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How does a girl go from being a shy, awkward bookworm to the biggest porn star in the world? In Sinner Takes All, Tera Patrick reveals all, including: her career as an international model; losing her virginity at fourteen to a thirtysomething photographer; learning oral sex techniques backstage at a Guns N' Roses concert; having an orgy with a team of firefighters; her ung How does a girl go from being a shy, awkward bookworm to the biggest porn star in the world? In Sinner Takes All, Tera Patrick reveals all, including: her career as an international model; losing her virginity at fourteen to a thirtysomething photographer; learning oral sex techniques backstage at a Guns N' Roses concert; having an orgy with a team of firefighters; her unglamorous job in a nursing home; her first forays into the adult movie business; and how, with her husband's help, she launched her own multimillion-dollar empire. Along the way, she dishes on the emotional side of being Tera Patrick, writing candidly about her battles with depression and anxiety. She also discusses finding true love and building a healthy marriage, achievements that many consider to be impossible in the world of porn. Featuring hundreds of photos, plus diary pages and scintillating sidebars, Sinner Takes All takes the tell-all to raunchy new heights.


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How does a girl go from being a shy, awkward bookworm to the biggest porn star in the world? In Sinner Takes All, Tera Patrick reveals all, including: her career as an international model; losing her virginity at fourteen to a thirtysomething photographer; learning oral sex techniques backstage at a Guns N' Roses concert; having an orgy with a team of firefighters; her ung How does a girl go from being a shy, awkward bookworm to the biggest porn star in the world? In Sinner Takes All, Tera Patrick reveals all, including: her career as an international model; losing her virginity at fourteen to a thirtysomething photographer; learning oral sex techniques backstage at a Guns N' Roses concert; having an orgy with a team of firefighters; her unglamorous job in a nursing home; her first forays into the adult movie business; and how, with her husband's help, she launched her own multimillion-dollar empire. Along the way, she dishes on the emotional side of being Tera Patrick, writing candidly about her battles with depression and anxiety. She also discusses finding true love and building a healthy marriage, achievements that many consider to be impossible in the world of porn. Featuring hundreds of photos, plus diary pages and scintillating sidebars, Sinner Takes All takes the tell-all to raunchy new heights.

30 review for Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peace Love and Reviews

    In case, some of you doesn't know, Tera Patrick is one of the biggest porn star of our time. I will not be a hypocrite, yes I know of porn and porn stars, I have more guy friends than girlfriends and the girlfriends that I have (and me) are not prejudice to porn, it is per se, a very graphic form of adult entertainment. Anyway, I am not here for that. I am here to review Tera Patrick's account of her life. Now, I know when we hear of the term porn star, we immediately associate this with someone In case, some of you doesn't know, Tera Patrick is one of the biggest porn star of our time. I will not be a hypocrite, yes I know of porn and porn stars, I have more guy friends than girlfriends and the girlfriends that I have (and me) are not prejudice to porn, it is per se, a very graphic form of adult entertainment. Anyway, I am not here for that. I am here to review Tera Patrick's account of her life. Now, I know when we hear of the term porn star, we immediately associate this with someone who was abused sexually when they were young, daddy issue, to support a drug habit, for the money, or what not. That may be the case for most, but for Tera, she said she just loves sex and the money is just an added incentive. And yes as I read through the book, that is exactly what I saw. A women who knows what she wants and did not regret it. Sure there were negative attributions that came in with the profession. The tell all tale is really what it is. A story from her childhood, her young and brief modeling job overseas, her first time, and her many sexual adventures, and all her life problems. As memoir goes, this is the first that I cannot put down. Usually at the middle a life story would offer some boring nondescript details but hers was riveting till the end. I would love to meet her. She was a strong person with a good sense of humor. it was really more than what I expected.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Is something inherently degrading, even if the person it's happened to doesn't think so? Does all pornography objectify all women, even if Tera Patrick thinks she's had a great career & a great life? Can we trust her to make that judgment even though sketchy sexual events in her childhood may have warped her perspective? I suppose ultimately I'll believe her if she thinks that things have turned out the way she wanted them to; admittedly, I just skimmed this book, so perhaps I missed some crucia Is something inherently degrading, even if the person it's happened to doesn't think so? Does all pornography objectify all women, even if Tera Patrick thinks she's had a great career & a great life? Can we trust her to make that judgment even though sketchy sexual events in her childhood may have warped her perspective? I suppose ultimately I'll believe her if she thinks that things have turned out the way she wanted them to; admittedly, I just skimmed this book, so perhaps I missed some crucial piece of evidence that showed that deep down she felt cheated or abused. The overall tone seemed to be one of satisfaction (other than the whole husband used her to get into porn thing).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Well I thought I liked Tera Patrick...turns out I just like looking at her naked. It boggles my mind that this book was ghost written because it's so poorly constructed it could have easily been penned by her hand. I don't expect quality literature from a porn star but I thought I would be entertained. This book annoyed me. In the beginning the passive aggressive back pedaling is what bothered me..."Oh my mom almost choked me to death and we didn't speak for 16 years......3 paragraphs later...." Well I thought I liked Tera Patrick...turns out I just like looking at her naked. It boggles my mind that this book was ghost written because it's so poorly constructed it could have easily been penned by her hand. I don't expect quality literature from a porn star but I thought I would be entertained. This book annoyed me. In the beginning the passive aggressive back pedaling is what bothered me..."Oh my mom almost choked me to death and we didn't speak for 16 years......3 paragraphs later...."but you know she was really stressed and I'm so happy we have our relationship back!" By the time I got to the middle of the book where she and her (now ex) husband Evan start writing chapters back and forth I thought, "What insufferable twits these two are." And then just overall I felt annoyed because the whole thing feels so inauthentic. She used this book to trash her ex boyfriend, to mildly bad mouth Jenna Jameson, to talk about how much she LOVES LOVES LOVES men and cock and getting fucked every which way (in case you missed how hetero she is she explicity states at some point "It's cock that gets me off, not pussy") and to go on at length about what a KING Evan is in the sack. I don't judge Tera for being in the adult industry, I judge her for drowning out her own voice to write this "autobiography" that appears to exist for the sole purpose of pissing off Jenna Jameson and giving Evan some spank bank material. The upside is this book is picture heavy and she is incredibly beautiful, so there's that.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Lamb

    I don't apologise for, but neither can I explain, my weird obsession with porn star autobiographies. (The 'auto-' is indicative only because there are *always* ghosts in these machines. What bothers me though is how similar they are, not terribly well-written, and a weird kind of thematic schizoia that affects them, going from the cold hard and often abusive facts to effusive "Being a porn actress is the best thing a woman could possibly do" affirmations. There is mental illness,(always), addict I don't apologise for, but neither can I explain, my weird obsession with porn star autobiographies. (The 'auto-' is indicative only because there are *always* ghosts in these machines. What bothers me though is how similar they are, not terribly well-written, and a weird kind of thematic schizoia that affects them, going from the cold hard and often abusive facts to effusive "Being a porn actress is the best thing a woman could possibly do" affirmations. There is mental illness,(always), addiction (varies), and a brief mediation on what might have led them to this fairly unorthodox career path. But you never really feel that you've gotten into the heads of these women, as though they're so used to faking it that reality seems a tricksy and maybe pointless proposition. Tera Patrick's 'Sinner Takes All' ticks all of these boxes, along with many pretty photos, but we never meet the real "Linda" - well, maybe she appears very briefly in the final tacked-on chapter about her divorce. Having spent the previous five chapters on how wonderful her husband was, and how there was NO WAY he was using her to get into porn, the last chapter had a kind of coyness to it that made the story bittersweet. WE could all see what was happening, but for a celebrity living so far outside the 'normal' world, she couldn't. Still one of the better ones, and Tera even comes across a somewhat likeable, which is very rare in these (auto)bios.

  5. 4 out of 5

    RB Love

    I cannot help my fascination with porn stars. This book is just a shade under Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star in overall quality and there you have Tera Patrick in a nutshell, I guess. Second only to Jenna Jameson in the porn industry, worldwide. Her candor about her firsts in the business, her relationships and particularly the money she earned and spent and negotiated and was taken for and created are the nasty, dirty nuggets that tease you through from start to finish, but t I cannot help my fascination with porn stars. This book is just a shade under Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star in overall quality and there you have Tera Patrick in a nutshell, I guess. Second only to Jenna Jameson in the porn industry, worldwide. Her candor about her firsts in the business, her relationships and particularly the money she earned and spent and negotiated and was taken for and created are the nasty, dirty nuggets that tease you through from start to finish, but there's more going on. What amazes me, without exception, about autobiographies is the text that rises above the narrative. The unintentional impressions that the author creates about themselves while they forge through the narrative of their lives as they've interpreted it. Tera Patrick or Linda Ann Hopkins from Fresno, presents a daring, even courageous, if sometimes hilariously shallow and in the end, wildly hypocritical, life for herself during the course of Sinner Takes All. Finally, the last chapter is a stunner and a novel and telling commentary on celebrity relationships and how they go. So, more than a torrid read through the sex, drugs and rock and roll adventures of a porn star, (more than enough reason to read any book), Sinner Takes All is a study in autobiography with an unprecedented-type of up-to-the-minute, head change ending. There is a quote from Evan Seinfeld, Tera's husband in the book, on page 134 which made me laugh out loud and which I hope to carry with me always with the hope of having the opportunity to use in conversation some day. And then there's this bit of melodrama; It was the hardest thing I've had to face. I took my Hello Kitty suitcase and my dogs Chopper and Mr. Big Time, packed them in the pink smart car Evan had given me on Valentine's Day, and headed off. ...I cranked up Madonna's "Jump" and Linkin Park's "In the End" and drove and cried the whole way to Vegas, never looking back.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    What a disaster! - You can tell she thinks she was really cool when she was younger. The way she talks about being a model, drinking, doing drugs, and having sex as a teenager are very "look how cool I was". It was annoying. Especially when she went on and on about what a natural model she is. - Just like a lot of women whose careers involve being nude, she compares herself to Marilyn Monroe. It was rather offensive. I'm not sure if she really knows anything about Marilyn since she says Marilyn What a disaster! - You can tell she thinks she was really cool when she was younger. The way she talks about being a model, drinking, doing drugs, and having sex as a teenager are very "look how cool I was". It was annoying. Especially when she went on and on about what a natural model she is. - Just like a lot of women whose careers involve being nude, she compares herself to Marilyn Monroe. It was rather offensive. I'm not sure if she really knows anything about Marilyn since she says Marilyn was large sized (Marilyn was a modern size 0 with a 22 inch waist) and she thinks Marilyn was in the porn industry which is false (she did artist modeling). - It was not written very well at all. It makes her seem illiterate and unintelligent. - She compares almost everyone mentioned in the book to some celebrity. - She says porn is not far from prostitution but that prostitution is the most honorable profession. I think that kind of shows how messed up her mind has gotten. - She describes a working day as 4 hours long, getting your hair and makeup done in a fancy mansion while people bring you coffee, filming a scene for around an hour, and then says that it's really hard work and goes on and on about how much work it is and she works really hard blah blah blah. The way she describes it you'd think she'd been working 16 hours in a coal mine. I didn't finish this book, it was too painful to read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rei

    As soon as I saw Tera Patrick had a book I HAD to read it! I've been a fan of hers pretty much since she started in the porn industry, I half-shamefully admit. ;) As much as I do enjoy reading all the nasty, sexy bits, I also enjoy a story with substance, and thus, was also drawn to the title of the book; "A Memoir Of Love And Porn". I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I read it within a week. That's fast for me. The book does, obviously, delve quite a bit into the dirty details ab As soon as I saw Tera Patrick had a book I HAD to read it! I've been a fan of hers pretty much since she started in the porn industry, I half-shamefully admit. ;) As much as I do enjoy reading all the nasty, sexy bits, I also enjoy a story with substance, and thus, was also drawn to the title of the book; "A Memoir Of Love And Porn". I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. I read it within a week. That's fast for me. The book does, obviously, delve quite a bit into the dirty details about porn and whatnot, but also devotes as many pages to "less baser" subjects, for lack of better terminology. ;) We get a good, candid look at Tera the person, the human. Tera definitely became "a real person" to me during the course of reading this book. I was a little shocked and very pleasantly surprised at how "old-fashioned" Tera is at heart. Her views on love, marriage, and family were very traditional and fell very much in line with my own views actually. This made me relate to her much more as a person and I gained a lot of respect for her. Her classic ideals of love were, well, very romantic, and I found a deep connection to this. I know, I know. Probably sounds weird coming from a guy. But it really was quite refreshing to read about her and to connect with her in this way, someone who most people probably would discount as having any sliver of understanding of what love might be, given her profession. Tera went from being a hot porn star that I'd followed for a decade to, as I said, "a real person", within a few pages, really. I found myself enjoying reading about her relationship with former husband Evan Seinfeld than reading about the porn aspect of her life. Their relationship was very interesting and I really enjoyed reading about the bond they had and how they supported one another for so long. I actually found myself sighing and wishing for myself the same kind of loving and supporting relationship that they had for each other. I know, sadface. I was so impressed and swept away by their passion and romance for each other that at the end of the book when Tera reveals she and Evan are now divorced I actually kind of got upset. My heart sunk a bit. Even though this seemed like a bad way to end her book, Tera doesn't disappoint. She sums up her relationship with Evan and her new direction in life very nicely. The book does actually end on a good and hopeful note and, as weird as it may be to say this, I actually found this book to be very inspiring in many ways. I seriously respect Tera Patrick as a person and as a business-woman. She really comes off as very intelligent and very passionate. Passionate about life and about the things she wants out of life. Tera Patrick deserves the good in her life. Clearly she worked hard for it and deserves it all. A very, very good book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Xanthi

    I had not heard of Tera Patrick before reading this book. I came across this memoir by accident at a booksale and thought 'why not?'. One of the reasons I read memoirs is to get an insight into a different sort of life than one I have lived up to this point. And I have to admit, reading the memoirs of a porn star has a certain 'car accident' appeal to it - by that I mean, ghastly to look at but you can't tear your eyes away from it. Or at least that is what I was expecting. As it turned out, des I had not heard of Tera Patrick before reading this book. I came across this memoir by accident at a booksale and thought 'why not?'. One of the reasons I read memoirs is to get an insight into a different sort of life than one I have lived up to this point. And I have to admit, reading the memoirs of a porn star has a certain 'car accident' appeal to it - by that I mean, ghastly to look at but you can't tear your eyes away from it. Or at least that is what I was expecting. As it turned out, despite having elements of the 'porn star stereotype' : daddy issues, mother issues, broken home, alcoholism, mental illness, lots of sex (of course), attraction to 'bad boys', and some drug abuse (though, to her credit, she steered clear of the hard stuff), I COULD tear my eyes away from it because it wasn't all that well written, even with a ghostwriter. If you want to read a poignant memoir by a porn star, check out Traci Lords' "Underneath it All". Better written and with a lot more pathos.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Tera is surprisingly candid about the darker parts of her life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Black Carrie

    Porn & the music industry are sick & evil. Im here for women telling their story instead of prettying it up like how they want you to. Tera & others were robbed greatly psychologically & financially. This was a well put together book , if any woman 👩🏻 wants to get in the industry just read these tales that are so cautionary. It took Tera going into porn and being screwed over by the same industry that she joined randomly. For her to find out that she was bipolar .... As much as this experience w Porn & the music industry are sick & evil. Im here for women telling their story instead of prettying it up like how they want you to. Tera & others were robbed greatly psychologically & financially. This was a well put together book , if any woman 👩🏻 wants to get in the industry just read these tales that are so cautionary. It took Tera going into porn and being screwed over by the same industry that she joined randomly. For her to find out that she was bipolar .... As much as this experience was the lowest point of my life, I’m grateful for it. Sometimes you need to go off the rails of the crazy train to get on the right track of your life. And that’s exactly what I did. -Tera P I am the queen of my own domain now.-Tera P It may seem sad, but ultimately it’s an amazing gift to help someone awaken their true desires and figure out what they truly want in life. - Tera P We love and respect each other enough to know that our individual growth and happiness are more important than fighting to stay together to make compromises that either of us just can’t live with. People change.- Tera P Some of My favorite quotes from the book . ^^^^^^ This was a good book 📖 she really over shared her life to give her fans a better glimpse of who she was & is. The pictures are cute too. Tera did some legendary stuff by that whole Asian woman orgy. Wow Tera is a pretty woman who knew she was so broken inside , I sure didn't know. She dated a lot of lames her & Evan story was uniquely beautiful it's shameful he turned out to be no better than the rest smh ......

  11. 4 out of 5

    Martha Fendt

    I love memoirs and I think Tera Patrick is absolutely beautiful, I don't watch porn(just not for me) but if I had to pick my "fav" porn star based on looks, Tera would be it. As soon as I saw it at the library I got it, because it's right up my alley. However it really wasn't very well written at all. I finished it quickly, it wasn't exactly boring, but just written fairly poorly, to the point where I'm very surprised there was even a ghost writer at all!!! There were some interesting parts, lik I love memoirs and I think Tera Patrick is absolutely beautiful, I don't watch porn(just not for me) but if I had to pick my "fav" porn star based on looks, Tera would be it. As soon as I saw it at the library I got it, because it's right up my alley. However it really wasn't very well written at all. I finished it quickly, it wasn't exactly boring, but just written fairly poorly, to the point where I'm very surprised there was even a ghost writer at all!!! There were some interesting parts, like the ending where she actually seems to be speaking honestly and from the heart, and her modeling career in Japan was interesting, but she really didn't get very deep or write from the heart. Just a lot of stuff about how much she "loves to fuck" where it almost kind of turned me off. I don't know if I should make comparisons because they are two different people, but Jenna Jameson's book (How To Make Love Like A Porn Star) is about 1,0000 times better. She had a much better ghost writer(I believe the same one who helped Marilyn Manson with his (amazing) memoir, and it had a lot more pictures, but above all she really got very deep and was thoroughly honest and unlike Tera, Jenna's book was extremely raw and real. Sinner Takes All was a bit fluffy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Sinner Takes All by Tera Patrick, a MOBI file I read on July 12th sans my Kindle on a sick day from work. ..... no, not that kind of sick. Well, Tera first explains that her interest in fame of any kind began with Marilyn Monroe (which, naturally, leads me to believe that an interest in Jean Harlow might've made a tad bit of difference). After that, her writing style is very conversational, exclusive, to the point, and confessionary. She details a teenage life as a model and the discovery of her Sinner Takes All by Tera Patrick, a MOBI file I read on July 12th sans my Kindle on a sick day from work. ..... no, not that kind of sick. Well, Tera first explains that her interest in fame of any kind began with Marilyn Monroe (which, naturally, leads me to believe that an interest in Jean Harlow might've made a tad bit of difference). After that, her writing style is very conversational, exclusive, to the point, and confessionary. She details a teenage life as a model and the discovery of her own penultimate "Switch"; the mental toggle/mindset of going from having casual sex to back to business as usual. Her adult (18+) life then involves nursing, Playboy, Penthouse and then ventures into porn. Her for-example lists are helpful and eye-opening; equally eye-opening is her courtship of her then-husband, Evan Seinfeld, spending 3 months talking on the phone only before ever meeting. What made this book exceptional and readable for me was, yes, the writing style, all the intimate details, and the final where-is-she-now chapter which made the entire book and Tera's life all the more real and in-progress.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tera

    Wonderful book. Everyone thinks that poems stars are all alike and that they are just "porn stars". Tera Patrick is not just any ordinary porn star. She is well educated having obtained an EMT certificate and working as a nurse. She worked her way to the top. I believe one thing that I admire about her is that she enjoyed what she did and does and does not let anyway define her and make her do something if she doesn't want to. One thing she says about those who are porn hopefuls is that you mu Wonderful book. Everyone thinks that poems stars are all alike and that they are just "porn stars". Tera Patrick is not just any ordinary porn star. She is well educated having obtained an EMT certificate and working as a nurse. She worked her way to the top. I believe one thing that I admire about her is that she enjoyed what she did and does and does not let anyway define her and make her do something if she doesn't want to. One thing she says about those who are porn hopefuls is that you must enjoy what you do, that way you will not be ashamed of what you do. She also has shown that just because she is a porn star she is capable of maintaining a loving marriage with her husband Evan despite what she does and that he supports and has her back 100% of the way. She is a porn star, business woman, wife, dancer, etc which is why she says "have your cake and eat it too." but I believe she says it best when she states hence "sinner takes all!"

  14. 4 out of 5

    H.H.P

    EHH. Not a great read......but I finished it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Philip Hollenback

    I was hoping for more insight into the mind of a porn performer, but this book disappointed. It was largely an advertisement for Ms. Patrick's various business ventures. I didn't get the sense that she really had any deep thoughts about the life she chose. She manages to make a few observations such as the fact that she had an emotionally absent father and an abusive mother might have damaged her psychologically. The main thing I learned was that Tera Patrick has borderline personality disorder a I was hoping for more insight into the mind of a porn performer, but this book disappointed. It was largely an advertisement for Ms. Patrick's various business ventures. I didn't get the sense that she really had any deep thoughts about the life she chose. She manages to make a few observations such as the fact that she had an emotionally absent father and an abusive mother might have damaged her psychologically. The main thing I learned was that Tera Patrick has borderline personality disorder and has been really, really physically abusive towards men. Also, she's pretty much a terrible person. The weird thing about this book is it's basically identical to Asa Akira's book, except Asa's story was more interesting: beautiful young girl of Asian decent does a lot of drugs, gets in to porn, marries a dominating man, wakes up and realizes she doesn't want to do porn any more. I guess if you are looking to complete a comprehensive survey of porn performer autobiographies you should read this book, otherwise don't bother.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abbe

    SUMMARY: How does a girl go from being a shy, awkward bookworm to the biggest porn star in the world? In Sinner Takes All, Tera Patrick reveals all, including: her career as an international model; losing her virginity at fourteen to a thirtysomething photographer; learning oral sex techniques backstage at a Guns N' Roses concert; having an orgy with a team of firefighters; her unglamorous job in a nursing home; her first forays into the adult movie business; and how, with her husband's help, sh SUMMARY: How does a girl go from being a shy, awkward bookworm to the biggest porn star in the world? In Sinner Takes All, Tera Patrick reveals all, including: her career as an international model; losing her virginity at fourteen to a thirtysomething photographer; learning oral sex techniques backstage at a Guns N' Roses concert; having an orgy with a team of firefighters; her unglamorous job in a nursing home; her first forays into the adult movie business; and how, with her husband's help, she launched her own multimillion-dollar empire. Along the way, she dishes on the emotional side of being Tera Patrick, writing candidly about her battles with depression and anxiety. She also discusses finding true love and building a healthy marriage, achievements that many consider to be impossible in the world of porn. Featuring hundreds of photos, plus diary pages and scintillating sidebars, Sinner Takes All takes the tell-all to raunchy new heights.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashish

    Sinner Takes All is a fascinating look behind the scenes - not just behind the creation of porn, but into the life and mind of one of its most iconic figures in the 90's. It's not very well-written, and tends to be sometimes defensive, sometimes apologetic, sometimes all-out inspiring - but it is a very real and honest look into Tera Patrick's life, origins and motivations. It's also a very interesting look at the human beings behind the industry - if you were used to seeing them as objects, one Sinner Takes All is a fascinating look behind the scenes - not just behind the creation of porn, but into the life and mind of one of its most iconic figures in the 90's. It's not very well-written, and tends to be sometimes defensive, sometimes apologetic, sometimes all-out inspiring - but it is a very real and honest look into Tera Patrick's life, origins and motivations. It's also a very interesting look at the human beings behind the industry - if you were used to seeing them as objects, one-dimensional, then it's kind of cool to see this whole new world open up, this multi-faceted sides to the actors and the stars and the people that made them what they are - you always knew it was there, but this makes it suddenly, dramatically real. A pretty interesting read for the facts and the environment, though the story and writing is fairly average. Tera Patrick fans, warning - you won't look at her the same way again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Montgomery Brown

    This felt more like an accompaniment to her burgeoning porn empire than a true autobiography. This is a book about Tera Patrick the porn star, not Linda Hopkins, the person behind the persona, and it feels like it's written in character. Perhaps unsurprisingly sex features heavily but it features too heavily to make it feel like it's the voice of a real person. No-one could be this obsessed with sex, not even a porn star. Case in point, when she meets her husband for the first time, instead of a This felt more like an accompaniment to her burgeoning porn empire than a true autobiography. This is a book about Tera Patrick the porn star, not Linda Hopkins, the person behind the persona, and it feels like it's written in character. Perhaps unsurprisingly sex features heavily but it features too heavily to make it feel like it's the voice of a real person. No-one could be this obsessed with sex, not even a porn star. Case in point, when she meets her husband for the first time, instead of a chapter gushing about romantic meals and walks on the beach we get details of how big his dick is, the wild sex they had that led to the neighbours calling the police, and how she likes it when he chokes her during sex and pisses on her face. This is not real life, though I'm not sure why I expected anything different from a book about / by a porn star. It wasn't terrible but that's probably the nicest thing I could say about it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jj

    I read this one as I know nothing about the porn industry and was kind of curious. I think in retrospect it wasn't quite the right book for that kind of insight. It was a lot more personal than I was expecting, with Tera talking a lot about some real low points in her life and her various chaotic relationships. Some of the parts I found interesting and wanted to know more about - how she broke free of the contract she was under, for example - she's legally obliged not to talk about. I'd also lik I read this one as I know nothing about the porn industry and was kind of curious. I think in retrospect it wasn't quite the right book for that kind of insight. It was a lot more personal than I was expecting, with Tera talking a lot about some real low points in her life and her various chaotic relationships. Some of the parts I found interesting and wanted to know more about - how she broke free of the contract she was under, for example - she's legally obliged not to talk about. I'd also like to have read more about her company and the business side of things, but elements like her relationship with Evan Seinfeld were much more prominent. Overall I came out liking her and admiring her honesty and I did like that by the end of the book she had reached a point where she felt independent and happy, but I don't feel like I took anything in particular away from this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    A fast and semi-entertaining (though very repetitive) read until 1/2 way through when she dates some jackhole who almost doesn't get on the plane to meet her (after saying he fell in love with her because of their amazing phone conversations over three months) because OH MY GOD WHAT IF SHES GOTTEN FAT?! He then points out that he can fuck ugly girls because he just has to turn them around. But the one thing he can't fuck is a fat girl. WINNER! CLASSY! Also, Tera made some asinine comments, my fa A fast and semi-entertaining (though very repetitive) read until 1/2 way through when she dates some jackhole who almost doesn't get on the plane to meet her (after saying he fell in love with her because of their amazing phone conversations over three months) because OH MY GOD WHAT IF SHES GOTTEN FAT?! He then points out that he can fuck ugly girls because he just has to turn them around. But the one thing he can't fuck is a fat girl. WINNER! CLASSY! Also, Tera made some asinine comments, my favorite being: "I was making about $20,000 a month between all of my gigs, and that sounds like a lot, but in the porn industry it isn't." Meh, she was pretty annoying and narcissistic on her own and then she lets the aforementioned boyfriend write his own chapters so, sorry, that amount of increased doucheness pushed me to my limit. I was just done.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nonito Abbu

    A voyeuristic peek into a life of a porn star. I love Tera's humble beginnings and how she managed to pick herself up from the ashes after she crashed and burned with her modeling career as a free-spirited but out of control teenager left alone to fend for herself in a faraway country. Her story is very inspiring in the sense that the book spurs you to believe in the power of ambition and sheer determination. I love the stark honesty of the book as Tera bares everything (literally and figurative A voyeuristic peek into a life of a porn star. I love Tera's humble beginnings and how she managed to pick herself up from the ashes after she crashed and burned with her modeling career as a free-spirited but out of control teenager left alone to fend for herself in a faraway country. Her story is very inspiring in the sense that the book spurs you to believe in the power of ambition and sheer determination. I love the stark honesty of the book as Tera bares everything (literally and figuratively). A bittersweet story of her rise to fame, her struggle with family life, her pursuit of a prolific porn career and her relationships with men, on and off the camera. A must-read for those who would like to pick a brain of someone who isn't afraid to reach for what she wants.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Having recently read 'Girlvert' this book felt less authentic and gritty. Whilst it doesn't hold back on the personal turmoil in Tera's life it also felt like it glossed over some of the more unsavoury elements of the porn industry. The passages describing her relationship with the Evan Seinfeld are nauseating and border on the comical in their cheesiness. The epilogue discusses their subsequent divorce and gives the impression that he used her for his own financial gain and to find a way into t Having recently read 'Girlvert' this book felt less authentic and gritty. Whilst it doesn't hold back on the personal turmoil in Tera's life it also felt like it glossed over some of the more unsavoury elements of the porn industry. The passages describing her relationship with the Evan Seinfeld are nauseating and border on the comical in their cheesiness. The epilogue discusses their subsequent divorce and gives the impression that he used her for his own financial gain and to find a way into the industry This book shows someone who struggles in personal relationships, has been financially exploited to some degree and has struggled with alcohol problems. This doesn't sit very easily alongside the image it wants to project of Tera being a role model for sexual freedom and empowerment.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This book begins with a expected similarity to Crystal Renn's recent Hungry. Where Renn found plus size modeling and a life partner who engaged her and challenged her Patrick found the cold studio machinations of Porn Valley and a failed marriage. Patrick wrote the balance of this book before her marriage ended and so, we the reader, the ending comes as a halting and seemingly unfair surprise in the afterword. But this is probably best because it means that it hasn't been re-examined from three This book begins with a expected similarity to Crystal Renn's recent Hungry. Where Renn found plus size modeling and a life partner who engaged her and challenged her Patrick found the cold studio machinations of Porn Valley and a failed marriage. Patrick wrote the balance of this book before her marriage ended and so, we the reader, the ending comes as a halting and seemingly unfair surprise in the afterword. But this is probably best because it means that it hasn't been re-examined from three dozen angles and the emotions the relationship entailed haven't been written off yet. We feel the wound.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I'll say right away that this one is not as good as Jenna Jameson's. However, her way into the industry was definitely different than Jenna's, and I was surprised by the negative remarks about Jenna that were scattered throughout, especially given that Tera isn't mentioned at all in Jenna's book. She doesn't have as many "issues" as Jenna did in her youth. That makes her different for sure, and thus, more relatable to a "normal" person. She definitely had moments of going off the deep end, just l I'll say right away that this one is not as good as Jenna Jameson's. However, her way into the industry was definitely different than Jenna's, and I was surprised by the negative remarks about Jenna that were scattered throughout, especially given that Tera isn't mentioned at all in Jenna's book. She doesn't have as many "issues" as Jenna did in her youth. That makes her different for sure, and thus, more relatable to a "normal" person. She definitely had moments of going off the deep end, just like Jenna did, and there is plenty of sexual content in this book (obviously, to be expected). I really, really liked it. I hope more porn stars write books!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jess Kerschbaumer

    Right from the start I liked this book better than Jenna Jameson's. I found it interesting that Tera claims she got into the porn industry "for the right reasons." Throughout this book she seemed very honest and genuine about the highs and lows of her life, especially candid in the lows. She manages to keep the big picture in perspective for the most part, to claw her way up and rise above her humble porn star beginnings. I liked that for once a star wasn't totally lost in the haze of drugs, alt Right from the start I liked this book better than Jenna Jameson's. I found it interesting that Tera claims she got into the porn industry "for the right reasons." Throughout this book she seemed very honest and genuine about the highs and lows of her life, especially candid in the lows. She manages to keep the big picture in perspective for the most part, to claw her way up and rise above her humble porn star beginnings. I liked that for once a star wasn't totally lost in the haze of drugs, although she admits she did have an alcohol problem. I found it to be a very engaging book, it didn't have many slow parts or long, stale bits of back story, it kept me interested and wanting more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay ⭐ [TrulyBooked]

    This wasn't what I was expecting and at the same time it was. Tera Patrick has lived a very interesting life, but I found that there were some things I wanted to know more about that she didn't focus on. Other things, which I wasn't as interested about, she did focus on in far too much detail. It's all a matter of preference though and it's interesting to see an insider's view of the porn industry and how she dealt with things. As an autobiography it was funny, sometimes thoughtful and above all, This wasn't what I was expecting and at the same time it was. Tera Patrick has lived a very interesting life, but I found that there were some things I wanted to know more about that she didn't focus on. Other things, which I wasn't as interested about, she did focus on in far too much detail. It's all a matter of preference though and it's interesting to see an insider's view of the porn industry and how she dealt with things. As an autobiography it was funny, sometimes thoughtful and above all, it seemed honest which, given the interesting subject material, is all that you can really ask for.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tracie Marquez

    I read Jenna Jameson's bio and LOVED the chance to catch a glimpse into her life. It was a great read. Then I read this thinking it would be just as thrilling with juicy details. But it just felt like I was reading a sort of repeat of Jenna's book. Linda and Jenna lead similar lives. They both didn't have a strong family foundation and they both dated their share of shitty guys. They both worked for similar companies, yada yada. I think I'm gonna stop reading any more porn stars' bios bcuz I'm s I read Jenna Jameson's bio and LOVED the chance to catch a glimpse into her life. It was a great read. Then I read this thinking it would be just as thrilling with juicy details. But it just felt like I was reading a sort of repeat of Jenna's book. Linda and Jenna lead similar lives. They both didn't have a strong family foundation and they both dated their share of shitty guys. They both worked for similar companies, yada yada. I think I'm gonna stop reading any more porn stars' bios bcuz I'm sure they're all pretty much the same, hate to say it. Ugh, what a waste of a week trying to finish this.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Fisher

    I don't normally read books like this, but it was laying around for my mom to read - so I picked it and finished it in less than 7 hours. It was a really good book about Tera Patrick's life. It was very vivid, and no censoring. It was alot better than I thought. The ending was just a little bit unnerving, as in the book she finally found "True Love" and so explicitly described their love. In the end, in her afterword she explained about their breakup. I guess that's what she gets for letting her I don't normally read books like this, but it was laying around for my mom to read - so I picked it and finished it in less than 7 hours. It was a really good book about Tera Patrick's life. It was very vivid, and no censoring. It was alot better than I thought. The ending was just a little bit unnerving, as in the book she finally found "True Love" and so explicitly described their love. In the end, in her afterword she explained about their breakup. I guess that's what she gets for letting her husband get into porn also :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda Smolenski

    As I was reading this book I kept thinking how a person from the outside can always better see the situation than the person in it. Experiencing it. I was basically waiting for the other shoe to drop and Tera to finally figure out what's REALLY happening in her "perfect, happy, fairytale" marriage. I read about it in the very last chapter. When she finally did open her eyes to what was so painfully obvious. That was at least somewhat rewarding, to finally see her out of denial that was screaming As I was reading this book I kept thinking how a person from the outside can always better see the situation than the person in it. Experiencing it. I was basically waiting for the other shoe to drop and Tera to finally figure out what's REALLY happening in her "perfect, happy, fairytale" marriage. I read about it in the very last chapter. When she finally did open her eyes to what was so painfully obvious. That was at least somewhat rewarding, to finally see her out of denial that was screaming out of the pages of this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If there were half stars I may have only given this two and a half stars. It did its job in letting me learn about her, but she goes on and on talking up her marriage to Evan Seinfeld, then suddenly you literally see her rushing to have to finish the book and not being able to neatly close things up because she is suddenly getting a divorce and basically has to eat her words on lots of what she had written in prior chapters. I am also sure, like other biographies I have read recently, some of wh If there were half stars I may have only given this two and a half stars. It did its job in letting me learn about her, but she goes on and on talking up her marriage to Evan Seinfeld, then suddenly you literally see her rushing to have to finish the book and not being able to neatly close things up because she is suddenly getting a divorce and basically has to eat her words on lots of what she had written in prior chapters. I am also sure, like other biographies I have read recently, some of what she says is her view, not the facts, on some situations.

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