Tessa (Samantha Ryan) is a self-help author who claims to have found the secret to a "perfect" relationship, which she allegedly has with her fiance Mitch (Tyler Nixon). Unfortunately, as she is being interviewed on television (by Stormy Daniels), she is shown photographs of him having sex with someone else. The rest of the story revolves around how her publicist Stephanie (Allie Haze) tries to get her back on her feet (and back to writing), and how she rediscovers love with the caretaker (Michael Vegas) at the resort to which she retreats. But not without some serious mis-steps.
A fair bit of time is devoted to the story: over thirty minutes. Still, we thought a bit more might have been done with it, and a lot of the story is pretty unrealistic: the whole beginning, for example. And there are other minor annoyances, too, like the two-week gap between when Tessa finishes her book and when she makes an appearance on television to promote it. Doesn't anyone involved with these films know anything about publishing? or do any basic research to try to get the facts right?
That said, if we can ignore those oddities, it's actually a sweet story. Tessa's initial reluctance to get involved with Zach is convincing, and it makes it all the better when they do finally get together at the end of the movie. That scene is a real tear-jerker.
The camera work here is generally very good. But there are several places where Daniels decides to use slow motion, presumably to highlight something about the scene. We're not sure it works. It ends up, for us, being distracting, and it detracts from the sense of realism.
The main issue, though, is that the sex scenes are not all that great. The last scene, with Stephanie Ryan and Michael Vegas, is terrific. Ryan, as we have said before, always has sex like she means it, and Vegas always seems, at least in these movies, as if he really cares about his partner. The second scene is also quite convincing, with Allie Haze and Karlo Karrera doing a great job of acting like a couple. But she never seems near orgasm. And the other two scenes just aren't that good.
Michael Vegas was nominated for Best Actor at the 2014 AVN Awards and for Best Actor in a Couples-Themed Release at the 2014 XBiz Awards, where the film itself was nominated for Best Couples-Themed Release, as well.
Scene 1: Lyla Storm and Tyler Nixon
Tessa's fiance Mitch (Tyler Nixon) has sex with her other lover (Lyla Storm).
The sex here is reasonably passionate, but the changes of position seem planned, so it isn't very convincing. She never really seems very aroused, either, so the scene got a bit boring, even though it isn't very long.
The photography here is very good, but we do lose him a bit (though only a bit) in the usual sorts of places. And there may be a few too many close-ups, though nothing 'medical', and the shots do not tend to linger.
They make out on some chaises by a pool. He pulls down her top and sucks her tits, then rubs her pussy through her bikini bottoms as he kisses her. She undoes her top, and he sucks her tits. He takes off her bottoms, in slow motion, then gets between her legs and goes down on her. She kneels up and drops his shorts so she can suck his cock, and then he lies back on the chaise.
She sits on him, with her back to him, and grinds on his cock as he reaches around to rub her pussy. They switch to doggy style, and then she lies on the chaise as he straddles it and her. He cums on her stomach.
Scene 2: Allie Haze and Karlo Karrera
Stephanie (Allie Haze), Tessa's publicist, blows off steam by having sex with her boyfriend.
The camera work here is fantastic, and there is a real sense of attraction between them. But, while Haze does seem to enjoy herself, she never seems very aroused.
They kiss on the bed, and he kneels up and takes off his shirt, then asks her to take off her lace top and bra. He sucks her tits and licks her feet, takes off her panties and kisses her thighs, then goes down on her.
He stands up and drops his shorts, and she sucks his cock. She then lies back on the bed, and he stands at the edge and fucks her. They switch to the cowgirl position, and she bucks at him hard, then leans onto him as he thrusts into her. They switch to doggy style, then she rolls a bit onto her side as he keeps fucking her from behind. He pulls out and cums on her ass.
Scene 3: Kaylani Lei and Brendon Miller
Tessa's brother (Brendon Miller) and his girlfriend (Kaylani Lei) finally have enough privacy to have sex.
The sex is reasonably passionate, but there doesn't seem to be any great connection between them, and they don't really act like a couple while fucking. She does seem to have a pretty good time, though, and she may masturbate to orgasm as they fuck.
The camera work here is terrific at the beginning, but she does become more the focus toward the end.
He falls onto the bed with her atop him, and they kiss as he rubs her ass through her very short shorts. She kneels up, and he rubs her tits under her top. She pulls off her top, and he sucks her tits. He tosses her onto her back, then rubs her pussy around her shorts. He pulls them off, then makes his way down her body and goes down on her.
They switch positions, and she sucks his cock, taking him all the way into her mouth, though he is not completely hard. She then gets astride him on her knees and grinds onto him.
They switch to spooning, and she, then he, reaches down to rub her clit. They switch to doggy style, then to kneeling missionary. He rubs her pussy a bit before he enters her, and then she reaches down to rub her clit. She announces an orgasm at about 52:20, but it was not clear to us if it was real. (It is at least a bit overplayed.) He cums on her torso.
Scene 4: Samantha Ryan and Michael Vegas
Tessa and Zach (Michael Vegas) make love in front of the fire.
This is a terrific scene, as one might expect from who is in it. The set up for it is wonderful, and there is an appropriate level of passion between them. Ryan cums twice, once as Vegas eats her, and then masturbating as they are spooning. The only thing that's missing for us, really, is more communication between them. Given that these two have just confessed their love for each other, you might reasonably have expected them to continue communicating.
The camera work is really terrific, with a wide range of shots, and plenty of both of them. There are, for example, some very nice wider shots as she sucks him, and there are some nice closer shots of them kissing as they fuck.
They kiss standing, then on the floor as she lies back. They kneels up and take off thier tops, and he kisses her chest as she lies back again, then lowers her bra and sucks her tits. He pulls off her pants and kisses her legs, then takes off her panties and goes down on her, very, very effectively, and she cums at about 1:19:10.
He kneels up, and she pulls down his pants and sucks his cock, kneeling up to kiss him as she strokes him.
He wriggles out of his pants and grabs a condom, and then start fucking with her astride him on her knees. They switch to spooning, and she rubs clit until she cums again, at about 1:25:10. He briefly eats he pussy again, then gets up in front of her on his knees. He cums on her stomach.