Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review - A Princess in Theory

Author:  Alyssa Cole
Series:  Reluctant Royals #1
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:   Avon
Format:  Audio
No. of Pages:  360
Date of Publication:  February 27, 2018
My Rating:  4 Stars

From acclaimed author Alyssa Cole comes the tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise . . . 

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

Selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018! 


Why is Naledi Smith getting so many emails claiming the same thing? She keeps being told that she is betrothed to an African prince. Certain this is a mistake, she ignores them. Every time. So, Prince Thabiso, sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, takes matters in his own hands. Responsible for his family and his country, he must marry. That is undeniable. However, he has a missing betrothed, none other than Naledi Smith. So, he finds her himself.

He assumes the position of someone applying for a job at the restaurant where Ledi works. She takes him at his word that he is a man named Jamal, who applied for the position. She trains him, and boy does she like him. Thabiso is enjoying his new role, albeit ever brief, and gets to see how the other half lives, all the while getting to know Ledi. She is just perfect. Now, how can he ever tell her who he is?

This book instantly reminded me of the movie Coming to America, and I loved it! It is a dynamic story and I especially loved the reason that Ledi was Thabiso's betrothed. Another strong thing about this book is Ledi's character. She is a grad student, working several jobs to support herself. She is exceptionally intelligent, a nice, strong heroine. This was an excellent read and I am glad that I happened upon Alyssa Cole.

A Princess in Theory is the first book in the Reluctant Royals series. The other books in the series are A Duke by Default, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, (available now), A Prince on Paper  and Can't Escape Love (both available soon).


Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION was chosen as the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.

She is represnted by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency.

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