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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    'Flesh Tones' sizzles

    'Flesh Tones' is a fast-pased sizzler, a page-turning courtroom drama that unfolds to expose the underbelly of the New York art world. Obsession drives the protagonist, Genny Haviland, to help her terminally ill lover--legendary painter, lovable and despicable Slade Gabriel--end his life. Or did she murder him? Author M.J. Rose weaves a tight and compelling story of love and lust and the lengths to which individuals go to perpetuate both. Steamier than Louisiana in August, 'Flesh Tones' reaches triple-digit heat indices. The story kept this reader hooked until the final denouement. Going on vacation? Don't leave home without 'Flesh Tones.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    A smart and sexy page turner

    I was immediately drawn into the Manhattan art world by this intense courtroom drama. M.J. Rose explores love and obsession in romantic, passionate unions as well as in familial, parent-child relationships. An absorbing and emotional read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002


    A real page-turner! I stayed up most of the night to finish it. Ms. Rose 'paints' a superb, riveting story, with strong, complex, and fascinating characters. She is a great storyteller and the first-person narrative works very well with the detailed descriptions of scenery and feelings alike. Courtroom settings and dialogue are first-rate, with very thorough research, as is all the minute details about art and the art world. FLESH TONES is also a great love story, with a once-in-a-lifetime love, devotion, passion and desire. It is high drama, love, suspense and intrigue, with intricate characters and relationships. Ms. Rose is a real winner with FLESH TONES. It is a sophisticated, intelligent, highly entertaining and very well written novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    A wonderful, engrossing read

    M.J.Rose knows how to spin a tale and create characters that you care about. Her knowledge of the art world and its vocabulary adds to the authenticity of the story. It was a page turner that made a five hour airplane trip seem like 20 minutes. I can't wait to read her next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2002

    Literary page-turner

    A dazzling mix of suspense, psychological insights, pitch-perfect prose and indelible characters. Another winner from the incomparable M J Rose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    Made Me Cry

    I can't remember the last time I read a book that kept me riveted to the page for so long. I was even shunning the family at the dinner table for three nights to keep my nose in it. Rarely is a novel written that evokes such intense emotion in the reader. It's been years since I've read a book that made me cry. Flesh Tones made me cry.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    erotic and haunting love story

    Although Genny knew at seventeen that her thirty-seven year old lover was married and had a child, it didn¿t matter. His intense need for her fed her love for him until it threatened to consume her. When artist Slade Gabriel learns her true age and that she is the daughter of the gallery owner where he exhibits his paintings, his discovery makes the decision to return to his wife and child that much easier. <P>Genny¿s love turned to hate and then to indifference. She got married and divorced, made a successful career as a producer, winning two Emmys in her career. During that time Gabriel becomes a legend in his own time, his paintings selling for $200,000 and more. <P>Twenty years later Genny is reunited with Gabriel when a freak accident puts him and her father in a hospital. Their passion reignites and they have one grand and glorious year together before Genny goes on trial for his murder. Numb from the pain, she is almost unable to defend herself on the assisted suicide story her lawyer is trying to convince the jury is true. <P>FLESH TONES is an erotic and haunting love story about a man and a woman who have a connection that transcends age, society and morality. Told in the first person narrative within the framework of a murder trial, author M.J. Rose uses the flashback technique smoothly so there is no disruption of the prime plot line. Once started, this novel will prove impossible to put down until the reader reaches the end. <P>Harriet Klausner

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