April 29, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: 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, this book 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 men, you name it. She's a supremely unlikable character, as she's a psychopathic narcissist. 

For example, 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 lot of wording I didn't understand. Translation issues, perhaps? (I don't have a clue if this is the case.) Example: "...the way he looks at her largely witness for his interest."


To be blunt about it, I really hated this book. But, if you enjoy books with unlikable characters, you may very well like this one.  


*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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