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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 no part of it, and she will never surrender to The King's demand to marry a man she does not love. But despite Adeline's determination to retain her free will, she remains deeply unfulfilled, feeling caged and suffocated.  

That is until she meets Josh Jameson. Drawn in by his confidence, Adeline is soon captivated by the scandalously sexy American actor. His ability to penetrate her defenses overwhelms her - his touch is pure fire and his allure overpowering. Nothing has ever made her feel so alive in a world where she's otherwise slowly drowning. However, while Josh may be Hollywood royalty, he's not actual royalty, and Adeline knows The King and his advisors will do everything in their power to keep them apart.  

But Josh Jameson becomes the princess's ultimate vice.  

And although she bows to no one, she bows to him. 

©2018 Jodi Ellen Malpas (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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NOT A HEA!

This sucked because it does not have a happy ending! This should have been disclosed!

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This was just an okay book for me

I chose this book because of the author.
I'm always on the lookout for new books written by her . However, the beginning of this book was a serious turn off mostly because I'm not into the bow before me or the kneeling and whipping and all of that especially as the prelude to a relationship.
The rest of the story worked out. The drama at the end, the unexpected news of paternity in the royal family, etc. these help to build the story even though the most interesting parts were at the end.
I continued reading because I've always liked her previous books especially the 'This Man' series .
This book will not be on my read/listen again list But I look forward to the next book in the series.

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exciting, fast moving, full of forbidden love

Great story with a lot of insight into how royalty has to live. The fame and riches might not be the only things that come with fame and fortune. Your life is not your own to live. even down to the person you can love.

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Brilliant author

The book was fabulous. I absolutely loved it. I would like this story to continue. I feel I was left hanging. I absolutely love Jody and a little metal pass. I have fallen in love with all her books

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The end is amazing. The rest of the book is OK

It's been a struggle to finish that book. Only in the end it's starts to be interesting.

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Loved it.

love this story. the narrator did an awesome job, even the main male character. she's excellent. can't wait for book 2!

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  • Jeanne
  • Elgin, IL, United States
  • 06-29-18

Fantastic!

Couldn’t put this down! Fantastic story. The push and pull, the hope, the love, the sadness, left me feeling so much. Wish it ended happily; but understood why it ended the way it did. Loved this story so much!!!

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loved it

JEM does not disappoint with this peek into the monarchy mindset and the romance between the princess and one not suitable for her role. Going to be waiting impatiently for the conclusion of this story.

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Anything by Jodi is AMAZING!!!!

Loved it, couldn't put it down!!! A hot second to The Lord! At least for me!

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The life of a Royal

No wonder she's controversial. This was a great book. I loved this story. No spoilers but damn the life of a Royal is terrible. I hope to see a book two no way it just ends like this. ❤️

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  • Yvonne
  • 05-26-18

Firm five star rating

Listening to a book on audio it’s so important to have the correct narrator and. Admit I was concerned about Anda as there are no other books could find on audible but I didn’t have to worry she epitomises Princess Adeline superbly , great choice 😀
I was also a little sceptical about the topic but again was more than pleasantly surprised , she comes over as a warm character for me not a spoilt brat ..... and of course Josh mmmm mmmm ❤️😀 I particularly like the mention of the Duke of Sussex , especially considering the announcement of the name las weekend ,
In all this book has scored a massive hit for me and I look forward to the sequel, it’s also the type that I can reread and my go to listen when in a book funk ....
this definitely sees Jodi back to her best as there a couple of releases that I was disappointed with which I know for sure was partly due to the narrator

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  • mazaraza
  • 08-07-18

Sweet Jesus Josh Jameson

Wonderful story of passion, love and a fierce young lady wanting her own mind. Cannot wait for book 2 of this series.

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  • Mrs. A. Ellis
  • 07-25-18

The Unforgetable Princess

OMG ! I loved every word of this book and I'm now left with anxiety waiting for the next one! This is the perfect holiday book in fact Is go so far as to say don't go on holiday without it!

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  • Lisa M
  • 07-03-18

H.R.H. at it's best. (Hot-Raunchy-Helluvaride)!!

I'm a huge fan of Ms. Malpas' work and this book, part one of the Smoke & Mirrors duet, didn't fail to please.
As a Brit and a horsewoman I loved the locale, and Spearmint and Stan were a nice touch even though some of the horsey terminology was a tad questionable.
But who cares about that when there's a gorgeous unattainable guy to swoon over. The delicious Josh Jameson. Princess Adeline's American Boy. He's hot, rich, sexy, dominant, and utterly swoon-worthy. And he's not the only man in Princess Adeline's life to steal your heart, Damon had me in tears, although, I'll never listen to Take That again in the same way!!

The Controversial Princess was my first foray into 'audio books,' which was effortlessly narrated by Anda Bell Llewelyn and I loved it.
Ms. Malpas writes with the perfect balance of wit, intrigue, angst, and of course, sex.
Well done, Lady Malpas. Another number one bestseller! Can't wait for the next one.
Ever, your humble subject. :-)

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  • Jane Bryder
  • 06-17-18

Amazing Book

Jodi Ellen Malpas you are amazing author..this story is just amazing, I was hooked..now can not wait till book 2 comes out. I made sure that I preorded the book! Thank you for taking me away from this crazy world we all live in!!!!
I recommend this book to all to read...just amazing book!

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  • Mrs
  • 06-04-18

Royal intrigue

Thank you to Jodie Ellen Malpas for another gripping story.

The book has it all a love story with twists and turns, politics of a family living by strict rules a Princess who doesn’t want to live by those rules. Ends with a cliff hanger string it up for the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-30-18

Addictive

This was so addictive I could not turn this audiobook off and stayed up really late listening to it. Can’t wait for part two. It’s impossible to beat This Man however this book was still really great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-18

Great Read

Loved this book, The love story between Adeline and Josh had me gripped from the start to finish. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Kaye
  • 05-24-18

Wow!

Again JEM has done it......a great story with great characters. Adaline and Josh’s relationship is exciting, loving, raunchy with twists and turns at every corner. Such a great book can’t wait for the conclusion in book 2!