Hi, I'm Jake. Glamour magazine's advice columnist. You probably think you don't know me. I'm anonymous, after all. But trust me, you do: I'm the guy who doesn't call. Who breaks up by text. Who stays for breakfast, walks your dog, then disappears into thin, thin air.
At least I used to be.
For years I was your basic dating nightmare. And then, under the influence of one magical woman my readers came to know as Orange Blossoms, I changed. Now I'm here to blow the lid off what you think you know about the way guys think. Because here's the big secret I learned from being slayed by Blossoms: Women already have what it takes to get what they want from men; they just need to know how to use that power.
Want a boyfriend? A better boyfriend? A ring? It's all yours for the asking.
But don't just take it from me. Glamour's "Jake" has been at it, living among men sharing their secrets with women since 1956. Now we're distilling our collective wisdom into ten rules to help you get the love life you deserve. A sneak peak at what you'll learn:
- You've got to broadcast your personality. If you're a nerd, let your nerd flag fly.
- The best men out there DON'T send expensive flowers.
- For great sex, save a few tricks for later (much later) on.
- Plus: How to make him think commitment was his idea? (Sneaky Yes. Necessary YES.)
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Meet Jake: Every Woman's Secret Weapon By Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour xiii
Hi, Ladies. It's Me, Jake. Who I Am-and Why You Should Believe Me about Guys xvii
Section 1 Meeting Him
Rule #1 Always Hit on the Wingman 3
It's the World's Best-and Most Empowering- Flirting Technique
Five Ways You Can Be More Powerfully Attractive to Him in the First Five Minutes 14
Rule #2 Know How Sexy You Really Are 17
Why Men Can't Resist Women Who Love Their Own Bodies
Fourteen Moments When You're Powerfully Irresistible (and Don't Even Know It) 32
"MEET JAKE 1980-1984 35
Rule #3 Remember, Love Is Not a Competitive Sport 37
How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Your Friends and Find Your Own "Power Song"
Male "Turn-ons" That Aren't 50
Section 2 Dating Him
Rule #4 Repeat After Me: The Best Men Don't Send Expensive Flowers 55
Why You Shouldn't Be Blinded by Clichéd Acts of Chivalry, and How to Spot a True Knight
Three Genuinely Chivalrous (and Powerfully Seductive) Things You Can Do for Him 70
Rule #5 Please Don't Pretend to Know What the Infield Fly Rule Is 73
How to Be Your Most Genuine Self with Him- Because Guys Want You to Be You
The Dos and Don'ts of Living in Guy World 84
"MEET JAKE 1985-1988 87
Rule #6 Don't Sleep with Him Too Soon! 91
How to Make a Real Sexual Connection, but Not Before You're Ready
Jake's Guide to Talking Dirty 108
Rule #7 Keep Dating Other People Longer Than You Think You Should 111
Trust Me. It Works. Always.
Four Signs It Might Be Time to Stop Dating Other Guys 126
Section 3 Making it Last Forever
Rule #8 Beware the Buddy Trap! 131
Or, a Woman of Intrigue Pees with the Door Closed
The Three Laws of Living Together 146
"Meet Jake 1990-1994 149
Rule #9 Make Him Think Commitment Was His Idea 153
How to Lead Your Guy to the Big C So Gently, He Won't Even Know He's Being Led
Five Ways to Drive Him Crazy (the Bad Way) About Commitment 168
Rule #10 And Above All, Enjoy the Ride! 171
Because Love Is Meant to Be Fun-and Women Who Know That Are the Most Powerful Women of All
How to Use Your Secret Power to Cheat-Proof Your Relationship 184
Epilogue A Letter to the Women of America: Four Things I Really, Truly Hope You Will Know About Men-and Yourself-by the Time
You Close This Book 187