I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals #1
Published by Avon on February 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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?
Alyssa Cole was on my radar for pretty much all of 2017. I think it was the cover of An Extraordinary Union that first grabbed my eye. Anyway, I kept meaning to read some of her books because I heard they were amazing from multiple people. But I just wasn’t super into historicals last year. However, on an episode of Smart Podcasts Trashy Books, Cole was being interviewed by Sarah Wendell. And that is when I heard about Alyssa Cole’s then-upcoming contemporary romance, A Princess in Theory, and I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. The minute it popped up on Edelweiss, I downloaded it and started reading it. I read this book on October 12, 2017, even though it wouldn’t be released until late February 2018. You guys, I regret nothing! A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole was amazing, and exactly what I wanted.
A Princess in Theory is about Naledi Smith, who is in grad school. She’s super busy, and dealing with obnoxious guys at her grad school assignments. So when she keeps getting emails saying she’s betrothed to an African Prince, she is super annoyed because she doesn’t have time to deal with this nonsense. Those emails, however, turn out to be true. Naledi was betrothed to Prince Thabiso, the heir to the Thesolo kingdom when she was a baby. Thabiso travels to the U.S. to see Naledi to see why her family brought her to the U.S. all those years ago. But when he meets Naledi, he realizes that she has no memory of her family, or of who she was in Thesolo. And she has no idea who Thabiso is. Thabiso can’t resist getting to know Naledi, without her knowing he’s the prince. And of course, romance, and conflict because of lies.
You guys, this novel was just so wonderful. Naledi was such a wonderful heroine. She has so much on her shoulders. She doesn’t have a family, and it’s easy to see how difficult that is for her, not having anyone to fall back on. And while she does have her best friend, her best friend has been very pushy with her lately. Naledi is intelligent and kind, and it was so easy to love her.
Thabiso was great too. He certainly grew up priviliged to an extant, and seeing him work with Naledi at her waitor job was hilarious. But Thabiso is incredibly smart and takes his responsibility as the heir to Thesolo very seriously. He is really a nice guy who wants to do right by his people.
You guys, I can’t tell you how much I loved seeing Naledi and Thabiso fall for each other. The relationship doesn’t get off to a good start, because Thabiso introduces himself as Jamal, not as Thabiso. So when Naledi finds out he was lying to her, she’s very understandably upset. But they are just so good together, and I war rooting for them to work things out.
I also loved seeing life in Thesolo, and seeing how that fictional country was. I also just loved Thabiso’s assistant. Seriously, I loved her so much, and would so be on board for a book about her romance. The only reason A Princess in Theory is a 4.5 stars instead of 5 is that I thought the ending was a bit rushed.
If you haven’t read Alyssa Cole, A Princess in Theory is a great place to start, especially if you are more into contemporary romance than historical romance. I can’t wait to read more by her.