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, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Adult

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

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest💙 I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2018 Reading Challenge, for the category of: African American Romance. For more info on this challenge, click here. 💙As soon as I stopped screaming over the cover for this book, I immediately started screaming over the synopsis. Princess Diaries all grown up, featuring a smart black lady in STEM? Oh, YOU KNOW I was going to b...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    This was mega cute. It felt a little long at times, but other than that this was a perfect romance. HIGHLY recommend.
  • Geri Reads
    A Princess in Theory was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, for good reasons. One. It has a fairy tale like premise: a royal prince looking for his long-lost betrothed who happens to have no idea of who he is and thinks he’s just out to scam her. Two. I’ve seen and read countless of “royal romance” stories in the past year or so featuring princes and princesses from fictional European countries but zero stories from non-Euro ficti...
  • Amber Robertson
    MY REVIEW FOR A PRINCESS IN THEORY BY ALYSSA COLE CAN ALSO BE VIEWED ON MY BLOGA Princess in Theory was a book I knew I would love. When I heard of it I was basically anxiously waiting for it to come out in order to read it. I read it in one day completely and it was amazing. It was honestly one of the best romance books I have read. It was swoon-worthy, it had education, it had steamy scenes and it had diversity. It was also incredibly well writ...
  • 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...
  • Lexxi Kitty
    Didn't like either main character (or any of the characters, for that matter). One was a weird mix of stubborn push-over; other was a stuck up lying asshole who did everything he could to do creepy things (keep touching the female lead, despite Ledi not wanting anything to do with him at the time; it was a constant and incredibly off-putting thing - he just wouldn't stop touching her, at every opportunity, gripping her, caressing her, etc.; it wa...
  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    Trigger warnings: death of a parent (in the past), car accident (in the past), (view spoiler)[attempted murder (hide spoiler)]I've been anticipating this book for months now. The cover is stunning, the premise is utterly delightful, and it features a woman of colour working in STEM. So, like, HELL YES. Let's bullet point things, shall we?The Good- The characters were great- I loved the split narration- WOC in STEM- Super cute- Feels- Frequent hil...
  • Maria Rose
    A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole is the first story in her Reluctant Royals series. It’s a sexy contemporary romance about a hard working scientist heroine and a prince looking for his dream girl.When Naledi Smith’s inbox keeps getting emails from an ‘African Prince looking for his long lost bride’ she does what any forward thinking woman does – sends them to the recycle bin. She’s a full time graduate student in epidemiology, work...
  • 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...
  • Sara
    Okay so this is a solid 3.5 because like 75-80% of this book is totally delicious and smart and utterly delightful and 15% is questionably silly and about 5% is outright poor writing. The good:The hook for this contemporary romance is brilliant. Naledi Smith is our heroine. She's a beautiful grad student trying to forge a path in the sciences as an epidemiologist. Orphaned at a young age and forced to wander unwanted through the foster system she...
  • Maida
    4+ stars ✨ I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Princess in Theory. A modern fairytale, it has engaging major characters in Naledi and Thabiso and a fascinating storyline in that of a (financially) struggling graduate student and her Prince Charming. Their chemistry is electric and you can tell from the beginning that they're meant for each other. I loved the dual locations of New York and Thesolo. Alyssa wrote these settings in such a way that the r...
  • Giedre
    I wish the hero fessed up earlier, but overall A Princess in Theory is a delight from start to finish.
  • 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...
  • Treena
    DNF. Skimmed and skipped all the way to the end.First of all, what a fantastic cover! It's freaking gorgeous. That's what drew me in. AND then there was that awesome blurb. I've never read anything by Alyssa Cole before; so these 2 things (cover and blurb) made me go out and get this book. Plus, it's a royal romance and I'm a sucker for that trope.But I didn't like this book. I think I'm going to be the first 1-star review for this book. And it's...
  • 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.
  • nick
    I’m not a romance reader that veers towards royalty romance. A lot of times, they wind up being cheesy to read. But I took one glance at the cover of A Princess In Theory, and I knew I had to read it. This was my first romance novel by Alyssa Cole, and I’m hitting my head against the wall for not having picked up a book from her before this. But better late than never, right?For me, what takes romance novels to the next level are the characte...
  • Aila
    This was my first book by Alyssa Cole, but I’m definitely coming back for more! (Plus omgg, that cover is absolutely gorgeous.) A Princess in Theory is an AMAZING royal read that I adored from start to finish. Usually I’m not a fan of contemporary romances with royalty, but this one just took the cake. I adored the heroine, Ledi, who is a grad student studying public health (about epidemiology!) and how hard-working she is. There is a bit of ...
  • Aoi
    The book fairly screams of 'The Princess Diaries' from the get go- not that it's a bad thing. A Princess in Theory is an absolutely fluffy, escapist fantasy that is so good to unwind.I loved Ledi, extremely busy studying to be an epidemiologist (how many heroines do that!) She's smart and determined, yet bogged down by the usual workplace problems and a not-so-healthy relationship with her BFF. In fact, a good part of the book is her learning to ...
  • Reading in Black & White
    Cute and enjoyable!
  • Melanie
    A Princess in Theory was an absolutely amazing read with charming characters and an incredibly sexy romance.When Naledi Smith receives scam email after scam email claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince, she admires the sender’s persistence but has no time or patience for the emails. Between grad school and her two jobs, Ledi has very little time for anything else. When a new waiter named Jamal peaks her interest at work, Ledi is intrig...
  • Katie
    I really wish Alyssa Cole's writing worked better for me. The first part of this was really slow going and then I put it down for a while. Once I picked it back up, I finished pretty quickly, but I just wanted to LOVE this. It also felt like 2 or maybe 3 stories in one (view spoiler)[pre-reveal, post-reveal, medical mystery! (hide spoiler)]The next one sounds soooo interesting, but I just don't know.
  • Carla Guzman
    This is the royal romance book I always wanted to read! Finally! I was so tired of reading about white princes from random European principalities with basically British royal culture. Then we get this wonderful book. FINALLY. I'm incandescently happy with this book. Plus I've never met an Alyssa Cole book that I didn't love. It's got all the witty one liners that I love, excellent emoji use and a price that you can't help but picture as the Blac...
  • Ridley
    Highly amusing riff on Coming to America where an epidemiology grad student gets tangled up with the prince of a fictional African kingdom. Lots of fun situational humor where prince Thabiso tries to be "Jamal" the waiter, snappy dialog, and an interesting friendship between Naledi and her BFF Portia that's devoted but not totally healthy. Completely preposterous at times, but Cole kept it entertaining enough that I remained on board.
  • Z-squared
    Well written and entertaining, but a little fluffy for my taste. And as a PhD in microbiology, you know it's bad when even I say there were too many science references. Not that they weren't really clever science references, because they were—Naledi's use of phospholipid bilayers to explain her social shell was hilarious—but they just started to feel old after a while.
  • Karen Wellsbury
    Funny, romantic and with an independent and strong female MC. I really enjoyed this, but wish that there was a little less of 'I saw that [email protected] on itFull review at http://tartsweet.com/
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. I loved every single thing about it, and that doesn't happen often for me. It's one of those books that you finish, and then hug close to your chest because you just love it THAT MUCH. Wow.