Nina Hartley’s Guide to Erotic Bondage

Nina Hartley’s Guide to Erotic Bondage (2005)
Studio: Adam & Eve
Director: Ernest Greene
Cast: Nina Hartley, Carmen Luvana, Randy Spears, Tommy Gunn

Nina Hartley’s guides are either hit or miss.  There is usually always good advice in them, but sometimes the production quality is low and the editing can be awkward.  It also seems that the performers only get once chance to get their lines right, which takes away from the credibility.  Nina is usually always “on”, but her co-stars sometimes have a few problems with the speaking parts.  This is not the case with “Nina Hartley’s Guide to Erotic Bondage“, however. Carmen Luvana is a great co-host in this DVD, and her Puerto Rican accent is charming.  You can tell that she is reading the lines, but she doesn’t miss her cues.

Like all of Nina’s guides, this one starts out with an instructional intro chat between Nina and her co-host. Nina and Carmen discuss why you would want to experiment with bondage, fantasies and pop culture that make bondage intriguing, as well as consensuality and safety.  They never really get into the types of restraints you can play with during bondage, including rope! which was disappointing.  This DVD is very, very basic.  The only types of restraints they use are cuffs, a collar and Carmen has an arm bracer on during her sex scene with Tommy Gunn.  I really thought Nina would have spent more time on types of restraints, even as an introduction.  So, the DVD description of “Join your host Nina Hartley and her sexy guests as you ‘learn the ropes,’” is a bit misleading as they never actually use ropes at all.

After the chat, Nina demonstrates bondage on Randy Spears.  First they negotiate the scene, which is great as it demonstrates how couples or play partners might really approach this.  Randy is a big sweetheart of a man and thoroughly adorable.  It is pretty hot seeing him pull against the restraints like a Herculean hero.  Nina has a great dungeon and it would have been cool to get a bit of a tour and have her describe some of the nice bondage furniture she has.  She binds Randy to a bondage board and starts teasing and playing with him.  She rubs his cock with her nylon-encased feet and this seems to turn Randy on quite a bit.  The scene is very playful and they definitely have some hot chemistry together.  Later, they go through various positions on a bondage bed, but Randy isn’t really restrained, except for wearing cuffs, which seemed to be more of an impediment to the sex.  Still, the sex is hot as they perform oral (Randy is a pro at this and so is Nina), vaginal penetration and finish off with anal (Nina’s favorite).  I like that Nina shows the use of gloves for penetration with fingers and lubricant for anal to illustrate proper safety considerations, instead of fantasy ideals.

Next up is Carmen and Tommy Gunn.  I thought this scene would have great given how hot Carmen and Tommy are. They both have bodies to die for and are sexy as hell.  But, Tommy really never takes charge and seems a bit lost as to what to do with Carmen once he has her bound.  The sex isn’t bad, and Carmen is very vocal repeating something in her Spanish tongue over and over that is hot, but Tommy doesn’t seem to get into it as much.  And, again the bondage is so basic, it really didn’t add much to the sex.  It would have been cool to have a little bit of playful power play in here, but that never happens.

I would have enjoyed this DVD much better if there had of been more emphasis on the bondage showing different types, various scenarios and equipment.  For me, bondage also means a loss of freedom of movement, which wasn’t always the case here. This DVD is more for people who have never tried bondage and may be curious, and is much more about the sexual aspect.  If you want a more comprehensive film about how to do bondage a highly recommend Nina Hartley’s Guide to Bondage Sex with Claire Adams [my review].

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