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Pseudonym of a psychologist living in Sydney, Australia, Hill recounts her picaresque adventures trying to snag a "dick" to support her champagne lifestyle and high mortgage. Attractive, lusty, nearing 40, although advertising her age as 35, Hill hoped to duplicate a winning six-month relationship with John, a married "zillionaire" genius with two children, who had urged her to quit her job as in order to be available full-time for him while he paid lavishly for her living expenses, before unceremoniously dumping her. Developing a "Mistress Plan," she sends out a cleverly worded Internet ad asking for ,000 per week in return for exclusive entertaining in her own apartment (cooking, conversation, sex); the responses roll in, mostly from middle-aged, hardworking types in lonely marriages, and she selects three men: American Dick, French-Algerian Jacques, and Chinese Tom. Although Hill exalts in her feminist sense of empowerment, the insecurity proves too punishing, and she decides that finding true love is the answer. In workmanlike prose, she dishes the necessary nuts and bolts and the requisite sex scenes, concluding with a bit of banal wisdom on marital fidelity.
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About the Author

Holly Hill was born and raised in regional Australia before moving to inner-city Sydney in 1989. She worked as a journalist before moving into public relations and corporate communications. She is the author of Sugarbabe and its follow-up, Toyboy. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (July 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080341
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holly Hill is the Australian bestselling author of the cult real-life erotica book, Sugarbabe, as well as Toyboy (Random House Australia, Skyhorse Publishing New York) and The Velvet Pouch (HarperCollins Australia).
Armchair adventurers will blush at Holly's true, raw journeys into the worlds of kink, love, laughter and madness. Her books are full of laugh-out-loud moments, as well as edge-of-the-seat roller coaster rides into worlds few dare to travel.
In 2006 she coined the popular term, Negotiated Infidelity and was committed to the notion, "we are risen from apes, not fallen from angels" (Robert Ardley, anthropologist). However, she later retracted "negotiated infidelity", saying it emasculates men and makes women feel insecure.
She now proscribes Negotiated FIDELITY, which is a state of traded semi-monogamy that risk manages cheating and divorce. It is part of her notion of having UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, which accommodates the hard-wired aspects of relationships, such as sexuality, hormones, pathology and natural promiscuity.
Holly believes traditional notions of marriage, sex and child-rearing are a slap in the face of diversity and make a mockery of equal opportunity. She says given the needs of same sex couples, infertile parents, etc., lifetime bodily exclusivity is selfish and outdated.
She has appeared on Larry King, Dr Phil, CNN, National Geographic, 60 Minutes, Insight, Today Tonight, the Morning Show and the Today Show, as well as on countless radio shows and in magazines.
On a professional level - and apart from her humorous, gritty and thought-provoking books about sex and relationships - Holly Hill has a degree in human behaviour, is a fully qualified trainer, was a Fairfax journalist and has specialised in conflict resolution, positive interviewing and the treatment of depression.
For further information, contact Holly directly at
(Non kindle) E-Books and blogs are available at or join her on Twitter at @HollyHillAuthor

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By shore road on October 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I could not put this book down for the first 120 pages or so. Soon, however, it became hard to focus on the author's business proposition, as I was distracted by the author's insecurity. Virtually every page has someone telling her how beautiful and wonderful she is as this 40-year-old -- who has somehow managed to get through her adult professional life without saving a dime -- drinks her way through the book and jumps between so many lovers that it's hard to keep track. Her advice and insights are not new, although she reports them as revolutionary. When she wonders why her sugar daddies aren't sticking around, the answer is apparent to the reader. While this has the makings of a funny and interesting book, but it just came across as desperately insecure and sad.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Vogel on February 26, 2011
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When I first came across this book at borders I was intrigued. I thought it might be an interesting read because I had never read anything on her sort of "career" before. Needless to say if all "call girl" books are like this, I never will agian. First and formost, this may be the most insecure memoir I have ever come across. When she is not talking about her "Angelina Jolie lips" or how petite she is, one of her sugar daddies is. She is constantly building herself up in a subtle way, but her agenda becomes more and more obvious as her story progresses. This is most prominent when she has a fight with her freind's girlfriend named Ivy. Ivy has a problem with Hollys way of life and Holly goes on a rant to defend it. Obviously that is expected, but the way the author inserts her comments into the situation was most annoying. For example she says "She really just wasn't getting it" and when the arguement is over and she makes Ivy tear up, she says "Opps, sorry to be a bubble buster". So basically, I was hoping for an honest telling of the joy and heartache of being a mistress to man who showers her with money and what I got was a whining tale of a self absorbed drama queen. So as you may have guessed I do not recmoend this book.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Liz on March 27, 2011
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When forty-year-old Holly Hill began dating John, a married multi-millionaire, Holly, a trained psychologist, was somehow naïve enough to believe that he would leave his wife. By the time he ended their affair, Holly had quit her job and acquired a taste for the wealthy lifestyle John had provided her. When a mortgage payment came due, rather than borrow money from a friend and begin job hunting, Holly decided to become a "sugarbabe" and prostitute herself to married men for $1000 a week.

In a chatty voice Holly discusses each man she met after advertising herself online. She claims to have received 11,000 responses to her ad, but begins the memoir by telling us she had a propensity for both extreme over and understatement. She describes every dull conversation focusing on the men's jobs in finance, their sleazy plans for deceiving their wives, and their praise of her over-the-top beauty and intelligence (both called into question by a picture I found of her and the absurdity of her dialogue). Holly keeps waiting to feel ashamed or guilty, but realizes that she is sexually aroused by men desiring her enough to buy her, whether or not she is attracted to them. Even the men she does find appealing seem repulsive on paper. I normally enjoy sensationalistic, juicy stories, but I nearly gagged reading Holly's detailed sex scenes with these slimy men.

Holly claims a large hypothalamus explains her willingness to take extreme risks. In truth, it seems more like she is simply greedy and foolish. And a hypocrite. She fakes sympathy for the deceived wives she calls "stupid cows" and tries desperately to convince the reader that she is performing a public surface. "Once again... I was providing the confidence to change a life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allison Tyler on May 26, 2011
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I wanted to like this book because the topic fascinates me, as I have friends who live this sort of arrangement quite successfully. That lifestyle is not for me, but because I've seen these relationships 'work' for their participants, I was curious to read the author's take on it all. However, it was nearly painful to get through the book because her writing is boring and self-indulgent, and her story isn't at all interesting. Her experiences didn't endear her to me and I wasn't particularly rooting for her to find her 'sugar daddy'. The author states in the beginning of the book that she's prone to exaggeration, both over and under, and, if so, one would think this book would have been a whole lot more fun to read. It wasn't. I kept on reading it, though, hoping it would get better or offer up some meaty bits to chew on. It didn't. Her observations weren't at all radical if one has any interest at all in these topics, though she and her "sugar daddies" seemed to find them utterly fascinating, which fascinated daft are these people? Her conversational style, which she continuously refers to as a 'gift', would annoy the piss out of me if I had to talk with her in person. Self-awareness/taking responsibility for one's choices and actions are beautiful traits, and ones which she doesn't seem to possess, bless her heart. I hope she is happy and that her 'social experiment' and time spent dating married men got her to a good place. But damn, way to go with making an interesting topic drudgery to read! P.S. $1,000 a week? That's really all you think you're worth for the type of access you were offering?!? Sad...
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