Review: A Princess in Theory

A Princess in Theory

Alyssa Cole

Reluctant Royals #1

Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 27-Feb-2018
Date Started: 26-Feb-2019
Date Finished: 6-Mar-2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 360
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 9780062685544
Source: best friend


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?

Selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018!



If I wasn’t in grad school, I definitely would have finished this novel in a day. This was my first, but certainly not my last, Alyssa Cole novel, the story was addictive, the characters were ‘real,’ and it made me believe that I could be a princess too!

The overarching theme of this story seems to be about letting others in. Ledi, the heroine of the story, excels at keeping people away from her heart, that is until Prince Thabiso wiggles his way in.

Ledi is a strong, independent epidemiology grad student who does not keep people close because of a childhood of being passed from foster home to foster home. The story starts with her falling for an attractive man who she later discovered is an actual prince. Needless to say, that kind of secret did not sit well. Prince Thabiso is a well developed character who is sexy, but still seems real with the responsibilities he has.

I adored this novel, but my one critique is that it wrapped up too quickly! I wish I was exposed to more of the consequences of what went down at the end. Aside from that I completely recommend this amazing novel, and I look forward to reading more of her romances in the future.

About the Author

“Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who splits her time between fast-paced NYC and island-paced life in the Caribbean.

In addition to writing, she has hosted a romance book club and taught romance writing at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching cat videos on the Internet with her real-life romance hero.”


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