The Power of Wow….not!

As an almost middle aged, slightly overweight woman with a job, a young child and way too many things on my plate, I admit when Eden Fantasys offered me Lori Bryant-Woolridge’s The Power of Wow to review, I jumped on the chance to review it. Like so many women, I struggle to stay in touch with my inner sexy—after all, being a sensuous and sexy woman requires work and like so many women in my demographic, taking care of myself is hard to do at times.
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Woolridge is not only a writer but a sensuality coach and the founder of Stiletto U. a virtual university that advocates healthy and sensual lifestyles. Okay, that’s a good start, right? Surely this book was going to be what I needed to bring back my inner Sex Kitten instead of the Mama Bear.
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Sadly, this book disappointed me from the moment I opened it up. Hell, maybe I should have volunteered for a nice erotic book which would have had more payoff than this book!
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First problem: The book is written as a faux textbook, which I could understand since this is not a book that is meant to be read in a single sitting but a series of lessons that you learn from. However, what doesn’t jibe with the textbook theme was Woolridge’s “girlfriend speak.” Her style of writing is reminiscent of the late 1990’s when women started referring to one another as “girlfriend.” I had a real problem getting past that and taking the book seriously.
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Despite a tone that basically made me want to put the book down and the many simplistic lessons it (Sexy underwear? Sure, but do we really need to reference LaPerla?), I will concede that there are some gems in this book. For example, I do think it’s important to find our own style that is reflective of where we are in life at this present time. Too many times we stay with a style of clothing, particular scents or specific hair because it looked good on us back in 2000; never mind we don’t look the same now as we did then.
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Also, in chapters 1 though 4, the emphasis is on what Woolridge refers to as Individual Wow, and there’s some good information in there but you have to sift a bit. It really could have been condensed much more and the information shared with less faux hominess. Sorry, Lori, but we are not girlfriends!
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Ultimately, this is a good read when you need something more substantive than a bunch of Cosmo magazine articles, but still want to keep it light. If nothing else, following the daily suggestions to do Kegel exercises and to learn to flirt are two big lessons I am fine with and think could do a lot for a person. But otherwise, there isn’t much to this book that is going to inspire a true and deep change that can produce the “wow!”
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DISCLAIMER: I was not paid for this review. Eden Fantasys sent this book to me free of charge, but they did so with the expectation of an honest review from me and no other requirements than to include links in the text to their site.

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