A Princess in Theory written by Alyssa Cole
Publisher Dreamscape Media, Avon
Publication Date: Published April 12th 2018 (first published February 27th 2018)
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Reluctant Royals #1
Narrated by Karen Chilton
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
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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?
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It took me a while to get into A Princess in Theory. In fact, I received an ARC last year and I had put it on-hold since then! When I finally caved and bought the audiobook and listened to it, I was delighted but also a little bit distracted.
See, I saw Black Panther this year and the accent the narrator, Karen Chilton, used for Thabiso reminded me of the Wakanda accent and I kept picturing Chadwick Boseman in the Black Panther suit. Also, Thesolo also reminded me of Wakanda, albeit not as highly advanced. In this case, the distraction made it a little bit hard for me to enjoy the book fully.
However, I LOVED Naledi! I love that we have a POC, female in STEM! We seriously need more representation here! She is independent and smart and hardworking, a character that I look up to. Again, we need more representation of these types of characters in romance.
A Princess in Theory also had a Coming to America feel and I also recently saw that movie on TV. While I didn’t like Thabiso’s deception, I totally understood his reasons. But I think he should have groveled more.
One bad thing about A Princess in Theory is that I saw the villain a mile away. I knew who it was, I knew that he was behind the whole issue in Thesolo, so it wasn’t really a surprise to me. We also didn’t get to see this villain accused or tried or defeated because it was told to us. I honestly would have wanted a showdown between the villain, Naledi and Thabiso and get a few answers – but we weren’t given any. This basically made me take-off half a star in my overall rating.
While I know romance is sometimes predictable, I still prefer to be kept guessing, at least until closer to the villain reveal. As it was, I was halfway through the book when I knew who it was.
Overall, I enjoyed A Princess in Theory and I can’t wait to read the next book A Duke by Default.
I normally don’t comment about book covers in my reviews unless there is something especially good about them and this one has it in spades! I absolutely love the cover featuring a POC couple! This type of cover isn’t very common, and I want to see more. Plus, did you see Naledi’s dress? I follow Alyssa Cole on Twitter and she tweeted out the Etsy shop of the lady that made the dress! So, YES you can absolutely BUY this dress! I am partial to the design and colors that Portia is wearing in A Duke by Default and I am thinking about buying it for myself!
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What is your favorite book featuring a heroine in STEM?