The world's #1 porn star strips down about life, love, and everything in between.
Tera Patrick wasn't always Tera Patrick. Once upon a time she was a gangly, teenaged bookworm named Linda Ann Hopkins, obsessed with serial killers and Marilyn Monroe and determined to make men all over the world one day desire her. And she succeeded: Today she sits atop the porn world and runs her own multimillion-dollar empire.
Sinner Takes All is a sexy and deeply personal memoir in which Tera bares all about baring all. Tera discusses leaving home as a teen to work as an international fashion model, losing her virginity at age fourteen to a man twice her age, working as a nurse at a senior citizen's home, her on- and off-screen sexual escapades, and the emotional obstacles that she's had to overcome, including a strained relationship with her mother, deadbeat boyfriends, and a suicide attempt that led to a stint in a locked-down psych ward. An honest and naked look at a one-of-a-kind life, Sinner Takes All is a riveting memoir of the making of a modern sex goddess.
Good material badly written...
By sara - February 20, 2010
I'm not sure if it is Tera Patrick, or her writer Carrie, who has made her voice in this story so inconsistent, but while this story is by default interesting, there is definitely something wrong with it. I don't feel that the reader gets much of a sense of who the *real* Tera Patrick is, despite the inclusion of diary entries, cute old photographs of Tera as a young girl, and lots of endearing stories.
Despite Tera's obvious efforts to let the reader into her private thoughts - there's plenty of confessional-style information here - something falls flat. She's happy to reveal that she is an exhibitionist, and her vanity never comes across as arrogant. She admits her first sexual experiences were damaging. She makes it clear that she loves sex and everything in her career was on her own terms. She's proud of her achievements and comes across as a likeable woman.
There are two problems with the book: the first is the aforementioned writing... read more
Much better than Jenna Jameson's Memoir
By Geoffrey Kleinman - January 2, 2010
Sinner Takes All is a blend of many things. On one hand it's a nice biography which covers the youth, professional career and key points of Tera Patrick's life. It's also epic love story about the woman who met the man of her dreams and carved out a happy and romantic life with him. The book is also a tragedy, from sexual experiences with men far older than they should be at times far earlier than it should to Valuim and alcohol addiction, suicide attempts and mental illness. Mixed in are a spattering of Q & A's, porn tips, erotic pictures and sex advice. Individually these things would all make interesting books, but together it's a bit of a hodge podge.
On the upside Tera does cover a number of really interesting aspects of her career. She sets the record straight about why she got her breasts enlarged, who she has and hasn't slept with, her actual religious background and more. Tara's retelling of her first photo shoot with Suze Randall and first porn shoot with... read more
By Kay - March 30, 2010
This was pretty entertaining, although the second half of the book and on--which is about her marriage--is blah and pretty indulgent. I don't know why they thought it would be a good idea for her husband to write portions of the book in his perspective--I just really didn't care about most of it--and was pretty sick of them both by the end of it.
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