Jess’s Review of The Big Fun Sexy Sex Book by Lisa Rinna & Ian Kerner PhD

When the good people at Gallery Books offered Reflections of a Book Addict a free advance copy of The Big Fun Sexy Sex Book, Kim sent the offer right to me. The offer came not because of my particular expertise on the topic, but because I am not afraid to tackle uncomfortable topics in a candid way (I think). After reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I was hoping authors Lisa Rinna and Ian Kerner could offer me some more realistic and less frightening ideas for spicing things up in the bedroom. Not only does The Big Fun Sexy Sex Book offer advice for couples looking to liven up their sex lives, but it also gives interesting insight into the science of sex.

I will admit, as a 25-year old in a serious dating relationship, I do not think this book was written with my demographic in mind. Lisa Rinna, an actress who has been married for over twenty years and Ian Kerner, a sex therapist, really speak to couples who have been together for many years and have maybe lost some of the magic in that time. Reading like a step by step manual, the authors offer a very in-depth look at the science behind sex and attraction, and offer ways to improve your relationship outside of the bedroom before taking it into the bedroom. The book suggests that the brain is one’s most powerful sexual organ and the key to making others happy is to make yourself happy first. Rinna even includes a diet and wellness plan aimed at making females readers feel fabulous in order to head home and make someone else feel fabulous.

The book reads like good advice from a friend and maintains a very conversational tone, despite the fact that it reads like a science textbook at times. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about sex from the ground up as a means of repairing a worthwhile relationship that has lost its spark over time. Rinna and Kerner leave no stone unturned from understanding anatomy (in serious detail), to toys, sexual issues, and maintaining your sex life while also being a parent (a chapter which would be better to read if you are an actual parent). Overall, I think this book is an expansive and detailed manual for everything sex that you’ve always been afraid to ask, offered in a friendly and conversational way.

3 out of 5 Stars

The Big Fun Sexy Sex Book by Lisa Rinna & Ian Kerner PhD
Gallery Books (2012)
Hardcover 336 pages
ISBN: 9781451661231

Special thanks to Gallery books for my review copy!

Read-A-Thon Hour 4, Mini-Challenge #3

It’s hour four!  Our fourth staff blogger, Jess, is now joining us!  Since she missed out on the getting to know you questions from hour one, we asked her to do them for hour four!

Jess’s Responses:

  1. Good ol’ Hamden, Connecticut.  It’s my 2nd home.
  2. Most looking forward to The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.  I might even take a stab at Fifty Shades of Grey too!
  3. I am looking forward to the Crumbs Cupcakes that fellow staff blogger Adam brought from NYC for the read-a-thon
  4. I’m Jessica Bade; I’m graduating from my masters program on May 13th and I’m so excited to read for fun more and write for Reflections again!
  5. This is my first read-a-thon – I’m looking forward to spending the day with the other staff members and getting to know them even better than I already do!

THANKS Jess!! We’re really excited she is able to join us for a good chunk of the day!

For hour four Reflections of a Bookaholic is hosting the mini-challenge!  We were asked to turn to page 32 of our books and find something that would fit in the following sentence:

“I would rather read than ___________ any day.”

We came up with some humorous ones! Our responses are below:

Kim: I would rather read than confirm the supposition of unrequited love any day. (Currently reading: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides)

Todd: I would rather read than work around the jack hammer moving away the pieces of rock after checking them for fossils any day. (Currently reading: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton)

Adam:  I would rather read than give my regards to Broadway any day. (Currently reading: B’Way: The American Musical by Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon)

Jess: I would rather read than have mismatched libidos any day. (Currently reading: The Big Fun Sexy Sex Book by Lisa Rinna and Ian Kerner)

The four of us are off to go enjoy lunch for a bit, before heading back into reading.  See you in hour five!