Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Are you alpha or beta? Figure it out here.

Everyone knows the definition of an Alpha male, but an Alpha woman has been misidentified as the B-word—or at least sorely misunderstood—for decades. This elusive Alpha woman is actually competent, confident, careful, career-oriented, calculating, cool and collected… up until she gets with a man. Then, she shrinks back to her base comfort level, which may put her at a disadvantage emotionally, sexually, and otherwise in a relationship with the opposite sex.

The new Alpha woman is able to shine even in her relationships. The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match guides Alphas and Alphas-to-be in how to love themselves, identify strengths, and date and marry well. Author Sonya Rhodes also gives them advice on how to survive a divorce (if it comes to that) and more. She gives real-life-story examples of Alpha women in crisis and on top of their game. Every reader will find something to relate to in this book. There are pull-out sections, tips, surveys, and frequently-asked-questions on the topic of Alpha females.

I enjoyed the section on managing a secret affair (don’t judge). With examples of Alpha men and women who have to project manage their relationships, there are real-life tips on how to negotiate a couple’s needs again with intensive therapy after one partner has had an affair. Alphas need lovin’ too, so if a Beta partner is not living up to expectations in the relationship or marriage, of course problems will crop up over time. But with a heavy dose of self-awareness, Alpha women can find new ways to share their needs with their partner so those needs can be met, if not today then soon. I found this to be interesting and enlightening reading.

The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match is a good read for girl-power without the usual up-in-your-grill feminist angst. Alpha women are not angry, but they are powerful–so the world needs to look the heck out. The book is recommended for any woman and for any young man wanting to know how to pick well for a lifetime partner.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.