September 10, 2014

The Laws of Love, from New Sensations Romance


Time: 1:42, Director: Eddie Powell, Date: 2014

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On the web: The Romance Series, IAFD

Cast: Aaliyah Love (33yo), Van Wylde (24yo), Jessa Rhodes (21yo), Logan Pierce (23yo), Anikka Albrite (26yo), Mick Blue (38yo), Romi Rain (26yo), and Ryan McLane

Source: 1920×1080 downloaded from New Sensations subscription site

Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓+, Balance


This is the first true "Romance" release from New Sensations Romance in quite some time: since Love, Marriage, and Other Bad Ideas, in 2012. The other films released in the Romance Series since then have either been labeled as "Couples" (Torn), "Swingers" (Shared Wives, Friends With Benefits), "Tales From the Heart" (Happy Anniversary, Love Is In the Air, Rekindling the Flame), or "Erotic Stories" (The Submission of Emma Marx, The Temptation of Eve, The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee). And none of those have been directed by Eddie Powell, who returns to the Romance Series with this film.

Laws of Love is more a comedy than a drama. The story is a bit overwritten, and the characters tend to be cartoonish parodies, though in a way that is fairly common in porn. (Think of some of Stormy Daniels's comedies, for example.) Martin (Ryan McLane), who has not been having great luck with women, is an associate at a law firm and is supposed to be in line for partner when Alexandra (Romi Rain) is brought into the firm in front of him. The movie largely concerns the developing relationship between them, which starts out professional and adversarial, then becomes romantic. There are sub-plots involving ex-girlfriends of Martin's who become involved with his neighbor, his friend from work, and his boss.

The acting overall is pretty good. McLane is terrific as the male lead, and Rain plays sultry and ruthless very well. Maybe our favorite performance was from Aaliyah Love, who is just terrific as the ditzy blonde Melanie. It's a common trope, but it works with her, and she's actually presented quite sympathetically. Hats off to George (Van Wylde) for seeing what is so wonderful about her.

One interesting feature of the movie is how certain sexist attitudes displayed by some of the male characters are treated. These are expressed, for the most part, near the beginning, and they are presented, at that time, in a very matter of fact way, simply as part of who these characters are. But it is made fairly clear that some of Martin's dissatisfaction is due to those very attitudes, and there is a great moment at the end of the movie when he remarks to Alex hod odd it is that he found love with "the girl who stole my job". She corrects him: the woman who stole your job, making it clear that he still has some way to go.

The sex scenes are a bit inconsistent. The first is merely all right, being a little less passionate that we would like, and the second is fairly pornish. But the last two scenes are both really good, especially the last one. Our only criticism is that it is not clear that any of the women ever cum, though they might. If so, not much is made of the fact.

The camera work in these scenes is generally very good, as well, with a wide range of interesting shots and plenty of focus on the male performers.

Scene 1: Aaliyah Love and Van Wylde (♀♂)


Time: 16:30

Cumshot: Stomach

Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance

After a nice first date, they have sex on a couch.

There's a very genuine connection between them, with her giggling and smiling as they make out and undress. She's extremely cute, in fact, and it feels completely appropriate to the scene. But the sex isn't as passionate as one would expect it to be, since they are supposed to be having sex for the first time. And there is not much communication between them, either.

She does seem to enjoy herself, and seems fairly aroused at times, but not aroused enough to get very near orgasm.

The scene is very nicely shot. There are several shots of his face as she sucks him, for example, even some closeups. We did think that part of the scene went on just a bit long, though.

It's sad to have to say it, but it's great how he takes off her shoes at the beginning. It adds a lot to the realism.

Scene 2: Jessa Rhodes and Logan Pierce (♀♂)


Time: 13:00

Female Orgasm: Maybe, Cumshot: Stomach

Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance

Martin has told Mariel (Jessa Rhodes) that Simon (Logan Pierce) is British royalty, so, gold-digger that she is, she agrees to go out with him. She figures out fairly quickly that he's not even English. But the realization forces a re-appraisal of herself, since she actually likes him. So they 'fess up to each other at her apartment and end up having sex in the kitchen.

The sex does not really seem as if it matches the scene, however. It's believable that they might have sex in the kitchen, but only if they somehow couldn't wait to get to the bedroom, and the sex just doesn't feel very passionate at all. The positions are a bit pornish, and her vocalizations are not terribly convincing. There is not great chemistry between them, either.

She seems to enjoy herself a bit, but she never seems very aroused until they are fucking on the floor.

This scene is shot reasonably well, but not quite as well as the first one. There are some wider shots as she sucks him, but there are more closeups, and the focus feels a bit more on her, overall. There are a couple continuity problems, as well.

Scene 3: Anikka Albrite and Mick Blue (♀♂)


Time: 15:00

Female Orgasm: Maybe, Cumshot: Pussy

Features: 69, Deepthroat

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance

The Boss, Christian (Mick Blue), has sex with his girlfriend Stephanie (Anikka Albrite), in his office after hours while Alexandra watches from the doorway.

They do a great job portraying a couple who are nearly desperate for each other. The sex is hot and passionate, and there is some great communication between them.

She seems to enjoy herself quite a bit, and certainly gets aroused enough to seem quite near orgasm on a few occasions. She might well cum somewhere along the way, in fact, though we are not sure.

The camera work is really great, and quite different. It has a very intimate feel, with some amazing shots of their faces. We see a lot of him, too.

Scene 4: Romi Rain and Ryan McLane (♀♂)


Time: 16:30

Cumshot: Pussy

Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance

Martin and Alex have sex on his bed.

The sex is varied and ineresting, and appropriately passionate. There is excellent chemistry between them, too, which is mostly established by the great communication at the beginning. "I don't like this tie", she says as she takes it off. "I don't like this bra", he replies, taking that off. "Have you thought about this as much as I have?" she asks a little later. And so forth, continuing throughout the scene.

She seems to enjoy herself a great deal, and it seems a couple times as if she might cum, but she doesn't quite, so far as we can tell.

The camera work is again terrific.

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