Lip Service by M. J. Rose

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Lip Service is the prequel to M.J. Rose's Bestselling Butterfield Institute Series which includes three novels -  The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex, The Venus Fix - and the short story collection In Session.  

Lip Service probes the secret world of phone sex and one woman who becomes empowered by what she discovers there. Not since Erica Jong's Fear of Flying has a novel so masterfully examined the relationship between sexuality and identity.

 On the surface, Julia Sterling's life seems blessed. Married to a renowned psychiatrist, 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 at The Butterfield Institute - a sex therapy clinic -  exposes her to the world of phone sex, Julia glimpses 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 passions.

Tracing the currents of desire, illusion, and psychological manipulation,Lip Service is an astonishingly vivid glimpse into one woman's inner life. At the same time, this electrifying
thriller grips the reader as it builds toward a battering climax.

About M. J. Rose

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M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of twelve novels, one of which (The Reincarnationist) was the basis of the television series Past Lives. She is a founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Published September 1, 1999 by Atria Books. 322 pages
Genres: Erotica, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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Naturally, much of his time is consumed in fund-raising, and here Julia’s debutante upbringing stands her in good stead as she hosts and charms the various fat wallets of Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Julia Sterling, the daughter of a prominent psychiatrist, is married to Paul, one of her father's prot g s, who has functioned as her therapist and jailer for the past 20 years, plying her with tranquilizers on the pretext of a brief breakdown Julia suffered in college, and settling every disagre...

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Book Reporter

Rose, a former ad executive who has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art, self-published this book and then sold it to Simon & Schuster, under whose guidance the book is selling very, very well, particularly on, where it's the top-selling independent book.

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When Julia discovers that the solution to many individuals' sexual problems is theraputic phone sex, Julia asks Sam if she can become a "therapist" in order to discover, first-hand (no pun intended), how the process works (all in the name of serious and devout research).

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