A Princess in Theory

A Princess in Theory

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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?
Publisher: New York, NY : Avon Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062685544
Call Number: COLE
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 17 cm.
Subjects: African American women -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Foster children -- Fiction.
Princes -- Africa -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.


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BostonPL_VeronicaKM Jul 21, 2018

That gorgeous cover won't lead you astray -- this super cute read deserves to be handed to every contemporary romance fan! If the thought of a stand-in for T'Challa from Black Panther coming to NYC to claim his long-lost lady scientist bride and getting a big dose of "this is how NORMAL PEOPLE live, experience the MTA for the first time in all its swampy rat-infested glory!" brings a smile to your face, this book is for you.

May 08, 2018

So much fun to read a modern-day royalty romance! Can't wait for the next one in this series. Alyssa Cole has created a smart, funny heroine who (reluctantly) finds her sweet prince. HEA!

LPL_KimberlyL Apr 18, 2018

A sweet and charming romance of a modern-day Cinderella. Alyssa Cole masterfully plays off of the "Nigerian prince" email scammer stereotype, and creates the swoon-worthy Prince of Thesolo. The princess in this story, Ledi, is a super cool lady scientist who remains true to herself, no matter what. This is a lovely romance novel, and one you should pick up ASAP. (Also, that cover! OMG!)

JessicaGma Apr 10, 2018

I enjoyed this so much, and it wasn't too hard to imagine Thabiso as another famous fictional African prince*BLACK PANTHER*. I also loved how Ledi is a student in epidemiology which is fab. It's a fun riff on the "Nigerian Prince" scam, but also a neat way to get Ledi back home. Alyssa Cole is a wonderful author.

Chapel_Hill_MaiaJ Mar 13, 2018

I'm not typically a reader of romances (tending to enjoy fantasy more), but I saw the cover and my interest was piqued, so I read the back cover and was totally sold! Then I read the dedication and pretty much felt like I'd found my novel soul-mate. She says, "For all the people who were told they couldn't be princesses, you always were one." OMG. My heart.

It's like a feminist Cinderella story with an African-American scientist who has no time to be messing around with relationships and an African prince who wants the chance to be seen and accepted for himself, not just for his title. They both grow and change throughout the story to become ever better versions of themselves, and their relationship feels real and satisfying as a result. Of course, it's still a fairy tale, no matter how modern, so there are many wonderful cheesy bits that left me grinning ear to ear. There were plenty of passages that made me giggle out loud, and some that I just HAD to read out loud to whomever happened to be nearby--usually my husband, he's such a good sport. But even he, as apathetic about princesses as he is, thought the dialogue between Naledi and Thabiso about women's issues was intriguing and well done. I am so looking forward to the next Reluctant Royals installment!

LPL_MeredithW Jan 13, 2018

This book is endlessly charming, with an intensely likeable pair of leads. I wish there had been about 50% fewer science metaphors to describe the process of getting close to someone (I get it, she's a scientist!) but that's such a small complaint in a genuinely funny, sweet, romantic book. And just look at how gorgeous that cover is! Another great read from Alyssa Cole.


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