On the surface, Julia Sterl ...more
Julia Sterling has a fairly content marriage to her psychiatrist husband Paul. She is stepmother to his college freshman son, hostess at his fundraising parties, and provides him with the comfort he needs ... outside of the bedroom. They rarely, if ever, have sex, something Paul does not appear to miss (he takes that ...more
I really enjoyed this book.
Julia grew up with a father who was a therapist so she was always analyzed. When she struck out on her own in college she realized that she didn't really know who she was and that all of the decisions she had made up to that point were made to make her parents happy. She became sexually promiscuous and finally had a mental breakdown and ended up back home.
There, she met Paul at a party at her parent's house. He was a ...more
I knew the moment I saw this on the shelf years ago I just had to have this book and even after I discovered it was pretty sexually explicit (something I wasn't used to at the time) I didn't care. I kept reading because it felt so real...so full of identity, hurt, truth and honesty...
Julia is an unhappily married woman and the last woman in the world I ever expected to relate to or feel so bad for. When I first read it broke my heart and it still does...the way her parents and husband treat her ...more
Taking on the persona of "Alice", this job changes Julia's attitudes toward herself, her husband, her friends, but at what cost? If she opens up about w ...more
I felt this book was trying to hard to be a feminist statement, about how she could be sexual and independent without leaning on a man, but did the opposite in its delivery. It reads as a dated novel (it should, it was first pubbed in '99) and I couldn't help but read the scenes and think of my mother. Which, ...more
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 I ...more
But when Sam Butterfield comes along and peaks her interest in suggesting she write a novel about his business and what services they offer, Julia starts to question if forever being in her husband's shadow is what she really wants or needs out of life.
I enjoyed reading this story, however, I found myself frustrated ...more
Julia is interesting. We learn she had some sort of breakdown in college, an event that led to her “romance” with Paul . . . which is really no romance at ...more
At college in her late teens, when Julia Sterling should have been working to discover who she was and what she wanted from life, she was instead ...more
It deals with the phone sex industry and how Julia is drawn into it.
Most of M.J. Rose's books are thrillers or at least suspenseful. This book can only be described as psychological erotica.
The parts of the books when Julia is taking calls will leave you hot and bothered. M.J. Rose really knows how to write the stea ...more
Lip Service is a sensual erotic book by international bestselling author M.J. Rose. Main character Julia Sterling is a married 38-year-old woman living in Manhattan, working as a journalist. To the public eye, she has a decent career and is loyal to her stepson, friends and husband of 14 years. Secretly, she is an accomplice to sexual refunctioning ...more
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 scheduled and sheltered routine for college, Julia had a bit too much fun and lost control of life, causing a nervous breakdown. That put her in therapy for 4 years, introducing her to Paul. Since becoming Paul's wife and stepmother to his son Max, Julia has been the perfect wife and mother, never acting out ...more
*Lip Service *is the seductive new novel that everyone is talking about. Crackling with eroticism and suspense, *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
My opinion: First off, I need to disclose to the readers of this review that I am a huge M.J. Rose fan. She has shown herself to be a master at writing within a diverse number of genres with a smoothness YET grittiness that leaves readers holding their breaths. On that note, this one didn't quite do it for me. I could tell that this was a prequel to the Butterfield Institute series which currently has 3 books in it. I have read 2 of these books. Also, as ...more
Julia is married to a psychiatrist who treats her more like a patient rather than a wife. He keeps her medicated, tells her what to do and how ...more
This is a re-release of a book from 1999 and the first thing the reader will notice is some of the dated references (sitting next to JFK Jr., debating banning cigarette tv ads, etc). I found myself forcing myself to read this book and I think it has something to do with the time line. While 1999 was not all that long ago the era was so different. Phone sex was a huge thing before the internet and the references to some many now not so current subjects was ...more
So a friend barrowed this book to me, and I admit I was hesitant to start it. However, once I started...I couldn't put it down.
Julia's (aka Alice) character really intrigued me, as she is stuck in this passionless marriage and she starts to discover who she really is and what she is capable of. Paul, her husband, infuriated me! How he tried treating her like a patient the entirety of their marriage, and never really accepted her for who she was, instead forcing her to act as the p ...more
New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and re ...more