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The Venus Fix (Butterfield Institute #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  659 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
In the latest series entry from Rose (The Delilah Complex) to feature psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow, a string of murders is plaguing Manhattan, and sexy sex therapist Snow's new patient—a powerful judge with a reputation for being fair and an addiction to Internet pornography—is at the top of the suspect list. While Morgan works with patients addicted to real-time Web cam f ...more
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Published July 1st 2006
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Jan 20, 2010 Caitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read about Dr Morgan Snow, sex therapist, from M.J. Rose. I would recommend you read the first two books because they will help enrich the story for you. Although, the author did a great job of filling in details from the first two books.

There are so many things going on in this book: Morgan's fledgling relationship with Detective Noah Jordain; her work as a sex therapist and how that ties in to someone killing woman who perform Internet pornography; her growing battle with her in
May 14, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK..I love me some MJ Rose books!! This one blew me away with what I have come to expect from her writing. A boat load of sexual spiciness, with an excellent mystery to boot! I didn't see the ending coming and I love when that happens because it doesn't happen that often.
Aug 19, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this third Butterfield Institute psychological thriller, a serial killer is killing women who broadcast online sex shows through the use of poison in tools they use during their online shows. The killer's victims suffer a gruesome death while broadcasting their shows, and their deaths are watched by hundreds of horrified online viewers.

Dr Morgan Snow is hired to help a group of troubled teenagers at a high school with what the adults deem to be an unhealthy fascination with sex. There are sec
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I love seeing the dynamics of counselor and patient and trying to figure out the why and how to assist them to heal or overcome their addictions. If I was to start my career again, I would study to be a sex counselor. Morgan Snow's newest patient is a powerful, influential man who is secretly addicted to watching porn online. We know he is not the murderer but all the evidence points to him, so who is the murderer. I love how this ended, great suspense with perfect answer to the end.
Marte Patel
I quite liked this book. It was a more gripping read than the last one I read (The Death List), and far more believable. The murders were a lot less gory and there were a lot fewer of them. I think some lower quality crime writers feel they have to have fifteen murders and for them all to be really gory, but that's just not the case. I would recommend this one!
Apr 19, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, books-i-own
a definite suspense.

first novel i read from the author and i liked it. easy to read and the instances cited in the book is relatable.

The plot is realistic, considering the magic of internet is fullblown as it is. the killer is a very unlikely one.

although the main character is not built up as it should have, the story is nerve-wrecking.
Jun 24, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book so far in the Butterfield Institute series. There was a good mix of mystery and character development. It was an interesting look at the world of internet porn, especially from a teenage perspective.
May 02, 2010 Natahlia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I advise you don't read this book in less you are comfortable with the description, cause it get's a lot more mature, and I know some people can't handle that. But other than that it's a very good book, and I loved it.
May 03, 2009 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting tale on a serial killer who is killing gals who perform on webcams. I grew a little wary of hearing about the Doctor's past, but that's what i get for reading all three books back to back.
Donna Taylor
Nov 24, 2014 Donna Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best of the three. It is import to read all three but if you only read one in this series make it this one.

I have never seen the effects of pornography so well demonstrated. When my boys were younger we had many very frank discussions concerning this topic. I wish I had this book as a reference when I had to deal with this topic.

It is so important to educate our sons about the true cost of porn to society. I don't mean we should be prudes of punishing to our sons. But we need to ma
Rachael L Moore
Jan 19, 2016 Rachael L Moore rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mys
I learned from this book that there is a clause in the generally understood monogamy agreement that neither party can orgasm without the other present.

It's never otherwise explained why the husbands felt the need to hide, or why the wives felt betrayed and cheated on. It seems like no coincidence that the book introduces only one perspective from camgirls: feeling ashamed in some way by it, seeing it as a poor choice due to bad self esteem or as a temporary aberration. And for some of the (all m
Sep 19, 2011 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another quick beach read that kept me guessing until the last few chapters
Love MJ Rose
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Jul 20, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 02, 2012 Christy rated it liked it
I'm conflicted on this 3rd book about Dr. Morgan Snow, Sex Therapist. I think I'd really give it 2.5 stars. By this point, I'm really tired of hearing about how awesome Morgan's sense of smell is (If I have to read about Noah's rosemary/mint cologne or that she's popped another peppermint to ward off scents, I'm going to scream!); I'm really tired of Nina's overbearing "listen to me because I'm always right" attitude; I think Dulcie needs a good spanking and told that "no is no" and to stop bein ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a top notch thriller.

In the latest installment of the stories of Dr. Morgan snow, she is counseling two distinctly different groups who both have the same exact addiction--that of being addicting to internet pornography.

One of her patients, a high powered and very private man going by the name of 'Bob' is horribly addicted to watching web cam girls. He hates that he's addicted, hates that he's gotten caught by his wife thus straining his marriage to the breaking point but just cannot sto
This was billed as an "erotic thriller," which put me off a bit. Years ago I read this quote-- "Sex in which you're not an active participant is either funny or boring," (wish I knew who said it) and that's pretty much how I feel about the steamy sex scenes in contemporary suspense novels. Nine times out of ten I skip over the shivering orgasm parts. I don't want to waste time reading about the hero's firm, muscular heaving chest. I just want to find out who the crazed serial killer is.

Still, I
Goodreads Description- As one of New York's top sex therapists, Dr. Morgan Snow sees everything from the abused to the depraved. From high-profile clients with twisted obsessions to courageous survivors, the Butterfield Institute is the sanctuary to heal battered souls.
Morgan Snow's newest patient is a powerful, influential man -- secretly addicted to watching Internet Web cam pornography. He's not alone in his desires. She's also working with a group of high school teenagers equally and danger
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Someone is poisoning women who work in New York's online pornography business and they are dying online in front of thousands of viewers. No one has been able to lift a finger to help them in time. Meanwhile, sex therapist Morgan Snow is dealing with a group of porn-addicted teenagers and a prominent New York City Supreme Court judge who is secretly battling his addiction to Internet porn. Snow realizes there is some sort of connection between the murders and her patients, but she is bound by do ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Tez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so disappointed M. J. Rose stopped writing erotic fiction, especially the Butterfield Institute series. Dr Morgan Snow herself doesn't appeal, but her clients do, and the depth of psychology is absolutely fascinating. With edgy, intriguing content, you're pretty much guaranteed a great read.

And The Venus Fix is great. First published in 2006, technology has changed since then, which may date this book. Web-cam girls die on screen, apparently poisoned, and one of Morgan's clients may be invo
Aug 31, 2008 J.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
The Venus Fix is the third in M.J. Rose’s series of psychological suspense novels featuring sex therapist Dr. Morgan Snow.

This novel addresses the serious issue of Internet porn addiction and its impact on society as a whole. One of Snow’s patients is an influential man who maintains his anonymity but confesses his secret addiction is destroying his life and relations with his wife. Snow is also counseling a group of high school students of both sexes and a former webcam performer who is now tra
Mar 08, 2012 Afsana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be dull and went way too much into description of sex and sexual acts.

I found the fact that it went from first person for some characters and then third person pointless - it was not even as if its the main character telling you about the others

It was this has happened that has happened but no real action.

Dr snow spent so much time trying to decide a good way (psychologically) to deal with her daughter she seemed to not deal with her (as a psychyatrist did she not see that!!
Sabrina Orr
May 08, 2014 Sabrina Orr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Such a suspenseful novel that kept me turning the page. It's too bad it's the last one of the series, I would definitely read more about Morgan Snow and Detective Noah Jordain. It has just enough mix of sexy and thrilling, with characters that are definitely relatable.
Claire Cross
Here is a little porn-noir you migh enjoy... While my expectations were low when I picked it up, it turned out to be pretty good. An alternative title could be, "50 Shades of Criminal Minds".
Feb 04, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book immediately up on reading the Delilah Complex by the same author. The book follows the same plotline and Rose's other book. Rose is masterful at weaving a story that points the guilty finger to a character convincingly until the last 5 pages reveal the real killer. I was more surprised when this happened in the first book. The story held my interest but my real interest is in Detective Noah Jordaine. I swear if Dr. Morgan snow dumps the good detective I will have to stop readi ...more
Caroline Barker
This book starts off fantastic and leaving you wanting more. The following few chapters were not as exciting and felt this let the book down, however it did pick up again and I did enjoy the twists! The ending was very good. This book was #3 of the Butterfield Institute series and maybe if I had read the others first it may have given me more background information on the Institute and characters. I ave only rated this book as a 3 as I have read other books recently at a rating of 4 or 5 that I ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
*siiiiigh* I've enjoyed these books greatly and this one had probably my favorite murder-thriller case of the three so far - but I cannot get over Morgan's inaction in almost every portion of her life. For a woman who's supposed to be this perceptive therapist, she's quite unperceptive and gets a bit tedious as a narrator. Noah is the main reason I keep reading these books, mainly because I'm interested in seeing how many books longer their touch-and-go dynamic will continue.. As always, the nar ...more
Mar 27, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Book #11 of 2009
I'm rather ambivalent about this novel. I'm not sure I liked the way that it was written, back and forth between first person and third person. The story never seemed to stay with one person long enough to get a good flow going. Plus, I totally had the ending figured out at least 2/3 of the way into the book, maybe longer. Also, for all of the pyschology, there wasn't really any change in the characters, the plot was more about action. I don't think I have a strong desire to read
Jul 15, 2012 Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always MJ Rose tells an important story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Internet porn is the addiction that Dr. Morgan Snow is dealing with in this book. The author does an excellent job of making us understand how this addiction affects not only the men and boys that participate but also how it affects the women in their lives. It is very worrying when we realize how easily available this is not only for adults but for teenage boys and the effects it can have ...more
May 27, 2015 Karmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Received the book via swap site. Read immediately as a "little" not too taxing nighttime read.

Fiction it may be but it packed a punch. Social commentary on the prevalence of internet porn and its impact. Teenagers to respected judges unable to interact with their peers and friends/spouses.

The book is a mystery and it misdirects the reader (or at least me) to about 2/3 of the book through. I think the ending is very effective - with the "murder mystery" solved but leaving so many unanswered, open
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