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Lady in Red

(The VIP Desire Agency #1)

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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Bullied and battered as a child, Kate Matthews grows up and transforms herself into beautiful and confident, Brandy Alexander, a sexy, high-class call girl. With a select number of rich and successful clients and a jaw dropping income, Kate feels like she’s living her dream being desired and bedded by some of Australia’s most powerful and influential men. But she has one r ...more
Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Tule Publishing
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Deborah
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it


So this is Pretty Woman in red and it's a lovely sweet read but....
I hate that there's just about always a but (more on this later)
Kate Matthews had an awful childhood she was bullied at school and had issues at home (these reveal themselves throughout book so no spoilers from me) she has only bad memories and those memories alone make her insecurities return.
She's reinvented herself as Brandy the high class call girl, she's beautiful, fit and polished, she has a select number of clients, she's
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Vasiliki
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, challenge-feb-cd
2.5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Tule Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Minor spoilers!!!

This is the story of Kate and Blaine, a call girl and a billionaire.

The story started nicely with Kate and Blaine having a "work" appointment. The sex scenes were quite nice, I need to confess. The issue for me with this book was the set up of the story. Blaine is in-love with Kate but they never had an actual date. They met through her job which is to be his fantasy and he firstly
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Coco.V
Feb 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Mel
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bailed
Too predictable ... too been done before ... too Pretty Woman meets Christian Grey.
Sue
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Lady in Red by Mel Teschco, the characters pulled me in to a believable plot. I felt like I got to know Kate, and I really felt for her. How she has moved forward in her life is different, but it's what works for her. Or so she tells herself, but does it really? She finally feels valued and desirable in life, but is the temporary nature of it enough? Secretly she craves more, but is afraid to let herself hope or trust. Mel Teshco writes Kate's character well, and I felt like she was well defi ...more
Bonnie Gonzales
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Kate has become a call girl who goes by Brandy and one of her clients, Blaine is rich, dark and good looking has fallen in love with her, she has plenty of feelings for him to, but thinks her life and her work need to stay as they are.
The story follows some twists and turns as Blaine works at convincing Kate they could make a life as a couple.
As you might guess its a hot and steamy read, but its not a cliff hanger.
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Celaena
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kate and Blain get 3.5 Stars (4 on a good day)

The idea behind the story was great and something I had not heard before. The plot is so realistic in the aspect that, if both would have communicated better with each other, they could have been happy a lot sooner.
I liked that we could see the important thoughts from both Characters. That helped to understand, what they where thinking.
My personal dilemma is, that this story has so much potential with her backstory, her current job and the media e
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Tanja Williams Hancock
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brandy/Kate: Beautiful & Insecure

This is the first book I've read by author Mel Teshco, and it was fantastic! The writing is captivating, scenery described like the reader is viewing a photograph and characters with flaws & strengths most people can relate to. Professions not so much, but the qualities that make us who we are, definitely.

Kate chose a career as a high class escort in Australia to support herself. Her youth was plagued with bullying, self-doubt, unreliable adults and a sense of
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Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads
2.5 Stars
SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
This book was okay. There was nothing wrong with it per se; there just wasn't anything special about it. There was no reason for me to give it a higher rating because there was nothing that drew me in.
While I liked Kate/Brandy, she was a little annoying. I understand that her past would cause her to have trust issues and struggle with commitment, but Kate wouldn't even consider that Blaine wanted her for something other than being his mistress. It took too long
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Sharon
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Short and sweet

Fairly interesting story of Escort Kate aka Brandy and Billionaire Blaine who wants her for her. He sees beneath the beautiful exterior to the beautiful soul she is hiding beneath. Kate’s background is one of fear and bullying and the story tells how she parlays it into the confident escort who has become financially independent because of it. Again the ending is abrupt and left me the reader wondering and with lots of questions hence the 3 Stars. The bonus book too is short and s
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Susanne M.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2 good reads

Lady in Red was the first read. Short, a couple of intimate scenes that weren't over the top. Touched on "Bullying". I appreciate when and author can incorporate a tough topic into a decent story. Second story touched on abuse within a marriage. Sad but true! Overall stories were well written, but endings felt rushed. Short stories hardly ever feel like they are developed enough. No cliffhanger s and you get a happy ending. Enjoy
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TheOtherWinchester
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's really not bad. The smutty bits are well written, the plot is a little predictable, but still exactly what I wanted when I started this book. I wanted a light, predictable, love story with some good smut and that's precisely what this book is. The only real thing about this book that I haven't read about before is that the protagonist is a prostitute, which is what piqued my interest.

If you're into romance with good smut and a little predictability (in terms of a happy ending), then by all
...more
Garden
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Uh... wtf happened to this book?

Mel Tescho, were you physically forced to wrap up your book as fast as possible and you decided to do it in one chapter? That last chapter was such a whirlwind of flip flopping of your characters motivations and emotions I wasn't sure I was reading the same book.

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Kristine Bodolay
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just wanted to yell at Brandy/Kate to run the whole book. Blaine was an obsessive stalker. I can get behind most books where there is that instant attraction and need and stuff. But this was the first one where I could not. Easy read. Ridiculous.
Kl
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short, short, short story.
It was well written but excessively short. I'm not a fan of short stories. I would not have gotten the book had I realized that this story was only half the book. Disappointing!
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Karmen
Unbelievably trite. High end call girl Kate (Brandy) falls in love with her client, Blaine, and vice versa.
He has no qualms about entering into a permanent relationship and pushed an introduction to his mother.

No real backstory. Little pace. Unbelievable "Pretty Woman-ish" storyline.
...more
Jenn Cunha
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

A quick read with just enough heat, but otherwise a bit lackluster.
Rocio Bansale
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m skeptical about it but I am fine with it. Good read.
Lisa Lenox
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Somewhat lackluster novella/short story about, yes, a prostitute and a billionaire. It goes how you think it would. Not especially sexy either.
Dr R Hughes
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this. It was a change to read Australian English instead of American and that was a pleasure, though not perfect of course I thought the end was a bit abrupt but thoroughly enjoyed the journey to get there and the erotic passages were for me enjoyable
Clarie Giselle Speights
Meh...

15 Chapters of the same whiplash.
Like pretty woman just high class escort.
This book reminds of Katy Perry's song: you're hot then you're cold. Not my cup of tea.
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Cynthia Wayman
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disappointed

I liked the beginning but the story never really developed. Just rushed to finish a poorly laid out at best a short story.
Debbie Hoopes
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very satisfying!

First book I have read by Mel Teshco. I read it in two days and enjoyed every word! I’m looking forward to read other books in this series - VIP Desire Agency.
Tammy
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this read. The characters are amazing, great story and very steamy. I loved Brandy/Kate and the emotional journey this story takes her on. I was hooked from beginning to end.
Barbara A. Faw
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good Cinderella romance with a HEA.
Marie
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Katy had a terrible childhood being bullied at home and at school. After school Katy did a total over hall on herself and now is a high dollar call girl who goes by Brandy. Brandy earns tons of money being a call girl and on the up side she really likes sex. Brandy is very selective with her clients. Blaine is crazy about Brandy and wants her for himself. Brandy is supper insecure so knowing how Blaine feels about her she feels that over time he will tire of her and she does not want the heartbr ...more
Janine
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Super steamy

Kate Matthews, also known as Brandy Alexander when she was working, had a past she would rather forget. She was once an insecure girl, now she was highly desired by men. As a high class call girl for VIP Escort Agency, she now had total control of every aspect of her life. That is until she started having feelings for one of her clients.

Blaine Leo Waymann, billionaire businessman, philanthropist and Australia’s most eligible bachelor, had first seen Brandy on the arm of another man
...more
BookSnuggle
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
"Lady in Red" by Mel Teshco is the story of Kate Matthews and Blaine Waymann.

Kate was battered and bullied growing up. She transforms herself into a high class escort, "call girl", known as "Brandy Alexander". The most important rule Kate has to follow is "don't fall in love with a client."

Blaine is a billionaire who is one of Kate's favorite clients. He wants exclusive rights to her, "Brandy". Kate doesn't want to be put in a position to where she is dependent on one person. She wants to maint
...more
Rosemary K
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kate Matthews is a high priced escort known as Brandy Alexander. She's using her profession to validate that she's worthy of love. Her childhood trauma made her the person that she is today. Blaine Waymann is a billionaire philanthropist and one of her lovers. He wants Kate to be his bride. Do they have a chance at happiness? Both Kate and Blaine have emotional baggage that has influenced who they are. It was interesting to see their interaction. When it's just the two of them they have a powerf ...more
Cindy Hamilton
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a book by Mel Teshco! Lady in Red is a hot, spicy read about a high-priced call girl Kate AKA "Brandy" who has childhood issues that hinders her to trust in people. Kate is very content with her life as a call girl and making top money pleasuring men. Blaine is a billionaire who has wanted Kate since he first saw her. Blaine wants to make Kate his own. This book is about Kate and Blaine's journey to reach a HEA and has it all, hot sex, romance, the exploration of the life of a call gir ...more
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