A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)
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?

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1) Details

TitleA Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062685544
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Adult

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1) Review

  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    January 1, 1970
    Can we just take a minute to talk about how gorgeous that cover is?!!? LOOOVE!! Can't wait for this book. Gimme! Gimme!
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    WHERE DO I SIGN UP FOR A COPY?!
  • Lover of Romance
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I had been hearing about Alyssa Cole for quite some time, and I was really intrigued by her historical's however when I was offered the ARC, I knew I couldn't resist trying out this sexy royalty romance and what a cover right? I mean, how can you resist such a fun romantic cover. I love the brigh This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I had been hearing about Alyssa Cole for quite some time, and I was really intrigued by her historical's however when I was offered the ARC, I knew I couldn't resist trying out this sexy royalty romance and what a cover right? I mean, how can you resist such a fun romantic cover. I love the bright colors and how happy they look together. So my first impression on this book was WOW!! I had so much fun with this story, I can't even express how much joy and happy feels this book gave me. And it didn't turn out the way that I expected it too either, which only leads the reader into a story that has some twists and turns for sure.Our story starts off when Naledi Smith, is our heroine. Naledi is attempting to finish grad school and working multiple jobs. She has a pretty busy life, and has no time for distractions, let alone annoying emails claiming she is some african princess.....right??!!! Prince Thabiso has never forgotten the young girl that was his friend and disappear, the girl that he was supposed to marry and rule a kingdom with. Now its time for him to marry and they were betrothed and he means to find her. But from the moment that he meets her, he knows he wants to know more. But he also knows that she needs to know the truth about who he really is. Thus begins a game of flirting and chemistry between Thabisco and Naledi. But will our prince be able to find the right time to tell Naledi the truth and win her love or lose her forever...I was hesitant to tell you about my wealth and my background because I wanted you to see me for me. I'm used to people judging me for everything I own and represent, and not me as a person. What a fantastic romance and such a whirlwind of a love story that I fell in love with. Seeing two people who were separated as children only to find each other again. And add in the mix of a royalty romance, plus a bit of amnesia a bit. Our heroine was just a child when her parents fled the country but were killed and she ended up an orphan and forget her heritage and where she came from. Our hero has always had to deal with some difficult responsibilities, but for most of his life he has devoted his time and energy to his people. But when pressure is put on him to get married, he knows that he wants Naledi. Even though she doesn't know who he really is, she sees the real man, the man who no one else sees.I know who you are. You're the guy who learned to cook for me. the guy who's made me laugh harder than I have maybe ever, who made me come so hard I thought I'd peed myself. What I found most interesting and an aspect of the story that I truly loved was the "secret" wasn't dragged out through the whole story. I love the way it unravels and seeing these two overcome the challenge of mistrust and find unity in each other and in their dreams of the future. And boy learning more about Naledi's parents and the reason they left blew me away. Honestly I never expected the outcome that ends up being revealed. The romance that builds between the two here are simply wonderful. I have found that their story is not your average royalty set up. It has its dramatic elements of course, some mistrust and secrets, so we see them have to learn to overcome certain issues in their relationship, but we also see how strong their connection is to each other. I think that is what I loved the most. Was seeing the way that they learn to trust again and that is where the intimacy they have just grows deeper and as a reader you just fall for them even more completely. The humor that is introduced is witty and fun and leaves you with a smile.Overall I found A Princess In Theory to be a sexy and lively romance that I won't ever forget....a true gem of diverse romance that is a full of mystery, hidden truths and a stunning whirlwind of emotion and passion!!
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Review also on my blog • Twitter • BookstagramRep: black mc'sContent warnings: explicit sexual content, parent deaths I received an arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.A Princess in Theory follows Naledi, known as Ledi. She is a grad student in a STEM field and is trying to balance that and her job as a waitress. She never knew her parents as they both died in a car accident when she was a baby, leading her to grow up in foster care where she never found a famil Review also on my blog • Twitter • BookstagramRep: black mc'sContent warnings: explicit sexual content, parent deaths I received an arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.A Princess in Theory follows Naledi, known as Ledi. She is a grad student in a STEM field and is trying to balance that and her job as a waitress. She never knew her parents as they both died in a car accident when she was a baby, leading her to grow up in foster care where she never found a family she clicked with enough to be adopted. She's also been receiving spam emails saying she is the princess an African country had been looking for. She does end up responding to one of these emails, after deleting each one, with a resounding 'fuck off'. The emails are actually not a scam, and her parents had connection to an African royal family where she was betrothed of sorts to the Prince, Thabiso. An illness has also spread in his country, and it is theorised it is because he is unwed. This leads him to travel to New York, where Ledi lives, to court her and take her back to his country. When they meet, Ledi mistakes him for a new coworker, and this leads Thabiso to use this as a way to get closer to her.I really liked this book. I found both of the main characters to be engaging and nuanced. I loved Ledi's passion for the STEM field and that she was a very outspoken person. She is a very driven person as well, and doesn't give her time to men who treat her badly. Her personality is also something Thabiso liked. He is drawn to her bold personality and tells her he loves that she speaks as freely as she does. I really enjoyed him as the hero of the story. One thing I really loved about him is how much he respected Ledi's boundaries and always asked for consent before kissing her or touching her. This was an aspect I really loved about the book. I will say that for me, this dropped the ball a little after Ledi's finds out Thabiso is a prince. I really liked the development of their relationship before that point but the plot did drag a little. I still really enjoyed the book as a whole though. This was an overall delightful romance putting this kind of trope to good use.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I lurved it. Smart, streetwise heroine (who is in school for infectious disease epidemiology, natch, high-five) and a literal Prince who gets his life turned upside down when he determines she’s his long-lost fiancé. Some great commentary about colonialism, big-government jacking around with global disease prevention funding, and the foster system. And some steamy sexytimes. I know Alyssa probably didn’t intend the juxtaposition, but when she described Thabiso’s beard as being trimmed to accentu I lurved it. Smart, streetwise heroine (who is in school for infectious disease epidemiology, natch, high-five) and a literal Prince who gets his life turned upside down when he determines she’s his long-lost fiancé. Some great commentary about colonialism, big-government jacking around with global disease prevention funding, and the foster system. And some steamy sexytimes. I know Alyssa probably didn’t intend the juxtaposition, but when she described Thabiso’s beard as being trimmed to accentuate his sharp jaw my brain went immediately to all the pictures of Chadwick Boseman dressed in his T’challa costumes. Sorry not sorry? (I mean, there are worse people you can resemble, I’m just saying, and Instagram keeps parking ads with his gorgeous face all over my feed.)I would like to ask the Romancelandia Fairy-godmother for a book for Likotsi - she quickly went from enigmatic flunky to awesomesauce lady frand and she needs a story of her own.
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that was just charming and a total knock-out of a novel. I had so much fun reading this one as I battled a bout of illness! I loved both of these characters. They are so different from each other, yet so perfect for each other.ALSO, Ledi is an epidemiology grad student, and it was so refreshing to see her actually work in her field throughout the book.And Thabiso! He may be a prince, but what an adorable bean he was! (AND HE ASKS PERMISSION EVERY TIME HE WANTS TO KISS HER - CONSENT IS SEXY Well, that was just charming and a total knock-out of a novel. I had so much fun reading this one as I battled a bout of illness! I loved both of these characters. They are so different from each other, yet so perfect for each other.ALSO, Ledi is an epidemiology grad student, and it was so refreshing to see her actually work in her field throughout the book.And Thabiso! He may be a prince, but what an adorable bean he was! (AND HE ASKS PERMISSION EVERY TIME HE WANTS TO KISS HER - CONSENT IS SEXY, FRIENDS!).Anyways, I'll have a more coherent review up soon!
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  • Reading in Black & White
    January 1, 1970
    Cute and enjoyable!
  • Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
    January 1, 1970
    Alyssa puts the bar high for the next contemporary royalty romance novels I read. A PRINCESS IN THEORY was fun, entertaining, sweet and romantic with a side of sexy. It's about a scientist that suddenly gets emails from a prince claiming she is his fiancee. There is mistaken identity, friendship, falling in love, and much more. I adored this book so much.
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  • cosmogirl7481
    January 1, 1970
    You guys. I can't begin to say how much I adored this book. Review to come.But srsly. 5 big stars!
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Naledi has been an orphan ever since she was little. Her parents passed away in a car crash when she was little and with no family to speak of, found herself becoming part of the system. So when emails start spamming her inbox talking about her being some long lost princess, she immediately deletes them. I mean, I get emails all the time saying I won a million dollars and all I have to do is give them my checking account number. With that being said, can you really blame her for rolling her eyes Naledi has been an orphan ever since she was little. Her parents passed away in a car crash when she was little and with no family to speak of, found herself becoming part of the system. So when emails start spamming her inbox talking about her being some long lost princess, she immediately deletes them. I mean, I get emails all the time saying I won a million dollars and all I have to do is give them my checking account number. With that being said, can you really blame her for rolling her eyes and telling the person sending the emails to her to piss off? The thing is, she's actually a princess and the Prince of Thesolo's betrothed. I loved the concept of this story and the fact that when Prince Thabiso meets Naledi for the first time at her place of employment, she mistakes him for her new co-worker and puts him to work. Can you imagine a Prince catering event himself? Picture dropped dishes, spilled drinks, and fondue a la blaze. Needless to say, he does not make a great first impression on Naledi. However, when he moves in next door to her, she finds herself warming up to him. She has no idea that his name isn't really Jamal or the fact that he is the Prince that those annoying emails keep mentioning. I found both of the characters both strong and annoying. You see, Naledi is always at the ready to write someone off. She has this hang up from being a foster kid that everyone will leave you. So, she continues to hold Thabiso at arms length. Prince Thabiso goes to New York with good intentions but quickly takes a turn into creepersville. I mean, instead of correcting Naledi when she mistakes him for someone else, or even later when they are neighbors, he continues on with the ruse. Even go so far as to sleep with her when she has no idea what your real name is. That really bothered me. So, I wasn't overly upset when Naledi freaked out and gave him the boot. A Princess in Theory was a delightful read. I thought the story would just be the two of them building a connection under false pretenses but that was only half the story. I loved that the author took us on an adventure and made the story more than it seemed.
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  • Lexie
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED A NOVELLA OR BOOK ABOUT LIKOTSI OK? (view spoiler)[I think her hook up was Regina, but that's just a theory with literally no water.or basis on actual factual evidence (hide spoiler)]Otherwise, this was everything I could have wanted when I read the premise.(view spoiler)[I would really like a novella or book about Likotsi's romantic exploits during this book (I have thoughts and theories and hopes).This was everything I could have wanted after reading the premise. It was touching and lig I NEED A NOVELLA OR BOOK ABOUT LIKOTSI OK? (view spoiler)[I think her hook up was Regina, but that's just a theory with literally no water.or basis on actual factual evidence (hide spoiler)]Otherwise, this was everything I could have wanted when I read the premise.(view spoiler)[I would really like a novella or book about Likotsi's romantic exploits during this book (I have thoughts and theories and hopes).This was everything I could have wanted after reading the premise. It was touching and light hearted, romantic and charming - never once did I think that Thabiso (Jamal) didn't deserve his own happy ending despite the fact he started out so rough. Nor did I think that Naledi should have fallen instantly into love with him once she found out his reasons.The build up to when they finally are on the same page was made no less tense for the fact that this is a romance so a HEA is all but guaranteed in the fine print. Naledi and Thabiso both had reasonable arguments as to why they should (or shouldn't) be together. Try as he might Thabiso could not put aside his responsibilities as Crown Prince and Naledi couldn't put aside what growing up in the foster system did to her.The underlying threat of what's happening to his--their--country is possibly the slightly weaker part of the story. Its there, Likotsi mentions it, we hear about Thabiso disappearing for all sorts of meetings and such, but it doesn't ramp up til the latter third and the resolution to several problems seems...rushed. That being said, as much as this is a fairy tale for grown ups its also grounded in some realities that are present but not overwhelming the romance. Ledi has to deal with not just the baggage of being an orphan, but also a female in the STEM field - complete with a jerk-hole for a colleague. Having to work multiple jobs just to keep a roof over her head while trying to finish out her schooling and find an internship that will lead somewhere are not magically made better because Thabiso enters her life.One of the best and most genuine scenes is when Thabiso, as Jamal, invites her over to share a meal as an apology for an earlier incident. Initially wary that he could be a creeper she clearly defines that she is doing this purely for the food, that she told a friend and he shouldn't' expect anything else. Thabiso is at pains to try and put her at ease, but fails pretty spectacularly at giving her a "relaxing night". Ledi's resignation that even when someone says they'll handle everything doesn't work out is something I can understand quite a bit.This is a beautiful, wonderful romance that in the end doesn't ignore that for the leads to have their HEA they have to work at it and find a way to balance for of their needs individually with the needs together. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I've always been a fan of Alyssa Cole's books and she definitely does not disappoint with this first book in her new series. Lexi and "Jamal"/Thabiso's meet-cute starts with an email that sounds like your usual Nigerian prince spam. We've all had them (or something similar) pop up in our email inboxes and, like us, Ledi deletes it. This is the beginning of what becomes a funny, sweet romance that has just enough sizzle. Cole excels at creating fleshed-out characters who readers care about, and t I've always been a fan of Alyssa Cole's books and she definitely does not disappoint with this first book in her new series. Lexi and "Jamal"/Thabiso's meet-cute starts with an email that sounds like your usual Nigerian prince spam. We've all had them (or something similar) pop up in our email inboxes and, like us, Ledi deletes it. This is the beginning of what becomes a funny, sweet romance that has just enough sizzle. Cole excels at creating fleshed-out characters who readers care about, and this is definitely true in A Princess in Theory. We get enough backstory so that we know who these characters are and how they ended up in their situations without being overloaded. And I loved how the story took us from the hustle and bustle of New York to Thabiso's homeland of Thesolo.A Princess in Theory was a joy to read. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! Two thumbs up from me! Highly recommended.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    A phenomenal start to a new series. From the second Ledi deleted the first email as Nigerian prince spam, I knew I was going to love this book. The first half, Ledi and "Jamal" in New York was a sweet, funny romance that fleshed out both characters and really made me root for them. After "Jamal" is revealed as Thabiso and the story moves to his homeland of Thesolo, I miiiight deduct half a star because the mystery seemed pretty obvious to me. The three sex scenes were great, very focused on Ledi A phenomenal start to a new series. From the second Ledi deleted the first email as Nigerian prince spam, I knew I was going to love this book. The first half, Ledi and "Jamal" in New York was a sweet, funny romance that fleshed out both characters and really made me root for them. After "Jamal" is revealed as Thabiso and the story moves to his homeland of Thesolo, I miiiight deduct half a star because the mystery seemed pretty obvious to me. The three sex scenes were great, very focused on Ledi's pleasure. Thabiso asks permission to kiss her, not only the first time but again after their fight when there's doubt, which awesome yes yay! (She turns him down the second time he asks and he leaves with no pressure??????????????) I'll take Portia's book now please.
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  • Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars This was cute! I liked having a science nerd heroine and the Cinderella vibe was fun. The villain was painfully obvious, though, and Thabiso's disapproving parents - nope! Glad I don't have to deal with them on a daily basis.Full review to follow
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  • Quinn's Book Nook
    January 1, 1970
    This was absolutely fantastic. I need to read more from this series. Full review closer to release date.
  • Megan Robison
    January 1, 1970
    I had so much fun reading this, it's like a warm hug
  • Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    "You can stop touching me now," she said, turning her head and breaking contact with him. "I thought we weren't going to pretend.He hated to lose the feel of her soft skin, but he pulled his hand away. "I'm not pretending."Swoon! This was such a cute read. While Dater Me is a jaded old woman, Reader Me loves fairy tales and happy endings, and this fit the bill perfectly. Think Cinderella meets "Coming to America." I loved our main couple, Naledi and Thabiso. Naledi was funny, smart and so relata "You can stop touching me now," she said, turning her head and breaking contact with him. "I thought we weren't going to pretend.He hated to lose the feel of her soft skin, but he pulled his hand away. "I'm not pretending."Swoon! This was such a cute read. While Dater Me is a jaded old woman, Reader Me loves fairy tales and happy endings, and this fit the bill perfectly. Think Cinderella meets "Coming to America." I loved our main couple, Naledi and Thabiso. Naledi was funny, smart and so relatable — she put up with a lot of BS she really shouldn't have had to. Thabiso, while kind of arrogant (as a prince is wont to be), proved to have a good heart and a desire to learn more about Naledi's life and hardships. And while they had strong chemistry and attraction, they still had to work a bit for their happy ending. For example, there's some deception at the start of their relationship; Thabiso agonizes over the mess he's created for himself and Naledi is not quick to forgive him. I really loved the supporting characters, especially Portia, Naledi's hot-mess of a BFF who is getting her own love story in the sequel (it looks like it's going to be based on Beauty and the Beast ... can. not. wait.). If I had one complaint about this book, it'd be that things wrap up very quickly. There are some heavy questions that are resolved toward the end, and I wanted more explanation for how things played out. It's not enough to take away from the story, however. I was given an ARC of this title to review and it was such a pleasure. I look forward to getting this on my Kindle when it comes out in February.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    Hot dang team, this one is worth the wait!!!!If this is what romance is going to be like in 2018, I'M READY."That the people who love you will hurt you the most is one of the great conundrums of the human condition."
  • Kati
    January 1, 1970
    In the style of The Prince and Me, this is truly a sweet contemporary romance. The main premise is extremely similar to Prince and Me with a Prince from a far off land travelling to America and taking on common day jobs to woo a girl who then finds out he is a Prince and hilarity and romance ensue.The differences, the Prince is from a little mountainous kingdom in Africa and the girl is his long lost betrothed who has no clue any of this is going on. There is also intelligent discussions about d In the style of The Prince and Me, this is truly a sweet contemporary romance. The main premise is extremely similar to Prince and Me with a Prince from a far off land travelling to America and taking on common day jobs to woo a girl who then finds out he is a Prince and hilarity and romance ensue.The differences, the Prince is from a little mountainous kingdom in Africa and the girl is his long lost betrothed who has no clue any of this is going on. There is also intelligent discussions about disease and the environmental impact of mining in Africa.The romance was cute and developed through the book with not an ounce of insta-love in sight. Ledi and Thabiso were such a good pairing. The two bounced off of each other and their scenes together truly stole the book. Not many people can come back from a first encounter that almost burnt the room down.A heart-warming book with a royal romance that truly made me smile. I was entranced with this beautiful story that read like a romantic comedy of royal proportions.
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  • Marina
    January 1, 1970
    Advanced copy provided by Edelweiss and the publisher for an honest review.This was the first book I've read by Alyssa Cole but I really enjoyed the writing and the story of Ledi and Thabiso. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.Ledi was definitely a strong individual having grown up in foster care and having to make her way on her own. She is in grad school to become an epidemiologist and working two jobs. Always hoping for but never expecting a "prince" to come along and rescue h Advanced copy provided by Edelweiss and the publisher for an honest review.This was the first book I've read by Alyssa Cole but I really enjoyed the writing and the story of Ledi and Thabiso. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.Ledi was definitely a strong individual having grown up in foster care and having to make her way on her own. She is in grad school to become an epidemiologist and working two jobs. Always hoping for but never expecting a "prince" to come along and rescue her. After the life she's led she doesn't believe in fairy tales. But then a prince does come calling but she doesn't know it until she's in too deep and when she finds out she feels betrayed by both her best friend (who strongly suspected) and Prince Thabiso. As for the "mystery" aspect of the story, it was pretty evident who the big bad was so that wasn't much of a surprise to me. But that didn't take away from the heart of the story--Ledi finding her fairy tale happily ever after.
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  • Simone
    January 1, 1970
    I love Alyssa Cole's historicals and got really excited about this one -- so excited that I made a friend get me an early copy from Harpercollins -- but (and I hate saying this) I was really really bored by it. Right from the start. It's probably just me, but the first chapter didn't suck me in and I put it down and went two weeks before I picked it back up again, and then I just could not get interested in the heroine, who seemed to act thoroughly antithetically to any normal human female. Also I love Alyssa Cole's historicals and got really excited about this one -- so excited that I made a friend get me an early copy from Harpercollins -- but (and I hate saying this) I was really really bored by it. Right from the start. It's probably just me, but the first chapter didn't suck me in and I put it down and went two weeks before I picked it back up again, and then I just could not get interested in the heroine, who seemed to act thoroughly antithetically to any normal human female. Also, I could not understand why these two couldn't be together from the start. They're decent people who like each other and have great sex, oh, and one of them is an ACTUAL PRINCE. So...yeah...I just couldn't figure out why the hero was keeping his secret or what the heroine's problem was. I'm never really that moved by friends-to-lovers romances, so I think this is more an issue of my problems than the book's, but yeah. Pretty bummed.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars. This is a very smart book for my favorite kind of trash reading, the Suddenly Princess Book. It has more explicit sex than I prefer, but I couldn’t walk away from an ARC about a lady scientist raised in foster care who finds out she’s actually the betrothed of an African prince. Especially since she has the good sense to assume it’s a scam. There’s a good splash of castle intrigue, medical mystery, academic work and friend drama in addition to the romance— I liked the protagonists mor 3.5 Stars. This is a very smart book for my favorite kind of trash reading, the Suddenly Princess Book. It has more explicit sex than I prefer, but I couldn’t walk away from an ARC about a lady scientist raised in foster care who finds out she’s actually the betrothed of an African prince. Especially since she has the good sense to assume it’s a scam. There’s a good splash of castle intrigue, medical mystery, academic work and friend drama in addition to the romance— I liked the protagonists more thanks to their continued lives as loving, smart, hard working human beings outside their Romance. From the release date I’m guessing this is going to get lots of eyeballs from ladies who love the Black Panther movie next month and wish for their own Wakandan prince. I’m still giggling that his ridiculous prince friend is from “Liechtenbourg” though.
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  • Pj Ausdenmore
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun book! These characters! Alyssa Cole's orphaned grad student and prince-in-disguise kept me up reading way too late last night and were my first thought when I awoke this morning. I dove back into the story before I even thought about breakfast - a rare occurrence, believe me. ;-)I've been hearing about Cole for the past year but this was the first of her books that I've read. It definitely won't be the last. I loved the fun and flirty banter, the freshness of the story, the appeal of What a fun book! These characters! Alyssa Cole's orphaned grad student and prince-in-disguise kept me up reading way too late last night and were my first thought when I awoke this morning. I dove back into the story before I even thought about breakfast - a rare occurrence, believe me. ;-)I've been hearing about Cole for the past year but this was the first of her books that I've read. It definitely won't be the last. I loved the fun and flirty banter, the freshness of the story, the appeal of the characters, the exploration of friendship, the emotional growth of Naledi and Thabiso, and the twists that kept me wondering how everything would end. An enthusiastic four stars for A PRINCESS IN THEORY! *ARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss.
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  • Andrienne
    January 1, 1970
    A funny, smart and sexy romance. Girl mistakes an actual prince for a commoner and he keeps up the act, because let’s face it, it’s more fun to keep up the charade up until the big reveal. I was actually chuckling at some of the exchanges between the two main characters. And the steamy bits are nicely done. This book reminds me of Sheri Cobb South’s Sweet Dreams books, but obviously more explicit. I just always find it predictable when the middle “fight” occurs. It follows the same pattern of ro A funny, smart and sexy romance. Girl mistakes an actual prince for a commoner and he keeps up the act, because let’s face it, it’s more fun to keep up the charade up until the big reveal. I was actually chuckling at some of the exchanges between the two main characters. And the steamy bits are nicely done. This book reminds me of Sheri Cobb South’s Sweet Dreams books, but obviously more explicit. I just always find it predictable when the middle “fight” occurs. It follows the same pattern of romance books as being too thin and too petty for it to be deemed serious. No matter, this is a great series starter and I can’t wait for the next book, “A Duke By Default.”Review copy provided by the publisher.
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  • Irisheyz77
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars - I liked the characters a lot but things moved kind of slowly and I had no burning need to turn the pages (or even to pick up the book!). The ending also seemed a bit rushed and anticlimactic. I did like how smart and sassy Ledi was and her interaction this Thabiso but can't say that I felt that pull that made me really cheer for their story. There was just something missing from the story and I never felt super invested in it. There was no real spark or heat between the characters th 3.5 stars - I liked the characters a lot but things moved kind of slowly and I had no burning need to turn the pages (or even to pick up the book!). The ending also seemed a bit rushed and anticlimactic. I did like how smart and sassy Ledi was and her interaction this Thabiso but can't say that I felt that pull that made me really cheer for their story. There was just something missing from the story and I never felt super invested in it. There was no real spark or heat between the characters though I don't doubt that they were attracted to and cared for one another. I think part of me was expecting something more but I can't seem to put my finger on what. Though I do hope to see what the future holds for these two in future books as they'll hopefully have cameos!
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  • Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so cute. I'm usually not into contemporaries, but throw in royalty and it makes the plot ridiculous enough to suspend belief. I'm trying to read more POC romance, and I truly fell in love with Alyssa Cole. I'm now really excited to read her historicals. I also really liked that the prince was from Africa. Making it not only a POC romance novel, but one that questions western ideas for African nations and made me even rethink my own biases. I know that sound weird about a romance no This book was so cute. I'm usually not into contemporaries, but throw in royalty and it makes the plot ridiculous enough to suspend belief. I'm trying to read more POC romance, and I truly fell in love with Alyssa Cole. I'm now really excited to read her historicals. I also really liked that the prince was from Africa. Making it not only a POC romance novel, but one that questions western ideas for African nations and made me even rethink my own biases. I know that sound weird about a romance novel, but it was cool to see Africa represented in a way that wasn't serious literature and that didn't deal with anything bleak. Two thumbs up.
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  • Peggy Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    (I won an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. I'd already pre-ordered it.)As an introduction to Alyssa Cole, this does the job! I love a good Cinderella story where the woman doesn't NEED the man to save her because she's busy saving herself. I love a prince who knows what the woman can accomplish and stays out of her way while she gets it done, but is there with food and a nap when she needs it. So,yea, Cinderella + Coming to America in the hands of Alys (I won an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. I'd already pre-ordered it.)As an introduction to Alyssa Cole, this does the job! I love a good Cinderella story where the woman doesn't NEED the man to save her because she's busy saving herself. I love a prince who knows what the woman can accomplish and stays out of her way while she gets it done, but is there with food and a nap when she needs it. So,yea, Cinderella + Coming to America in the hands of Alyssa Cole is a total win. Super excited for the next book. And would ADORE a story about a certain royal assistant. :D Dapper ladies are one of my things.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Ooooh, this was good. Cinderella with modern, African twist. This Cinderella is a science nerd and former foster child. It's also a bit like Coming to America, but way cooler. And, the princess saves the day with her knowledge of epidemiology! As with any first book in a series, I'm also intrigued by the secondary characters I suspect will get their own book in the future.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsI loved the heroine and appreciated the development of the relationship. I just wish the ending hadn't been so rushed!I received an eARC of this book from the Avon Addicts program in exchange for an honest review.
  • McKenzie
    January 1, 1970
    Nerd love at its most adorable! If you love Julia Stiles' The Prince & Me as much as I do, then you should definitely read this one. This was my first Alyssa Cole novel, so excuse me while I dive into her backlist...
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