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Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,058 ratings  ·  160 reviews
The story that blew the gates wide open!

A former Hefner Girlfriend, Izabella St. James eventually parted ways with Hefner after two years of having to choose between money and family, between fun and friends. Izabella's story will lift the dated façade of the Playboy mansion, reveal the true faces of these almost identical Girlfriends, detail the restrictive life of thos

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Running Press (first published August 21st 2006)
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Petra X
I entirely rewrote the review as what I said whilst I was reading it, isn't what I wanted to say when I'd finished it.
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This is the job remuneration package:

Accommodation in the Mansion
24-hour room service and chef services
Freedom of the wine cellar and various drugs
Laundry and cleaning
Luxury car deposit and payments
Valet parking
All spa services, beautician, hair-extensions, nails etc
Clothing allowance for big events of $1,000, mega events $2,000
Plastic surgery - nose, breasts, botox, m
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HeavyReader
I don't know what I was thinking when I picked up this book!

Well, I guess I thought it would be full of sex.

It isn't.

The author is so snobbish and full of herself. She perpetually reminds the reader, that unlike the other girlfriends of Hugh Hefner (there were five to seven during the the time the events in this book took place), she graduated from law school. However, for someone who thinks she is so smart and well educated, she seems to have missed learning simple, basic grammar rules. (She co
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I recommend the book to anyone who's curious about life at the Playboy Mansion, but take it with a grain of salt. Specifically:


- After absorbing the whole thing, Izabella seems like the catty one though she tries to make others look bad. She comes across like an entitled brat in several parts of the book. The part that struck me the most was she talked about how Hef will get them as much plastic surgery as they want, but he would not pay her law school loans off for her. True that may be a selfi
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Caroline
I have a slight obsession with Hef and his girls so this worked for me. An interesting view on what things were like when Hef had 8 girlfriends. kinda catty though...I don't like how she talks crap about Bridget.
Brandi
There are just so many things wrong with this book. I'm ashamed I own it, ashamed I read it. First of all, did this bitch have an editor? It is clear to anyone who can actually read that this book was probably never proof read. Throughout the whole book she just talks shit about other girls, especially Holly, Bridget, and Kendra (not Kendra as much). She also talks (A LOT) about how she went to law school and was so educated like that made her better than the other girls. But she dropped out of ...more
Kate
This book was horrible. I read it because I wanted to know the scoop. Big mistake.

I give the girl credit for telling her story. I shouldn't judge as my writing isn't the best but this is a published book. Did anyone read it first?

First, I think she wants to give everyone a history lesson to prove how smart she is. Then she wants to let you know is isn't about the money. She then complains that Hef won't pay her law school loans. She then lets you know how catty it was but what great memories she
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Eva Leger
Mar 27, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: memoir readers, people who love PlayBoy, the Mansion, etc
Recommended to Eva by: found it on BookMooch
Shelves: b-non-fiction, celebs
I really think some people are being a bit harsh in their judgement of Ms. St. James.
I finished the book this morning and while I did find it extremely easy to read I got no sense of bratiness, dishonesty, of her being a goldigger, etc. I got that she's a sweet, complex girl who happened to be offered a chance most people will never see, and took that chance. Not only did she take it but she learned from it, made some new friends, and had A LOT of fun.
Her wanting Hef to pay some bills doesn't
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Beth
I'm not sure how accurate all of the stories in this book are, but it is very entertaining. Part of it reads like a cheesy porn and the rest reads like the rantings of a bitter woman.
If you like to watch The Girls Next Door or are just curious about the inner workings of the Playboy mansion, this book is a good read.
Ashley Goodwin
Oct 31, 2007 Ashley Goodwin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any girl
This book was so honest and that's what I loved about it! You can tell the "Girls Next Door" show is somewhat scripted and this chick tells graphic details about living in the playboy mansion. I thought it was a good mindless read if you've ever wondered what really goes on with Hef and all those girlfriends!
Erin
Aug 23, 2007 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: guys who read playboy
Quick and Dirty. The juciest part is the explanation of how they all have sex. Otherwise, it was poorly written and edited. The author wants to be intellectual, but comes off as superficial and petty.
Ariel
I loved this book. I know some people bought it and did not like it, but I did. You're reading about the playboy mansion, so what did you really expect? Of course there's going to be articles about gossip, sex, and alcohol. That is to be expected. (It's a book about the playboy mansion, so anyone saying there was too much gossip, name dropping, girl drama stories, etc. is kind of stupid for buying it then. What did you expect you'd be reading about? haha.)I think that when Izabella talks about H ...more
Aysharoberts
If you curious about what really goes on in the Playboy Mansion... this is the book to read! Do you wonder how Bridget, Holly, and Kendra become the girlfriends of Hef?? The answer is in this book of full of sex, catfights, and body makeovers. I agree with Nicole's perception that the author is very egocentric. Her writing is also not that great. I went to High School with one of the "Girls Next Door" girlfriends (Bridget). Nicole sent me the book to read about Bridget and the Playboy Mansion sh ...more
Charissa Dee
Shallow, Somewhat Entertaining

The book I read before this was about human trafficking, so I needed something easy and light to read. This book delivered some good gossip, especially about Holly and Bridget from the show 'Girls Next Door'. Other than that it really is just a shallow story about Izabella's time at the mansion and how her and her friends manipulated and took advantage of Hef. I do believe he is a human collector of blonde women. Somewhat similar to theme I read about in the story o
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Tracy Knauer
This book SUCKED!! For someone who claims to have so much education this book is written poorly and portrays a spoiled brat!
Hell, I will give you this book if you want it!
Amanda
Although the writing style was a bit hard to follow, the content itself was very interesting! Quick and juicy summer read!
Glenda
Where do I begin? I have read other books about life at the Playboy mansion but this was by far the most boring and I didn't care for Izabella's attitude. There was a lot of name dropping and the way she wrote the book it was almost like she was complaining but hello, you CHOSE this life. She complained about the weekly allowance, the curfews, etc.. Instead of whining about how your allowance didn't cover paying for your student loans and an apartment that you didn't live in perhaps you should h ...more
Summer
What possessed me to read a book about living at the Playboy Mansion and being one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends? To be honest, I'm not sure where it came from, but I used to have this guilty pleasure of watching the TV show The Girls Next Door on E!. My boyfriend, Blaine, thought it was the weirdest thing, because given my values, he didn't expect me to like anything that had to do with the Playboy Enterprise. But the reason I liked the show so much is because it always looked like the Girlfrien ...more
James Perkins
Our narrator is a Polish-Canadian emigre who quickly establishes she's no dummy, with a law degree - but then threw it all away to become a bunny girl. Our first question has to be: "Why?" She says it was to maximise her experience of life. It's easy to conclude that she did it for the free plastic surgery and car and the weekly allowance and the constant stream of celebrity-packed parties, but even she admits that she would have made more money as a law graduate, and the whole fantasy became st ...more
Eileen
Recommended and borrowed from Larissa.

The writing style wasn't as sophisticated or imaginative as I'd normally like but the content was fascinating, especially since I love the TV series "Girls Next Door". Definitely a great read if you're on travel, beachside, or poolside! -- esv, 10/09/08

4/5stars Some interesting insights, but not worth the cover price overall, April 22, 2008
By gensparkie

I got this from a friend, and because it was free I didn't feel like I had to get my money's
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Paul
I don't think I will finish this book. I've read the first few chapters, got really bored with her account of travels and of her heartfelt empathy for her fellow animals and of her passion for vegetarian justice, and so I skipped ahead to the supposedly juicier parts. The operative word, of course, is "supposedly". I don't suppose any of my "friends" on Goodreads will let Ms. St. James cleavage on the cover tempt them, as admittedly it did me, to spend good money on this book. Well, perhaps that ...more
Momoko
This book makes me feel sorry for the Hef, these girlfriends of his just seem to take advantage of him unless they are obsessed which almost seems worse in my opinion. The whole facade of the playboy dream/whoremouth revolution is in shambles with this book, the reality is that Hef supports a bunch of bratty ungrateful women who don't really turn him on (he relies on porn to truly orgasm)and just use him for his money (like this writer)while having dreams of younger men. I seriously wanted to sl ...more
☆Brittany☆
Sep 16, 2012 ☆Brittany☆ rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ☆Brittany☆ by: Saw it on Heidi's GRs
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs
If you ever think you live a sad, pathetic life & if you need a pick-me-up then read this book! I was pretty convinced my life was sad & pathetic until I read about Izabella's.
She may have enjoyed the 'perks' of being a Hefner trollop like the $1,000 dollar a week 'allowances', the free plastic surgery, the 'fame', new cars, etc. but when it all comes down to it you still have to occasionally have sex with a disgusting old man.
To me the 'fame' (which is it really positive fame? Because
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Linsey
I find the idea of being one of Heff's "girlfriends" to be pretty facinating- and I was really interested in learning more about what this is all about and why someone would decide to do it. This book does give some interesting insights into the world of the playboy mansion- but in order to get those insights you also have to deal with a book that is very poorly written (I dont think she had an editor- it seems like she talked into a tape recorder and then just had it typed up) and a lot of whin ...more
Rachel Lange
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Jeanette
Aug 05, 2014 Jeanette rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
Dear god this book was painful to read. I skipped the first few chapters because they were boring and painfully written. Honestly, the only reason i kept reading is because i wanted to know about life at the mansion and well...i feel like i know more, but holy nuts this biatch is dumb. shes also shallow, ignorant, and needs to come down from the clouds. Not to mention, she is NOT pretty. Ugh... i wish i could have those few hours back. It was worse than the two minutes of kendra that i watched.
Maria
This was another book that I picked up out of curiousity since I am a fan of the "Girls Next Door" reality show. This book is surprisingly long and drags a little bit in the beginning. I, like many, wanted to jump right into the good stuff about what really goes on in the Playboy mansion. Unfortunately it took well over half of the book to get here.
I was a little put off by all the side stories about little catfights between the girls in the house and felt like a lot of these could have been c
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Vanessa
I was totally underwhelmed by this memoir of one girl's 2 years in the Playboy Mansion. As can be seen from my booklist, I love celeb memoirs and gossip, but this book ended up being a ridiculous couple hundred pages of justifications: why she came to the mansion instead of studying to pass the Bar exam, how she wasn't like the "other Girlfriends," why none of the drama was her fault, etc. Some of the dish was pretty good, but for most part it just seemed like a way for her to raise herself abov ...more
Hethar Emrys
I loved this book and often re-read it. Although only from one point of view. I loved the insight of how things worked in the party posse with Mr.Hefner Not just the pro's but the cons too. I loved peeking into his world with his posse.

It is a fun book to read and anyone who is a Playboy fan or Girls Next Door fan will love this.
Ashley626
I read this book because I was, like most people, curious about Hugh Hefner. Does he sleep with his girlfriends? What kind of relationship is that? Is it really a party everyday? Well... I got a little bit of what I was looking for, but mostly I was just disgusted. St. James spent most of the book complaining about how Hefner wouldn't pay for this or that. When she wasn't complaining about how Hefner spent HIS money, she was bad mouthing the other girls. Allegedly, she has a law degree from Pepp ...more
Lisa
Oct 01, 2011 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Leanne
Recommended to Lisa by: No One
Shelves: 2011
I enjoyed reading about all the dirty secrets of the Playboy mansion and what went on behind closed doors. I have always found Hugh Hefner's life somewhat intriguing and was not disappointed in some of the interesting facts about him and the mansion himself. However, I found that it seemed like Izabella St. James always had to reinterate in the book about not being a gold digger, but then on numerous occasions she asks for matierial items like a car or expressed displeasure when Hef didn't cough ...more
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