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 façade 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?
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His True Queen
I loved this story. Another Jodi Ellen Malpas novel I could not put down.
From Princess to Queen to Everything
Duty or Love…
As the newly crowned Queen of England, Adeline Lockhart has an overwhelming amount of pressure on her shoulders and because of her title, sacrifices have to be made; because despite her position, Queen Adeline still answers to her people, to her advisers, and, in some ways, to the world as a whole, and with all eyes on her, tough choices have to be made and what that means for her personal life…for the man who owns her heart just might be her undoing.
Adeline’s forbidden romance with Josh Jamieson becomes even more complicated, making the possibility of their relationship continuing, let alone, lasting a significant point of contention, but Adeline’s saving grace is the fact that Josh refuses to lose the best thing that’s ever happened to him, which means that regardless of what stands in Josh’s way, he’ll work to prove his worth, his intelligence, his love to the only person that matters - His True Queen.
I have to say that I was surprised by the length of Her True Queen, and I worried that the conflicts would be drawn out and the drama overdone, but I should have never doubted Jodi Ellen Malpas’ storytelling because every word on every page matters; they drive the story forward and truly illustrate the position that Adeline and Josh find themselves in, as both individuals and as a couple, and while Josh’s first instinct is to protect Adeline, she more than proves that what she needs most from him is his love, which she’s had since the beginning of this duet.
I confess…sometimes the angst really did a number on my heart and my head; Adeline was doing everything in her power to meet the demands placed upon her while still finding time for herself, but her title seems to monopolize and manipulate anything that has to do with Adeline personally, which only further reinforces the idea that as Queen, she’s beholden to her people and must concentrate on her duties, seemingly losing any self-identity she once had.
There are so many secrets revealed and betrayals uncovered that it almost seems impossible for Adeline to endure, but while she seemed to buckle, at times, she more than epitomizes the true qualities of a queen, refusing to cower or kneel to anyone except the man who owns her heart.
Queen Adeline deserves her title, BUT she also deserves the man she wants to stand beside her, and even though these two ideas seem quite contradictory given her position and the fact that there are so many obstacles and sabotagers to overcome in order to achieve both outcomes, if anyone can do it, it’s Adeline and Josh…just be prepared for Jodi Ellen Malpas to put her hero and heroine as well as her readers through one twisty, angsty, extremely complicated journey to get to the end game, but let me tell you, it’s so worth it, even if I felt like my heart would never be whole again.
4.5 Poison Apples