Title – Exposed
Author – Jasinda Wilder
Publication Date – March 1, 2016
Series – Madame X, #2
My name is Madame X.
My life is not my own.
But it could be…
Everything Madame X has ever known is contained within the four walls of the penthouse owned by her lover, her keeper—the man who controls her every move and dominates her desires.
While Caleb owns her body, someone else has touched her soul. X’s awakening at the hands of Logan’s raw, honest masculinity has led her down a new path, one that is as exciting as it is terrifying.
But Caleb’s need to own X completely knows no bounds, and he isn’t about to let her go. Not without a fight that could destroy them all…
I’m feeling very conflicted on how to rate, and even review, Exposed by Jasinda Wilder. The novel certainly pulls you through a vortex of emotions, particularly with the up and down rollercoaster plot line. It’s filled with angst and a sense of suspense that will form a ball in the pit of your stomach. As I turned each page, I was biting away at my nail beds, waiting for the other shoe to drop. I found Exposed to be quite different from Madame X, but it really worked for the overall arc of the series.
“Once you begin questioning things, you won’t ever stop, X. That is a rabbit hole down which it is entirely too easy to fall.”
To be honest though, I felt like Exposed was split into three novellas, which was then combined to form an actual novel, at times. Because of how distinctly unique each piece was, the flow felt somewhat interrupted for my taste. It’s difficult to elaborate without giving away spoilers. However, as you read, you will see how choices that X makes result in this structuring. My other drawback concerning Exposed was the level of sighing and eye rolling I found myself doing. While the sex and steam factor was appropriate and helped further the story in some moments, there were others that just got to be too much. Though I don’t think every sexual encounter needs to mean something or further the story, I also don’t want to feel like it’s there just to up the erotic factor either.
“I can’t remember who I used to be, and I’ve lost confidence in who I am now.”
I will say that these characters continue to intrigue me and pull me into their twisted love triangle. I was super impressed with X during this installment. She seemed to be coming more into her own and developing a strength she didn’t previously possess. I loved delving more into who she was, but also who she was striving to become. I’m waiting for that beautiful butterfly to fully emerge and I just know it will be a magnificent moment. Caleb continues to make me angry and dislike him. I feel like he cares for X, but then he does something that makes me want to rip out his teeth with a pair of pliers! He’s just one of those characters that I can’t find a redeeming quality in, but love or hate – Wilder creates such a deep-rooted feeling toward him. On the other hand, Lucas is everything I would want in a guy. He’s gentle and caring, but protective and fiercely intuitive. He knew all the right answers and ways to help guide X to solutions without giving her the answers. Readers will clearly root for one man, but I have a feeling that Wilder will pull some sort of trick out of her sleeve!
“Because I’m broken. I’m all sharp edges and fragments. I’ll just cut you to pieces if you try to keep hold of me.”
Jasinda Wilder hit readers with a bombshell the way she chose to end Exposed, and now I’m itching to get my hands on Exiled. Despite the minor issues I had with this second book in the series, the overall story and ideas have gripped me so tightly. I’m desperate to see X get to the root of HER story and see her transformation be complete. I’m excited to see who she chooses and how she reaches her conclusion. Wilder’s writing is a spellbinding magic that I’m not ready to be immune to yet. I’ll definitely be counting down the days until August!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Madame X (Madame X, #1)
Exiled (Madame X, #3)
Jasinda Wilder is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and international bestselling author. She is a Michigan native and currently lives there with her family. Visit her official website at jasindawilder.com.