29 April 2019

THE SEDUCTION EXPERT by Saya Lopez Ortega

Let me first say that I've been looking forward to the release of THE SEDUCTION EXPERT by Saya Lopez Ortega for a long time. I requested an ARC more than a year ago, so imagine my confused excitement when I saw my request had been approved yesterday. Unfortunately, it fell drastically short of my expectations and reads more like the fictional, female equivalent of THE GAME by Neil Strauss.

The Seduction Expert, who is referred to only as Baroness, is a consultant living in Paris, France. Namely, she consults women on all matters regarding their intimate relationships--she helps them meet men, break up with men, extort their men, you name it. She is a supremely unlikable character and a psychopathic narcissist. 

She describes herself as someone who... "women want to call on" and "men imagine life by my side." She "daunts mankind" and "few people dare approach her".

The main character sees herself as a champion of women, yet debases all of the women in her life at every opportunity. I've seen people describe this book as pro-feminist but this is unequivocally untrue. Every female character other than the Baroness is spineless, self-conscious, and weak. In the same way that every woman is depicted as a clueless soul who desperately needs help, every man is depicted as a hapless schmuck. To put it plainly, the characters in this book have zero depth.

Also, there's a good bit of wording I didn't quite understand. Translation issues, perhaps? (I have no clue if it was initially written in another language; I'm just guessing here.) An example: "the way he looks at her largely witness for his interest." What does that even mean?

Unfortunately, I'm very disappointed with this book overall. The only reason I finished it was to see if the main character gets what she deserves. You'll just have to read the book for yourself to find out what happens there. Who knows? If you enjoy books with villainous main characters, you may very well enjoy this one.  It just wasn't for me.

*A big thanks to both Netgalley and the publisher for granting me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. The thoughts expressed in this review are my own personal opinions and have been written in my own words.

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