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Lip Service
Lip Service
Author: M. J. Rose
A sizzling and sensual journey into an erotic world few women dare to enter . . . On the surface, Julia Sterling?s life seems blessed. Married to a renowned psychiatrist and living on Manhattan?s tony Upper East Side, Julia deeply loves her stepson and is forging a career as a journalist. When a writing job exposes her to the world of phone sex,...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781476710426
ISBN-10: 1476710422
Publication Date: 8/21/2012
Pages: 320
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Atria Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
I found it to be a bit boring overall. There is too much "story" and not enough "good stuff". It wasn't anything like what I was expecting.
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Helpful Score: 1
Nice quick read. Julia Sterling has spent most of her life under her husband psychiatric thumb his stern guidance of self representation. Now Julia under the psuedeo of Alice Carroll becomes a new person, whose research as a phone sex therapists opens up the doors to her own sexuality and desires, not only in the bedroom but in life.

Looking forward to reading other book by this author.
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked this book much better than In Fidelity. I liked the ending, I just wish she had gone a little more in depth and carried the story farther in the future. But overall I would definitely recommend this book.
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Sex sells. That's the angle book marketers are aiming for with the cherries on the cover, but Lip Service might be a double entendre. I found Julia Sterling's transformation from a confrontation-avoidant, taken-care-of upper class New York wife into a stronger, more assertive, and freer spirit to be the more compelling story. Having had a nervous breakdown in college, Julia married Paul, a psychiatrist and her father's junior colleague. Their relationship reminds me of "The Yellow Wallpaper" until Julia, now 38, takes on a book project at a prestigious progressive sex clinic which involves research as a phone sex therapist. Through this process—without Paul's knowledge— Julia's spirit and sexuality is reawakened.

Some parts of this initially self-published novel are overwritten. One is first told, then shown through the dialogue, repeatedly. The phone conversations are not extremely stimulating, and the author chose to not describe Julia's masturbating after one session, leading me to the conclusion this story is more about Julia's inner transformation. Although parts of the plot seem frivolous at times, in retrospect they do neatly fit together. Part 3 takes the story in another, somewhat unpredicted direction, but Lip Service falls strictly in the romance genre. In short, a nice read about someone making a change in her life, spiced up with a hint of phone sex.