Friday, May 13, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥: Cosmo's Steamy Sex Games


Release Date: July 1st, 2007
Publisher: Hearst
Card Count: 240
Source:  As a Babeland affiliate, I received one free box of Cosmo's Steamy Sex Games in exchange for an honest review (thank you!). I was not paid, compensated, nor sponsored in any way to write a positive review, and all opinions expressed are purely my own

ARE YOU READY TO PLAY?

WHAT'S INSIDE: Twelve sizzling, couples-only bedroom games, complete with fun, easy-to-use tear-out cards. Heat up your mattress action with these challenges:
  • The Sexy Scavenger Hunt
  • Dirty Truth or Dare
  • Finish the Fantasy
  • Titillating Trivia
  • Call of the Wild
    ...AND MORE!
 PLUS  The perfect, handy box to store these red-hot games in... so you can play them over and over again.
What Stephanie Thought: Cosmopolitan is hands-down, my favorite magazine (YES, it even beats Fitness and Interview; they would be runners up, however) which is why I was eager to get my hands on Cosmo's Steamy Sex Games. I will admit, my love for Cosmo is probably directly correlated with my love for sex... but to me, Cosmo is way more than just a sex magazine. It's a health, beauty, self magazine that knows how to make you feel your best and your partner pretty damn good too.

That being said, I am slightly disappointed at how this box of cards doesn't do the magazine justice. Many of the "sexy" suggestions attempt to be flirty and risqué, and almost all of them fall flat. Out of the 240 cards, I'd say only about 40 were really original. The rest, I could have easily come up with myself.

Here's an example I laughed at from the Dirty Truth or Dare segment: dare — I'm a sexy stranger at a bar. Pull out your best on-the-prowl tricks and try to pick me up for a one-night stand. First of all, can you say awkward? Can you imagine roleplaying a "sexy stranger in a bar" in your very own bedroom? Would you use make-believe the alcohol too? Let's say you and your partner both really inventive and could imagine the fantasy clearly (something I still can't do with a straight face); too bad it's too creepy of a scenario to continue with.

A lot of the cards in the box are annoyingly repetitive. I came to a card from the Titillating Trivia section I liked a lot: What's the kinkiest thing we've ever done together? Get the answer right — We act out your lusty wish. Get the answer wrong — We act out my lusty wish. I mean, that's really creative and it's a win-win situation. Either way, you get to have fun sex! However, this was the next card in the deck: What's my all-time favorite sex act? Get the answer right — We get to do your favorite act. Get the answer wrong — We get to do my favorite act. I soon discovered with dismay that there were at least two more cards that went on like this, just with slightly different wording. Who is Cosmo trying to fool? They're all the same thing, just with "sex act" replaced by the words "sex position"!

The book isn't a complete letdown, though. Like I said earlier, there are lots of clever ideas available. In particular, I enjoyed the Kama Sutra section because it has imaginative positions with diagrams and descriptions to guide you along. 

I was entertained by this book for a fun night, I'll admit, but I feel I would get sick of it after a first skim of all the cards. This is mostly due to the fact that many of the games aren't even steamy, but also because all the activities are cute, playful ways to get to know your partner. If you're already intimate with your partner (which I am), this one might be sort of a bore.

Stephanie Loves: "Late-Night Lust
For Her: Set the alarm for 2 am (with the volume low). When the alarm goes off, catch it before he totally wakes up. Then light the candles and place them around the bed. Roll him onto his back, hold onto his member, and move your hand up and down. Then shimmy down and take him in your mouth, sucking very gently until he's completely hard. When he's moaning in pleasure, move back up, rub some lube on his member, and put him inside you.
For Him: Make slow, sweet, dreamy love to her. Then blow out the candles and wrap your arms around her as you both drift off to sleep." — a card with A Night of Naughty Adventure (card five) that I find so romantic!
Radical Rating: 6 hearts: Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back. ♥♥♥♥♥♥