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The Controversial Princess

(The Smoke & Mirrors Duology #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  3,798 ratings  ·  607 reviews
Her father is The King of England.

She is The Controversial Princess.

Regarded as down to earth by the press and rebellious by The King, Princess Adeline refuses to bow to the royal expectations her title carries. She knows better than anyone that the united front of the royal family is nothing but smoke and mirrors - lies and secrets masked by power and privilege. She wants
ebook, 1st edition, 400 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Jodi Ellen Malpas
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! The Controversial Princess, book 1 of 2. Utter perfection! On the surface it sounds like Hollywood meets British royalty, but that is just scratching the surface on everything that is Josh Jameson & his princess!

“Josh’s grin is almost angelic, contradicting the devilish intensions in his eyes.”

Books in Smoke & Mirrors duet should be read in order:
Book 1: The Controversial Princess
Book 2: His True Queen

“He’s my weakness. My American boy. Yet he is formidable strength in me
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Battle of Wills between Claringdon Palace and Kellington Palace


A scintillating journey that scales the high & mighty walls of the castles and palaces, diving in deep to peep into the lives of Kings & Queens, Heirs & Heiresses. Their shams of marriages, forced alliances & Crown allegiances, with statutory Ostrich-ian, burying head in the sand and not reading the writing on the thick stone walls!!! If only these walls could talk, Oh the stories we would have😮

“No one can challenge
Laura- BookBistroBlog
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Controversial Princess (Smoke & Mirrors Duet #1)
By: Jodi Ellen Malpas
5 Royalty Stars

When I picked up my first Jodi Ellen Malpas book way back in June of 2013, I devoured the book. Now here we are 5 years later and I just finished reading The Controversial Princess. This book was written perfectly, flowed at a perfect pace and kept me engrossed from the first page until the last. You can see the maturity and growth that this author has gained in her writing talent with this book. I can no
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
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I can't even express how much I enjoyed The Controversial Princess!This is by far my favorite book from Jodi Ellen Malpas!It is an incredible mix of awesome characters,some plot twists and a forbidden,passionate and heavy romance.


Josh and Adeline have an amazing chemistry from the beginning!Josh is charming and dominant and Adeline is strong.I love their passion and intensity!They have some really sensual,erotic and hot moments toge
Sophia Triad
5 “you are closer to the throne that you think” stars

“When I’m done with you, Your Highness, you’re going to be questioning who your true king is.”

I just love Josh! He is good-looking, smart, playful, dirty-mouth, a bit kinky, the perfect Hollywood star with his Oscar and his fans and his perfect playboy reputation.

“Why me?”
“Maybe I want to violate a princess.”
“I assure you, Mr. Jameson, I need no violating.”
“Oh, I have no doubt....But you’ve never been violated by me. So, what do you s
Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I'm hauled closer to him, my legs curling around his waist, my hold of him solid as our tongues dance, swirl, and plunge over and over. He tastes divine, feels divine. He is my heaven.

Get ready to go on a thoroughly scandalous and steamy journey with England’s most beloved and rebellious Royals…Princess Adeline Lockhart. She has got to be one of Jodi Ellen Malpas’s most strong-willed and bad ass Heroines! There hasn’t been a man yet who has
**** 4.5 Stars!!!! ****

Wow!!! That was some ending!!! Some major reveals happened during the last 5% of the story! I was hooked before all of the explosive ending; but now I absolutely MUST read the second part right away!!! Thank goodness this duet of books are already out, or I would have been a mess having to wait!! Lol!

This is not the first time I have read this author’s work.. and one thing I have loved in her past stories was the intense all consuming love and passion her couples have for
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be still my beating heart.....
How does she do it? How can a person write such amazing books..All The Time!
For me, Jodi can do no wrong. For me, if you haven't read her books, you haven't lived my friend.

The Controversial Princess is simply put, a temptation. Every since word written by Jodi is heavy on romance, passion and angst.

I don't really really books based on Prince and Princesses unless:
1- it's a historical fiction based on real life events.
2- You are Jodi Ellen Malpas. I'd read an
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
4 I Only See You Stars!
(BR with Sharon)

-“Every girl needs something bad for them now and then, Your Highness.”

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Princess Adeline Lockhart of England is a free-spirited, headstrong woman known for being wild and rebellious. She’s not one to conform, and is always tempted to defy the rules. She lives in a world where everything centers around representing the British Monarchy & the crown. She’s third in line to the throne, and wants no part of it. Her life in the palace is all about reputation,
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and the Crazy)
She obeys like a good little dog and she’s kneeling before the hero.
I’m a strong woman and if you ask me to kneel ohh, I will be kneeling... to punch your balls out. You can be sure of that. Plain and simple.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, favorites
★5 Stars! The Controversial Princess... A phenomenal, enthralling, controversial, forbidden, sensual and royal tale filled with scandal, suspense, rebellion and love!
“When I’m done with you, Your Highness, you’re going to be questioning who your true king is.”


Here are my top favorite quotes.

1. “He’s even more striking in the flesh. One is a little speechless. Twinkly blue eyes that harbor mischief and pure sex, permanently roughed-up brown hair, and scruff to match. He’s perfectly rugged and da
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

This morning when I turned on the radio – the first song I heard was “Human” from Rag'n'Bone Man – and to be honest – it shocked me how well it fitted the book I just spend an allnighter with. When I finished my last read yesterday and went to check for my next book I noticed that I had a new arrival – I was gifted with “The Controversial Princess” (Smoke & Mirrors, #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas and I thought why not directly start … Well I can tell you it was a good and a bad idea – the bad part
Olga therebelreader
I loved this book, much more than I thought I would. The author has provided a dazzling read fit for a princess. The book as a whole felt very realistic as I read it... it didn't feel like I was reading this made up fantasy story set in this modern day world. I highly encourage you to check out The Controversial Princess. You'll be in for a beautiful story with darling characters and a lovely theme. The two main characters, Princess Adeline and American actor Josh Jameson, just captured my heart ...more
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

4.5 wonderfully Royal Stars

“Aren’t you prepared to fight for it? To fight for happiness? To fight for me?” he asks….”Because I’m ready to fight for you, Adeline. I’m already armored up and set for battle, and I’m pretty fuckin’ determined to win. Because the prize is you.”

We’ve been in the grip of Royal Wedding Fever these past few months, and in the days leading up to the Wedding, we were craving a royal romance, excitedly jumping in to devour The Controversial Princess, book one in the Smoke
Melanie (mells_view)
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Temptation to defy the rules is almost too much to resist”

Ok. So all I can say is that I just died reading the ending of this book. This was my first book from this author, and it definitely will not be my last. A controversial princess who just wants freedom from being royalty, and an American actor who just wants to break some rules with a certain princess. That’s how this story starts, but it is NOT how it finishes. It becomes quite the forbidden love story. I don’t want to ruin anything, so
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

You know that feeling you get when you're reading an amazing book in the middle of the night? You look at the clock, then at the percentage left on your e-reader, and you have an internal struggle- wishing you could just finish the book already so you can finally get some sleep, but also not wanting to finish because it's OH SO GOOD? For me, that is The Controversial Princess. I'd even go as far as saying this is my favorite book of 2018 so far.

This book was so unexpectedly amazing. Oth
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
For me, this is the first time I've read a royal story where it is the female that is the royal member out sowing their wild oats instead of a male. It's a nice change to the norm.

Josh was still portrayed as a womanizer. At first, I didn't like his approach with Adeline. He didn't seem smitten. He came off more as just wanting bragging rights but I also think that was the authors intention. Gladly, that did change and very quickly.

I liked Adeline. I wasn't sure if I would like that she partied
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Oh my goodness, I loved this book so much!!! I've been craving royal romances in recent weeks and JEM just delivered a whopper. For me, royal romances mean opulence and duty and they're typically rife with longing and impossibility and secrecy. The Controversial Princess has it ALL. This new romance by Jodi Ellen Malpas packs so much into these pages, family scandal, secrecy and deceit, the most sensual romance, a forbidden love story, impossibility and heartache, all rounded out in the most JAW ...more
Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*
5 “I only see you” Stars

Unexpected. Sensational. Sinfully Sexy!

"She's the one in control. She is the one calling the shots. She's the one men bow to."

Adeline, princess of England is a phenomenal character. When I think of princesses and fairytale type romances, I think of something sweet and fun. This isn't your typical "princess" story!!
Adeline lives to break rules and longs to live her life free of the burden she faces as a royal. I immediately fell for her. I loved her tenacity! However, Jos
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5-4 ★'s

♥ BR w/Melissa! ♥

I happily gobble up almost anything Jodi Ellen Malpas writes so when I heard this story was going to be about a headstrong royal female character, I couldn't wait to read it.

I think I almost choked on my words because let me tell you, this book takes a left turn into kink land extremely quickly and I was in no way prepared.

After Fifty Shades, there were a lot of dom/sub books...some good and some - not so much. But the bottom line is I've read A LOT. Too much, that's
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La historia me ha mantenido enganchada, no es que sea nada del otro mundo, pero te va dejando "cositas" que te mantienen intrigada. Desde luego todo sale en las 10 últimas páginas que hay un pisto de campeonato, quizá demasiado para resolverlo tan rápido (bueno resuelto no queda porque hay que esperar a que salga el segundo libro) y demasiadas cosas que podrían haber ido pasando antes y no todo al final.
Desde luego que la Malpas, en mi opinión para parir hombres de los que a mi me gustan en una
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No sé si darle 3,5-4. La Malpas es mi debilidad, excepto con El Protector que no me gustó. La idea es interesante y poco a poco se van dejando miguitas que hacen que nuestro cerebro vaya dando vueltas a todo lo que ocurre. El romance y las escenas hot como siempre son maravillosas. La autora tiene mucha mano con lo que es la química y el tenernos enganchadas a esas escenas que nos vuelven locas. Pero la trama se va desarrollando muy despacio y de golpe en las últimas 10 páginas suceden tantas co ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, I’m in the minority on this one.

First off, the instalove was just too much for me. They literally only knew each other a few weeks before declaring their love. And the majority of their courtship was sex and not really getting to know each other.

And I really could’ve done without all the ridiculous alpha male, Christian Grey-esque behavior from the male hero.

I was literally salivating for this book and was let down. Like a lot.
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 “American Boy” Stars

I love the Royals......everything about them is fascinating!! So when I heard about this book, (yes I know it’s fiction) I was super excited because it’s about a Royal Family and a rebellious Princess. A match made in heaven.

Her Royal Highness Princess Adeline Catherine Luisa Lockhart is 30 yrs old and a bit of a trouble maker. Josh Jameson is the American movie star whose father is friends with the King. When Josh and Adeline meet, the games begin. They have an attraction
Tasha and Megan Mahoney
Rating: 4 stars
Oh my! Jodi has undoubtedly penned another stratospheric best seller with The Controversial Princess. I have read and enjoyed all of Jodi's previous books and had very high expectations of this one, did it live up to those expectations? it did I am 95% happy. I am not overjoyed  about the cliffhanger and having to wait for the second instalment in the Smoke and Mirrors Duology, His True Queen until 7th August is not making me a happy blogger.

After meeting Josh at her 30th Birthday
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
This was a DNF for me. I hate to DNF a book and I think this was more a case of me than the book. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind to read it, but I just couldn't connect with the characters at all and it just seemed a tad unrealistic. Maybe it is just the Brit in me.

“If you can’t behave, be disgraceful,”
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó mucho!!!! Mirando a Kate y a Megan con otros ojos! Queda de infarto, yo me lancé a leer la versión en inglés, supongo que la termino de leer justo cuando sale en español ;)
La Narradora
Es el clásico ejemplo de una novela que va in crescendo a medida que vas leyendo capítulos. Empieza bien aunque con esa parte erótica que ya me tiene bastante saturada... pero a pesar de ello vas avanzando y la trama te atrapa, no paran de pasar cosas y hay un montón de giros geniales. El último el mejor 😅 aunque ahora toca esperar hasta que nos traigan la segunda parte. Muy pronto reseña completa en el blog
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Can’t wait for the next one. Review soon.
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰




Such a great romance! A tiny bit insta and totally out of the blue from Josh's side in my opinion, but I really adored those two! And Damon!
It was funny, adorable, erotic, british, royal, hollywoodish, exciting, sad ... and it ended with a very heartbreaking cliffy!
Starting the 2nd book now - SOOOO glad I didn't read the book when it first came out - I would've HATED to have to wait for book 2!!!!!! Who in the world invented cliffys??? GRRRR! ☺


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“Aren’t you prepared to fight for it? To fight for happiness? To fight for me?” he asks, prompting me to peek at him. “Because I’m ready to fight for you, Adeline. I’m already armored up and set for battle, and I’m pretty fuckin’ determined to win. Because the prize is you.” His valor is admirable, if wasted. “But at what cost, Josh? Your career, your rep—” A hand is sealed across my mouth, silencing me. “I don’t care.” He sounds so adamant. “As long as the cost isn’t you.” 1 likes
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