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Kay Brandt Interview: Director Of The Baumgartners Series

The second installment of the Baumgartners saga, Adventures With The Baumgartners , is beautifully filmed in a dream location with super star couple, Mick Blue and Anikka Albrite. Based off of author Selena Kitt’s bestselling book series and directed by award-winning powerhouse Kay Brandt, Adventures shows the continued growth between Doc and Mrs. Baumgartner as a sexual and happily married couple and introduces us to some new characters as well.

In Adventures With The Baumgartners, we meet two new couples that enjoy experimenting with open relationships and partner-swapping. The movie portrays these couples as having very happy and healthy attitudes towards non-monogamy. We asked Kay Brandt to tell us about her experience filming the series and her thoughts on non-traditional relationships.

Do you feel that polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships are becoming more commonplace and socially acceptable?

No, I don’t feel that way at all. A massive shift in consciousness and acceptance would have to take place in society first for polyamorous relationships to go mainstream, and I don’t think we’re even close to being there collectively. It’s been how many decades for gay rights and the entire LGBQT movement to find true societal acceptance? There’s too much religion dictating the importance of one-on-one, and there’s safety in tradition. To be cool with the three adults living in the house next door, and not question or judge when seeing them openly loving each other on their front lawns requires a very evolved way of thinking and judging others, and we’re just not there yet. And we may never be. That’s why polyamorous relationships make great foundations for storytelling in both movies and books. It’s a fantasy situation, and what so many people would want to do if given the freedom to at least explore it. When you think about it, having a third person in any situation where emotions are on the table and love is shared would probably drastically reduce the divorce rate. Especially if the three-way scenario’s one male and two women. Women do better when there’s a bestie close by to buffer moods, wants, and needs. It makes perfect sense to me.

What were the most important aspects of Doc and Mrs. B’s non-monogamous relationship that you wanted to be exemplified onscreen?

Their love for each other. Selena created a deeply in love and very happy couple in Doc and Carrie. They were written as a loving, trusting husband and wife where the open boundaries feel like natural extensions of their love. There’s a magical aspect to their love because Carrie feels entirely safe openly exploring her sexuality and passionate needs without worrying about how Doc will handle it. He’s so super okay with it all, and constantly lets Carrie know she’s his one and only, even when his dick’s in another woman’s pussy. That’s where the magic in their relationship exists – both Doc and Carrie are getting their needs met and everyone is safe and happy. I feel like I captured that dynamic in the movie and so much of that honest translation from book to screen was due to Anikka and Mick being similar to the characters in real life.

You write about different types of relationships within the film. Open relationships, threesomes, and foursomes are shown in a loving and exciting way. What would you say is the main focus of your dialogue when you write about these characters navigating these types of sexual situations?

See, the thing is, it’s not all my dialogue – it’s Selena’s. In Babysitting the Baumgartners, I literally transcribed the novel into script word for word. The dialogue spoken came directly from the book, which was written by Selena Kitt. Selena approved the script before I made the film, and I wanted it that way. I wanted her to be happy. We’re talking about a novel that’s sold millions of copies and put Selena on the map as an erotic novelist in a big way. I pulled as much content from the book as I could realistically film and kept the integrity of the original story. That was important to me because part of the intent in making a New York Times bestselling novel into an X-rated film was to connect with Selena’s readership base. For so many of her dedicated readers, bringing the Baumgartners to life was like seeing a fantasy come true, and I didn’t want to disappoint them. For Adventures though, the book was in process and in first-draft stage when I had to start writing the script. We’d decided that instead of filming the next book in the series, we’d create a brand new one. Creatively, Selena and I collaborated from start to finish with Adventures, which means together we decided how many sex scenes there should be (ten) and what they should be (boy/girl, BGG, BGGG, three GG, and more). I loved that we decided to make one of ten scenes between one male and three females because I’d never directed a scene like that before and I wanted the challenge. And a challenge it was, indeed. Four on a bed can sometimes look and feel like a game of Twister, and it’s tough for the camera crew, too.

Is there a difference you have experienced when writing for a heterosexual storyline versus a lesbian-themed narrative? What is the most challenging aspect of writing about any relationship for you?

Depth of honesty and emotion are first and foremost for me, and that goes for farcical comedy, too, like what happened in the movies I wrote/directed for the Mother-Daughter Exchange Club series when I was working for Girlfriends Films. In my all-girl 2012 Cherry movies, there’s a firestorm of emotions going on, and same for my boy-girl movie, Safe Landings. So, no, I haven’t found a difference writing lesbian or hetero material. Love is love, sex is sex, and emotions are emotions. These aspects don’t change due to sexual orientation. Not for me, anyway.

In Adventures, we see Sara Luvv’s character, Ronnie, really take what she learned from the Baumgartners’ relationship and apply it to her own romantic life. However, Ronnie’s love triangle between Vince and Gretchen gets somewhat entangled when Gretchen has jealous feelings over Ronnie’s other relationship. Do you have any advice on handling jealousy for couples in open relationships?

Oh my gosh, no, I don’t have advice to give on jealousy. It’s such a raw and common reaction that doesn’t respond to rational thought or analysis. It’s the bug that stirs within. But, my assessment on poly couples is that they aren’t jealous people to begin with, therefore, it’s not an issue. I think it would be tremendously difficult to be poly if you’re someone who suffers with jealousy. Trust, like in traditional relationships, must be the strongest part between all involved. Without trust, you can’t build a solid foundation for anything to work or grow.

How did you become involved with Adam & Eve?

I emailed them. Simple as that. And it took a few years before I made my first movie for them, Safe Landings.

In addition to your directorial role with Adam & Eve, you are a bestselling author of erotic fiction. What made you want to begin writing erotic literature and how did you begin presenting stage plays?

I’m a storyteller, so, it was natural for me to find a channel of expression other than writing screenplays. There were professional circumstances beyond my control that led to the transition from writing one format to another, and at the time I felt an overwhelming need to go “long form” and write manuscripts. And writing manuscripts as opposed to screenplays was very freeing creatively because I wasn’t restricted by structure, and I mean the structural format used when writing for screen, not books. Screenplays are rigid formats where less is more usually. Books are the exact opposite. It was like a hurricane was let loose in my soul when I was writing my first manuscript, and story after story flew out. Now, several years after my first book was published, I’m amazed at all the content I’ve produced and grateful I had the opportunity to devote time to the art and craft of book writing. It was an important road to explore and shockingly, it brought me right back into movie making.

When I produced my first stage play, it didn’t seem like a big undertaking, but it was. At the time, more and more writers and actors were producing their own plays, and so I thought I should too. This was before social media and YouTube and, as creatives, we had limited modes of showing off what our talents were if not cast in a movie or television show back in the 1990s. Too much creative downtime was the catalyst that spurred me to write plays and produce them. It was fairly inexpensive to do, and the results were mostly rewarding, and opened other doors for work. That’s the name of the creative game, to keep work coming in.

You released your first horror novella, Soles, in 2016. What was different about writing horror as opposed to writing an erotic novel?

When I write erotica, the story leads to sex because the characters are in pursuit of it. Soles is about a young man’s need to confront his demons. There’s the main difference. But writing is writing. Really, writing sex is just about using select words to describe an act, and it’s the same thing for writing horror, or any other genre. I had a story to tell, and it just happened to be Roland’s (the lead character in Soles), and sex didn’t fit into the overall tale. My next horror novel, Cutters is erotic, though, and will contain graphic sex as well as violence.

The World of Cherry book series has a ton of wonderful reviews and so many people have remarked upon the fictional world within the club as being incredibly realistic. The books translated so well into a film series. When writing erotic fiction, do you write with the intention of adapting the books into films?

I didn’t adapt The World of Cherry books. The two Cherry movies came first. So, the movies translated well into books, which is probably a first for erotica as well as mainstream films.

You’ve adapted two of Selena Kitt’s novels for the screen. Not only did you adapt Babysitting the Baumgartners, but previous to that release you filmed Safe Landings. How were you first introduced to Selena Kitt and her work?

Selena owns an indie publishing company, Excessica. When I’d completed my first manuscript, I sent query letters to publishers, received a few rejections, and a few invites. Selena’s invitation to publish through Excessica was the offer I picked and I’m so glad I did. It was truly meant to be. Making her books into films was the furthest thing from my mind at the time. I’d done research on Excessica and Selena, and was impressed by what I discovered about her and her businesses. Excessica has a good rep in erotica, and that’s important when it comes to attracting avid readers who want quality, and then add in Selena’s popularity – joining up with her was a no-brainer.

What about the Baumgartners characters appealed to you when you first read Selena Kitt’s book?

They were real yet living in a wonderful fantasy. They were sexual, passionate, and loving. What’s not to like?

After the overwhelming success of the first Baumgartners film, what made you want to continue the Baumgartners’ story?

Um, the overwhelming success – that’s why. And the fact that there are more books in the series as well as other potential ways to continue the story in new directions, like what we did with Adventures. And perhaps creating movies based on subplot characters, like Daphne and Ari played by Edyn Blair and Derrick Pierce. We touched a nerve by bringing such a beloved book to screen, and turned on a new fanbase – book readers as opposed to movie watchers. There’s plenty of fresh ideas for us to explore by continuing the series.

Critics and audiences were blown away at the concept of Forked. Combining a cooking reality show with porn stars, and having them cook their own personal recipes has never been done before. And we certainly learned a lot from watching Dick Chibbles in the kitchen. Forked won at XBIZ and AVN this year, in addition to receiving two XCritic Pick titles. AVN just announced Forked as their critic’s pick and is featured in this month’s publication. What was your inspiration for the porn/reality cooking show concept?

My inspiration was to do something completely fresh and new, to experiment, and to prove movies like Forked are needed and wanted. There’s an undeniable curiosity about adult stars, hence the popularity of performers on Twitter. And I wanted to celebrate another side of adult – the human side – where performers reveal more about themselves because, to me, that’s interesting. It’s almost taboo watching adult stars just be who they are, without the heavy facade of only being sexual creatures, and that turns me on. And that two-day shoot making Forked was the toughest one I’ve ever done because so much work went into it. It took me four days just to buy all the groceries before we filmed! There was so much magic on set and the cast was so happy to be cooking AND having sex. They loved having the opportunity to be so candid and have fun together, not simply fuck. They actually “thank” each other on camera – when does that happen in porn?

Do you plan to do any more reality-based movies in the future?

I would love to! I have a couple of ideas for different reality-type shows. And of course, I’d absolutely LOVE to make more Forked movies.

Do you have plans to make a third Baumgartners movie?

Selena and I are prepped to make more, as in, we have good ideas about where to take future installments if Adam & Eve wants to continue with the series.

What are the upcoming projects from Kay Brandt that we can look forward to?

In May I’ll be filming a new movie based on my upcoming novel, Naked. I don’t want to give too much away yet, but Naked is a very original concept and I’m looking forward to the challenge of adapting one of my own novels again.

I also have more books coming out this year, including the sequel to my first BDSM book, At Mother’s Command. A few weeks ago my novelette, “Hotwives and their Dirty Desires” was published and is selling strongly. I’ll be guesting on more radio shows and podcasts as well as updating my own YouTube channel.

Check out more from Kay Brandt here, and be sure to check out Adventures With The Baumgartners exclusively on HotMoviesForHer and brother website, HotMovies between May 9th and May 23.

The Authentic Lesbian Review: Lefty

lefty-coverLefty, a cool title from Sweetheart Video directed by and starring the always brilliant Dana Vespoli, is about Linda “Lefty” Lumaban, an undefeated boxer on top of the world after a really rough childhood. The story goes that Lefty was discovered by a cop named Sullivan while beating an assailant trying to attack her after her mother abandoned her on the streets of L.A. at 14 years old. I know, heavy shit for a porno, right? Turns out Sully found a natural fighter when he stumbled on the scene to help a helpless teen and the pair became thicker than family as he retired from the force and took on the role of her full time trainer/manager. Now, Lefty is undefeated, has enough money to buy Floyd Mayweather AND the Money Team, and is dating pornographic actress Alexis Texas, whom she fucks regularly in her huge ass mansion. That’s a dream come true for anyone! I really appreciate the way the movie opens. It got me hype like I was getting ready to watch an actual boxing match. Plus Dana isn’t wearing any makeup in this flick and nothing turns me on more than a naturally beautiful woman. I know it’s been said before but anyone can look good in some tight jeans and heels with a little makeup applied, but if you can rock oversized sweats, or in this case boxing gloves and shorts wearing a sports bra and no face paint, you’re fucking gorgeous, no question about it. Dana is fucking gorgeous!

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Scene 1 – Dana Vespoli & Alexis Texas

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Right away we start off with sex, which I love (we’ll pay for it later though…). No talking now that we have the back story, and we can assume Lefty, played by Dana, won the fight she was preparing for in the opening because she’s laying back on the bed chilling without a care in the world. Boo thing Alexis walks in wearing a tight red dress made for taking off and strips right in front of her champion. Before you read any further I would like to ask for you to take a moment of silence to just appreciate all that ass Alexis Texas throws Dana’s way. Just look at that picture up there! That girl should be thanked for carrying that around with her all day. Good Lawd I love it! You can easily see why the first thing Lefty did was grab a handful of that beautiful butt and hold on for dear life. I could stare at it for hours…hell, I did stare at it for hours.

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They kiss and fondle and all that good stuff before Lefty goes down on Alexis and licks her pussy until she cums. Only 11 minutes in and we already have an orgasm. Gotta love that! The initial moaning from Alexis feels forced in my opinion, but it’s easy to hear when Lefty starts hitting all the right spots. Alexis returns the favor by going down on her champion which causes Lefty to tense up and grab for pillow and sheets and all of the above. Even better Alexis smothers her face completely in Lefty’s pussy with her ass high up in the air twerking. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be the one getting head or the one standing behind that booty with the way Alexis was working it. After watching Lefty’s body quiver with orgasm spasms I quickly decided I like to be the one getting head propped up a little so I could see her ass too. She definitely has one you can see from behind. Then this shit happened and I don’t know if I was more horny or jealous…

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They’re trying to kill me and it’s just the first scene! Imagine being under that. It’s probably like a waterfall from heaven. I can’t lie, I got a little upset with Dana for not switching lives with me at this point. Look at that view. Look at Alexis’ pussy lips. You know that shit is just dripping! You can tell by how wide open Lefty’s mouth is, making sure she catches everything. To be just a fly in the room that day would have been torture. I want in! Anyway, they go back and forth one more time making each other cream. They finger fuck and touch and grind and all that good stuff but nothing tops mount Texas sitting on Lefty’s face…nothing!

Scene 2 – Julia Ann & Bree Daniels

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You see that woman up there? That’s a woman who is about to have her world collapse around her in a matter of minutes. As you can see, Lefty is scheduled for a fight but there’s no Sully around. Then the phone rings and it ain’t good news. Sully died and took all Lefty’s optimism and will to fight with him. She goes into complete shutdown mode and disappears from the world of boxing and longtime girlfriend Alexis Texas. It’s to the point where her own friends don’t even know where she is. I get it though. The only adult/father figure she’s ever known, the guy who helped mold her into the larger than life success story that she is, is gone just like that. Sad shit man, really sad shit. Are you horny? Yeah, me either…

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Flash forward however many years and here’s Erin, played by Bree Daniels, a cute young journalist trying to make a name for herself at a magazine company, in bed with her ex-professor/current partner Julia Ann. Earlier that day she pitched an idea to her boss that she’s really excited about. Turns out another female boxer, Hernandez, has been knocking bitches out left and right for a while and wants to retire. Only problem is she wants to retire on top and the only way you can do that is to beat the best. She calls out Linda “Lefty” Lumaban in a press conference in a sort of publicity stunt/challenge (thanks for all you did for the sport, Ali!) but nobody knows where the champ is. Erin wants to find Lefty and convince her to fight while also doing an interview, but in order to do that she has to first find and interview those from Lefty’s past, including the still performing Alexis Texas. Julia is cool with that, but wants to leave a lasting impression on her young girlfriend to help discourage any temptation that might come with the territory of interviewing a sexy ass porn star.

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As you can tell from the look on Erin’s face, Julia is doing a damn good job. After a minute or two of sensual kissing, neck nibbling, and light petting, all of which lasted too long for my taste, Julia lays her young tender down on her back and does things with her tongue that incite eye rolls, funny faces, and the calling out of a particular deity. When it’s time to return the favor Erin does exactly what I would do if left alone in a room with a naked Julia Ann…go straight for those titties! For all the time spent kissing and touching one would think the boobs would get more than just the usual grope and nipple lick, but sadly that’s all we get. I think 30 seconds of motor boating would have been fantastic but I’m very bias. Anyway, Julia’s body is amazing and Erin does everything she can, hitting all the right spots, to make it squirm and shake with orgasmic pleasure.

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As slow as parts of this scene seemed at times, I absolutely loved watching Julia take control and send her young thang’s body through the works. This time she fingers Erin to an earth shattering orgasm that I swear I felt in my lady parts! And to top things off she asks “Who’s pussy is it?” while Erin can hardly control her spasms let alone speak. You know how you can tell when a woman is trying to force an orgasm? Maybe she’s tightening her and pushing her abdominal muscles or something like that? Well, this is not one of those times. Julia makes young tender cum over and over again and it was so hot I didn’t even mind the extra kissing and rubbing at the end. This is the type of sex that puts you straight to sleep after you bust a nut and I definitely was worn out afterwards.

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Scene 3 – Alexis Texas & Dani Daniels & AJ Applegate

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Erin is able to catch up with the still performing and still gorgeous Alexis Texas and learns a few things about the elusive Lefty, but with Texas sitting there fully naked save for a skimpy robe, I have no clue how she was able to stay focused. Maybe all that good Julia Ann lovin’ really did work. Texas tells Erin how much of a sweetheart Lefty was and how when they met at an after party in Vegas it was love at first sight. She explains that while Lefty could be very romantic and thoughtful, she was never really one to let others in, she was always a guarded person, but after Sully’s death she completely shut down and shut everyone who cared about her out of her life. My ears perked up when Erin asked what role Texas played in Lefty’s life to which she replied…

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Look at that beautiful shit! You got Lefty sitting there with a black eye looking all badass sexy with Alexis Texas on her arm and 2 strippers/playthings, Dani Daniels and AJ Applegate, ready and willing to do whatever is asked of them. Talk about the good life! What ensues is an above average threesome that looked like tons off fun for everyone involved. My only complaint is that they could have found better fake money to use in the beginning of the scene.

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Texas gets most of the initial attention with Daniels giving her head while Applegate sucks her tits, but just like with most threesomes, one participant kind of gets ganged up on and in this one, that lucky person is Daniels. After sucking Texas off, Daniels finds herself in an interesting sandwich. She’s now attempting to give Applegate head while pro clit sucker Texas is making it very difficult for her to do so. If her moans are any indication, Texas was back there putting in work! Applegate and Texas team up again on Daniels, this time with Texas sitting on her face and Applegate eating her pussy. Texas’ ass on your face is enough to push anybody over the edge, but from the sound of things Applegate knows her way around a coochie too.

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This threesome is definitely balanced with no one truly being left out, but after a while I found myself feeling a little bad for Applegate. It seemed like she wasn’t getting as much love as everybody else, but that feeling quickly went away after watching her get more attention. Alexis Texas licks her pussy while Daniels licks her asshole a few times and from the look of things, it was well worth the wait. Whenever you end with a smile on your face you can definitely call that experience a success.

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Scene 4 – Dana Vespoli & Bree Daniels

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Remember how I told you we’d pay for the quick action in scene 1? Well, the time to pay up is now. There’s A LOT of dialogue before we see any tits and ass, but in the movie’s defense it’s all important to the plot in developing the viewer’s understanding of Lefty and everything she’s been through, from the highs to the lows. I wasn’t very horny during any part of it, but I found myself completely wrapped up in the plot to the point where I almost forgot I was watching a porno, and I really enjoyed myself. Shit gets really real again though too, so be prepared for some sadness.

Initially Erin has a hard time tracking the whereabouts of one Linda “Lefty” Lumaban, but when she gets a call from one of Lefty’s old sparing partners her luck changes. Alec, the old sparring partner, tells Erin that he knows where Lefty lives and is more than willing to share the info with her as long as she promises to convince Lefty to fight Hernandez in an effort to prove to herself that she can win without Sully. Of course, Erin makes the impossible promise and shows up at Lefty’s house unannounced with phone/tape recorder app in hand. Naturally Left isn’t happy when she walks up to find a stranger sitting in her yard and after finding out what she is there for she looks ready to throw a quick left jab Erin’s way. Lefty doesn’t seem willing to get back in the ring, despite maintaining her conditioning as evidenced by the boxing shoes sitting in front of her door, and Erin doesn’t push the issue too much. Instead, she agrees to leave her alone, but only after reading a quote from Sully in an interview he did years ago. She reads an excerpt that basically says the talent was always in Lefty, Sully just needed to polish and focus it, and you can tell it’s getting to Lefty. She’s starting to listen. From here we get to see Lefty visit the old gym, meet with some trainers and old friends, including Alec, and decide to fight Hernandez after all.

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Lefty eventually agrees to sit down for an interview with Erin and eventually they fuck, but stay with me for now. This interview actually turns out to be somewhat groundbreaking as Lefty lets Erin in and gets more personal than she would have in the past. She reveals that (get ready for the sadness people, there’s gonna be tears in the cum after this one) when Sully found her she wasn’t fending off a strange attacker but actually her pimp who knocked her up. Right! Not horny at all right now! She beat the crap out of him and stayed out of the streets with Sully’s help, and gave her daughter up for adoption because of her age and not being able to provide for her. Now you see why she was so close to Sully and why she never let anybody in. Right here, Dana Vespoli’s acting really shines. It’s no secret she can act as she’s been in in countless plot features before, but this one really got to me, probably because it’s such a sad story and really brings a lot of issues to the forefront. After seeing how vulnerable Lefty is, Erin reveals that growing up she watched her pop beat up on her mom (I’m totally out of the mood at this point and don’t think it’s possible to get back in) and looked to Lefty as a role model for courage and inspiration after everything she did for women in combat sports. This interview was a lot for everybody involved, including me, because now we get a much needed bathroom break for Erin who takes the opportunity to splash water on her face. Same thing I did to wipe away the tears.

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Finally, we get some sex! Out of nowhere, they start making out in the bathroom doorway and the kissing has intent behind it which is always cool to watch. They make out for a while, just like in the 2nd scene, but this time it felt necessary, like this was the pair getting to know each other or something. Erin takes control when clothes come off, laying Lefty on her back and kissing her way down her body until to reaches Lefty’s pussy. She licks her pussy like she’s fucking her idol, which is a big nod to Bree. She stays in character even with the sex, and in a feature where the acting is crucial to the movie you have to appreciate that. Plus, she makes Dana grab bed sheets and nut all over the place! Lefty definitely returns the favor when Erin sits on her face. I’m pretty sure she came at least 2 times while up there, and watching her lose control of her body again was priceless. I kept my eyes on her torso almost the entire time in sheer amazement that 1. her body could handle all that convulsing without skitzing the fuck out for real, and 2. at how much of a workout she was getting. I know sex is a great way to exercise but this is better than the ab belt thingy they’re always selling on daytime TV!

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After that pure pleasure overload, Erin kisses Lefty as if to say “thank you” which would be the right thing to do at this point. They get into a really sexy position where they’re face to face on their knees and begin to fondle each other. I can’t even explain the excitement this brought into my life! Erin sucks Lefty’s nipples while fingering and fondling her clit which naturally sends Lefty completely over the deep end and the result is a bunch of sexy yet funny faces that you can tell are just straight up bodily reactions and the whole thing is intoxicating. They flip one more time and Erin gets yet another workout as Lefty licks and sucks her pussy, swallowing all the cum in the process.

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The couple kisses until the scene fades and then we get to watch brief clips of Lefty at the gym training and getting pumped and taped up in the locker room before the big fight. She takes a moment and, I’m guessing, says a few words to Sully looking on from the afterlife, and gets ready to hit the ring when in walks new boo, and successful journalist, Erin with a surprise for the champ. She found her daughter and brought her to the match. Not sure I’d want my daughter to watch me get hit in my face the first time we meet, but Lefty’s the best in the business for a reason and she kicks Hernandez’s ass. We never do know if Hernandez put off retirement or not.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Lefty. The sex was exactly what you would expect from Sweetheart and Dana Vespoli, and the plot was beautifully written, but what really did it for me was the acting. Everyone sold their character and brought the emotion of the story to life. As a viewer you can’t ask for much more than that.

Check out Lefty here and comment below to let me know what you think.

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