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Series: Madame X #1
Also in this series: Exposed
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Fiction, Contemporary
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Also by this author: Exposed
My name is Madame X.
I’m the best at what I do.
And you’d do well to follow my rules...
Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X is a master of the art of control. With a single glance she can cut you down to nothing, or make you feel like a king.
But there is only one man who can claim her body—and her soul.
Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for a different path, X has never known anything or anyone else—until now...
ARC provided by Author/Publisher for honest review.
Madame X is a different type of book from the many others I have read from author Jasinda Wilder; it has a very intriguing storyline and the character Madame X was skillfully crafted. I enjoyed the subtext to the plot, but at times it left me wanting. Normally, I would say that is a good thing, but there were several places that had an unfulfilled quality — lacking follow through or deeper understanding — just missed the mark.
The story is told from Madame X’s point of view and for a great deal of the story we are completely inside her head — there is page after page of internal monologue, while interesting enough in theory, it left something to be desired when it came to relationship development. All in all, I enjoyed the character X. Without giving spoilers, I will say there are several moments and things that she endures that made me want to cringe at her utter lack of self-respect. I get why she is how she is, but at the same time it was frustrating to no end.
Caleb is another story all together. I didn’t like him, not in the start, the middle, or the ending. Nothing at all can redeem him in my eyes. I don’t care how altruistic he tried to make himself appear, he is self-serving and I fear in the coming books that will be made clear.
As far as secondary characters go; there are several that stand out to me as more intriguing that our main man Caleb. I’m hopeful that we will see them more in the series.
All in all, I enjoyed the book. It has an interesting storyline and Madame X is someone that I’d like to see grow through the series. Despite the pitfalls I can easily give this book four stars for storyline and even though the book has several erotic scenes, I’d give this two wet panties. Definitely not Jasinda’s best as far as smut goes.