ARC Review: The Seduction Expert – Saya Lopez Ortega

Posted 17 July, 2019 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 10 Comments

*I received a free copy of The Seduction Expert from VSP Publishing via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

ARC Review: The Seduction Expert – Saya Lopez OrtegaThe Seduction Expert by Saya Lopez Ortega
Series: The Seduction Expert #1
Published by VSP Publishing on 26 July 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 175
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
1 Stars

She's the seduction expert.

Women contact her to take over their love lives. She steps in when they're lost, she's supposed to succeed where they failed. She handles their single status, their relationships, their breakups, and very often their partners' affairs. Her job is a life priority, she spends most of her time at the office or between two flights in business class and the fact of having a sports car that can reach one hundred kilometers in less than six seconds often make her feel like a superheroine in service to women.

Anyway, take her card.

You'll see, it's much better than spending holidays in St Barts.

The Seduction Expert is a very strange book. There’s no real story here – but the main character could have been interesting – if she had a personality.

I don’t even begin to know what to say about The Seduction Expert, it kind of feels like I said everything in my first sentence. There really is nothing going on, just a long stream of consciousness from ‘The Baroness’. Whose real name was never shared – not that I really cared or wanted to know, but that was another strange thing.

Also, the summary is nothing at all like the actual story of The Seduction Expert, which is too bad. That is rather enticing, and could have been a good tale if actually told. ‘The Baroness’ isn’t really likable, and there is nothing feminist about her actions. She tells the readers she’s a feminist, but in her actions and inner thoughts she’s far from it. I can’t even really hate ‘The Baroness’ I just didn’t really care at all.

The writing was rather catastrophic – it read like my students who are French-speakers learning English as foreign language. And they often use Google translation for whole sentences. The Seduction Expert was peppered with mistakes, for example “you’re completely mistaking” rather than “you’re completely mistaken”. Again, this is a very common error my students make. I sure didn’t think I’d feel like I needed to correct an essay while reading a soon to be published book, though.

The only good think I have to say about The Seduction Expert is that the cover is really cool. Apart from that, I have nothing, and that’s actually sad. It’s very rare for me to give one star, but this one really didn’t deserve any more.



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Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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10 responses to “ARC Review: The Seduction Expert – Saya Lopez Ortega

    • Yeah, I was contacted by the publisher twice on Goodreads – even if I already had an ARC from NetGalley. Plus, those private messages I got on GR have disappeared – which I didn’t even know was possible.
      I don’t really know much about them, though – and I thought the premise of the story sounded really good. It fell flat for me, though, I didn’t really care about anything.

  1. jeneaw41

    The premise sounds like it had some potential, the execution not so much. Sorry it wasn’t a great for you.

  2. I was recently contacted by the publisher? Not sure on GoodReads and asked if I could read for review. After checking out other reviews etc, I declined. And after reading your review, I’m very glad I did!

  3. Jen

    Ugh! Thanks for “taking one for the team” on this one. It sounds like it would have benefitted from multiple edits!

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