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Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion [Kindle Edition]

Izabella St. James
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Book Description

When this beach bunny caught the eye of Hugh Hefner at an L.A. nightclub, Izabella St. James was looking for a fun break from studying for the bar. As the latest Girlfriend of the Playboy founder, her “break” lasted two years, but life behind the gates of the Playboy Mansion was anything but fun. Sure there were parties, presents, puppies, and plastic surgery; but there was also a curfew, a strict regimen of who sits where on movie night, limited contact with the outside world, and a sex life that was anything but wild and crazy.

While the E! reality show, The Girls Next Door, has been a ratings hit, each of the three Playboy Bunnies in the series has since left the Mansion in newsworthy ways: one is engaged to a football player, and Hugh’s “main” Girlfriend has finally understood that there would be no fairy-tale marriage and family with the man she literally transformed her life for. Izabella was there to witness how each of these relationships formed, where each Girlfriend fell in the pecking—and bed—order, and when, exactly, the fabled life turned shabby and cheap.

From catfights to sneaking in boyfriends, from high-profile guests in the Grotto to the bizarre rituals of the octogenarian at the center of the sexual revolution, Bunny Tales is compulsively readable and endlessly entertaining!

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About the Author

Izabella St. James is a writer and an actress and has never considered herself a "model." She and her pet menagerie live in Los Angeles. She holds a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, and is still hoping to use it one day. She is currently working on her second book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2005 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Reprint edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EODY40
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sour grapes November 30, 2006
By Noelle
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've seen the Girls Next Door, so I was curious about how the whole "girlfriend" things works. Izabella explained it. She explains how they were recruited, how much they were paid, and what was expected of them in and out of the bedroom. It is an interesting glimpse into a fantasy world that is maybe not so fantastic after all (which is, of course, not surprising).

That said, the book itself is terribly written. I don't think anyone proof-read it before it was published. The grammatical mistakes and obvious typos are too numerous to ignore. Izabella is obviously trying to profit as much as possible from her time at the mansion. She is also trying to justify her life there. Most of those attempts come off as fake and insincere. She talks about how horrible it was for the girls she didn't like to be using Hef for the wrong reasons, then announces she was never attracted to Hef (who she claims was a bad lover). Most of the book is about how much money and stuff she could squeeze out of this man she was not attracted to in the two years she lived at the mansion. He paid for her car, her clothes, her plastic surgeries, and gave her a weekly allowance but she complains bitterly he didn't pay for her school loans or get her the exact car she wanted.

Overall the tone of the book is a bit condescending and... misguided.
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90 of 104 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic, self-serving and poorly written! February 11, 2007
Do not waste your time or money on this useless, indulgent piece of self-promoting drivel.

I bought this book after reading an excerpt from it in a magazine. I wanted some fun, light reading to give me a break from studying for my bar exam. What I did not realize is that while the magazine had an editor, this book did not. St. James can no more write a clear sentence than she can hold an opinion.

If only the grammatical errors were the book's only problem. St. James is so busy sucking up to every famous person she ever met that, even if she criticizes them, she quickly recants with something insipid like "but they were nice!" She constantly critiques the other Girlfriends and playmates who pursued the same lifestyle as hers while valorizing her choice b/c she had "an education" (one that apparently did not include a single English course or creative writing seminar).

St. James is so busy trying to validate her choices as those of a strong, indepdendent woman that her insecurities and lack of intelligence are all the more glaring. Worse, she introduces each chapter with a random quote that she does not contextualize--her use of Milton is particularly appaling and demonstrates her lack of English 101.

I didn't expect this book to be brilliant or even witty, but I did expect it to be fun and frivilous. Unfortunately, St. James is so in love with herself and so hateful of other women--particularly those with whom she shared a boyfriend and career--that her bitterness (and last minute efforts at making nice lest anyone be mad at her) overwhelms what should be a frothy treat.

Here's hoping St. James gets herself a therapist, remedial English lessons and a women's studies class stat.
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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This bunny has little to offer March 4, 2007
By Susan
I could comment on the poor editing or the obvious typographical errors in the book - but this has been addressed in many of the other reviews.

Sadly, what stood out to me while reading this book is what a sad commentary this makes about how a woman can take advantage of a wealthy, older man. She meets Hef and states that from the beginning - she was not attracted to him sexually or physically. Yet, she decides to become a "Girlfriend" and is more than ready to accept her weekly allowance from Hef and request all sorts of expensive gifts like a car downpayment and plastic surgery. She clearly does not feel any great affection for the man, mocks his sexuality and describes how she laughed at him on numerous occasions and avoided his bedroom. She doesnt sound like much of a "girlfriend" to me. With friends like her - who needs enemies? Of course, she would have liked more. More cash really. She would like Hef to pay off her student loans from law school - and shockingly - he turned down some of her requests for money.

Throughout the book she continually mentions the fact that she graduated from law school - to impress us with the fact that she is really intelligent (of course, she has not been able to pass the bar), but working for a living does not seem to be too high on her list of priorities, or being grateful for everything she was given while in residence at the Mansion. The book is a disappointment and I found it to be a sad reflection of the type of woman that preys on a wealthy, older man. I am sure she is looking for the next one now.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible May 31, 2008
By A. Lee
This book was an atrocious attempt at trying to remain relevant after Hef booted St. James out of the house. Her publisher really did her a disservice in pushing this book onto the public. From attacking the other girls to attempting to paint herself in a different light, failing miserably, I would recommend this book only for a good laugh due to the inconsistencies. Holly, Bridget, and Kendra are desperate fame seeking whores while she truly loves Hef in one breath, the next she's talking about the fit she pitched when he cut their allowance for parties from 2k to about 500 because the girls were pocketing the cash in addition to their "allowance" for living there. Calling the other girls conniving cheats while admitting a chapter or two away the frequency with which she cheated on Hef. Overall, the book was boring minutia from someone who really could have just stayed quiet or auditioned to be part of the THS on Hef and come out looking better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read - Great for a Plane Trip!
This is a fun book to read. I've driven past the Holmby HIlls mansion many times. Now you can step inside without getting your feet wet in the Grotto. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pennsylvania
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty sorry
This was quite UN edited, and Izabella came across a hypocritical spoiled brat who contradicted herself over and over. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Betichenor
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is HORRIBLY written. I'll admit that some parts were...
This book is HORRIBLY written. I'll admit that some parts were interesting, and I obviously wasn't expecting this to be the next great American novel, but a fifth grader has better... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ssb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Amber Malloy
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
This book is okay. It's what I expected. She gave a lot of details about living in the mansion and it's interesting "rules" and processes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brittney
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just ok
Published 1 month ago by Michelle
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks personality
I really wanted to get to know the author more, but felt like she presents herself in a 2 dimensional way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by graciella
4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure
It's not great literature just as The Girls Next Door was not great TV, but if it's your style of guilty pleasure than you might enjoy this read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars Salacious, mindless entertainment:)
A lot of the book is this woman's attempt to down play her willingness to be "bought" by an old man, however, it was largely entertaining. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandpsych
5.0 out of 5 stars What I liked was what it was like to have sex with ...
fascinating peek inside the walls of Playboy.. The author is articulate and down to earth to the circus inside the Playboy odyssey. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Wilson Trivino
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