Thursday, March 28, 2013

Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them, by Betsy Prioleau

Lotharios.  Cassanovas.  Ladies men.  Cads.  The great seduction artists throughout time have had a number of names.  They have an even greater number of women clamoring after them.  So what is the draw?  What is it about these men that drives women mad?  Looks?  Money?  Brilliance?  Some mystical unnamed quality?  Regardless of what exactly that "it" factor is, when a woman meets a man who has it, she never forgets it.

There is no doubt about it, this book is full of incredible historical information about leading men throughout time.  The amount of research that went into this book was immediately apparent.  Dozens of books, movies, and historical figures are discussed at length, dissecting various qualities and aspects of seduction.  There were over 80 pages worth of notes for heaven's sake!  Clearly, lots of research has led to an incredibly amount of information contained in this book.

However, it seemed to me a bit of an information dump.  And the result is slightly, well, dull.  I felt like I was plodding through the book.  A book about seduction should not feel so insipid.  To me, all the apparent research backing up the writing made it feel a bit like a Master's Thesis on the history of seduction.  I guess I expected something a bit more enticing, and engaging, perhaps more personal narratives.  While the information presented is interesting, it is just a little too clinical.

I am not sure I left this book with any better understanding of the lady's man.  What I did leave it with, however, was an even greater appreciation of the man I married.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.

  


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