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Publisher's Summary

The breathtaking conclusion of the Smoke & Mirrors Duology.

A beautiful, defiant princess. A renowned, sinfully gorgeous Hollywood actor. A love affair that is sure to rock the British Monarchy...and the world.

Their love affair began intensely and passionately. Princess Adeline and Josh Jameson knew any future together was impossible - her status as a princess and his standing as a Hollywood heartthrob dictated that. But the heights of pleasure they could take each other to were wildly unanticipated by them both. 

Josh's absolute disregard for Adeline's status quickly drew her into his hedonistic world. And her perfectly worn mask and false facade captivated Josh to the point of obsession. The boundaries became blurred. The physical became emotional. Their hearts became entwined. But a cruel turn of events rips their worlds apart, and Adeline is more bound than ever by the protocol and expectations her title commands. 

The army of royal advisors who guard the secrets and scandals of the Monarchy will go to unthinkable lengths to keep the smoke and mirrors in place...and Josh away from Adeline. She knows the power she possesses comes with agonizing sacrifices. Walking away from Josh devastates her...but it keeps him safe from the corrupt institution that has ruled her life. 

Yet Josh refuses to lose the woman who has consumed him so completely, distorted his boundaries, and stripped him of all sensibility. Will the power of the British Monarchy triumph? Or will their fierce love for each other change the course of history?

©2018 Jodi Ellen Malpas (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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I never get tired of this story

this is the third time I've read/listened to the Smoke and Mirrors duo and I just can't get enough. Jodi never let's us down.

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beautifully

the whole story was wonderful n I love the happy ending..her American boy. my queen

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Loved every minute!

I loved every moment of Adeline and Josh’s love story. There were so many twists and turns, lies and sabotage, and ultimately revelations that cut deep. But those discoveries led to the happiest thing of all. Acceptance, freedom, happiness, and most important, love.

His True Queen is the conclusion to a stunning story spanning generations of the Royal family and those closest to the Sovereign dynasty and the smoke and mirrors of secrets buried deep. It was the story of one woman who wanted none of what she was born into, never anticipated the tragedy she would endure that led to her taking the throne as Queen of England, and dared not hope of finding that soul deep love that her American Boy found in His True Queen.

This was an audio re-read and I loved it.

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Great book

Love this book and loved it on audible! Love Josh and Adeline’s story and of course a HEA!

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Incredible

Phenomenal follow-up to book one… I was so in love with all the characters… We need to follow up about prince Eddie...Another homerun

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So Much Royal Drama...I LOVED IT!!

OMG, this conclusion was AMAZING!!! To avoid spoilers let’s just say that this picks up where The Controversial Princess ends with the aftermath of secrets. Princess Adelaide is still that ever strong independent, sassy, rebellious personality that her country loves that I ended up loving. Josh is all alpha male all the time which I LOVED!!! So many more twists and turns, some that I could see coming but others that had my jaw hitting the floor as well. I really, really, LOVED this duology and I LOVED the audiobook narrator.

This specific video review will be included in the September 2018 wrap-up.

For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Rom Book Talk.

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Great Series

Enjoyed the story, some predictable but good. I love all of Jodi Ellen Malpas stories, but THIS MAN is still my favorite. I really love Anda Bell Llewelyn as a narrator as well! PLEASE keep them coming!

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Love the author

The story was good but it was really long. The author writes very well and she does an excellent job developing the characters. My only complaint was that it was a little long.

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Stunning Second Chapter with a Epic Conclusion

Well worth any credit, this second part of a two book series was well worth the wait. If you haven’t read The Controversial Princess, I highly recommended you do so and then revisit this book. The story is full of salacious twists and turns and of course plenty of romance and steamy “action scenes”. While reading/listening to the novel (thankfully a nice long listen) it was so easy to visualize the scenes before us. Thankfully, the author herself is from the country she writes about unlike many authors out there. The historical references are believable and it’s fun to think of similar parallels throughout history...weather intended or not. I would have loved a more manly voice from the narrator for Josh, but could easily be appeased by imagining the gentleman in the photo on the cover and pretended it was he who was talking. Aside from the spicy scenes, I loved to infer all of the subtle hints throughout the book of details such as the Spanish influences in Eddie and Adeline, or the modern young spirit of the young queen, and so much more. The best authors let us discover the story and characters as we read the book. Jodi Ellen Malpas does this so well while continuing to spring little bits of humor causing me to giggle out loud in quiet public places. The supporting characters such as Damon, Jessica and Sweet Olive (I think that was her name? ...this is the problem with audio...you can’t look back at the words) were such a rich part of the story that I absolutely fell for and had me giggling and bonding to. Mrs. Malpas is truly a seasoned author who’s novels are worthy of wider distribution, praise and (in my humble opinion) screen time. I would love to hear more about Eddie and his story or even the young Spanish princess before she was the Queens Mother. Great books and well worth the credits!!!

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Wow!! Nail biter

I practically listened to this in one day but had to stretch to two days. I knew they would end up together but the twists and turns had me second guessing myself. Great story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-18

I never get tired of this story

this is the third time I've read/listened to the Smoke and Mirrors duo and I just can't get enough. Jodi never let's us down.

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  • nadia
  • 11-26-18

beautifully

the whole story was wonderful n I love the happy ending..her American boy. my queen

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  • LeeAnne
  • 11-14-18

Loved every minute!

I loved every moment of Adeline and Josh’s love story. There were so many twists and turns, lies and sabotage, and ultimately revelations that cut deep. But those discoveries led to the happiest thing of all. Acceptance, freedom, happiness, and most important, love.

His True Queen is the conclusion to a stunning story spanning generations of the Royal family and those closest to the Sovereign dynasty and the smoke and mirrors of secrets buried deep. It was the story of one woman who wanted none of what she was born into, never anticipated the tragedy she would endure that led to her taking the throne as Queen of England, and dared not hope of finding that soul deep love that her American Boy found in His True Queen.

This was an audio re-read and I loved it.

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  • Nikki kostolnik
  • 11-06-18

Great book

Love this book and loved it on audible! Love Josh and Adeline’s story and of course a HEA!

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  • Trish
  • 10-08-18

Incredible

Phenomenal follow-up to book one… I was so in love with all the characters… We need to follow up about prince Eddie...Another homerun

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Steph's Romance Book Talk
  • 09-27-18

So Much Royal Drama...I LOVED IT!!

OMG, this conclusion was AMAZING!!! To avoid spoilers let’s just say that this picks up where The Controversial Princess ends with the aftermath of secrets. Princess Adelaide is still that ever strong independent, sassy, rebellious personality that her country loves that I ended up loving. Josh is all alpha male all the time which I LOVED!!! So many more twists and turns, some that I could see coming but others that had my jaw hitting the floor as well. I really, really, LOVED this duology and I LOVED the audiobook narrator.

This specific video review will be included in the September 2018 wrap-up.

For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Rom Book Talk.

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  • Pineapple
  • 09-27-18

Great Series

Enjoyed the story, some predictable but good. I love all of Jodi Ellen Malpas stories, but THIS MAN is still my favorite. I really love Anda Bell Llewelyn as a narrator as well! PLEASE keep them coming!

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  • Amy blake
  • 09-26-18

Love the author

The story was good but it was really long. The author writes very well and she does an excellent job developing the characters. My only complaint was that it was a little long.

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  • Krissy Jana
  • 09-22-18

Stunning Second Chapter with a Epic Conclusion

Well worth any credit, this second part of a two book series was well worth the wait. If you haven’t read The Controversial Princess, I highly recommended you do so and then revisit this book. The story is full of salacious twists and turns and of course plenty of romance and steamy “action scenes”. While reading/listening to the novel (thankfully a nice long listen) it was so easy to visualize the scenes before us. Thankfully, the author herself is from the country she writes about unlike many authors out there. The historical references are believable and it’s fun to think of similar parallels throughout history...weather intended or not. I would have loved a more manly voice from the narrator for Josh, but could easily be appeased by imagining the gentleman in the photo on the cover and pretended it was he who was talking. Aside from the spicy scenes, I loved to infer all of the subtle hints throughout the book of details such as the Spanish influences in Eddie and Adeline, or the modern young spirit of the young queen, and so much more. The best authors let us discover the story and characters as we read the book. Jodi Ellen Malpas does this so well while continuing to spring little bits of humor causing me to giggle out loud in quiet public places. The supporting characters such as Damon, Jessica and Sweet Olive (I think that was her name? ...this is the problem with audio...you can’t look back at the words) were such a rich part of the story that I absolutely fell for and had me giggling and bonding to. Mrs. Malpas is truly a seasoned author who’s novels are worthy of wider distribution, praise and (in my humble opinion) screen time. I would love to hear more about Eddie and his story or even the young Spanish princess before she was the Queens Mother. Great books and well worth the credits!!!

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  • thecity1331
  • 09-20-18

Wow!! Nail biter

I practically listened to this in one day but had to stretch to two days. I knew they would end up together but the twists and turns had me second guessing myself. Great story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-18

I never get tired of this story

this is the third time I've read/listened to the Smoke and Mirrors duo and I just can't get enough. Jodi never let's us down.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • nadia
  • 11-26-18

beautifully

the whole story was wonderful n I love the happy ending..her American boy. my queen

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
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  • LeeAnne
  • 11-14-18

Loved every minute!

I loved every moment of Adeline and Josh’s love story. There were so many twists and turns, lies and sabotage, and ultimately revelations that cut deep. But those discoveries led to the happiest thing of all. Acceptance, freedom, happiness, and most important, love.

His True Queen is the conclusion to a stunning story spanning generations of the Royal family and those closest to the Sovereign dynasty and the smoke and mirrors of secrets buried deep. It was the story of one woman who wanted none of what she was born into, never anticipated the tragedy she would endure that led to her taking the throne as Queen of England, and dared not hope of finding that soul deep love that her American Boy found in His True Queen.

This was an audio re-read and I loved it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nikki kostolnik
  • 11-06-18

Great book

Love this book and loved it on audible! Love Josh and Adeline’s story and of course a HEA!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Trish
  • 10-08-18

Incredible

Phenomenal follow-up to book one… I was so in love with all the characters… We need to follow up about prince Eddie...Another homerun

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Steph's Romance Book Talk
  • 09-27-18

So Much Royal Drama...I LOVED IT!!

OMG, this conclusion was AMAZING!!! To avoid spoilers let’s just say that this picks up where The Controversial Princess ends with the aftermath of secrets. Princess Adelaide is still that ever strong independent, sassy, rebellious personality that her country loves that I ended up loving. Josh is all alpha male all the time which I LOVED!!! So many more twists and turns, some that I could see coming but others that had my jaw hitting the floor as well. I really, really, LOVED this duology and I LOVED the audiobook narrator.

This specific video review will be included in the September 2018 wrap-up.

For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Rom Book Talk.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Pineapple
  • 09-27-18

Great Series

Enjoyed the story, some predictable but good. I love all of Jodi Ellen Malpas stories, but THIS MAN is still my favorite. I really love Anda Bell Llewelyn as a narrator as well! PLEASE keep them coming!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amy blake
  • 09-26-18

Love the author

The story was good but it was really long. The author writes very well and she does an excellent job developing the characters. My only complaint was that it was a little long.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Krissy Jana
  • 09-22-18

Stunning Second Chapter with a Epic Conclusion

Well worth any credit, this second part of a two book series was well worth the wait. If you haven’t read The Controversial Princess, I highly recommended you do so and then revisit this book. The story is full of salacious twists and turns and of course plenty of romance and steamy “action scenes”. While reading/listening to the novel (thankfully a nice long listen) it was so easy to visualize the scenes before us. Thankfully, the author herself is from the country she writes about unlike many authors out there. The historical references are believable and it’s fun to think of similar parallels throughout history...weather intended or not. I would have loved a more manly voice from the narrator for Josh, but could easily be appeased by imagining the gentleman in the photo on the cover and pretended it was he who was talking. Aside from the spicy scenes, I loved to infer all of the subtle hints throughout the book of details such as the Spanish influences in Eddie and Adeline, or the modern young spirit of the young queen, and so much more. The best authors let us discover the story and characters as we read the book. Jodi Ellen Malpas does this so well while continuing to spring little bits of humor causing me to giggle out loud in quiet public places. The supporting characters such as Damon, Jessica and Sweet Olive (I think that was her name? ...this is the problem with audio...you can’t look back at the words) were such a rich part of the story that I absolutely fell for and had me giggling and bonding to. Mrs. Malpas is truly a seasoned author who’s novels are worthy of wider distribution, praise and (in my humble opinion) screen time. I would love to hear more about Eddie and his story or even the young Spanish princess before she was the Queens Mother. Great books and well worth the credits!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • thecity1331
  • 09-20-18

Wow!! Nail biter

I practically listened to this in one day but had to stretch to two days. I knew they would end up together but the twists and turns had me second guessing myself. Great story.