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The Venus Fix (Butterfield Institute #3)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Mira
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Paula  Phillips
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

One of my favorite things to read is psychological thrillers and mysteries. An author I discovered over ten years ago was M.J Rose. She was my first look into reading mysteries with a mental health/sex therapy issue. MJ Rose's main character Dr. Morgan Snow is a Sex Therapist and helps her patients through problems with escorts, pornography, and sexual deviancy. In The Venus Fix, Dr. Morgan Snow presents several patients including a high profile person who visits her under a pseudonym as he admi
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
Marte Patel
Dec 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-horror
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!
Naomi Blackburn
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Another quick beach read that kept me guessing until the last few chapters
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Love MJ Rose
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
A great ending to a really captivating trilogy. I would recommend this series if you're looking for a suspense/thriller/mystery.

This particular book, we step back into the life of Morgan Snow, a sex therapist. I really like Morgan and really enjoy reading her story. In this story, she gets involved in the midst of a serial killer's investigation. This particular killer is poisoning webcam girls. The detectives, one of which I adore, Noah, are boggled as to why these women are being targeted and
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am so sad that this is the last book in the Butterfield series! M.J. Rose's writing is sensual and superb. She evokes all your senses and effortlessly weaves psychology into the story while maintaining a perfect balance between the suspense of the criminal mystery and the pleasure of the romance.
Shayde Fischer
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imagine Fifty Shades of Grey combined with a murder mystery and with way, way more interesting characters and I think you get this book.

Not for children under 13 years old (minimum) - lots of sexual commentary as well as a good plotline.
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Fantastic read. If someone asked me to describe it in two words, I'd use suspenseful and captivating. I really enjoyed it.
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Tea Time with Marce
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-on-kindle
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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.
Rhy Moore
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Ian Mapp
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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
Carrie Kellenberger
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
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
Sep 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
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!!
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Donna Taylor
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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