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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Spice; Original edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373605080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373605088
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"If seduction is an art, then Rose is one of the masters." -- Boookreporter.com

"M.J. Rose writes fearlessly about sex. This is a true erotic thriller. The end will take your breath away." -- Lisa Tucker, author of Shout Down the Moon, on The Halo Effect

"Rose is screwing with literature. And I love it!" -- Susie Bright

"Rose writes erotic better than just about anyone..." -- BookBitch.com

"Rose's work will appeal to anyone looking for a hot and heavy story that arouses while it entertains." -- The Chicago Sun Times - David J. Montgomery

Lying in Bed draws upon the rich tradition of Anais Nin... who made this genre into an art form. -- Eroticaromancewriters.com - Tracy Zappala

Rose has a luscious sensual way with words. Truly a literary erotic treat for the senses and the mind. -- Erotic Readers Association - Kathy Kulig

About the Author

M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, and The Hypnotist. She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com.

Customer Reviews

The descriptive prose is absolutely fabulous.
Sarah1989
Fine, I could deal with that for part of the book, but not nearly the entire thing.
Amazon Customer
Why this book was so good was the subtle but really exciting erotic scenes.
Clara Moore

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hotclue on August 12, 2006
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Marlowe Wyatt works in a New York boutique writing erotic love letters for people who can't manage the words themselves. Still grieving for a lover who was killed in an accident before she could explain dark secrets from her past, her life is empty and unhappy, and she doesn't want it any other way because those secrets are still, years later, just too painful. Then a man comes into the store and hires her to write five letters for someone--only he wants to be part of the process, not just a customer.

They begin to visit various places together to explore different sensory possibilities for these letters--for which she's going to earn two thousand dollars--but unexpected feelings for this man, Gideon Brown, begin to boil to the surface.

Cold words in a review can't begin to express the beautiful prose Rose uses all throughout this story, in every syllable, every nuance. Rose is a master at subtle prose anyhow, I've read all of her books and she always tells her stories with strength and brilliant, deft class. While this book doesn't have the swift complexity of her thrillers, it's impossible to put down once you start reading because of the way her soft words weave you into the fabric of her story.

This book outdoes any other erotica novel I've ever read. Rose puts to sleep once and for all the myth that in order to write erotica, you have to use every single physical movement and so-called erotic euphemism you can drag off of a long, long list of euphemisms. But it's not in the words, it's what the author does with the words she chooses. Read M.J. Rose's LYING IN BED and you'll see how it's done when it's done well. BA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on September 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Lying In Bed tells the story of Marlowe Wyatt, a woman who writes erotic letters and stories for others. She brings the depths of her secret desires and longings through her creative and sensual writing, though she is unaware of the fact that she does that. It is the enigmatic Gideon who points it out to her. When Gideon enters her life, Marlowe is forced to face her inner demons, including old issues regarding her stepbrother, her cynicism and her past relationships with men.

M.J. Rose has once again created a story that is both erotic and haunting. I have noticed that most, if not all, of her novels are based on women who repress themselves one way or another, with personal issues and angsts that run deep. The erotica here is subtle, not the in-your-face stuff you often find in romantic erotica these days. Though I like the aforementioned in-your-face stuff, I also love this kind of writing, for it reminds me of authors like Anais Nin and D.H. Lawrence. Spice is a great imprint, it seems, with great eye for erotic writing. I hope this Harlequin imprint will deliver a variety of romantic erotica -- from somewhat literary (like this one) to stories that are just sexy and fun. I also like to read contemporary romantica with no gimmicks (meaning not paranormal, suspense, whatever). Just a well-told story with equal amounts of eroticism and romance. All sorts are great for reading, depends on the mood I'm in. If you like beautiful prose and sensual reading, you will love Lying In Bed. I also recommend the other books by this author.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2007
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This is the first book I have read from this author, but the reviews for it were so good (the 1 star had not been posted yet) that I gave it a chance. I did not give it 1 star because the erotic stories the heroine writes were very well done. But outside of the fantasies, the relationship between the H/H was a downer. She is depressed about her past, and finds someone to bring her out of it, but he is taken. Fine, I could deal with that for part of the book, but not nearly the entire thing. I just felt sadder and sadder for her, that she was falling in love with this great guy who was asking her to help him get another girl. And I liked him less and less as it went along, because he knew she was falling for him yet kept stringing her along. Not romantic, at all. It's good as a sample of erotic writing, but lousy as a love story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mel S on December 30, 2013
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M.J Rose put words to emotion that most people pretend doesn't exist. The journey of making it okay to look deep and not look away was inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maha Bali on February 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
This was a beautifully written novel, full of emotions and it also had the added benefit ofmakingNew York come alive as a sensual city...i cannot believe the book has so few reviews and that this author is not better known!

The storyline wouldtranslate into a great chick flick (the erotic elements, though central to the storyline in that the heroine writes eroticlove letters) can be tond down and it would still bebeautiful.

My only criticism is that there was a lot of melodrama due to lies/deceptions that inrwality could have been avoidedor solved much earlier, but were not until the last chapter (i also admit it was largely predictable to me)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tez Miller on March 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Marlowe Wyatt writes love letters and erotic short stories for her clients to gift their lovers. When she meets with a particular client, he launches her on her own erotic journey, uncovering the person Marlowe used to be until she was ultimately betrayed eight years ago. A betrayal she still hasn't got over. And she must confront the betrayer to secure her privacy.

Gideon's already in a relationship (or is he?), so his meetings with Marlowe don't feel healthy. And most of their time together is focused on her, so their pairing doesn't seem equal. And I thought artist types were usually poor, so I don't understand how Marlowe can afford to live in New York City, purchase all her expensive art supplies, and buy rather pricey-sounding food and drink. But that's just me nitpicking. Also, relationships between step-siblings still count as incest (though Marlowe protests that too much), so parts of this novel are rather awkward.

She may have since moved on to writing thrillers, but LYING IN BED is M. J. Rose writing what she does best: a psychological study. Marlowe's history is slowly unravelled, culminating in a smashing face-off with her past. Her character journey is by far the most fascinating part of the novel, and the attention to detail is deep. The author's early work (pre-REINCARNATIONIST) is her best, in my humble opinion, so do make an effort to hunt down this 2006 gem.
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