Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Royal Romance I Didn’t Know I Needed: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

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I 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.

The Royal Romance I Didn’t Know I Needed: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa ColeA Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals #1
Published by Avon on February 27th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Avon
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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?

If you have ever read or enjoyed a romance novel, this book needed to be on your TBR yesterday. I was over the moon when I was approved to read an advanced copy and the book held up to every single one of my expectations + more.


  • Naledi Smith is in grad school studying to be an epidemiologist
  • Spam emails that aren’t really spam from the assistant of the Prince of Thesolo
  • Cocky Prince who doesn’t really know how to function outside of a castle but learns to impress a girl
  • Some cooking experiments when said cocky prince is trying to impress Ledi
  • Angst but like good angst
  • Swoony romance with hate-to-love vibes.
  • Discussion of socio-economic privilege
  • Discussion of what it’s like to live in a non-western country with non-western traditions, also politics where white people always try to take advantage of non-white people. HMMMPH.
  • Part of the novel is set in a non-western setting
  • Ledi’s profession is actually a big part of the novel
  • Complex friendships where friends love each other but like, sometimes don’t know how to talk
  • An assistant who will not put up with Thabiso’s bullshit and is basically his only friend



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2 Responses to “The Royal Romance I Didn’t Know I Needed: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole”

  1. Nick

    OK but seriously, can we get more STEM girls in romance? I die every time I come across one!