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Lip Action (Kiss Talent Agency #1)

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Marissa

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 o
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Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published April 23rd 2017 by Virna DePaul
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Heather
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This fun romantic contemporary is the first in a new series by Virna DePaul. It starts out as a fake relationship that benefits both parties and leads to love. Marisa needs to get her mother to back off on pushing her to reunite with her cheating ex and Simon needs to clean up his reputation to get a starring role in an upcoming film. Filled with humor, this short romance was a great start to a new series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Alison
I liked the sound of this when I read the blurb, it sounded kind of funny and quirky. Sadly, my expectations didn't match with the novel. Not to say the novel was bad, just that I was hoping for something a little different.

Marissa Woodcrest is a poor little rich girl. Her mother is a snob and blames Marissa for ditching her cheating ex-fiance Charles, in her mother's eyes Charles' pedigree overrides his personality and behaviour. At yet another interminable family dinner at the country club Mar
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namericanwordcat
2.5 Stars.

I wanted to like this and the lead characters were likable as was basic plot. I love me some pretend relationship when we only just met.

I don't mind mad cap rom com either but even though the feels between the leads felt right the plot time line was too rushed, the villains (parents included) teeth gritting simple and annoying, and the sex too fast and out of character.

So, a jump with a sweet connection at the center with a good closing.

I was given this book for my honest review. S
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Tracy's Place
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/3.75 out of 5
Coco.V
Nov 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebies
💝 FREE on Amazon today (11/24/2017)! 💝
Taz Lozada
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars for Lip Action

Marissa is the daughter of a Hollywood behind the scenes power couple who just wants to be herself. Her mother is overbearing in the extreme, to the point I wanted to slap the mom. Simon is an actor who is trying to break out of the B list and get a movie that will push him into the A list. The pair up to pretend date so everyone can be happy with the results. As with any good fake relationship it quickly becomes more to both of them. Can it survive Hollywood or Marissa
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Andrea
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF @ 39%
I just could not get into these characters - the female cannot seem to make a decision and the male just to cliche
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Kathy Davie
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
First in the Kiss Talent Agency romance series with the couple focus on Marissa and Simon Dale.

My Take
Fun. A great beach read.
Sandy S
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 23, 2017

Marissa

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 gre
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Kodie Mackay
Right so I've been re reading a lot lately because I'm been in a bit of a book funk. Just generally finding myself unsure of what I want to read.

I won't say this is the best book I have ever read,not even close. However it's gave me what I needed right now. Normally this would be a 3ish stars for me but I must admit that in my book funk mind it hit the spot and I do like a cheese fest every now and then.

I like the storyline. All though it's not an original one the author did a good job of maki
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Book Gannet
I was in the mood for something fun and a bit fluffy when I picked this up, knowing that this author is also well known for her steamy storylines. And that’s pretty much what I got. It’s easy and fun at times, sexy at others, but it also didn’t grab me quite as much as I’d hoped.

Part of that is the main characters. Marissa and Simon are both likeable enough, but also a bit boring. Marissa used to be a bad girl until a car accident, then she became so good she’s pretty much stifled her personalit
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Jeannie Zelos
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Lip Action, Virna DePaul

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  Romance,

I've mixed feelings about this. parts I liked and other bits not so much. 
I loved Marissa but what an awful family she had, especially her mum. What parent wants her daughter to marry a cheating jerk.
Her dad kept quiet, but that's a cop out IMO, he should have spoken out.

When her mum is pressing her to take back the jerk, the cheater just because she's 28 and not married....I could scream at her, and of course Mariss
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Valeen Robertson
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, hollywood
Lip Action is a sweet, sexy piece of fluff. Marissa is tired of her mother nagging her about everything, especially about taking back her cheating douchebag ex, Charles. When Simon, a blonde British hottie comes to her rescue at the country club where her mother is loudly haranguing her, they agree to a proposition where she'll pose as his girlfriend to help him snag an A-list movie role, and he'll pretend to be her boyfriend to get her mother off her back.



Their natural chemistry can't be denied
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Abby
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
**Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

"Lip Action" is written by Virna DePaul, and it is the first book in her Kiss Talent Agency series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Simon and Marissa.

Marissa's mother is making a scene at the restaurant. Despite the fact that Marissa's ex, Charles, cheated on her with his secretary for 6 months, her mother wants Marissa to take him back. It's an embarrassment to their family that she broke up with him.. so her
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J
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

I thought this was a pretty enjoyable read. Both of the MC's had to grow on me a bit. Simon started out really douchey. Not just the normal cocky MC but just kind of "ew" with his come on lines and such. It was made clear Marissa found Simon attractive but I didn't feel that special "connection" that I like when MC's first meet. It was more like he could take her or leave her.

Marissa too had some unappealing qualities. I understood how something that happened to her as a teenager had a
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Monica
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Virna dePaul's writing is so entertaining and her characters so real and fun that my emotions ran through the spectrum while reading this book.

Marissa has had about all she can take of her busy-body, interfering mother and when she tries to push Marissa to take back her cheating, lying ex Marissa is forced to do the only thing she can under the circumstances. She creates a fictitious boyfriend in a somewhat familiar looking guy she sees across the restaurant... which
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Locs and Lenses
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book from netgalley for and honest review. The book Lip Action is the first part of a series. I was drawn to it because of the cover even though the plot was a little quirky. We have Marissa who comes from privilege and whose every move is influenced by her family including her recent cheating ex-boyfriend. Her mother is trying to convince her that she needs to stay with him because of his pedigree. Little does she know that Simon is watching the entire exchan ...more
Becky Burciaga
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Though this wasn't a deep story, a plot that's been done plenty of times before...the characters were believable enough. The chemistry between Simon and Marissa was a bit lacking at times, but crafted well enough that it provided the distractions to drive the story.

What was the most unbelievable, was how Marissa's mother was as big a b*^%h as she was to her daughter and no one called her on it until the end, and even her then she got off way too easily, compared to her machinations of keeping h
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Lisa
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earc, kindle
Marissa is stuck in a bad cycle of her own making with her family. Her overbearing mother is trying to boss her and pressure her into going back to her cheating ex-boyfriend. Simon is a B list actor who needs some help of his own to get a part in a big movie so he can make it big. When he makes the offer to help her by being her fake boyfriend and she be his fake girlfriend things get exciting. She's rich and wonderfully sweet and he had a horrible childhood and sees himself as not good enough f ...more
Mary at USAT's HEA
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-read, cute
Virna DePaul’s Lip Action is a quick and fun contemporary romance and is easy to recommend. Marissa and Simon meet at a restaurant when he steps up and pretends to be her boyfriend in order to stop Marissa’s mother from publicly badgering her about her love life. He’s a B-list actor on the brink of A-list fame, and he asks Marissa to continue their fake relationship to help him secure a big movie deal. He needs to prove to the movie’s producers that he’s not a playboy.

Marissa and Simon are craz
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Loz
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

An Amazon freebie that was really quite cute. One of my fave tropes, the fake relationship.. overhearing Marissa and her family, B-list actor Simon realises they could help each other out. He needs to appear NOT as a playboy, and she needs to get her mother off her back and stop the insistence that she get back with her cheating ex-fiance all to save face; so an agreement is made and a fake relationship plan hatched.

It doesn't take these two long before their fake relationship has some
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Donna Sweeney
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kindly provided with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review.....

This was my first read by Virna and maybe its just me but I liked her style and the story line and found this read very enjoyable.

It was Simon and Marissa's book. Simon is a Lawyer and he considers himself a little above the rest of population. He sort of comes over as rude and prickly, however when you dig deeper into his story you realize its a self defense mechanism. Bless him !!. Simon certainly is a softy towards
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Bette Stanek
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fun, quick-paced rom-com. The storyline isn't unique and neither is the delivery. Simon and Marissa are fun but predictable. It's the usual overbearing, shallow mother throwing around her influence, dutiful daughter, aloof father (until he really needs to step up), perfect sister, and withdrawn brother who are just coasting through life. Then, a London turned Hollywood upward climbing actor enters the scene and inserts himself into their lives. Well, OK, mainly Marissa's life, with an ...more
Chanda Norman
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this rom-com romance about Marissa who comes from the Hollywood elite and Simon a B list actor from the slums of London. A chance meeting at the country club starts when Marissa makes up a fake boyfriend (while staring at Simon who is sitting at a near by table) because her mother is yelling at her about not taking back her cheating ex. Simon needs a fake girlfriend to improve his image for a chance to get a part in a up coming movie so he approaches Marissa near the res ...more
Gkaur
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-and-reviews
This story was exactly how the blurb described. Yes there were steamy moments, yes there was romance, yes there was good writing. Sometimes you need to take a break from the more complicated reads to simplify it down. But you see I have read enough romance to know how the story will go, and for that reason even though this was a easy cute read it really didn't hit the spot. I knew once I started this one was going to be ehh.

Marissa is a rich girl trying to get away from her overbearing mother an
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Kathleen
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone deserves a happily ever after

Simon is a B-class movie star who plays an alien in a soap opera. Marissa is a big fan of his but she doesn't realize who he is until after he helps her out after overhearing her white lies to her parents. A proposition that could benefit them both her to get her mom off her back and him to put an untrue reputation that is making things hard to move up in stardom. "Its just fun no strings attached be my significant other until this all plans out." She ran aw
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Brandi
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marissa is ready for a change and if that means leaving behind her cheating fiancée she is ready to make the leap. She is consistently reminded by her overbearing mother of mistakes she had made in the past. Her eyes caught a glimpse of Simon Dale. He is up for a coveted role that will help his acting career. Marissa makes a deal with Simon to save them both. Simon helps her develop the confidence she once lost. She is able to finally begin to be herself and not the person everyone else thinks s ...more
Bronwyn
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I picked this one up as a freebie with no obligation to leave my hones review! This is the first book by this author that I have read and while I liked it for the most part, the H was a little clichéd and the h was a tad on the doormat side.
It wasn't all bad by any means just predictable, I don't mind when things start out as a fake romance and develop into more but I think because it was on the shorter side it was a tad underdeveloped.
If your looking for a quick easy read, then I would
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Lisa
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Missed the mark for me.

Lip Action is a fake relationship story that had potential but just didn't quite do it for me. All the elements are there, and I understood the kind of emotions the author was trying to elicit with the writing. It just didn't happen for me. Everything seemed superficial, so I wasn't able to feel a true connection between the characters. As a result, I didn't really feel any buy - in to the outcome of their relationship. Overall this was a decent plot, just not executed to
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A former prosecutor, Virna DePaul writes "heat, heart, & HEA" for Harlequin and Random House. She is also a bestselling Indie author, with Bedding The Wrong Brother being a top 100 contemporary romance on Amazon with over 150 5* reviews. www.virnadepaul.com
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