Title – Exiled
Author – Jasinda Wilder
Release Date – August 2, 2016
Series – Madame X, #3
My name is Madame X.
My heart is torn in two.
And now I have to choose..
Caleb is everything to her: lover, caretaker, the man who gave her life meaning when she had none. But as she seeks the truth about herself and her past, she discovers that unravelling Caleb’s web of lies might very well be impossible.
Logan is everything she never knew she wanted: freedom, joy, and a passion she couldn’t anticipate. But is Logan’s love enough to save her from herself, from Caleb, and from the tumultuous truth of her past?
Caught between two equally compelling men, X must make the ultimate choice. But there’s more at stake than just her heart…
I had incredibly high hopes for the entire Madame X series, and Exiled especially. I had heard tremendously amazing things about Jasinda Wilder’s writing and was so thrilled that she was releasing a brand new, sexy, mysterious series that I’d be able to jump into. That being said, this book fell really short for me so I’ll keep the review to a minimum.
“Aside from what it obviously triggered for you, it’s apropos, you know? Because I don’t feel like I’m bringing you back to life, I’m just…opening doors for you. Unlocking the life that was already there, so you can live it.”
In the beginning when we meet Madame X, there was something about her that drew you in; something that made you want to get under her skin and find out her story. However, as the series progressed, I became increasingly frustrated that we weren’t getting any true answers. When we finally got some back story in Exiled, it was almost too late in the game. I had already lost interest because the character felt so lost, but without a clear purpose. For a woman who was so disciplined and strong in the beginning, she became so wishy-washy and meek. Furthermore, there was something totally off about Logan. He’s presented as this almost too perfect character without a single flaw. Rather than making me love him more, it just made me weary. On the other hand, you had Caleb who screamed warning bells at me. He was possessive and I’d even border calling him a creepy stalker. When he finally delivered answers as to why he was the way he was, I held my breath waiting for that big ah-ha “make me love him” moment, but it unfortunately never came.
“Men have fought wars over the love of a woman, Isabel. And trust me when I say, you’re the kind of woman wars are fought for.”
As I previously said, I really wanted to love this book. I expected things to be ramped up to full blown action and steam, but Exiled came out flat for me. There was a little more expository than I’d have liked, leaving the dialogue that I craved missing. There were also a couple moments that were so over the top and a little bit ridiculous that I just rolled my eyes. My favorite part of the novel was seeing Isabel get more of her memories back. It made me smile to see her remembering things, particularly when it came to her parents. I wish that the ending of the Madame X series had the same bang that the beginning of the series did. I just couldn’t feel the heart and dedication from the author. Nevertheless, this will not deter me from reading future works from Jasinda Wilder. I very much look forward to seeing what else she can produce.
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Madame X (Madame X, #1)
Exposed (Madame X, #2)
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.