tess gets into trouble at the agency after the senior partner, Lowell Bardwright,dies under suspicious circumstances. Bardwrights replacement is a sworn enemy of Tess. To make things worse Tess is having an affair with the husband of her new boss,Cosima Tate.
Tess also has made some other troublesome enimies over the years at the agency that causes her even more problems.

A g
I didn't really like the protagonist of this book. Tess is a strong, independent female, but she also comes off as a [albeit self-proclaimed:] bitch. Her snarky comments were sometimes a bit forced, but I came to like the book after Tess's trip to New York. The latter half of the book definitely possesses more momentum than the first, and I became more invested in Tess's life.

"Ally O'Brien" makes a good attempt here, and I think other endeavors in the future will prove to be a bit more solid, wi
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