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His True Queen (Smoke & Mirrors Duet #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

His True Queen Book Cover His True Queen
Smoke & Mirrors Duet #2
Jodi Ellen Malpas
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
August 7th, 2018
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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?

Tracey’s Review

His True Queen is book 2 from Jodi Ellen Malpas ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ Duet and god is it so good. This series is one off my favourite series ever. Jodie has a way with her words that hooks me in from the first page and refuses to let go until the very end. This book was everything I expected and then was given more then I could ever imagine. 

Without giving too much away, cos this is a duet that you have to read asap, I enjoyed the twist and turns that we are taken on throughout this book. The ‘Smoke and Mirror’ true meaning is revealed as we become entrapped in the drama that surrounds the Royal Family and the lengths that they go to project the clean cut imagine that they have been forever known for. 

Not used to conforming, we see Adeline’s character come into her skin as the Queen of England. I was enthralled with Adeline’s character from the get go in this series, she wasn’t your typical Princess (a word of warning, if you haven’t read The Controversial Princess, what I am about to say may spoil a few things), her rebellion streak was enjoyable and offered us so many OMG moments, but along with this Jodi was able to write a character, while a Princess, that was human and relatable to the ‘common people’. 

In ‘His True Queen’ we see the evolution off Adeline, while trying to stay true to herself but also juggle the countries and Royal family expectations allowed this character to really shine. I loved the strength that she developed and while she always spoke her mind, in this book, she was able to really show her doubters that she would be an amazing Queen. 

Of course, being in love with an American was something that would never be accepted. This was Adeline’s ultimate battle throughout the story. Was she ready to say goodbye to the man that she loved? Would the country except him as their King if she choose?

Josh is just as smoking hot, and I have to stay with a heavy heart that he may have even knocked Jesse Ward off his spot on my ultimate book boyfriends (male heroine from Jodi’s This Man Series). In ‘His True Queen’ we see Josh put up a fight for Adeline. He still offers us plenty in the bedroom and his control over Adeline isn’t dimed down, even though she Queen. 

I loved the way their relationship was so normal, in the sense that they got to be who they wanted when they were with each other. As a couple they allowed each other’s personality to come through and it’s the time where I say Adeline be true to who she is. Josh knows in his heart that Adeline is the one for him and he certainly isn’t afraid to face the monarchy head on.

If Josh prepared to lose his battle? Will love prevail over duty?

When I first started reading ‘His True Queen’ I had my own ideas about where Jodi was going to take the characters and storyline, but I was completely wrong. In this book we get the added element off how secrecy and deception that we don’t see in the first books, friends become enemies and enemies become allies. My expectations could never have predicted these elements, I was expecting a fairy tale romance and I ended up getting something more. More drama, more romance and more OMG, what the hell did I just read moments.

Jodi’s attention to detail when she is building her character and storyline shows throughout her stories. Being a Brit, I am always intrigued about the Royal Family and Jodi was able to create a world so realistic that I was drawn into a world that left me breathless. Still, at this very moment as I am writing this review, I am reliving the drama that captured my heart. 

‘The Controversial Princess’ and ‘His True Queen’ is a story about love and duty. Just how far a couple is willing to go for their love and the battles that they face alone and together. 

Without a doubt the best Duet that I have read this year and it will be the duet to beat for a long time. 

Simply Breathtaking!!!

About the Author:

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 stand-alone novel, THE PROTECTOR,  released in September 2016 and has since been nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. Jodi’s next stand-alone novel. THE FORBIDDEN, is set for release in August 2017.

All seven of her published novels have hit the New York Times best sellers list – as well as the Sunday Times list and various international best seller lists. Her work is now published in over 24 languages across the world.

Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a mojito addict, is famous for her obsession with Converse, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.


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