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Book Thoughts: A Princess in Theory (Alyssa Cole)

Cole, Alyssa - A Princess in Theory


Title: A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1)
Author: Alyssa Cole
Genre: Fiction/Adult Romance   Pages: 389
First published: 2018
Edition: Kindle e-book

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.

As I continue on my journey to find an adult romance I could actually really love, I picked this novel as I had heard so many good things about it, Unfortunately this did not quite work for me.

The writing style was fine and I quite liked our female lead, Naledi, who was sassy and smart. I also enjoyed the fact that our main characters were African, which makes a nice change from your stereotypical romance novel heroes and heroines unfortunately. However, the rest of it was just ok for me. The plot was utterly ridiculous, which to be honest I would not have minded, if it had caught my imagination, but it did not manage to that unfortunately.

The love scenes were pretty uninteresting and uninspired and the romance itself left me a little cold. I certainly did not dislike this, but I am not interested in continuing with this series. A lot of readers seem to love this book, so clearly it works for others, but I found it a bit lacking. 

Oh, by the way,  the novel mentions Disney and  Disney princes rather a lot, and it is marketed as a modern Cinderella story. Maybe if you are into that sort of thing, you may like it better than I did.

4 out of 7 stars. 

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