The Controversial Princess
(Smoke & Mirrors #1)
by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Date Released: May 22, 2018
About The Controversial Princess
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 defences 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.
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An Excerpt from The Controversial Princess
Leaning over, he kisses the tip of my nose. “Now, food’s on the way. We’ll have a carpet picnic, what do ya say?”
“I’ve never had a carpet picnic before.”
“Say what?” He looks horrified. “Never?”
My shoulders jump up on a little shrug. “It’s all fine dining, posh china, and solid silver cutlery at a table that’s so shiny you can see your face in it.”
“Then tonight we fix that.” He pulls me up and walks us through to the lounge. “Get all the cushions on the floor.” He pulls a throw off the back of a chair and wafts it into the air while I pull all the cushions from the couch. I watch as Josh gets on his hands and knees and starts pulling at the corners of the blanket, straightening it out and placing cushions.
I have a permanent smile on my face, fascinated by his deep concentration. “You are doing a tremendously good job,” I say, clearing my face of my smile when his motions falter and he looks up at me. One of his eyes narrows, and in a lightning move, he snatches my wrist and yanks me down to the floor. I cry in surprise, being rolled to my back until I’m once again pinned against something by his body. Not that I’m complaining. Would never dream of it. I blow a tickling hair from my nose and grin at him.
“You’re making fun of me.” He dips and bites the end of my nose.
“Not at all.” I chuckle, squirming beneath him while he makes a meal of my face.
“Too good for a carpet picnic, are you? You want a throne?”
“Definitely not,” I blurt. “Unless your face will be my throne.”
Josh pulls back speedily on a little choke, his eyes bulging. I press my lips together as he stares at me in shock, like how could such a vulgar thing have fallen from the lips of a princess? “I think I just fell in love with you.”
It’s my turn to choke. “Blimey, you fall easily, don’t you?”
“Actually, I don’t fall at all.”
He shakes his head. “Baby, I’ll be your throne any day of the week.”
“It is me who’s honored. It’s not every day a real-life princess tells you she wants to sit on your face.”
Laughter erupts from deep within me, my eyes clenching shut, my head thrown back. My position and lack of control gives Josh the perfect opportunity to ravish my throat. And he does, growling dramatically, squirming above me...rubbing me.
Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, the This Man trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published This Man—the first book of the This Man trilogy—in October 2012. She took a chance on the story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters. Jesse Ward—also affectionately known as The Lord of the Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of women’s fiction.
Jodi went on to self-publish the second book in the trilogy, Beneath This Man in Jan 2013, just before Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, picked up the popular trilogy and the unknown Jodi. The third book of the trilogy, This Man Confessed, took Jodi to the top of the bestsellers lists, earning her the proud title of #1 New York Times bestselling author. This Man has since been voted one of the top romance novels of all time.
With so much love, enthusiasm and a thirst for her words from her readers, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore. She went on to write the One Night trilogy with the delectable and mysterious Miller Hart, and stole the hearts of her readers once again. Her first standalone novel, The Protector, released in September 2016 and has since been nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. All I Am, a This Man novella featuring Drew from the This Man trilogy, released June 2017, and The Forbidden, hailed to be Jodi’s bravest and most controversial novel to-date and nominated for an RT Award, released August 2017. The fourth book in the This Man series, With This Man, a continuation of the worldwide bestselling series written from Jesse’s point of view released March 20, 2018.
The Controversial Princess, the first in Jodi's new Smoke & Mirrors duology, released on May 22, 2018, and will release the conclusion, His True Queen, on August 7, 2018.
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