CHATSWORTH, Calif.—It’s Valentine’s Day. That special day that comes along once a year to remind couples to warm the cockles of their hearts … and warm up a few regions south of the heart.
There’s a good chance you’ll see a few of these couples cross your threshold today, looking for something to help spice up their romantic evening. Point them toward your DVD stock, which should have at least a few of the 2013 AVN Award nominees for Best Romance Release. New Sensations' Torn took home the gold at the AVN Awards Show last month, but the 14 other contenders are also sure-fire couples fare.
Brave Hearts, Intimate Encounters/Adult Source: Romance novelist Sarah (Faye Reagan) is writing the final book in her series of best-selling love stories. One might think that she wouldn't be having any problems in the love department. However, words on a page don't necessarily translate into real life. Spending her days writing at a local coffee shop, Sarah finds herself daydreaming about Arnie (Rocco Reed), the owner. As their friendship develops into something more, Sarah's imagination runs wild. Inspired, she finishes her book about a period of time on the Scottish Highlands, when men known as Brave Hearts would go off to battle leaving the women they love behind in order to defend the honor of their families.
Cafe Amore, Adam & Eve Pictures: Love is brewing at Vincent's popular coffee shop. As he pours his heart and soul into reopening his late wife's coffee shop, his customers are inspired to take a leap with their own journeys in love and lust. After watching from the sidelines for so long, will Vincent be able to move on and rediscover his own passion again as well? Read AVN review.
Black Romance: The Color of Love, West Coast Productions: A series of romantic vignettes featuring African American adult performers. Among those gorgeous women featured are Bethany Benz, toasting another year together with her husband; Misty Stone, enjoying a romantic bathtub date and the gift of a huge promise ring; and Rihanna Rimes, waking up to a "Happy Anniversary" text from her man ad a trail of rose petals that lead her right to him.
Forever Love Trust, Smash Pictures: When Eric (Giovanni Francisco) gets dumped by his fiancee he decides to leave the city for a few days and go to a place where he can clear his head, the small town he grew up in. Dropping in on his brother Chad (Johnny Castle) and his girlfriend, Cindy (Bailey Blue), Eric has the opportunity to get reacquainted with a girl he had been very good friends with in high school, the lovely Rebecca (Marie McCray). Rebecca is dealing with her own trust issues with boyfriend Troy (Anthony Rosano), who is manipulating her emotions like a yo-yo. The two immediately hit it off and Eric finds himself confiding in Rebecca things he had never told anyone before. Is Rebecca the girl Eric should have always been with? Will the two broken hearts ever have room for trust again?
The Friend Zone, New Sensations Romance: Kevin and Gina are best friends that do absolutely everything together ... almost. Unfortunately, despite harboring a major crush on her, he has never been able to move their relationship past the "Friend Zone." So, when Gina suggests that they try their hand at online dating, Kevin's fear of losing her pushes him to do the unthinkable. Stealing the identity of his coworker, Cameron, and creating a fake online profile, he sets out to woo his best friend. Will his deception destroy their entire relationship, or will they finally step outside the "Friend Zone?" Read AVN review.
Happy Endings, Wicked Pictures: Opposites attract, but can they survive and get their own happy ending? Hannah (Gracie Glam) and Scott (Brendon Miller) are like night and day. She is granola; he is metal. She owns a spa; he is a tattoo artist. She enjoys yoga; he likes beer. Yet despite their differences, it's love at first sight. That is ... until their meddling best friends Alexis and Doug (Stormy Daniels and Barrett Blade) convince each of them that the other is having an affair. Realizing how miserable they have made their friends, it is now up to Alexis and Doug to fix the mess they have made. And who knows? They may even get a happy ending of their own. Read AVN review.
Immortal Love, Wicked Passions/Wicked Pictures. Heartbroken and alone, Madelyn finds comfort in her music. When she begins to feel like she's being watched. her fears become all too real. After a shadowy figure saves her from some would-be attackers, Madelyn's suspicions are confirmed. When she confronts the mystery man their undeniable passion causes two very different worlds to collide. Madelyn soon learns that it is not just her heart that is in danger, but her very soul. Can their immortal love overcome the odds or will it destroy them all?
Love or Lust, DreamZone/Vantage: A tale of broken romance. Luke (Rocco Reed) is a good looking and charismatic young man in his mid-20s. He is an established adult film star, who has consistently appeared in every big movie for the past few years. He meets Envy, a beautiful young woman in her early 20s who is also an adult film star. Luke is enamored by her beauty and finds out she doesn't do scenes with guys on camera. They exchange numbers and eventually go on a date. Sparks fly and a roller coaster of a relationship is soon to follow. The two encounter several challenges when their relationship and careers begin to collide. Luke's jealousy and Envy's free spirit soon tear them apart when promises are compromised.
Love, Marriage & Other Bad Ideas, New Sensations Romance: Marriage counselor Paul Highland is at his wits' end. After years of dealing with an endless array of other people's problems, Paul finds himself with a problem of his own. He no longer believes in love. That is until April, a beautiful bride to be, unwittingly seeks his advice. Sparks fly when an immovable object such as Paul Highland meets an unstoppable force such as April. How could two such opposing forces find a common ground? Can they? Or is this just another session in Dr. Highland's busy practice otherwise known as his life?
A Mother’s Love, Hard Candy/AEBN/Pulse: Nurturing mom Vanna (Vanilla DeVille) has always had a soft spot for son Xander's best friend, Dane. So when Xander asks if Dane can visit during winter break, Vanna eagerly agrees. But when Dane arrives from college it's clear he's matured from boy to man, and Vanna finds herself feeling more than just "motherly love." Meanwhile, Dane can't deny his attraction to the gorgeous older woman who helped raise him. Will Xander and sister Zoe discover the secret that threatens to tear their family apart? Written and directed by Nica Noelle. Read AVN review.
Overnight, Vivid Entertainment Group: Lance can't make till morning without night terrors. He's a man with emotional baggage, and his thoughts turn against him from dusk til dawn. Vera's a hooker, and she's fed up with johns, lonely hotel rooms and, well, life in general. Until she gets a call from Lance. He needs someone to sleep next to him and protect him from the night terrors. No sex, just company...at least for now. By the end of the week they're in love. But Vera can't shake the feeling of being used, and Lance can't shake the feeling of Vera. Can two damaged souls find love and repair and a happily ever after? Read AVN review.
Shared Wives, New Sensations Swingers: Karla and Gabe are a loving couple looking to spice up the sexual side of their marriage. Gabe has a fantasy of seeing his wife with another man, and Karl, apprehensive yet intrigued, shares this little secret with her co-worker, Mindy. As luck would have it, Mindy's intrigued. Two couples, very much in love, with a similar interest: the sexual fantasy of watching and being watched by the person they love. But will these relationships be able to survive the ultimate test? Read AVN review.
Tango to Romance, Adam & Eve Pictures: A romantic story inspired by the raw passion of the tango. Andy San Dimas has the world at her feet until she meets a tall, dark stranger. Captivated by Marco Rivera's exotic accent, charming wit and chiseled body, Andy feels the passion of the dance pulling them closer no matter how hard she resists. Then a shocking betrayal sends Andy racing into his arms where they discover the final secret to the tango together. Read AVN review.
Torn, New Sensations Couples: Drew finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Over time, his marriage has lost its spark, intimacy and most importantly, the connection. Sex has been replaced by friendship. Spontaneity has been replaced by responsibility. Love has been taken over by life. Then one day Mimi, a passionate, young art student, enters his life. Their attraction to one another is immediate. Slowly, they delve into an illicit affair. There often comes a time in a person's life when he or she must choose what is right or what is best. Drew finds himself in that circumstance. Between hurting someone with whom he has spent so much of his life and finding true happiness, he finds himself torn. Read AVN review.
Voilà, Girlfriends Films: Oh the tangled beds we weave! Liz and husband Tony are longtime lovers looking for a little excitement to heighten their passion. They find it in the form of beautiful Voilà, who joins them for a threeway. But the real climax come when Liz leaves poor Tony for her. A year later Voilà is back, not Liz. B. Skow's boy/girl debut for Girlfriends Films is filled with his trademark brand of hot sex, plus the sensuality and authenticity one expects from Girlfriends Films. Read AVN review.