April 29, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Seduction Expert by Saya Lopez Ortega

Let me first say -- I've been looking forward to the release of THE SEDUCTION EXPERT by Saya Lopez Ortega for a longgggg time. I requested an ARC more than a year ago, so imagine my surprise when I saw the request had been approved yesterday. Unfortunately, the story fell drastically short of my expectations and read 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 related to their intimate relationships. She helps them meet men, break up with men, extort men, you name it. She's a supremely unlikable character and psychotic narcissist. 

For example, she describes herself as someone
women want to call on because "men imagine life by my side" and "I daunt mankind". Yet, few people "dare approach her". 

The Baroness sees herself as a champion of women, yet debases them at every turn. I've seen people describe this book as pro-feminist, which is unequivocally false. Every female character is depicted as a spineless, self-conscious, and weak woman. In the same way that women are clueless souls who desperately need help, every man is a hapless schmuck. 

Also, there was a lot of wording I didn't understand. Translation issues, perhaps? Example: "...the way he looks at her largely witness for his interest."


To be blunt, I very much hated this book.  


*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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