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Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn Hardcover – December 31, 2009

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"Even porn stars have romantic illusions. Just take a stroll through the new Sinner Takes All by Tera Patrick. The fast-reading memoir whips from knowing to naive and back as it tracks its plucky protagonist from ugly-duckling school days to international adult superstardom."
-Dallas Morning News

"Sinner Takes All lets fans and interested parties alike get the down and dirty details on the personal and professional life of one of the biggest names in a multi-billion dollar industry."

"I can think of no one more fascinating than Tera Patrick-porn star, model, and businesswoman-as readers of this book are certain to agree. It's all here-her passions, triumphs, and defeats-in more detail than we have any right to expect."
-Larry Flynt

"This book is an inspirational read with a clear message: There are no limits when one is determined, motivated, and driven."
-Dave Navarro

"Orgasms, like laughter, can be faked, but it's better when they're not. Tera doesn't fake anything in this revealing and inspiring book."
-Margaret Cho

"She's a girl who knows what she wants and gets it. That's what's cool about Tera Patrick."
-Carmen Electra --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tera Patrick is one of the most recognized faces in the world of adult today. She has successfully merged into mainstream and pop culture becoming a worldwide business woman and brand. Since her retirement from the Adult industry in 2008 she continues to own and operate her official website www.terapatrick.com, and production company Teravision INC. Although Tera no longer performs sex scenes on camera she still continues to license her movie catalog worldwide to satisfy her fans.Tera Patrick is the ONLY woman ever to be featured on BOTH covers of Playboy and Penthouse magazine simultaneously and she was crowned Penthouse pet of the year runner-up in February 2002. She has also been featured on both the US and UK editions of the popular FHM magazine and had a sex advice column in the UK edition for 5 years (2003-2008). Her first memoir Sinner Takes All is an intimate peek into her early life,and life on the road where she successfully traveled to over 80 countries feature dancing, filming, and touring. Sizzling details of her love life on and off the set are also told in juicy detail.Tera has showed no signs of slowing down. She is featured in the April 2012 Edition of FHM Magazine Slovenia on the cover and centerfold with Miss Taiwan Jenifer Gonzalez. She is frequently featured in FHM, Maxim, Girls and Corpses, and a wide variety of mainstream magazines. , She operates her own EBAY Shop "All Things Tera Patrick" which includes items from Tera's closet as well as her paintings, Handmade Home Goods, and merchandise with a portion of the proceeds going to help fight Human Trafficking. Her first staring mainstream movie role was in the film "The Moaning of the virgin ghost" shot on location in Jakarta Indonesia and screened all over asia. Aside with being a regular feature on The live touring Comedy show "The Naughty Show" her many TV appearances have Included Chelsea Lately, Carson Daly, Big Idea with Donnie Deutch, Howard Stern, MSNBC, FOX News, Telemundo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and she was the first to host the AVN Awards Show appearing on the Showtime network. Tera hosted 2 shows for Playboy TV starting in 2000 ,NightCalls411 ,and School of Sex . In 2013 Tera is returning to touring again and not only performing her popular burlesque shows and public appearances but expanding into public speaking and educating as well. She is writing her second novel a follow up to Sinner Takes All and is a full time mother to her newborn Daughter Sophia Acosta born in Febuary 2012. She resides in Los Angeles only with her boyfriend Tony Acosta a prominent special effects artist ,daughter Sophia and dog Chopper. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; First Edition edition (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405220
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not sure if it is Tera Patrick, or her writer Carrie, who has made her voice in this story so inconsistent, but while this story is by default interesting, there is definitely something wrong with it. I don't feel that the reader gets much of a sense of who the *real* Tera Patrick is, despite the inclusion of diary entries, cute old photographs of Tera as a young girl, and lots of endearing stories.

Despite Tera's obvious efforts to let the reader into her private thoughts - there's plenty of confessional-style information here - something falls flat. She's happy to reveal that she is an exhibitionist, and her vanity never comes across as arrogant. She admits her first sexual experiences were damaging. She makes it clear that she loves sex and everything in her career was on her own terms. She's proud of her achievements and comes across as a likeable woman.

There are two problems with the book: the first is the aforementioned writing. This book is packed with contradictions and is, in my opinion, badly written. Her lifestyle stances switch without discussion: she confidently states she didn't want children, then suddenly she does, with no discussion as to why her feelings on the subject changed. One minute she is fine being a "pillow queen", she next she hates it. One minute she is aggressive towards men sexually, even strangers, the next she insists she never makes the first move. One never gets a clear sense of who Tera really is. She mentions the porn couple "curse", of how couples in porn together are always doomed - then immediately runs through a list of happy, successful porn couples. I don't understand the writing here, and I wish Tera had chosen a different author to represent her.
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Sinner Takes All is a blend of many things. On one hand it's a nice biography which covers the youth, professional career and key points of Tera Patrick's life. It's also epic love story about the woman who met the man of her dreams and carved out a happy and romantic life with him. The book is also a tragedy, from sexual experiences with men far older than they should be at times far earlier than it should to Valuim and alcohol addiction, suicide attempts and mental illness. Mixed in are a spattering of Q & A's, porn tips, erotic pictures and sex advice. Individually these things would all make interesting books, but together it's a bit of a hodge podge.

On the upside Tera does cover a number of really interesting aspects of her career. She sets the record straight about why she got her breasts enlarged, who she has and hasn't slept with, her actual religious background and more. Tara's retelling of her first photo shoot with Suze Randall and first porn shoot with Andrew Blake are charming and her descriptions of her sexual escapades with Evan are fun.


But the biggest hurdle of Sinner Takes all is what happens to the epic love story that it tells. The middle of the book covers Tera and Evan's romance, the way he helped her find her way through hell and how they built a company together to represent what she really wanted for herself. I absolutely love the "he said, she said" section of the book where both Tera and Evan give their perspective about how they met, her mental break downs and working in porn together. At the end of the book, Tera throws a hand grenade to this, announcing her divorce from Evan and accusing him of using her to get into porn.
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Tera Patrick's autobiography is at times funny, but often quite sad. This is a woman that happened to be born very beautiful but who had a severely abusive and, most likely, bipolar immigrant mother and a absent, pot smoking hippy dad. She was taller than the boys, developed early and was half Thai, a perfect recipe for being bullied or feeling out of place. I love how she mentions the full names of the twins that bullied her in school, putting that in the book must have been cathartic for the author.
She found solace and much craved attention in sex and in men's attention. She idolized images of Marilyn Monroe as a young girl but even the author acknowledges that Marilyn, too, was a very sad and messed up person. As a side issue one can look at the cover of another porn star-turned-author, Jenna Jameson, and see that on the cover of her autobiography she is dressed up just like Marilyn Monroe. Tera herself turns out to be a train wreck who fights alcoholism, drug abuse and finally bipolar disease that send her straight to the psych ward. She finally emerges like a Phoenix with success, money and world wide recognition, but did she lose her soul on the way? Except for the wealth and immense beauty it's basically a story of a lost girl who descends into drug use and mental illness but who really wants someone to love her. The author claims that she was never raped or sexually abused and thus didn't have the usual prerequisites to enter porn, but it's quite clear from reading her story that there were quite enough of bad things in her young life to break a tender soul.
After reading Tera Patrick's, Jenna Jameson's and finally Christy Canyon's books it's evident that these women are all highly intelligent and often have a strong desire to love but also that all three had absent, abusive or dead mothers and absent, but surprisingly not abusive fathers.
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