Author: Jasinda Wilder
Publisher by: Berkley, Penguin
Published on: October 6, 2015
Genres: Erotic Romance, Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 295
Madame X invites you to test the limits of control in this provocative new
novel from New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder.
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...
This review is hard for me to write. Since reading Falling Into You I’ve been a fan of Jasinda Wilder’s writing. I love that she writes complex stories that have unique characters. So, initially I was so excited to read Madame X. I wanted to like this story, I really did, but sadly it just didn’t work for me.
Even though it was not what I anticipated, the concept of Madame X was interesting enough. Madame X was a women full of beauty, grace, and sheer mystery. Six years ago Caleb Indigo took her in after she was brutally attacked. She has little memory of her past. Not her name, where she is from, or what happened on the day she met him. She works for Caleb and she is viewed as one of his most prized possession. He closely monitors how she behaves, the things she wears, and who she interacts with. She does get to live in luxury and in many ways she has it all, but she’s completely isolated.
I’m not sure if was the second person point of view, or the odd staccato of the story, or simply the characters and their voice, but I just could not connect to these characters. Caleb just rubbed me the wrong way. On one hand he was her savior but on the other he was just sophisticatedly cruel and controlling. I wasn’t enticed by him. I was simply indifferent. As for X, I’m not sure what to think about her. Part of me understood her loyalty to Caleb. He was all that she knew but my goodness even when she realized she wanted more, nothing really came of it. It was and odd back and forth. There were other characters and elements that I thought would play a bigger part in this story but they weren’t fully explored yet.
I wanted more from this story. I wanted to feel connected and engaged with novel but it just didn’t happen this time around. While I am somewhat curious to know about X’s past, I don’t know if my curiosity is enough for me to continue the series. I really do wish Ms. Wilder the best for the rest of this series but I’m not entirely sure that this series will be for me.
Other Books In The Madame X Series
Exposed (Madame X #2)
Releasing March 1, 2016