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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: #2,816,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


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

"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..." --

"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. -- - 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:

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 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
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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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11 of 14 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on July 13, 2006
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M.J. Rose has become one of my favorite authors . . . so whenever

I see that she has a new book out, I try to read it as quickly as


LYING IN BED, her latest, did not disappoint . . . it is billed as

an "erotic fiction novel," and though it is a different from her

earlier efforts (that fit more in the suspense category), I

still was drawn-in by the strong story line.

This one features a woman who ghostwrites erotic letters for

others . . . when a mysterious client enters her life, the letters

all of a sudden become real to her--especially after her first

lover reappears.

Though the book is seemingly directed more to women,

men will enjoy it too.

There were several passages that caught my attention; among


* "It's not success that I'm talking about. It's interaction. When we

paint or sculpt or assemble a collage, we're using our senses and

our souls to make something out of thin air. We're saying something.

And the act of saying it, and the process we go through in presenting it,

doesn't teach us everything we need to know until we can discuss it and

argue about it and listen to other people talking about it."

* But a first kiss is none of those things. It is an invitation to a sensate

world that is yet unknown. It is dark in the light and light in the dark. It

is foreign in its tastes and smells. It may begin with your lips but it

moves along your body in a way that brings your blood to the surface.
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More About the Author

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 remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Please visit her blog, Museum of Mysteries at

Her photo was taken by Judith Pushett utilizing an old relic: a turn-of-the-century 11 x 14 inch wood camera.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

Her most recent novel THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and her next novel, THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS will be released March 2015.

Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors -

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president..

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