Madame X by Jasinda Wilder
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Lit
Madame X waits for you on the thirteenth floor. She patiently times the ding of the elevator’s arrival. Once you go in and introduce yourself, you better talk to her with respect.
You’re taken aback by how beautiful she is, and you think she’s a more than just an attitude adjuster, there has to be more to her than that. It would be a waste of her good looks. However, you’re wrong, so wrong, that you offend her and she slams the contract in your face. Reminding you that you are here for correction that your father thinks you need; according to Madame X your father was right.
She insults you, politely corrects your posture, your smile, your foul language and don’t forget the way you smell. You’re furious. You leave. She doesn’t care. Once you go, she doesn’t care. Why? Because you’ve already paid.
And once you leave and her day is complete, she is left alone with her books and the earl gray tea she treasures so much. And the painting that gave her the name. Because she doesn’t have a real name, she has no past, no family, no friends, only her books, and on a rare occasion, Caleb visits her.
Once you leave, she’s not the strong woman she was when she was insulting you; she’s smaller, vulnerable. Once you leave floor thirteen, you go back to a mansion, but Madame X the mystery on floor 13, she goes back to isolation.
This book is not for everyone let me make that statement along with; it is explicit and not for anyone under the age of 18.
I read this novel, and I was experiencing many emotions, and they were all geared towards the main character, Madame X.
This book tackles real-world issues that are just now surfacing in conversations. Examples are domestic abuse, kidnapping, mail-order brides. This book was full of controversy that let me say is not addressed until near the second half of Act II onward to the end.
Madame X is supposed to be a romance novel, and it becomes a real romance towards the end of Act II. It is apparent what the author was doing as far as the actions Madame X took and the things she went through. (Trying not to spoil the story)!
Now, I’ve ranted a little bit, but let me be super clear, I enjoyed the novel I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on good reads. The writing is first person present and very interesting the way that it is worded throughout the story. You can tell that the MC (Madame X) becomes isolated in the first chapter alone, you already get the buildup of what kind of story this is.
My exact problem was the disappointment and frustration I had with Madame X throughout the story. She seemed so smart that she was willingly blinding herself. I hated that so much about the story, and I mean hated. I don’t think I’ll be able to get past it until I find out what happens next and get to the bottom of this. It is a series, and the next book is Madame X: Exposed. Also, there was a small excerpt at the end of the book; of chapter one and two of the next book. So I’m ready to figure out what happens next.
I recommend to adults, anyone 18 and over. I recommend to anyone who likes tough topics or taboo topics in romance novels. The world is not rainbows and unicorns, and love surely isn’t like that for everyone. Madame X was thrilling, painful, and entertaining.
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