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

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Swoon: Great Seduc­ers and Why Women Love Them by Betsy Pri­oleau is a non-fiction book which tries to ana­lyze what makes a ladies’ man. The book makes an inter­est­ing read and I only wish I would have read it when I was sin­gle and still look­ing for a mate for life.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book -to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post.

  • 288 pages
  • Pub­lisher: W. W. Nor­ton & Company
  • Lan­guage: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393068374

Book Review Swoon Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them by Betsy Prioleau

My rat­ing for Swoon4

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Swoon: Great Seduc­ers and Why Women Love Them by Betsy Pri­oleau (web­site | Face­book | @BetsyPrioleau) has bad news for us guys – being a ladies’ man can­not be learned, one has to be born with “it”.  The author found out that there is no tem­plate for being a Casanova, it’s nei­ther money nor atti­tude but com­plex, and some­times dis­tinct, personalities.

Ms. Pri­oleau ana­lyzes the great lovers of our time and from ages long ago from Casanova to Ash­ton Kutcher and those who aren’t famous but get the ladies, the schmos down the street which we all scratch our bald pates in amaze­ment when­ever they get the girl (a notable excep­tion is myself – just to think I was sit­ting by the phone for hours and days wait­ing to be interviewed).

The book is divided into sec­tion about Charisma, the char­ac­ters, the mind, senses and more. The author pro­vides exam­ples from his­tory, fic­tional and non-fictional peo­ple as well as famous and the not-so-famous as they per­tain to each sec­tion and/or sub­sec­tion (some swoon­ers are in more then one place).

It was inter­est­ing to read how wrong the ideal “ladies man” is in the eye of soci­ety, this won­der­fully researched book shows that they are not hand­some mil­lion­aires but those who have many other qual­i­ties (beauty is not one of them), the main one being joie de vivre – a love of life, and those man sim­ply put women up on a pedestal.

While I did enjoy the non-fiction part of the book, I didn’t care for the exam­ples of men from romance nov­els. While I do appre­ci­ate fic­tion of any genre I felt that a woman writ­ing about an ideal man (which might exist – but prob­a­bly not) didn’t really teach me anything.

Swoon is an enjoy­able book with much to teach the men of the world about women.  While the bad news is that one has to be born a ladies’ man, the good news is that we can all learn to become better.

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  • Give­away ends: April 1, 2013

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  • No PO Boxes

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TLC Book Tour for Swoon by Betsy Prioleau :

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Dis­claimer: I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours.
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