My Rating: ⭐️⭐️
Content Rating: 18+
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: May 27, 2019
The Seduction Expert, written by Saya Lopez Ortega, is the first book in the highly anticipated, The Seduction Expert Series. The Seduction Expert is the first book by Ms.Ortega that I have read, and I am sorry to say that there was not much about this book that I enjoyed. The writing was awkward, choppy, and the dialogue felt forced at times. This book was promoted as a romance; I could not find anything even remotely close to love, romance, or seduction in this book. Also, I was very disappointed and felt misled by the title.
I tried to enjoy this book, but when I can find little to no redeeming qualities in the main character, I find it challenging to do so. The heroine of this story is The Baroness; a self-made woman who has pulled herself up to a prominent position in high Parisian society solely by her ingenuity. I found this to be her only commendable trait. However, I was not too fond of the methods she employed to become a successful businesswoman. I found her to be shallow, arrogant, narcissistic, and an all-around horrible person. She treats her employees like dirt under her stilettos, and she treats her clientele only slightly better than her employees. Also, another thing that bothered me was the fat shaming; it just wasn’t necessary. The author has the MC doing all this in an internal monologue that I found annoying. The Baroness only cares about the size of a person’s bank account and how much money she can get out of people. I won’t comment on the relationship she has with her fiancé, but suffice it to say she doesn’t treat him much better. The Baroness called herself a feminist over and over again, and I would wholeheartedly disagree, she just came across as a man hater.
I felt that the author did a great disservice to feminism by having this character be lacking in both personal and social integrity. Strong women do not have to degrade men and women in their lives. Strong women are uplifting and supportive of the people in their lives. I was a bit surprised by all the over the top reviews for this book and wondered if I read a different edition then all the other reviewers. Unfortunately, I can not recommend this book, and I will not be reading the second book in the series. This book was very disappointing, and I struggled to finish it.
***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***