Books by M.J. Rose

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Cartier's Hope

I've been meaning to pick up one of M.J. Rose’s novels for the past couple of years, but I always seemed to get distracted by other books. But when I learned her latest novel, Cartier's Hope, was set in early 1900's New York, I moved it to the top of my TBR list, and I'm so glad I did! Vera Gar ...

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Tiffany Blues

M.J. Rose’s lyrical, gothic and yet romantic take on life in Lewis Comfort Tiffany’s Tiffany Art Foundation focuses on scandal, heartbreak and romance – and the life of one particular student. Jenny Bell is a decent but poor art student living in New York in the early 1920s who refuses to p ...

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Sheet Music

An author takes a risk when they write in first-person. In order to make it work for me, the person telling the story simply has to be incredibly compelling, either in a good or a bad way. A great example is the narrator from duMaurier's Rebecca - her perspective of the events and characters around ...

B+
In Fidelity

In Fidelity was an intriguing and powerful reading experience which somehow managed to touch me deeply. I have difficulty analyzing what exactly had the most effect, even though I could not put the book down the whole night through. It's a compelling tale about human emotions and the possibility or ...

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Lip Service

Confession time: once upon a time, as a starving grad student, I was a phone 'ho. Or, as I put on my taxes that year, "fantasy consultant." So I was immediately interested when I heard the premise of M.J. Rose's Lip Service - a writer undertakes phone sex for research purposes and ends up on a voyag ...

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Lip Service

AAR was asked to review Lip Service because it's being touted as a "sophisticated love story," among other things. Due to the subject matter - explicit phone sex - most of our reviewers, including myself, were somewhat apprehensive about reading it. I like a little love and a lot of caring (along wi ...