Glancing at the man lying next to her, Karley Sciortino nestles into his neck.

Then she runs her fingers down his chiselled abs, stopping just short of the large bulge in his pants.

Straddling his muscular body, Karley slowly leans down and tentatively kisses his perfect lips on his perfect face.

Her companion is so handsome, he almost seems too good to be true – and that’s because he is.

His name is Gabriel and he’s a 5ft 9in, £5,000 silicone doll, and Karley, a single 31-year-old writer from New York, is testing out his full skills for a documentary about male sex dolls.

In the end she spends approximately 20 minutes getting intimate with Gabriel.

“We always assume men are more likely to enjoy sleeping with an object and that women need some sort of emotional connection to enjoy themselves, but that isn’t always the case,” explains Karley.

“These dolls are 100% silicone, which makes the penis feel incredibly lifelike. At times it was indistinguishable from a real one.”

Especially as Gabriel features flaccid and erect options.

“It’s almost creepy,” says Karley. “It’s made to be hard on the inside with a soft layer over it. There’s even real pubic hair.”

Talking about intercourse with Gabriel, she adds: “Overall, the experience was a good one. It’s definitely not the same as having sex with a person, but in terms of a new sexual experience, it’s worth it. With a doll you can learn how to make sex work for you – trying out speeds and angles. It might help you understand your body and that’s an empowering thing for a woman.”

Of course, these dolls have their limitations – their bodies can’t move independently and they’re cold – but the team behind them, US manufacturer Sinthetics, is currently experimenting with putting heat in the penis to make it feel more real.

It sounds a bit OTT, but with 80% of British women admitting they’ve used a sex toy*, it’s no surprise Gabriel has caused something of a stir.

According to The SUN UK, he hit the market in 2015 – along with two other male dolls, Akira and William – and they’re now selling out as quickly as their female counterparts, which Sinthetics launched in 2010.

Although there aren’t exact details on how many male dolls have been sold, Sinthetics says it has months’ worth of back orders.