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Fetish Girl: A Memoir of Sex, Domination, and Motherhood

Narrated by: Paige Turner
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Fetish Girl is a kinky roller coaster ride through addiction, violence, motherhood, sex, and the creation of Evil Kitty, Bella LaVey’s larger-than-life dominatrix persona. It is a singular memoir that shows that a heavily tatted BDSM sex worker can be courageous enough to come to terms with her painful truths and raise a healthy, loving child, even as she remains boldly sexual and authentic. It’s the story of a woman attracted to extremes who is willing to go to great lengths to uncover and make peace with her true nature.

©2018 Bella LaVey (P)2018 Bella LaVey

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Well crafted story

This was a well crafted tale of the struggles of a woman from a dysfunctional family, finding her own way and self healing. The narration was well done. The emotional roller coaster of struggles enticed the reader to hope for the best. I would highly recommend this book.

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Captivating!

Honest, brave, unflinching, soul searching...wow! I personally related closely as a child from a traumatic physically abusive home who found my way to deeper healing and love through mothering.

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Unique Memoir

Fetish Girl: A Memoir of Sex, Domination, and Motherhood is written by Bella LaVey. The audiobook is narrated by Paige Turner. Ms. LaVey tells a dynamic story of courage and strength facing life’s challenges on the fringes of traditional society. Finding a way to be a great mother while growing a career as a Dominatrix and exploring the sexual nature of her true self. The memoir is gripping to listening as well as a challenge at times. The memoir begins rather strong but drags in places or does not go as deep as the voyeuristic listener my like to hear.

Ms. Turner provides excellent narration to this gripping memoir. This is the first time that I have heard a performance from this narrator but I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Turner based on this audio performance. The production quality of this audiobook is also of the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance such as loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear. Bella LaVey delivered an excellent audiobook production. I highly recommend this audiobook. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Entertaining, humorous, heartbreaking...

Fetish Girl: A Memoir of Sex, Domination, and Motherhood by Bella LaVey and narrated by Paige Turner is a book about finding oneself, learning to be content and heal despite your upbringings, and life lessons. Bella has lived an interesting life, that’s for sure. This book may inspire you to explore your own sexual desires or go out and do something society considers naughty...

You will hear about a variety of situations in her life, some of which you may be able to relate to, some that you may not. Some examples (a small amount): living through a hurricane, sex work (ample amount of client stories, strip club, the power, ...), lines being crossed at work, how to find a balance between being a parent and needing time to yourself, abuse she suffered from her mother and in romantic relationships, how living in fantasy is better than reality some days, Aphrodite award, self-care, boosters and runners, drug use, questions all parents asks themselves at some point, the trials of labor, how we try to make it better for the next generation but it’s not always easy if we don’t deal with our own past traumas, loss, mantras, to maintain or not to maintain a relationship with your parents, meeting with detective Robert Keppel, her life as an investigator and college student, the science behind pain and pleasure, what happens when you don’t have a BDSM contract, collaring ceremony, trips to Amsterdam and other countries, toxic relationships with men and women, internet adventures, wrestling experiences, and plenty more.

One of my favorite things she says in the book: “People tend to have one of two reactions to strippers. The first is fear and aversion since they are afraid to look at the broken parts or repressed sides of themselves. They don’t want to be confronted with the mirror we hold up, it’s painful, and scary, and hard. It’s easier to judge and condemn than to inquire into the source of ones discomfort...Other folks react with fascination.”

The narrator, Paige Turner, did a great job with this one. She has an easy to listen/soothing to voice. There was one time when I heard a page flipping, but otherwise, it was all good. I would listen to another book by her.

Overall it’s an intriguing, sometimes entertaining and humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, look at her life. Despite this, I can’t help but feel there’s something missing. The beginning pulled me in, but as the book went on, I found I didn’t “have” to listen. At times, I found it difficult to connect even though we share some similar life experiences. Maybe it’s because some subjects only touched the surface and left me wanting a little more. Or maybe it was because her actions contradicted her words repeatedly. Or maybe it’s just me. Whatever it may be, I still recommend the book. This would be a good one for an adult book club as there are many subjects/underlying themes that could be discussed. It’s not a book for those who are prude or can’t think outside of society’s “normal” standard when it comes to living and sex.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: sex work (lots of stories about her with clients- sometimes they read like erotica), sexual experiences (exploring what she likes/wants- BDSM), absentee father of her child, Hurricane Iniki, religions mentioned (Hindu, Christianity, Pagan), death, suicide talk (family members), swearing off and on throughout (not excessive imo), branding, drugs, parents abusing their children (mother specifically, but actual details are minimal), death, stroke, Ted Bundy and Green River Killer mention, affairs with married men, foster system, bipolar romantic partner, dyslexia, Dalai Lama mention, The Jenny Jones Show, abusive romantic relationships (guns involved, physical abuse, child witnessing the abuse), abortion, cancer. Possibly more I’m forgetting.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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great book

at times you love her, and others you hate her, you want to strangle her and then Pat her on the back. You'll Envy her strength, then get confused at her weakness, but at all times I either myself could understand or knew somebody who would. this is a lifetime of failures, uphill struggles, bad decisions, successes, and sex tossed into a wonderful novel

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Move over, 50 Shades

This story rocks! Sexy, heartbreaking, full of love and fire. Take a look into the true life of a sex worker and discover the full range of human capacity. Bella tells a titillating and intriguing tale of her life beginning as a young mother and her journey through the world of exotic dancing, sex work, professional dominatrix and wrestling, beautiful relationships and dangerous domestic violence situations, and a struggle with addiction, all woven through with a deep love for her son. you won't be disappointed! Totally worth your time. *not for the feint of heart* Very much an adult tale: be warned...