Book Review: Exposed (Madame X #2) by Jasinda Wilder
Exposed Madame X #2 By: Jasinda Wilder Published: March 1, 2016 Publisher: Berkley Add to Goodreads Source: eARC from publisher in exchange for a honest review GR's Summary: New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder presents the second darkly seductive novel starring the mysterious Madame X. 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 her completely knows no bounds, and he isn’t about to let her go. Not without a fight that could destroy them all…
Exposed is the second book in the mysterious and dark erotic Madame X Series. This a series unlike any other. "Madame X" had been powerless since the day that she awoke from a coma. She had no identity, memories of her past, those that were important to her, or even how she ended up in the hospital.
Caleb Indigo was at her bedside, and helped her recover. He stuck by her side through the long haul, as she had to relearn how to walk, care for her needs, and become whole once again. Unfortunately, while Caleb took care of Madame X, he also controlled every aspect of her life; from when and what she ate, what she wore, when they had sex, where she lived, when she worked, and who she worked with. Madame X is addicted to being with Caleb, even though she knows that he is not good for her.
Now that Madame X has met Logan Ryder, he has awakened a desire in her for emotional connection, autonomy, independence, and the driving need to find answers to the many questions that she has about her past. She is determined to break away from Caleb, and Logan wants her to be his. However, Caleb views "X" as his property and he isn't willing to release her into the arms of another man.
I enjoyed the continuation of Madame X's story. She is finally beginning to grow as a character. We see her gaining a backbone and inserting her will in this sequel. She begins to take steps to empower herself, with the unconditional assistance and support of Logan. It drove me crazy to see the strong hold that Caleb had on her. I wanted her to break away from his controlling and possessive hold on her.
It was beautiful to see the emotional connection blossom between "X" and Logan. They had friendship, passionate chemistry, and depth to their interactions with one another. Still, Caleb's refusal to answer X's questions, be honest, and relinquish his hold on her, kept her relationship with Logan from evolving in the way that both of them wanted it to.
Exposed continues to give us little clues and a few answers to X's past through her nightmares, memories, and Logan's investigation. The story ends in a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to have X's past revealed, questions about Caleb answered, and see if Logan is as great as he appears to be.
Exposed is guaranteed to take readers on quite a wild ride. In this sequel Madam X begins to shape in to a stronger character, and as she is torn between two men, she must decide whom and what she wants. As she searches for the answers that will illuminate her past, readers are right beside her hoping to unravel the mystery. I give, Exposed by Jasinda Wilder, 4 Dark Erotica, Puzzling Mystery, Growing, and Creating a New Love Filled Stars! I am looking forward to, Exiled, the final book in the Madame X Trilogy.
I wake sobbing.
Nightmares of sirens and flashing lights and a pair of cold cruel dark eyes staring haughty and inscrutable down at me as I am used like a receptacle. Nightmares of a perfect body pinning me to an elevator door. Sorcery, stealing my will, manipulating my desires, cool silk of a tie wiping my face. Rain cold and wet and windblown, shifting shadows and blood and pain.
My dream is pervaded by a voice: “Isabel, you’re okay. It was just a dream.”
Who is Isabel?
The voice is in my ear, soft and tender and warm. “I’m here, Isabel.”
Oh, it’s me. I’m Isabel.
I am Isabel; I have to remind myself that it is true.
I am lifted, cradled. I hear a heartbeat under my ear, feel soft cotton under my cheek. I am lying on top of him, as if he is my bed. His hands smooth in caressing circles on my back.
I cannot stop sobbing.
My eyes burn with hot tears, and I try to stop them, but I can’t. “L-Logan—”
“Ssshhh. It’s okay. I’m here.”
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry—I can’t—can’t stop—”
“Don’t apologize, sweetheart. Cry if you need to. I’ve got you. I won’t let go.”
I can only cling to him and cry. My whole body shakes with shuddering, wracking sobs, as if a lifetime of pent-up tears are being ripped out of me wholesale.
I don’t know how long it lasts. Minutes? Hours? A measureless time of weeping. I think I have cried more in the last twelve hours than in all my life.
Eventually, I am able to breathe normally and the sobs and shudders fade.
I remain still, barely breathing now.
On top of Logan.
Aware of him, suddenly.
Completely attuned to every inch of him, stretched out beneath me. His arms around me, his chin tucked against the top of my head. His denim-sheathed thighs beneath mine, thick and hard. His breath on my hair. His hips nudging mine. My hands on his pectoral muscles, my breasts crushed against his sternum.
There is a shift then. A charge to the air. Electricity crackling.
And now, between one breath and the next, it is sexual, the way I’m lying on him.
I can’t breathe again, but for a different reason.
I can’t breathe for wanting him.
“Isabel . . .” he breathes.
“I need you to get up,” he says, and it isn’t what I expected. “There are still some people working out there, and in a few more seconds I’m going to forget that.”
“What would happen if you did, Logan?” I ask. I don’t recognize the daring, the boldness, the raw hunger in my voice.
His fingers twine gently into my hair and pulls, tipping my face up to his.
It’s me, this time,
and kissing him,
and kissing him.
My fingers wrap around the back of his head, clinging to the nape of his neck, pulling him closer, pulling myself higher on his body, needing needing needing to be closer to him, to press my lips more completely against his, to taste him, to feel him. I breathe him. His hand, resting on my back, slides lower. I arch against him, press my body against his. There is no part of me that isn’t touching him. I pause to breathe, gasping against his lips. I want more of me to touch more of him. I want all of him, all of me, all of us.
I crave completion, of a kind only Logan can provide.
He feathers his mouth against mine, a teasing brush of lips against lips, heat of breath on tasting tongue.
“That will happen,” he whispers.
“Oh,” I murmur.
“Yeah, oh.” His fingers are tangled in my hair, applying gentle delicious pressure to my scalp, keeping my face tilted to his. “And now I can’t stop.”
“I don’t want you to.”
“I have to,” he says. “Or there won’t be any stopping at all.”
“Logan . . .”
“I want you. I need you. But Isabel, you deserve better—we deserve better—than on a couch in my conference room, with a dozen people on the other side of the wall.”
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.