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on March 10, 2012
Though I acquired this as a free book, its one I would be willing to pay for. It is a psychosexual thriller with a good twist at the end and a side of family dynamics between mothers and daughters.
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Dr. Morgan Snow is a Sex Therapist and some of her patients are involved in dangerous aspects of life, after her recent case in The Halo Effect had her in clutches of a serial killer Dr. Morgan Snow has been popular than ever. After doing a TV interview reluctantly, Morgan has been contacted by a women who belongs to a secret society group called "The Scarlet Society" , the group is made up of twelve powerful women who love to dominate sexually in the bedroom. The men who come along tend to be powerful men who are dominant in the workforce but in the bedroom, they love to be made submissive. Someone is killing off their members and now the women are getting worried as their group is slowly crumbling apart. Can Morgan help the women and then in turn help the police to find out who is killing and torturing these powerful males. Also included in the storyline is a couples therapy of Nick and his wife , we discover that this couple also belongs to the Scarlet Society and the group is ruining their marriage. Is there some deeper resentments and issues going on ? Is the two cases related to the ongoing murders ?
Find out in Book #2 -The Delilah Complex, if you love Erotica Fiction as well as the suspense of thrillers and psychiatry problems , then this is up your alley of books to read.
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VINE VOICEon January 21, 2013
This is an intriguing suspense story with an erotic edge. I enjoy M.J. Rose's writing style. She isn't overly descriptive, yet she manages to engage all the senses with her words. I love when an author can make me smell something or hear something as if I'm in the room with the characters.

Like some other reviewers have mentioned, I knew who the killer was early on, though it was disguised well. The downfall for me was the ending. I don't want to give spoilers, so I'll just say I found it difficult to believe Morgan Snow would make the decisions she did in those pages leading to the climax. It felt too contrived, too convenient for the author.

Despite my issue with the ending, I enjoyed the story. This is the type of read that keeps you turning pages.

** The Halo Effect (MIRA) is the first book in the Dr. Morgan Snow series. This one is the second, though it reads well as a stand-alone. **
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VINE VOICEon January 31, 2006
This book I couldn't put down. Ok, I had to. But I kept coming back to it before any of the others. I haven't read the first Morgan book, but you can be sure it is going to the top of my TBR pile. Morgan is contacted by a secret society to assist them with their issues - someone is killing off the men they invite to their events. Their events, by the way, usually involve domination and sex. Morgan struggles with the morality issues as well as the privacy issues once she, and the police, realize that the men that are being killed are connected. There are a lot of twists and turns is this mystery - once again the Cajun character has seduced me - but I thought it was great and I never suspected the ending.
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on April 8, 2006
The plot in underlined in several of the reviews below, but, nevertheless, this was another one of her books that I simply could not put down or stop thinking about when I was laying down to go to sleep at night. Rose has managed to get her audiences tangled up in the plot. I really did not figure out the ending or the perpetrator, since I was already envisioning someone else, but that is what makes me love her books even more. I was taking breaks at work to read, in between classes and even while playing cards with my boyfriend, that's how good it was. If you read Halo Effect, the first one with Dr. Morgan Snow, then you definitely want to read this one. The chemistry between Morgan and Noah is incredible and I just couldn't wait until they got together, which they did, and very vividly. Great book, definitely worth it.
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This is my first book by this author, it is the second book featuring Dr. Morgan Snow, a sex therapist. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down. It flips society's concepts of roles of sexuality and power upside down. Dr. Snow is asked to help the members of a secret society deal with the death of one of the male members of the group. In addition to being a therapist, Morgan is also the single mother of a 13 year old daughter who is rehearsing for the lead in a Broadway play. Her feelings of stage fright correlate well to her mothers hesitancy with relationships. The book does well as a stand alone, however reading the first one would probably give the reader a better understanding of the interpersonal relationships in this one.
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on January 7, 2006
I read Lip Service and knew I'd found a fabulous author with a voice I could lose myself in. I counted the months until DELILAH. From the opening scene, you're hooked. Great, multi-layered, complex characters. And the plot is just so spicy, as it all builds and comes together, it's like savoring an eight course meal.

Fabulous twist ending that, at least this reader, didn't see coming. MJ now ranks as one of my favorites.

If you get hooked on her like I did, Lip Service and Flesh Tones will not dissappoint!
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on April 29, 2014
Philip Maur, a brave man, is scared to death when he discovers he is chained to a gurney. So begins the story of what appears as the serial killing of male members of a secret sexual society.

Dr. Morgan Snow, a sex therapist, is the central character. It is through her eyes that the story advances. What I like best is the way,page after page, in which the author brings the reader into the story. Each section brings new psychological insights as the murder investigation unfolds. Morgan is at its heart. This is also the story of personal relationships -- conflicts and emotions. And the detailed psychological development assists positively in defining this story. Reviewed by the Author of The Children's Story, About Good and evil, A Novel Not for Children.
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on February 13, 2014
Welcome to viewing life through the eyes and mind of a clinical yet immensely human woman. Emotions are virtuously played, facts sliced through with a scalpel precision, without judgement but with empathy and long learned knowledge of the psyche. And in all the thrills and chills of the mystery, the most romantic story of all: bruised hearts keeping hope, thus ripping the fruits of the most burning and tender love scenes.
Excerpts:
"My job wasn't to protect this budding teenager from the darkness as much as it was to teach her to find the switches so she could always turn on the lights."
and: I looked around for somewhere to go. To get away from the voice, but there was nowhere to go. There never is when the problem is inside your own head."
last: "What were they shopping away? Fights with husbands, problems at work? Sons who weren't doing well at school? Daughters who were on diets that left their hair lank and stringy?
How many of us here really needed these shoes? Or the chocolate-brown suit I had in mind. We dress ourselves and redress ourselves, obsess how we can make ourselves look better, fool ourselves that there is nothing wrong with spending money as a reward for the things that are wrong in our lives."
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on February 3, 2014
Captivating reading
Unexpected plot twists
Complex characters
All make for a GREAT read
Enjoyed the plot development and study put forth to assure the story stayed true to life
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