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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.
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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: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,607,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I won a free ebook of this title from the author for an honest review so here goes.... The descriptions of everything, from paper to ribbons to walking down the street, is beautiful. It makes you almost able to touch the object(s) of Marlowe's attention. Ephemera sounds like a place that I could stay in forever. Now, on to the bad. First of all, I'm not sure if it was the ebook format (I normally don't read on my Next book) but the typos are horrendous. On every page there was at least 2 and some of the sentences seemed to be missing words or have the words switched around. I understood the story line, but it just seemed that there was too much description for everything but the people. Gideon, Marlowe, and even Cole could have been expanded upon. To me, the flow of the story was also just wrong. I'm not sure what it was, but I just couldn't lose myself in the book like I can others. The descriptions were beautiful, but when you see the title you think there's more eroticism going on than there actually was. Yes, there's plenty of symbolism toward eroticism, but as for actually having any scenes, there was only one. Marlowe is way to unsure of herself and she's very melodramatic. Cole's your classic douche and Gideon is an enigma. There was just not enough description and backstory for Gideon. I gave it 3 stars because in it's way it is a good book, just not for me.
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True erotic romance -- sensual and erotic, without the frantic, desperate quality of modern "romance" that all too often feels like literary porn. Highly recommend if you want an immersive, transportive reading experience!
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I have read several books by M. J. Rose and I love her writing. I enjoy the characters, Marlowe, Gideon and the store where she works. They could have been expanded on a little more but I did get to know them and like them. I wanted to help Marlowe and was glad she had a chance with Gideon. The descriptions of the items in her life, the store, the paper and pens and her art work was well done, it made me want to see her collages. As a reader I felt what she felt and that is what an author is supposed to do so I feel MJ Rose did a great job.

Yes there are typos that were a bit distracting and should have been caught in the proofreading and editing and they were a little distracting but did not take away from the feel of the work.
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