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Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion

Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion

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by Izabella St. James

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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


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!

Editorial Reviews

The first book ever by a former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner, Bunny Tales takes you inside the Playboy Mansion, revealing it as a milieu even stranger than we imagined. As the book's cover clearly shows, St. James possesses all the attributes necessary for residence; nevertheless, this Polish-born beauty holds undergraduate and law school degrees and is conversant in five languages. Her reminiscences about Hefner's palace are neither naïve or coldly cynical; she observes without mocking.

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Meet 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.

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Bunny Tales 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I think it gave an insiders look into the world of being Hef's girlfriend. It answered some questions, but sometimes the story left me wanting more. I thought it was fairly well written and wasn't easy to put down. If you are intrigued by the world of playboy this will be one of the books for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to get into at first because she talks about her childhood and life in the first few chapters, which I really don't care about. Once you get past that its a good read. She does go into detail on the girls and how things are/were in the mansion and why some things came to be. It helps when watching the Girls Next Door so you know what happened in the past. There are quite a bit of typos. It also seems that she bad mouths everyone and then finishes by saying she really loves them blah blah. I kind of get the feeling she is jealous of the girls who got more and who are still in the picture. But to get more I guess she should have gave more. But, alas, it does answer all the rumors and questions I have heard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first it's kind of interesting.. And then you wonder why you bought the book in the first place. She gives the details, but you really don't want them after you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was very interesting after the first couple of chapters. It aswered most of the questions in my mind about the sexual relationships betwee Hef and the girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book. If you want to know the real truth on what goes behind the playmansion doors, then you need to read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story gives lots of insight into the mansion and daily living, and although that part is titilating, what is unbelievable is that the author complains about everything and everyone and then tries to say she really cared about them or was appreciative. It is apparent throughout that it was a dog eat dog world just as you could imagine, but the author has the nerve to say over and over she should have gotten more. Like gotten her student loans paid off, and her mother's surgery paid for, more valuable gifts and on and on. I think she tries to paint herself in the best possible light, yet it's hard to imagine that if she had read the manuscript she could have thought the book portraited a pleasant picture of her. The book is worth reading if you want the inside scoop. I think ultimately she made Holly and Bridget out to look like the only ones to really care about Hef. And I'm sure she didn't intend to make them look good, but next to her self portrait anyone would!
GeekGirl67 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting eye opening account of what goes on in the mansion.... if you ever wanted to know, its here!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate buying a book and not finishing it, but it was HARD to finish this one. Unless you are a fan of Izabella and want to know about her whole life, don't buy this book. Just google it and read the reviews done on it. All the "good" parts about Mansion life are avail that way. All the rest is just her complaining about what Hef did for the other girls and not her. It was like reading a bratty high school girl's diary.
Barrett Pastor More than 1 year ago
The premise of this story is intriguing and potentially entertaining for a girls next door fan. But the book is so poorly written and brimming with misspellings, gramatical errors and contradictions that it is hard to figure out if this girl was sad or happy. Jealous or disinterested. Lonely or eager for solice. It could have been much better if she would have let someone else write the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, but the grammar and spelling were atrocious.
xrathrbshoppingx More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and could not put it down! i read it in three days. I found it so interesting to know what really goes on in the Mansion... much different than you would expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book to get the inside scoop on the Mansion and see what it must be like to be a girlfriend. The author talked about her life in the first few chapters which I didn't mind. When talking about her life at the Mansion I believe she tried to be as honest as possible without painting herself in a bad light. She contradicted herself a few times throughout the book which was disturbing because she acted like she was there for the experience but then complained about not getting this or that from Hef. The book definitely sheds light on the infamous Hugh Hefner and his personality. She made all the other girlfriends seam like they were gold diggers with the exception of herself. The book wasn't as detailed as I thought it would be. It wasn't very well written and had a good amount of grammatical errors in it which didn't surprise me. Overall, the book gives you a good glimpse into life at the Playboy Mansion. It just proves the point that nothing is what is seems.
Mommytofive More than 1 year ago
This is not a good read if you are looking for something to make you think. its okay if you wanted to know what life at the playboy mansion is like. filled with mudslinging and drama she lets out all the dirty little secrets. trashing the other girls and hef is what its all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and interesting book to read. It is a fast read and has some great stories about the Mansion and the Girls Next Door. It was some good scoop without being totally negative and nasty. What drove me crazy??? The TERRIBLE editing job! Tons of grammatical errors that even a spell check could have picked up. What is up with that? Didn't she get an editor??? That was UNREAL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit it was very interesting to learn some of the 'backstage' operations of the Mansion, Hef and the Girlfriends. BUT I would rather hear it from someone else. All she talks about is how educated she is and how she doesnt fit into the 'blond bunny mold', but she was there for over 2 years. She is no better than any of the Girlfriends she was trashing and she was certainly jealous of Holly, no matter how much she denies that. TYPOS!! WOAH! Did she fall asleep on the keyboard and NOONE read it? I think they were as bored with reading it as I was. But common guys, you could have proof read better than that!!! Are you kidding me...every other page! Even things like 'the n'... how distrating is that. Anyway...if you want a few good pages of gossip or behind the scenes info, purchase a used copy or borrow a friends. This is NOT one you want to read 2x!! Izabella- get over it already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, i just got into this book to hear quirky stories. There were times i couldn't get past Izabella's better-than -everyone attitude, or her condescending judgement, and at times she would contradict herself. She claims she wasn't in it for the money, yet constantly tests her relationship by asking for money. She calls Hef her boyfriend, yet talks about how she was just there to look good and party and save money without having to really be a girlfriend. It seems as though she wanted benefits from the other girlfriend's devotion. I enjoyed all the dirt, though!
AmandaMilitia More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly boring. She felt the need to include complete chapters that had nothing to do with the story. I found myself having to skip though a lot of the book until it looked like she got back on track. A big snooze. I'm not readying "Down the Rabbit Hole" by Holly Madison which is great so far.
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Tinalicious More than 1 year ago
Very informative! This book answered a lot of questions I had about the mansion and the girlfriends... Great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A complete waste of money
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