A Real Life BDSM Memoir: Laura, 27, lingerie model whoring in a fancy bordello to pay off her husband's gambling debt meets Jeffrey, 33, Apple Records media wizard and creator of the celebrated sex magazine, Puritan, and so begins this true shameless hilarious erotic cyclone.
"Funny, salacious, perversely-dare I say it? Uplifting!"
From the Foreword bequeathed by Norman Mailer
"One of the best non-fiction works I've ever read."
From the Introduction by Legs McNeil
|Publisher:||New Blue Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)|
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Reviewed by JulieYoursTruly: Every single one of my friends was reading Fifty Shades of Grey so I did too. It was OK for a few chapters but then the bad writing got to me “down there” as E.L. James calls that place, over and over and over again. I made it to the end but it dragged much of the way. I couldn’t possibly read the other two books. I kept waiting for it to get better but it just kept getting the same. I said to myself that Fifty Shades of Grey was the last S&M book I was ever going to read. Then a few weeks ago I was at Max's friend's house watching Dr. Susan Block’s show on the computer (Yes, I watch porn occasionally, what’s it to you?) and she keeps going on about this book Laura Meets Jeffrey and how the writing is great, how the sex is hotter than Fifty Shades of Grey, and how it was written by both a woman and a man, Laura and Jeffrey, and how because it’s a memoir everything in it actually happened and it’s actually true. After she read some of Laura Meets Jeffrey on the show I had to go to Amazon and buy the Kindle version. I finished it in a couple days. I could hardly put it down. It’s definitely a love story, but it’s real raw and it’s also the horniest book I ever read. Laura Meets Jeffrey is what Fifty Shades of Grey wishes it could be. Fifty Shades appeals to mostly women and some men like it, too, but Laura Meets Jeffrey, I think, appeals equally to both. My boyfriend couldn’t get through Fifty Shades but devoured Laura Meets Jeffrey (and then he devoured me more than usual, which I liked.) In Fifty Shades, Anastasia Steele is an innocent virgin, and in LMJ Laura Bradley is a whore and a nymphomaniac. I know who I can identify with. Anonymous sex with multiple guys? That’s my fantasy. I’m there! All the naughty stuff in Fifty happens behind closed doors but in LMJ half of it is in public (!) at BDSM clubs, orgies and adult bookstores. OMG! Glory holes are these actual holes in adult bookstores that people have sex through. I can’t imagine myself doing this, but this book made me feel like I was there Fifty is a fantasy from the mind of a female author and LMJ is written from the recollections of both the real-life master and the real-life slave. Fifty Shades is badly written fiction and Laura Meets Jeffrey is well written non-fiction. Fifty takes place in the recent post-AIDS past in Seattle when everybody’s on caffeine and organic kale and LMJ tales place in the wild time in the early 1980s when everyone was on the pill and/or drugs. Drugs are not part of Fifty, but way too much coke flows all through LMJ. Neither are there any real or fake celebrities in Fifty, but LMJ is filled with real life celebrity encounters as Laura’s and Jeffrey’s jobs take them inside the worlds of John & Yoko, Timothy Leary, Norman Mailer, Bruce Springsteen, Little Richard and George Harrison. And while everybody knows about Fifty Shades of Grey, this is probably the first time you’ve read about Laura Meets Jeffrey. If dominance and submission interests you, and you want to know more about how it really happened to two real people, do yourself and read Laura Meets Jeffrey.
First off I think it should be named... Jeffery meets Laura, since it's 85% his story of meeting her. I'm not a big fan of memoirs even they tend to interest me on some level. I am a true romance novel reader & that formula writing works for me. You can place any setting & any time in the mix but bones are still the same. So when I started reading this on the trolley going to work in mornings, it took me a little while to get in to it. The kind of life Jeffery lived is foreign to me, but I do like how he walked me in by letting me know the how this was sorta normal in the specific time & places he was in. Also by giving it so much context I totally got why it was normal to him to go to a whore house while walking home. One of the issues have is....I do question that Laura could have all that unprotected sex with strangers & not have gotten any std's. I mean come on! If we are talking about the time before AIDs, that fine but there were plenty of other diseases she could have gotten or spread. Jeffery as well could have gotten them. Since this was a no hold bar look into this kinda of life it should also include consequences of it as well. This is including pregnancy since only a few times condom's we're mentioned.
Wow!!!! What a book...I was glad to see Laura got on the right path of life...I so hoped and was dissapointed how the relationship went..But not surprised... And wow Jeffrey is wow what stamina...Was a great read....
**I was given this book for an honest review.** Wow this book educated me about life before AIDS and herpes, in a time when I was just born! It was definitely educational in a world where clubs and events in this book are just not safe to occur any longer. It is a love story of Jeffrey and Laura but it was shocking and pretty disturbing, to me, at times about how they showed their love for one another. Just when you thought it couldn't get any kinkier or crazier Laura wanted to take it to another level. Jeffrey wanted to make her happy and was not opposed to the events that took place, but she just kept getting more extreme. This was a love story not like any I have ever read, and it is very readable. The famous people tie-ins, especially John Lennon, were pretty cool and added to the story. Also Laura actually filling in/adding to the story throughout the book was a nice touch, rather than wondering what was going through this girl's head when she was doing these things. A quick and good read, quite a bit more erotic than I am used to, but well written and educational about a time period of carefree and indulgent exploration.
"Laura Meets Jeffrey: Both Sides of an Erotic Memoir" is an honest, intimate portrait of a couple who had a decadent lifestyle of sex and drugs during the early 1980s. The story is told mostly through the point of view of author Jeffrey Michelson, although there are sections from Laura Bradley were she tells her opinion on events that had happened. Jeffrey works as an ad designer for such legends such as John Lennon and the Rolling Stones. Plus he is also the creator of Puritan, an explicit sex magazine. When he meets Laura, she is working as a hooker. They very quickly fall for each other. Their lives during that period exemplify sex, drugs and rock & roll, with a mixture of BDSM. As their relationship progresses everything, especially the BDSM becomes more extreme. It eventually reaches a point were it is too much, especially for Jeffrey. And he has to make the decision if he should stay or leave. Of course, there are other moments in the book not about sex. And those chapters are also told in wonderful detail. He talks about his relationships with various celebrities. His boxing with Ryan O'Neil, his friendship with Norman Mailer, working with John Lennon. The one I found most touching, was the final chapter about Norman Mailer prior to his death. It was heartbreaking and beautiful. What I loved most about this book, it felt more like if I was really listening to Jeffrey tell his story with a few moments of Laura's perspective. It didn't feel like reading a book. It felt very honest and raw glimpse of the era. I applaud Jeffrey and Laura for telling their story. A review copy was provided in exchange for honest review.