Laura Meets Jeffrey

Laura Meets Jeffrey

by Jeffrey Mechelson, Laura Bradley

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“There is no such thing as great sex unless you have an apocalyptic moment.” • “The difference between writing and literature is agreeable style and irony. This book has both.” • “Objective, funny, salacious and perversely-dare I say it- uplifting!” NORMAN MAILER
“Undeniably brilliant.” LEGS McNEIL
“Swimming in audacity.” DWAYNE RAYMOND
LAURA MEETS JEFFREY is a love story, a name-dropping, hilarious, shameless erotic cyclone, a documentary of the excesses, dangers and extreme edges of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and a close-up personal history of sexual liberation’s primetime.
LAURA MEETS JEFFREY while she’s working in an upscale New York City brothel in 1980 and they share an apocalyptic moment. It’s love at first orgasm. And so begins their double lives.
At dinner parties she’s known as a witty lingerie model and jewelry artisan, and a famous film director’s ex-lover. He’s her media wizard boyfriend, a designer discovered by John Lennon who worked for John & Yoko, Apple Records and the Rolling Stones, and then created Puritan, the world’s largest-selling explicit sex magazine. On weekends he boxes with Ryan O’Neal and Jose Torres.
In their bedroom, many other rooms, rooftops, hotel elevators and the New York, LA and Miami demimonde of call girls, coke dealers, BDSM, on-premise sex clubs, adult bookstore glory holes, orgies, porn stars, Jerzy Kosinski, Al Goldstein and a horny White House speechwriter or two, Laura and Jeffrey transform into unquenchable libidomaniacs.
Norman Mailer considered his famous interview with Jeffrey and Laura on “Ethics and Pornography,” excerpted as a bonus chapter in this book, one of the best of the more than 600 he gave in his lifetime. Mailer bequeathed the Foreword and gave guidance to this account of two lovers, who missed none of the wild era just before the door slammed shut on sexual freedom and aren’t afraid to reveal all of it.
Introduction by Legs McNeil.

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ISBN-13: 9780985009816
Publisher: New Blue Books
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 319
File size: 1 MB

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Laura Meets Jeffrey 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this book, and thought maybe its too much for me, maybe I should put it down. But then on my way to work, at work, coming home from work, at home, before bed all I could think about was this story. I needed to know how it continued...how it ended. It didn't take me very long to get through this book, It was something that I wasn't expecting. I love the parts where we get to see the story from Laura's side, you feel that what they had was real (crazy to believe) and beyond hot. Almost wished I was alive then to see what these times were even like!
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
To be honest I'm not sure what to make of this book. I read this book in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't sure what to expect when reading this book. Yet I learned quickly that it's a book about two people lives before AIDS and Herpes were apart of our culture and daily lives. Jeffrey's frank honesty at times is a brutal reminder that life can be harsh even amidst beauty. The story of Laura and Jeffrey is told from both of their perspectives which is really interesting and unique. Their perspectives don't let this book fall flat and not make it ordinary either. Their story is about pain, loss, hurt, miscommunication, and downward slide people can take when they are in love and later fall out of love. Don't just take my word for what this book is about. Read it for yourself and decide from there how you feel about it. I admire both of their courage in writing a book that may or may not be socially acceptable by many people yet it's still brave.
DKnowsBest More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars *Book given in exchange for an honest review* I had no idea what to expect when reading this book. I read the description and I didn't think it was real. It described a time and an era not only fantastical but seemingly fictional. I literally thought this book was going to be a rock star story about wild love with no strings attached. And it was. Only it was true. And instead of a rock star we get Jeffrey, an easygoing public relations genius and Laura, a vegan prostitute. The story started off slow for me and at times I questioned whether I was interested enough to finish it. And then it picked up as we delved deeper into a dark world of orgies and sex clubs, where love flowed freely and STDs didn't seem to exist. No AIDS? It was difficult for me to fathom that type of sexual freedom - especially when these people obviously never heard of condoms and had no problem swapping fluids in every place you can possibly think of. It gives insight into the "underworld" of society. The secret desires that culminate in sex parties where anything goes and anyone can participate. People from all walks of life could be expected...the famous just as easily as the dredges of society. The more parties you attend, the more likely you are to run into someone who might be your neighbor - or your boss. Jeffrey was a likable guy. He's self deprecating while at the same time has no problem tooting his own horn in a nonchalant way. He reminded me of your average guy next door who you accidentally end up hanging out with one day and find out that not only is he surprisingly cool, but he has particular skills that are anything and everything but average. Laura was the hedonistic hippy who could wrap men around her fingers, and anything she took from them she gave back in spades with her sexual prowess. She took uninhibited to a whole other level. Laura had issues, and I'm not saying that only because of her out of control cocaine habit, but also because of her need to be abused and punished to an almost intolerable extreme. She eventually settles down, which makes me wonder, was it the drugs that made her hyper sexual, or was that a natural reaction to the times? I did like that Laura was able to contribute to the story. While the majority of the story was told in Jeffrey's voice, Laura's perspective was necessary to make the story more believable. Now on to the elephant in the room. Um, Jeffrey seriously? Where did that stamina come from? Was it a literary exaggeration or is that how it's done? Laura was no less impressive. She was the porn star to end all porn stars. To say that the scenes were steamy would be an understatement. The two of them together could only remind me of the vampires from Twilight when they first find their mate and then literally go at it for decades. The book was well written. Jeffrey obviously knows his way around a dictionary, and I was glad I read from a kindle where I had a dictionary at my disposal because it was needed. A lot. I didn't know who a lot of the famous people in the story were. Of course I recognized John Lennon and Yoko Ono, but Norman Mailer? Not a clue. I have to admit I was surprised by how the book ended. I don't want to give anything away, but the ending was unexpected. Believe it or not, I was almost more surprised by where Jeffrey ended up. Overall, the story was entertaining and surprisingly educational (I'm not sure whether in a good or a bad way). Definitely not for the squeamish.
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Livesvicariously More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written memoir that focuses on the relationship between the author Jeffrey, and  Laura, with some attention given to his life before and after he met Laura. They seem to be two people who were really meant to be in each others lives at that time. I really liked the fact that little snippets of an interview with Laura were included throughout the book. Her point of view really added a little something to the story for me. In all honesty, I don't think this book would be for everyone. I don't have any personal experience with the BDSM scene, and the book goes into quite a bit of detail, which might be too much for anyone easily offended. I've read a lot of erotic fiction, but I must admit I cringed in a few places while reading. All in all though, it was a very worthwhile read. Sometimes a little humorous, it gave me a glimpse into the scene at that time, that actually maybe helps me understand the behavior of some people in my life who are older than me. As a side note, I love the cover photo on this book. 
annscat More than 1 year ago
**I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review** I can honestly say that prior to reading this I had not read many non-fictions or memiors. This was as honest as you could get. The love Jeffrey had for Laura was special and unique in it's own way. I enjoyed this book very much and liked the brutal honesty that both Jeffrey and Laura shared. This book was set in a time when open sex and drugs seemed like the norm. While reading this book I felt like was taken on the journey with Jeffrey and Laura. However, when it was over it was heartbreaking and sad. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a unique memoir and is not easily offended by raw, explicit sex because that's what is in store for you. Enjoy the ride that Jeffrey and Laura take you on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book free to review. It took me awhile to get into it. Memoirs.....not my usual read. This one was filled with living in the 80's, sex, drugs and rock & roll. Normally I am a big fan of the topic (sex and rock & roll)and but I wasn't feeling this book, so it was just okay for me.
sly9377 More than 1 year ago
Sex drugs and rock and roll; a first person account I usually have a hard time getting into memoirs, but this one really piqued my interest. It tells a story of love during the sexual revolution of the 70’s and 80’s. The style made you feel like you were in the story and having a drink with an old friend reminiscing about their life. It painted a picture of what the world was like in the 70’s and how different it was from today; days’ when hot sex, promiscuity, sex clubs and drug use ran rampant. His sayings were witty and many times made me laugh out loud. Each chapter had me coming back for more. Commentary from Laura’s point of view sprinkled in was genius; I enjoyed seeing thru her memories. Dual perspectives made it a fun read. I really enjoyed this book and even thought it was full of gritty sex and drug use (which I loved), I also feel I learned a lot about that era. Book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review.
kittyKA More than 1 year ago
This book is marketed as a real life Fifty Shades of Grey. Jeffrey Michelson meets Laura in an upscale New York City brothel in 1980s. They develop a relations ship put side of the brothel which suppose to be a bit romatic in some kind of way. Laura turn tricks for money, as it's damn good money she really enjoys her job-she loves sex and getting paid for it is a huge added bonus. Jeffery introduces her to BSM clubs and swinger clubs which Laura enjoys and the realtions ship develops. It describes the erotic club scene of the 80 drugs rock and roll, sex and no aids. The story for me did not develop and was more about the real life story of Jeffies erotic sex life and how that developed with Laura. Some slight in sight from Laura point of view. Too crude for me and not my sort of book and way beyound 5o Sades, Too much sex and not enough story. Got on my wick after a while Well written in some ways. Just the story hid behind all the sex
mllecurie More than 1 year ago
How to describe 'Laura Meets Jeffrey'?  It's a love story. A bit of a tragedy. A history lesson in hedonism in New York that is almost hard to believe in this day and age.  A glimpse into the lives of people who are probably lucky be alive today.  I was amazed how seemingly easy it was for Jeffrey to not only cross paths with but become part of the lives of some of the artistic legends of our time.  His vivid descriptions of events made me feel that I saw things the way he did at the time. Written mainly from Jeffrey's point of view, he tells the story of his relationship with Laura, two people with incredible sexual chemistry (and stamina!).  In a unique twist, Laura's recollections of the events are included throughout the book. I loved the respect, humour, synergy and love that these two people shared. I found this book hard to put down - very steamy and often shocking. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written. It flows and is an easy read. There were one or two chapters that distracted from the story but they were short. The sexual interludes were graphic and descriptive, just the way I like them. I especially enjoyed the participation of Laura. I appreciated the afterward - who doesn't want to know how everything ended. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys and an unusual love story with explicit sexual situations.
xydrella More than 1 year ago
Laura Meets Jeffrey, how do I even begin? I really have to say that I am very much in awe of the writing prowess of Jeffrey Michelson. He is at once divinely eloquent and supreamly trashy. One minute I'm using the dictionary to learn of a word I am unfamiliar with and the next giggling and snorting at his use of "colorful" words and phrases. It has got to be really good if it is going to make me snort. This Erotic Memoir is lascivious and shameless in all the right ways; with Jeffrey painting scenes in just the right amount of detail and evoking the perfect measure of emotion. He dives into the telling of his story and gets to the sordid details without hesitation in a way that you might yourself when spilling the beans about last nights date to your best friend.  Reading Laura Meets Jeffrey: An Erotic Memoir strikes me as being similar to the experiance of sitting in a friends livingroom, having a couple drinks, and listening to their uncle tell you about his glory days. It's full of "No way!" moments and "I can't believe he just said that!" sentences. A fantastic telling of both his personal history and of the time at large, which so many of us have never heard about. I had no idea just how deep the rivers of "free-love" ran in those days! There is very little sweet in this love story, if I can really call it that. It's more than a love story but it does circle around the namesake couple predominantly. It is spicy and tangy but not in the least bit bitter, however the love story is trying. It had me saying things like, "God, no!" or "Really!?" and "Ohhh, why?", because it was real. The reality of it was asinine while being completely reasonable as part of the human condition. Hopeful and heart-wrentching as only we humans can be.  Jeffrey deposits, here and there, beautiful words of wisdom, ones that he clearly had learned himself - the hard way. Both Laura and Jeffrey will have you lauging, gasping and everywhere in between, and you even get a personal picture of some famous and influental people. I do wish we had heard more from Laura. I had this image of her telling the story while laughing (ha, ha, ha, is actually used in the writing) and slapping her knee as more memories rushed her mind. I believe it would have added to an already amazing read. What's not to like? This is a definite must read folks. You'll be glad you did!
rrrk More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a great memoir! Laura meets Jeffery is an erotic story from a different time, when sex, drugs, and rock and roll were the focus. This book has it all. Jeffery begins his relationship with Laura when she is a prostitute. He convinces her to leave her husband and to the whore house she works for. Laura and Jeffery are both sex addicts, with amazing stamina, who are both willing and eager to try anything. The sex is very raw, explicit, and shocking. Laura and Jeffery bothed lived a 100 lives, all much more exciting, daring, than the previous. The addiction to drugs, the sex, working with famous musicians, etc. I love that you can see the growth in Laura and Jeffery, the relationship, their attitude towards sex and drugs change throughout the book. It was a unique insight into a different time. I truly enjoyed the book. It felt like you were sitting on the couch having a conversation with a good friend about the good old days. Between the grasping story, Jefferey's amazing tone and writing style, and Laura's input, I coldn't put this book down.
maggielane More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!! What a book...I was glad to see Laura got on the right path of life...I so hoped and was dissapointed how the relationship went..But not surprised... And wow Jeffrey is wow what stamina...Was a great read....
Alesha01 More than 1 year ago
HOLY MOLY! This is my first memoir, but not (far from) my first erotica. This book reads more like a happy hour conversation with a good friend; a friend that discusses sex (L-O-T-S of sex), relationships, drugs, and occasionally work. This book is several decades of Jeffery's hold-nothing-back lifestyle; the good, the bad, and the ugly. I had to periodically remind myself that this is a memoir, I was sure someone with this sex drive must be a fantasy. If the makers of the Energizer Bunny could bottle this energy they would double their profit. Jeffery and Laura's first encounter was electrifying. Soon after they are couple that lives a life without fear of consequences. Their sexual lifestyle is equally wild; no limits, sometimes animalistic, nether less, still HOT. Laura, who is a beautiful bombshell that would make women lust, is also a sex addict (I don't have a medical degree, but I'm officially diagnosing her), oh and a prostitute. And let's not forget about Jeffery, he's equally as sexual and willing to share his prize possession. Their relationship is daringly untraditional; yet they trust, respect, and protect each other boundlessly. Periodically Laura provides tidbits of her point of view. Her contribution, in my opinion, increases the strength of the story. In most erotic stories the boundary of pleasure and pain is a very faint line. Laura's sexual appetite range from vanilla to warlike. At times I was disturbed and confused by her extreme desires, on the other hand, who am I to critique her preferences. This is a book you have to read from cover to cover to fully understand and appreciate the story. As life progresses things change (...there's the cliff hanger!). The last few chapters provide much needed detail and closure to an extreme, intense, and full of action (sexual and more) memoir.