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Bunny Tales

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,149 ratings  ·  216 reviews
What happens in the Mansion, doesn't stay in the Mansion! How did I get here? I was raised a nice Catholic girl in Ontario, Canada. I am an only child whose parents lavished their attention and resources on me. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a law degree, and I'm studying to take the California bar. I am comfortable with my own sexuality, responsible for my own orgas ...more
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Running Press (first published August 21st 2006)
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Better Eggs
RIP Hugh Hefner who provided jobs for the girls. If you just want to read about the sex work these whores Girlfriends had to perform, skip to *

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, bre
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Carmen
Jun 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Carmen by: Better Eggs
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

Ir
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HeavyReader
Nov 15, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
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Kate
Aug 29, 2010 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
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Eva Leger
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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Caroline
Feb 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
MrsJoseph
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommended to MrsJoseph by: Better Eggs
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Let me start with some honesty: Bunny Tales is not my typical sort of read. I became interested in reading Bunny Tales because I totally used to watch The Girls Next Door which starred Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. When I started watching it, my curiosity was set aflame: like everyone else, I knew about Hugh Hefner and his harem but only vaguely. The Girls Next Door turned the vague idea of Hef's harem into a reality. I've enjoyed
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Xanthi
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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Erin
Aug 21, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Ashley626
Aug 26, 2010 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
Beth
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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!
Angela Johnson
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Yikes. This was a tough ride.

Sometimes you read "celebrity" memoirs and they're great - relatable, funny, down-to-earth. That is not the case for this one.

Celebrities come in all shapes and sizes and rises to fame, Izabella's is that she had a relationship with Hugh Hefner. But this comes into contention with the author herself many times throughout the memoir - at times she refers to Hef as her boyfriend - as someone who should treat her as though she is in a relationship with him instead of
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Emily
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bunny Tales was a fun read! I enjoyed reading this book a few months after reading Holly Madison's Down the Rabbit Hole - I liked seeing the other side of some of the stories, and seeing where Holly & Izabella have some of the same stories. Izabella's story is unique because her family had to emigrate from Poland, and she has interesting stories about her childhood. She also has a law degree, and she's very intelligent. I also love that she loves pugs and rescuing dogs. I have both of Kendra ...more
Heather V  ~The Other Heather~
Updated in September 2017 upon the death of Hef: Man, there was so much I didn't know about Hugh Hefner's terrible treatment of women when I read this six years ago. That knowledge would absolutely have coloured my thoughts as I took in this book. I mean, I always knew he was a creep, but I wasn't fully aware of the lengths to which he went, including regularly drugging his parade of partners with pills (often quaaludes) he charmingly called "thigh openers." Eugh. Shades of Cosby.

It's probably
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James Perkins
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Alex
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
Ariel
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nicki
Jan 09, 2013 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
Aysharoberts
Feb 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Liralen
Sep 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
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 -
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Andrea
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.
Billy
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, bio-s
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
Amanda
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Although the writing style was a bit hard to follow, the content itself was very interesting! Quick and juicy summer read!
FlibBityFLooB
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
This woman may have been training to be an attorney, but I found her to be annoying and over-the-top entitled in her writing.
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!
Alyssa
well, i think it's safe to say that St James didn't use a ghostwriter for this book. If she did, she should ask for her money back.

what i feel like i read here was a book by someone who had a lot of really terrible experiences, writing about decisions she regretted, but trying to convince the reader, and herself, that really it wasn't so bad. pretty much everything i read here sounded awful, but then St James would insist it was great, she has so many memories! She's discuss how isolated the gi
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Rachel Aitchison
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an easy read and I was really just after something gossipy and this filled the gap nicely. Hugh was certainly a man who liked his routines, whether it be the food he ate, the movies he watched or going out. My husband said it just sounds like a story of an old man, and he's right, an old man with money. So if you are after some gossip on what it was like to live in the mansion and can deal with Ms James not being very self aware then you'll enjoy it. Finally one of my main takeouts was ...more
ML Simpson
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Without Holly and Bridget there would be no book...

Authoress seems jealous of Holly Madison all the while hating Holly’s guts. Essentially, she gives her power away, and the one time she does stand up to take it back fails miserably by falling into Bridget’s trap leaving the mansion on their terms and not her own. I expected better.
Karren
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read

I actually didn't mind this book. I had read Holly Madison's book (Down the rabbit Hole) before this one and found Holly's book much more enjoyable. This author comes across as super smug kind of mean. Boom was decent though and didn't take long to read. It kind of feels like your being talked down to. I probably won't re read this book.
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