It is a gloomy Friday evening as I’m lounging on my sofa typing this post and I deserve this chill! Life is great at the moment, and my Friday mood was made even better because I finished A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole which I have been reading for the past few days..
A Princess in Theory is Book 1 in Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series
Published February 27, 2018 by Avon
Average Goodreads Rating of 3.84 Stars on Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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?
“I feel like my entire life has been me trying to keep everything together, but right now I want to fall apart. And I want you to be the guy that makes me.”
Read This Book! I totally understand now why this book has been so hyped up. The hype this book receives is a huge part of the reason it took me so long to read it (finally)! I was nervous. I was a bit intimidated.
I honestly just want to share a few reasons why I think you should jump on the bandwagon like I finally did, and pick A Princess In Theory up.
- Royalty romances are a pretty big deal, but when was the last time you picked one up where the Princess was a woman of color betrothed to an African Prince? I’ll wait. If royalty romances are your jam, I dare you to read this one that steps away from the norm and features two people of color. *triple dog dare*
- Naledi, our heroine in A Princess in Theory grew up an orphan in New York City. Alyssa Cole wrote Naledi’s character so well. She is such a complex woman. There are so many layers to her. One minute she frustrated the hell out of me, the next I wanted to be her best friend and the next she had me totally confused. The big issue with Naledi is all of her life she was passed from one family to the next. She never felt as though anyone *chose* her. Alyssa Cole really captured the repercussions of that and showcased what life as an adult who experienced that can be like. Because of this Naledi doesn’t expect any of the relationships she has with people to be anything long term. She always has the mentality basically of, “why would they choose you?”
- Thabiso! Prince Thabiso finds himself humbled real quick during his visit to NYC. I enjoyed the fake identity trope while it lasted. Seeing how much Thabiso enjoyed his time as Jamal really made me put into perspective how much work being a royal must be.
- Likotsi. Okay, had I not already read Once Ghosted, Twice Shy I’d be begging for Likotsi to have a novel of her own but as I do..I read her novella before even reading this book. Likotsi is Thabiso’s assistance and I love her. She is so much more technologically advanced than basically everyone and I was here for it.
- I think this romance did a fantastic job of looking at identity from the perspective of a woman of color who basically had no idea who she was thanks to her crappy upbringing. Naledi grew up the way she did, then finds herself on the complete opposite of the spectrum.
- It shows what greed and hatred can push people to do.
- Naledi is so smart and hustles her butt off. Even she, as smart as she is though, takes one co-workers crap one too many times before finally standing up for herself. And when she did, she got a Hell Yeah from me as I read it.
- The romance was also very complicated. Naledi is Thabiso’s betrothed which he has known all of his life since they were kids. So it is literally them meeting as adults and rather than convincing her to marry him because she is supposed to, he has to do things her way. And I think the icing on the cake for me with this one is that Naledi didn’t have to leave her life behind because of Thabiso. She worked very hard to get where she is so seeing her not have to leave everything she worked for behind was great to see.