Review & Excerpt: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Posted March 7th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review & Excerpt: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole


A Princess in Theory

Review & Excerpt: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa ColeAuthor: Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals #1
Also in this series: A Princess in Theory
Publisher: Avon
Release date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Pure Textuality PR

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Star rating:
Heat rating: three-half-flames

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?


The Faerie Queen’s review

So you’ve technically read a review of this book on this site before. But you see, I couldn’t resist not reading it myself after the GingerSnap raved about it.

Like Emily, I found so much to love with this book, which was basically a soulmates meets science adventure.

First off, it featured a lady scientist! YES! STEMMETTE! And it wasn’t just a Convenient Job that some authors give their characters to explain them earning money, or so that they have coworkers to talk about their love life with. No, Naledi was a scientist through and through, and I loved how focused she was on her career and the insight into how being a woman – and being a POC – affected how she did her work. (Damnit, Brian, you classic white man.) Here was a woman who knew what she wanted and was prepared to work hard and make sacrifices to get it. But it also impacted who she was and how she behaved outside of work, like how she was careful to wash her hands properly, and how she made a point to go to the bathroom after having sex to protect against a UTI.

Personal sidetrack. This week has been very exciting for me. Yes, I am a white girl, and yes I know that that means that my ancestors did shitty things (I’m sorry), but I am African. Specifically, South African. My heart belongs there, even though I’m living in cold, grey London. Any and all reminders of my home fill me with giddy joy. I watched Black Panther (finally) with pure glee shooting through my veins, only heightened when I saw in the credits that parts of the movie were filmed in South Africa (I KNEW IT). So when I read that the prince in question was from Thesolo, I was very quick to guess that this was a convenient moniker for Lesotho. WHICH IS IN SOUTH AFRICA. No, seriously, it’s a country within a country. The land Thabiso was so proud of? Very similar to my homeland. I was so excited, I made you this convenient screenshot of a map demonstrating how close the birthplaces of me and Naledi are.

The only reason I’m not giving this 4.5 stars (because 5 stars for me are reserved for MUST READ AGAIN books) is because, while the chemistry was clearly there, it didn’t tug at me to the same extent that other books have done. You know that feeling when the characters have such insane chemistry that it’s like they’re pulling you into their vortex of attraction? Yeah, this only gave me a flutter of connection. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading about Naledi and Thabiso immensely, I just didn’t have the same intense desire to smoosh them together and read all of their sexytimes.

You know what I want more of, though? And this is purely because I have an interest in technology. Regina. When you meet her, you’ll understand. Plus the tension between her and Portia? I made a point after reading about her to glance through Alyssa’s previous books to see if she’s mentioned. But then Portia is the focus of book 2, so maybe more will be shared about her then?

A girl can hope. I guess that means I’m reading book 2! And basically all of Alyssa Cole’s books because she’s an amazing author and knows her science. All the points for STEM princesses!



“I need to tell you,”  Prince Thabiso said between kisses, “who I am.”

Who I really am, he added silently.

“I know who you are,” Ledi said. She pulled off her t- shirt, revealing a soft, worn-looking gray bra cupping her silky brown breasts. “You’re the guy who learned to cook for me. The guy who’s made me laugh harder than I have in a long time. The guy who— ” She whispered the rest in his ear.

He chuckled and ran a fingertip over the lace that edged her bra. “I love that you speak so freely.”

“Only with you. I feel like my entire life has been me trying to keep everything to-gether, but right now I want to fall apart.”

He could see the want in her eyes. “I must tell you something, Ledi.”

But how could he?


About Alyssa Cole

ALYSSA COLE is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who lives in the Caribbean and occasionally returns to her fast-paced NYC life. In addition to writing, she founded and hosted the Jefferson Market Library Romance Book Club and taught Romance Writing for Beginners. She speaks on topics such as writing erotic romance, writing multicultural romance, and self-editing. She has contributed romance-related articles to publications including RT Book Reviews, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Romance at Random, and The Toast. She has also started a bi-monthly column in the Romance Writer’s Report, Romancing the Globe, in which she chats with romance writers from around the world. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching anime with her husband or tending to her herd of animals.


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