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)

  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. “One can never read too many fairy tales” A Princess in Theory was nothing short of an absolute treat to read. I easily fell in love with Alyssa Cole’s writing and her characters. And I completely believe she is a genius with her perfect portrayal of the “far away country prince email spam” trope. This book was funny, heartwarming, important, and completely ...
  • 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...
  • Rincey
    I spent a Saturday listening to the entire audiobook of this soooo I guess I've figured out what kind of romance novels work for me. See me talk about it briefly: https://youtu.be/ymb11Zcb248?t=1m17s
  • 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...
  • ambsreads
    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...
  • Ashley
    I have mixed feelings about this one. It's looking like Alyssa Cole is going to be a hit or miss author for me. I didn't fully enjoy An Extraordinary Union for the same reasons I didn't fully enjoy this one, I think, but I loved A Hope Divided. So I will keep reading her stuff and just know that going in the chemistry between her leads doesn't always work for me. Really, I didn't NOT like this book, it just didn't work the way it was meant to.So,...
  • 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...
  • Miranda Kenneally
    This is like Coming to America meets all the science and girl power of Black Panther.
  • 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...
  • K.
    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...
  • Rebekah Weatherspoon
    The updated version of Coming To America we all secretly wanted Black Panther to be.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Anna Banana
    4.5 starsThis was such a great read! I don't typically feel drawn to books about royalty and bachelor princes but from the moment I saw this cover and heard that the heroine was a science nerd, I knew I had to check it out. I don't really have much else to say since it's 2 am and I'm exhausted but this book was really sweet and I loved the romance between the two main characters. I also felt the author did such a great job with details and making...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Jen
    Cute "rags to riches" love story, with some steamy scenes. This is not a clean read. The "f" word is used quite a lot, indicating that royalty needs to have it's mouth washed out with soap just like us commoners. The h also drops the "f" word quite a bit, which is sad, as she is a student of epidemiology, so it would be assumed that she was educated enough to use other words to express herself. The plot itself was interesting and I loved that the...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    What a fantastic book! Cole's premise is pretty out there and silly: a young woman in the US is getting those "you are betrothed to an African prince and only need to send us your credit card details to seal the deal" emails and they turn out to be actually true! But she totally makes it work, especially with the careful characterization of Ledi, a hard-working woman with some serious walls up after growing up an orphan. She also masterfully weav...
  • 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.
  • ShoSho
    I loved the idea of it but not the writing. I thought it was disjointed. Actions and reactions didn't go together and sometimes the dialogues didn't make sense at all. It could have been fantastic but it didn't work for me.
  • Jessie
    The first Romance novel I’ve read that I had little to no complaints about. It was a little slow at times! But I enjoyed the characters and plot. It was SO STINKING CUTE.
  • Sunny
    ARC ReviewNaledi is a self-made graduate student. Having grown up in the foster system, the lessons of self-reliance has stuck with her. So, imagine her surprise when she learns that she is betrothed to Prince Thabiso from Thesolo. Given the blurb, I expected this to be a remake of the movie, Coming to America and the first part of the book is a familiar storyline. The prince masquerades as a regular guy who sublets the apartment across from hers...
  • 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...