Review: The Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas

May 30, 2018

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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*** 2.5 Star Review ***


I am a little lost with this book. After all of the hype, I was really looking forward to reading it. I was prepared for an enjoyable bumpy ride... Unfortunately, I didn't get that this time around.


I will start off with the characters. Really? I can't remember encountering such an immature heroine in a book, and there have been plenty. Princess Adeline is 30 years old... however, one cannot tell that by her character. I had to remind myself from start to finish that she was not 20 years old. 


Then we have Josh. His character felt contradictory to his actions. Was he a dominant playboy or a sweet teddy bear? He couldn't make up his mind between being an alpha and being a sweetheart. I think I got whiplash from his constant changes.


I don't usually talk too much about the story itself, but I need to say a few things about it. Right from the start, they are ready to get down and dirty the moment they meet. Normally that wouldn't be an issue, but it's the things they do that had me rolling my eyes and wanting to walk away from the book. Within 24 hours of meeting one another, the dirty, outrageous sexual things that happen were a huge turn off for me.


This story moves painstakingly slow. I had to force myself through the first 50-60% of the book. Then things sped up. My interest was piqued. I really didn't care about the main characters at this point. I wanted the family secrets. That was all I was focused on. I had mostly guessed the big one. It still shocked me though. I did feel like way too much happened at the very end. It was a bit rushed and over the top.


Overall, I didn't really care for this book. However, because of how it ended, I will most likely read the follow up to it in August. I am curious to see where everything goes with all of these characters. 

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