The beginning: A point in time or space where something starts.
32-year-old Sebastian Vanwell, a very successful yacht broker, always loved the design and architecture of a luxurious yacht. His only addiction was being on the water. He loved it, he thrived on it, and he needed it in his life. After a very stable, loving childhood with a few bumps, Sebastian married the love of his life: the one person who he knew would always be there. Julia was his rock, and he loved her more than life itself. Sebastian kept his addiction to the water under control, wanting to keep his time with his wife and son his number one obsession. That was, until he saw her.
Ysabelle Telle hit him hard, knocking the wind from his lungs. This new addiction haunted him, the one compulsion that he couldn't control no matter how hard he tried. Coming from worlds apart beautiful, dark, complicated Ysabelle didn't have the rich, protected background that Sebastian had. She had lived a life of hell, growing up in poverty and horrific living conditions with a drug-addict mother who never cared. Ysabelle now lived for one person, and one person only: herself. She was pure perfection. Her beauty, along with a flawless body, had men lined up and driveling over her- ensuring her success as a VIP.
There are too many words that describe the effects when two diverse worlds like theirs collide. They both have too much to lose to get caught in the forceful pull, which could destroy them both.
Warning sex/drugs/language. Mature readers only.
Some people need love…
I need sex, money, control, and power.
Anyone could have those four things, but only one could have VIP. Becoming Madam was never a choice for me, it was a mandated order from the most powerful woman I knew- my mother. I was born to fill her shoes, never to make mistakes, or to show weakness.
You are the product of your environment. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree; you learn from what you see, not from what you're told. Nature vs. Nurture. I learned from it all; what I saw, what I didn't see, what I was told, and from reading between the lines.
I was raised with the belief that the world spun ONLY because of me. I held power as far back as I can remember, saw things no one ever talks about, and witnessed illegal acts of sex, drugs, and money by the time I was eighteen.
You saw a glimpse of me in VIP, now see it from the beginning. Enter my world where anything goes; no judgments, no remorse, no guilt. You play by my rules, or you don’t play at all. There are no limits to what I can do, or to what I can show you…I will ensure my legacy by any means necessary.
My name is Lilith Veronica Stone, and I am The Madam.
I love you.
Three words that can make or break you.
I thought I needed to find myself. I thought I wasn’t happy. I thought I needed more out of life.
I’m more lost now than I was when I left. I have no answers, just endless amounts of questions. It was only a matter of time until the truth came to light. I never imagined it would change my entire life and everything I thought to be true.
It was all a game.
Except I wasn’t a player.
I was a pawn.
Two words that have several meanings. I never thought I’d lose her. But did I ever really have her…
Or did VIP?
Can love conquer all?
I originally was going to review each book in this series individually, or at least that was my plan before I read VIP, The Madam, and MVP. Now after have reading these books I decided to do one review for the entire series. Why you may ask? Well not only would my reviews end up being extremely long if I did each book individually, I also don’t know how I would review them. If you look on Goodreads or even Amazon at these books you see most people either love or hate them. I am kind of in between love and hate. Are these books badly written? Nope, not even close. Did the subject bother me? No and if you have read my reviews in the past you know how much I love a great sexy read. So what made me keep from loving it but not hating it either? It is hard to place one single reason to go over the scope of three books, but I think it honestly had to do with the beginning of VIP and how long it took for us to get to the present time and the story behind Ysabelle and Sebastian. Ysabella has a very pain filled past and I at times had tears in my eyes for all she went through. Sebastian I have to be honest, he just plain irritated me to no end. I think while we needed to know the past to understand the present, at some point I stopped caring. I wish that we could have had more of Sebastian and Ysabelle’s relationship from the start, but that is just my opinion.
I finally warmed up to Lilith aka The Madam but I still was harboring some strong dislike from VIP when I started reading it. She has a reason for why she is so heartless and a bitch. I will just say this. You will love to hate her, or at least I did. This story has angst just like VIP and does leaving you on the edge of your seat at times needing, not wanting but needing, more.
In MVP we return to Ysabelle and Sebastian relationship and while we do get an ending to their story, the road to it is bumpy and emotional to say the least. I think I overall was just disappointed in how things played out. Again there was angst like you wouldn’t believe but sometimes a reader will say enough is enough and for me this was enough.
Would I recommend this series to others despite my feelings about it? Yes I would. I would because these are really good books, that has never been in question, but I wasn’t as hooked as some others have been but that is in no way any fault of the author or her books, it’s mine. Did some of these scenes make me wish my husband was in close reach? You bet your panties it did, because Mrs. Robinson can write some hot as hell scenes. So form your own opinion, read about Ysabelle, Sebastian and the Madam and see how you all will like it.
She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left.
She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.