A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1) by Alyssa Cole

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)

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-mai...

Details A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)

TitleA Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Adult

Reviews A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)

  • Lover of Romance
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I had been hearing about Alyssa Cole for quite some time, and I was really intrigued by her historical's however when I was offered the ARC, I knew I couldn't resist trying out this sexy royalty romance and what a cover right? I mean, how can you...
  • Natasha
    Review also on my blog • Twitter • BookstagramRep: black mc'sContent warnings: explicit sexual content, parent deaths I received an arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.A Princess in Theory follows Naledi, known as Ledi. She is a grad student in a STEM field and is trying to balance that and her job as a waitress. She never knew her parents as they both died in a car accident when she was a baby, leading h...
  • Melissa
    I lurved it. Smart, streetwise heroine (who is in school for infectious disease epidemiology, natch, high-five) and a literal Prince who gets his life turned upside down when he determines she’s his long-lost fiancé. Some great commentary about colonialism, big-government jacking around with global disease prevention funding, and the foster system. And some steamy sexytimes. I know Alyssa probably didn’t intend the juxtaposition, but when sh...
  • nick
    Well, that was just charming and a total knock-out of a novel. I had so much fun reading this one as I battled a bout of illness! I loved both of these characters. They are so different from each other, yet so perfect for each other.ALSO, Ledi is an epidemiology grad student, and it was so refreshing to see her actually work in her field throughout the book.And Thabiso! He may be a prince, but what an adorable bean he was! (AND HE ASKS PERMISSION...
  • Reading in Black & White
    Cute and enjoyable!
  • Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
    Alyssa puts the bar high for the next contemporary royalty romance novels I read. A PRINCESS IN THEORY was fun, entertaining, sweet and romantic with a side of sexy. It's about a scientist that suddenly gets emails from a prince claiming she is his fiancee. There is mistaken identity, friendship, falling in love, and much more. I adored this book so much.
  • cosmogirl7481
    You guys. I can't begin to say how much I adored this book. Review to come.But srsly. 5 big stars!
  • Kristin
    Naledi has been an orphan ever since she was little. Her parents passed away in a car crash when she was little and with no family to speak of, found herself becoming part of the system. So when emails start spamming her inbox talking about her being some long lost princess, she immediately deletes them. I mean, I get emails all the time saying I won a million dollars and all I have to do is give them my checking account number. With that being s...
  • Lexie
    I NEED A NOVELLA OR BOOK ABOUT LIKOTSI OK? (view spoiler)[I think her hook up was Regina, but that's just a theory with literally no water.or basis on actual factual evidence (hide spoiler)]Otherwise, this was everything I could have wanted when I read the premise.(view spoiler)[I would really like a novella or book about Likotsi's romantic exploits during this book (I have thoughts and theories and hopes).This was everything I could have wanted ...
  • Kim
    I've always been a fan of Alyssa Cole's books and she definitely does not disappoint with this first book in her new series. Lexi and "Jamal"/Thabiso's meet-cute starts with an email that sounds like your usual Nigerian prince spam. We've all had them (or something similar) pop up in our email inboxes and, like us, Ledi deletes it. This is the beginning of what becomes a funny, sweet romance that has just enough sizzle. Cole excels at creating fl...
  • Danielle
    A phenomenal start to a new series. From the second Ledi deleted the first email as Nigerian prince spam, I knew I was going to love this book. The first half, Ledi and "Jamal" in New York was a sweet, funny romance that fleshed out both characters and really made me root for them. After "Jamal" is revealed as Thabiso and the story moves to his homeland of Thesolo, I miiiight deduct half a star because the mystery seemed pretty obvious to me. The...
  • Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
    4 stars This was cute! I liked having a science nerd heroine and the Cinderella vibe was fun. The villain was painfully obvious, though, and Thabiso's disapproving parents - nope! Glad I don't have to deal with them on a daily basis.Full review to follow
  • Quinn's Book Nook
    This was absolutely fantastic. I need to read more from this series. Full review closer to release date.
  • Megan Robison
    I had so much fun reading this, it's like a warm hug
  • Lacey
    "You can stop touching me now," she said, turning her head and breaking contact with him. "I thought we weren't going to pretend.He hated to lose the feel of her soft skin, but he pulled his hand away. "I'm not pretending."Swoon! This was such a cute read. While Dater Me is a jaded old woman, Reader Me loves fairy tales and happy endings, and this fit the bill perfectly. Think Cinderella meets "Coming to America." I loved our main couple, Naledi ...
  • Rebekah
    Hot dang team, this one is worth the wait!!!!If this is what romance is going to be like in 2018, I'M READY."That the people who love you will hurt you the most is one of the great conundrums of the human condition."
  • Kati
    In the style of The Prince and Me, this is truly a sweet contemporary romance. The main premise is extremely similar to Prince and Me with a Prince from a far off land travelling to America and taking on common day jobs to woo a girl who then finds out he is a Prince and hilarity and romance ensue.The differences, the Prince is from a little mountainous kingdom in Africa and the girl is his long lost betrothed who has no clue any of this is going...
  • Marina
    Advanced copy provided by Edelweiss and the publisher for an honest review.This was the first book I've read by Alyssa Cole but I really enjoyed the writing and the story of Ledi and Thabiso. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.Ledi was definitely a strong individual having grown up in foster care and having to make her way on her own. She is in grad school to become an epidemiologist and working two jobs. Always hoping for but nev...
  • Simone
    I love Alyssa Cole's historicals and got really excited about this one -- so excited that I made a friend get me an early copy from Harpercollins -- but (and I hate saying this) I was really really bored by it. Right from the start. It's probably just me, but the first chapter didn't suck me in and I put it down and went two weeks before I picked it back up again, and then I just could not get interested in the heroine, who seemed to act thorough...
  • Bethany
    3.5 Stars. This is a very smart book for my favorite kind of trash reading, the Suddenly Princess Book. It has more explicit sex than I prefer, but I couldn’t walk away from an ARC about a lady scientist raised in foster care who finds out she’s actually the betrothed of an African prince. Especially since she has the good sense to assume it’s a scam. There’s a good splash of castle intrigue, medical mystery, academic work and friend dram...
  • Pj Ausdenmore
    What a fun book! These characters! Alyssa Cole's orphaned grad student and prince-in-disguise kept me up reading way too late last night and were my first thought when I awoke this morning. I dove back into the story before I even thought about breakfast - a rare occurrence, believe me. ;-)I've been hearing about Cole for the past year but this was the first of her books that I've read. It definitely won't be the last. I loved the fun and flirty ...
  • Andrienne
    A funny, smart and sexy romance. Girl mistakes an actual prince for a commoner and he keeps up the act, because let’s face it, it’s more fun to keep up the charade up until the big reveal. I was actually chuckling at some of the exchanges between the two main characters. And the steamy bits are nicely done. This book reminds me of Sheri Cobb South’s Sweet Dreams books, but obviously more explicit. I just always find it predictable when the ...
  • Irisheyz77
    3.5 stars - I liked the characters a lot but things moved kind of slowly and I had no burning need to turn the pages (or even to pick up the book!). The ending also seemed a bit rushed and anticlimactic. I did like how smart and sassy Ledi was and her interaction this Thabiso but can't say that I felt that pull that made me really cheer for their story. There was just something missing from the story and I never felt super invested in it. There w...
  • Amelia
    This book was so cute. I'm usually not into contemporaries, but throw in royalty and it makes the plot ridiculous enough to suspend belief. I'm trying to read more POC romance, and I truly fell in love with Alyssa Cole. I'm now really excited to read her historicals. I also really liked that the prince was from Africa. Making it not only a POC romance novel, but one that questions western ideas for African nations and made me even rethink my own ...
  • Peggy Carpenter
    (I won an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. I'd already pre-ordered it.)As an introduction to Alyssa Cole, this does the job! I love a good Cinderella story where the woman doesn't NEED the man to save her because she's busy saving herself. I love a prince who knows what the woman can accomplish and stays out of her way while she gets it done, but is there with food and a nap when she needs it. So,yea, C...
  • Stephanie
    Ooooh, this was good. Cinderella with modern, African twist. This Cinderella is a science nerd and former foster child. It's also a bit like Coming to America, but way cooler. And, the princess saves the day with her knowledge of epidemiology! As with any first book in a series, I'm also intrigued by the secondary characters I suspect will get their own book in the future.
  • Jennifer
    4 StarsI loved the heroine and appreciated the development of the relationship. I just wish the ending hadn't been so rushed!I received an eARC of this book from the Avon Addicts program in exchange for an honest review.
  • McKenzie
    Nerd love at its most adorable! If you love Julia Stiles' The Prince & Me as much as I do, then you should definitely read this one. This was my first Alyssa Cole novel, so excuse me while I dive into her backlist...