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Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,714 Ratings  ·  190 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

Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Running Press (first published August 21st 2006)
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Petra X
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, more by arrangement
$1,000 cash per week (and this was 10 years ago)

These are the hours of work and the duties:

Two nights per week
Apr 04, 2016 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Carmen by: Petra X
What was strange to me is that Hef would gladly pay for any plastic surgery, necessary or not, but he would not help me with school loans. I couldn't understand his priorities.

She can't understand his priorities? Are you KIDDING me?

Well. I did not enjoy this book. The first part was okay: St. James talks about living in Poland, moving to Canada, studying for her law degree, and her early boyfriends.

I found it impressive that she spoke four languages and enjoyed her little insights on men, like

Nov 15, 2007 HeavyReader rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-stories
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
Jul 01, 2011 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Eva Leger
Mar 27, 2009 Eva Leger rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 13, 2015 Xanthi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not well written, with several flaws such as typos and grammatical errors. It makes me wonder if the editors just skimmed this effort?
The author is hard to like and sympathize with. There is a strong element of self-entitlement and lack of inner realization. She seems to, on the one hand, understand that she is a part of the Playboy brand promotional engine, and yet also clings onto the idea that she is one of Hef's girlfriends, and so gets frustrated and disappointed when she doesn't get what s
Feb 19, 2008 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 23, 2007 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  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.
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
Jan 10, 2013 Nicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable in a trashy sort of way. Isabella contradicts herself constantly, one minute claiming to have true and genuine feelings for Hef, then interested in other men and dating them. It's not about the money, yet she's pissed at him for not paying for her study bills. Worried about STD's yet admits she participated several times on "sex nights". (That image of Hef with the flannel is going to scar me for life!). I found her likeable enough, and I'm not overly judgemental - I mean if an old man ...more
Mildly amusing, but definitely lacking in self-awareness on the part of the author.

It's a hard book to take seriously. Leaving aside the fact that it's poorly organised and even more poorly written, the author simply isn't sympathetic. The book is full of name-dropping, excuses, and complaining about money; although the author's self-professed actions are no different than those of the rest of the "Girlfriends", she constantly puts down the others.

The author is in a relatively unique position -
Dec 03, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  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!
Feb 24, 2015 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-s, steamy
pretty sorry

This was quite UN edited, and Izabella came across a hypocritical spoiled brat who contradicted herself over and over. Oh well, I forced myself to get through it all, but it was not easy
My wife was surprised to learn that I'm reading this book. I guess she was also a bit concerned, but no, I'm not scheming for Hef's lifestyle. In fact, if this book achieves anything it is dispelling the fantasy of glamorous life of Hugh Hefner. I didn't like his choice of Girlfriends before just because I'm really not into Barbie blondies, but now I actually feel a bit sad about him. Maybe that's the life he wants, so I'm not judging, but to me it doesn't look like a fantasy, more like a domest ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I read this book?

I suppose that the book did answer a lot of my questions about how the Playboy Mansion works but the author... Oh my. There are slight grammatical errors in every chapter and, honestly, has I not been sucked in with her life story in the first few chapters, I probably wouldn't have continued to read.

There was a lot of drama during her time there and she insists that none of it was her fault -- "I guess some people just don't like to have fun!" No. You're dating an 80 yea
May 01, 2011 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2010 Ashley626 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
I had a hard time finding this book and it was lucky that a local friend had it and loaned it to me. I was interested to read it because before I read holly madison's book I wanted a complete picture and plus I don't know anything about the playboy mansion.
So to be blunt:
The book is badly written in some parts and it's very very short. It's really interesting to read about the mansion but before that it seemed like she was keeping it short about her life and I felt like some of that part of her
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
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
2.5 stars. The writing isn't great but I did find the book entertaining and I appreciated the author's honesty even if she didn't come across as particularly self-aware. This book made me kind of sad actually--everyone seemed so mercenary and superficial--an interesting lifestyle to read about but one I have no interest in experiencing firsthand.
May 28, 2015 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
In my quest for a break from some of the deeper spiritual and scientific titles I have been reading of late, I decided to download a number of samples from a list of titles that appeared to be lighter reads. On a lark, one of the samples that caught my eye was Bunny Tales. Having come of age in the early 1970s, when the Playboy Empire was still in full swing, like so many I was curious to read an account of what life was like at the legendary Playboy mansion. Having pursued graduate degrees in t ...more
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!
Jun 23, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the writing style was a bit hard to follow, the content itself was very interesting! Quick and juicy summer read!
Amy walker
Apr 24, 2016 Amy walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read

I was slightly skeptical about this book, someone recommended it to me and I always try to read recommended titles. From the begging I have been gripped, the book pulls you in from their struggle to love Europe and escape communism and leave everyone and thing behind to losing grandparents in WW2.

Then the journey through life in america where noons spoken English and had to learn to love a different country and become educated, too moving into the Playboy mansion!!!!! Give it a read
Holly Armour
Aug 14, 2015 Holly Armour rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT BUY. The first pages of the book consist of irrelevant facts about the history of Poland that she so obviously google searched and shoved into her book. It is terribly written. None of the sentences make sense with each other. The paragraphs do not formulate a point or understanding of what she's trying to say. It's very boring and consists mainly of high school mean girl-esque ways at the mansion. Buy Holly Madison's book if you want to read a truly juicy and well written tell-all about ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Glenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2010 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Nov 23, 2013 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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The author was one of Hugh Hefner's harem of seven 'girlfriends' for several years before becoming an 'actress and model'.
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