Time: 1:25, Director: Stormy Daniels, Date: 2014
Screenshots: On our Tumblr
Source: 1280×720 MP4 downloaded from Wicked Pictures subscription site
Pleasure ✓+, Passion ✓, Balance ♀
The movie opens with Anna (Karlie Montana) and James (Steven St Croix) having sex in a hotel room, under mysterious circumstances. We learn later than James is an old lover of hers, to whom she can never say "No". We then see her friend Christine (Zoey Monroe) having sex with her boyfriend (Ryan McLane) in the shower—this feels a bit gratuitous—before joining Anna at a birthday party for her sister Skye (Stormy Daniels). Skye notices that Anna is distracted, then discovers her in the bathroom, where she has been texting with James.
A week later, Anna is "checking email" while in bed with her fiance Thomas (Ryan Driller), which leads to their having sex when she says she is "super-stressed out about work". She then gets a call while she is at work and escapes to have sex with James again. She tells him afterwards she can't see him anymore. She is about to get married, after all!
Will Anna marry Thomas? Or will the hot sex she has with James prove too much? We won't tell!
What we will say is that there isn't enough detail in the story to make either answer seem plausible. Only about 26 minutes of the movie are devoted to the story, and 10 of those are after the final sex scene, so there isn't much preparation for what happens at the end. We appreciated the twist, but in another way it felt a bit moralizing. We needed to know more about Anna's past with James for it to make sense to us.
In places, the acting is terrific. Steven St Croix, in particular, does his usual outstanding job. It's almost to the point that he's being typecast as the sexy but creepy guy, but he's so convincing in these roles that it's hard to blame anyone for continuing to cast him in them. We thought Ryan McLane and Tommy Pistol were good, too, and Karlie Montana does a nice job as the female lead. Stormy Daniels is terrific in a non-sex role. By contrast, however, Zoey Monroe and Hope Howell are not terribly good, and their dialogue often feels stilted.
As for the sex, there is one truly great scene here: the first. We are not told in advance what the relationship between Anna and James is, or why they are where they are, and that adds a tension that is very sexy. We also liked how devoted he is to her pleasure at the beginning of the scene, even as he is fairly dominant, a theme that emerges more later. She seems to enjoy herself a great deal, giving herself over to him, and cumming at least twice. The other scenes are all perfectly fine, too, but there is nothing special about them, and none of the women ever seem aroused enough to be anywhere near orgasm.
The best thing about this movie, though, other than the amazing first scene, is how good the camera work is during the sex scenes. It is, honestly, about as good as we have ever seen. There is a great mix of closer shots and wider ones, including excellent shots of both performers' faces all the way through the sex. We think women especially will appreciate the way this allows the viewer to feel connected to both the performers.
We're sorely tempted to give this one four and a half stars, simply on the basis of the camera work and the first scene. But, in the end, because of our issues with the story and the acting, we just don't think it's quite as good as the best of the Wicked Passions movies: Heart Strings, Love Blossoms, Love and Loss, and Getting Cozy. But it's better than any of the other Wicked Passions mvoies, and we strongly recommend watching it. Everyone will enjoy that first scene, and the camera work really is amazing.
Scene 1: Karlie Montana and Steven St Croix (♀♂)
Female Orgasm: Multiple, Cumshot: Ass
Features: Analingus, Deepthroat
Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀
She is sitting on a balcony smoking a cigarette, and he walks up behind her. "Why did you bring me here?" she asks him. "You know why" is all he says, and they make their way to bed.
This is one of the hottest scenes we have ever, uh, seen. There's a great connection between them, and the sex is hot and passionate. It's great the way he talks to her, sexy and teasing and loving.
Our only complaint is that the scene seemed to go on just a bit longer than it should have. If the editor had shaved a minute off the doggy style portion, it would have been perfect.
The photography here is really fantastic. There is a great mix of shots, wider and closer, with focus on both their faces, and, unusually, that continues even when they are fucking.
Scene 2: Zoey Monroe and Ryan McLane (♀♂)
Pleasure ♀, Passion ✓, Balance ♀
Christine (Zoey Monroe) surprises her boyfriend (Ryan McLane) in the shower, and they have sex.
Although she never seems very near orgasm, she does genuinely seem to enjoy herself. She seems fairly aroused through much of the scene, especially when he is fingering her, but also at times when they are fucking. And there is fairly good chemistry between them. We had a real sense that they were enjoying what they are doing together, but it could have been a bit more passionate.
We thought the scene moved a little quickly between different sequences, which made if feel a bit disjointed at times. And then other bits seemed to go on a bit too long. The music is also a little loud, obscuring their sounds more than it should.
The photography is again terrific, though, for the same reasons as mentioned in the first scene. When she gets up to suck him, we don't even see what she is doing at first. Rather, we see his face, and what he is doing (reaching over her to stroke her ass). That is very unusual in porn, and it was really nice to see.
Scene 3: Karlie Montana and Ryan Driller (♀♂)
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ♀
Anna (Karlie Montana) makes love with her fiance Thomas (Ryan Driller).
There is fairly good chemistry between them, but the sex is not particularly passionate. In a way, that is appropriate to the story, since Anna is obsessed with her old lover James. What would really have worked here, then, would have been to have some "flashbacks" to that first scene. Surely she is fantasizing about James, right? Or is she trying not to fantasize about him?
She seems to have a decent time, though not nearly as good a time as in the first scene (which is again appropriate, we suppose). She never seems terribly aroused, except when she is riding him, and certainly not anywhere near orgasm. As a result, the scene seemed to go on a bit long to us. More variation when they were fucking would have been nice.
The photography is as not quite as good as in the previous scenes. We really liked how the camera did not necessarily go straight to his cock when she took it out of his pants, but let our imaginations work a bit as it continued to focus on them kissing. But we had more of a sense in this scene that the focus was on her rather than on him. Still, the camera work is very good.
Scene 4: Hope Howell and Tommy Pistol (♀♂)
Female Orgasm: Maybe, Cumshot: Stomach
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ♀
Married couple have sex on the couch.
There is some chemisty between them, but the sex does not feel terribly passionate. We did like the way they talked to each other at the beginning, which was very romantic, but the scene moves a bit too quickly at the beginning, and then not quickly enough at the end. We really wish she would have taken off her shoes, too. Shoes can be hot during sex, but wedges aren't, at least to us—they just look huge, especially when the camera gets close to them—and it doesn't feel realistic that she keeps them on.
The photography is again very good, for the same reasons as in the previous scenes.