Lip Service

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 21, 2012 - Fiction - 320 pages
A sizzling and sensual journey into an erotic world few women dare to enter . . . On the surface, Julia Sterling’s life seems blessed. Married to a renowned psychiatrist and living on Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side, Julia deeply loves her stepson and is forging a career as a journalist.

When a writing job exposes her to the world of phone sex, Julia gets a glimpse into a world that stirs her erotic fantasies but threatens her carefully constructed reality. As she explores her emotional and sexual connections to the men she knows and several she will never meet, she confronts evil, perversity, and her own long-forgotten passions.

Tracing the currents of desire, illusion, and psychological manipulation, Lip Service is an astonishingly vivid journey into one woman’s inner life. At the same time, this electrifying thriller grips the reader as it blurs the lines between fantasy and reality and builds toward a shattering climax.

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I received a copy of Lip Service courtesy of NetGalley. Julia is the wife of Paul, a psychologist, that treats her more like a patient than his wife. Years before, when she left her carefully ... Read full review


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A debut novel, originally self-published last year, by former ad-woman (and Harlequin Romance account exec) Rose, who constructs a psychological thriller out of a sheltered housewife's sudden ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

New York Times bestselling author M.J. Rose grew up in New York City exploring the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum and the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the founder of the first marketing company for authors, and cofounder of She lives in Connecticut. Visit her online at

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