September 10, 2014

The Laws of Love, from New Sensations Romance

★★★★½
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), Annika Albrite (26yo), Mick Blue (38yo), Romi Rain (26yo), and Ryan McLane

Review

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" (Submission of Emma Marx, Temptation of Eve, 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
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ♀

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

There's a very nice 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.

Synopsis

They kiss while sitting on a couch, and he lifts her legs and takes off her shoes. He starts stroking her legs, then she sits up and takes off her dress, which leaves her in pretty pink lingerie. She takes off her bra and reclines on the couch as he sucks her tits and strokes her pussy through her panties. He kisses his way down her body, then takes off her panties and kisses her thighs while looking at her, then goes down on her.

He kisses his way up her body, then sits up, and she takes off his shirt. He stands up, and she pulls down his pants and sucks him as she kneels in front of him. He then sits back on the couch, and she continues sucking him while leaning over him from the side as she strokes her ass and pussy.

They start fucking spooning, and they she gets astride him on her knees as he reclines on the couch. She rides his cock quite hard, and seems to get fairly aroused. They then switch to doggy style, and she looks back sweetly at him. She then gets on her back on the couch, and he kneels between her legs, which she eventually puts on his shoulders. He cums on her stomach.

Scene 2: Jessa Rhodes and Logan Pierce

★★★½☆
Time: 13:00
Features: Orgasm?
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 realizes that 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.

Synopsis

They start kissing in the kitchen, and she takes off his shirt as he takes off her dress, which leaves her in just panties and shoes. She undoes his pants and sucks his cock, kneeling in front of him as he stands against the island.

He pulls her up to him and kisses her, then leans her over the island and kisses her ass as he pulls down her panties. He stands up behind her and enters her, and she lifts one of her legs up onto the island. She then lies on the island, and he stands in front of her and re-enters her.

He sits on the floor, and she gets astride him on her knees and rides his cock, leaning back on her hands after a bit. She may cum at about 50:45, but we are not sure. She then squats over him and bounces on his cock until he pulls out and cums on her stomach.

Scene 3: Annika Albrite and Mick Blue

★★★★½
Time: 15:00
Features: 69, Deepthroat, Orgasm?
Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

The Boss, Christian (Mick Blue), has sex with his girlfriend Stephanie (Annika 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.

Synopsis

She is sitting on his lap, and he is sucking her tits. She says she really needs his cock, and she hops off him, pulls down his pants, and deepthroats him. She then stands up and takes off her panties, then kneels on the desk, and he licks her pussy from behind. He turns her over and goes down on her, then stands up and teases her. "Put it in!" she screams, and he does, fucking her hard and fast as she sits up with him.

He leans over and kisses her as she rolls a bit onto her side, and she then disengages and sucks him again. He lies on the desk, and she gets astride him on her knees, leaning over onto him as he thrusts hard up into her. They switch to a 69, with her on top, and then to spooning. She reaches down to rub her clit as he fucks her hard, again.

She rolls onto her stomach, and he licks her from behind, then sits in his chair as she squats over him, reverse. He reaches down to rub her clit, and she seems as if she might cum but doesn't. She turns around, sitting on his lap as he thrusts hard up into her, then gets off him and sucks him again. He masturbates a bit while she sucks his balls and licks his perineum.

He leans her over the desk again, and fucks her from behind. He then turns her over and goes down on her. He stands up and fucks her again, pulling out and cumming on her pussy.

Scene 4: Romi Rain and Ryan McLane

★★★★½
Time: 16:30
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.

Synopsis

They kiss while standing in his bedroom as he takes off her shirt, and she falls back on bed. He lies over her and kisses her, then kisses her stomach. He stands up, and she sits up with him and takes off his tie. She turns over onto all fours, and he kisses her as as he takes off her panties and skirt. She then turns onto her back again, and he goes down on her.

They switch positions, and she sucks his cock. He sits up with her and kisses her as she strokes him, then lies back as she gets astride him on her knees and teases him, rubbing her pussy on his cock. She then envelops him and rides his cock as she leans over him, and he thrusts hard up into her. He sits up and they fuck as she straddles his lap, then leans back on her hands. She then sits up with him and they fuck very slowly, hugging each other.

They switch to doggy style, and he then flips her over again and eats her pussy. She says that she is going to cum, but she doesn't. He lies over her and re-enters her, then kneels back up. She rubs her clit briefly, and he then fucks her quite hard. He pulls her up with him, sort of squatting as he kneels, and they bounce together a bit before he fucks her hard again. She falls onto her back, and they switch to spooning. He pulls out and cums on her pussy.

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