I received this book for free from Edelweiss . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Published by HarperCollins on February 27th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Multicultural & Interracial, Romantic Comedy
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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-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?
I am sorry I didn’t request this one earlier but I did and was so happy to get approval from Avon! I adored this book and am ready for book 2.. like now… I mean really it can hit my Kindle any time now… *checks Kindle* darn! I thought I could wish it in to existence but hey let’s chat about this one…
What if you’ve never had a true family? Or you can’t remember what it was like because you ended up in foster care due to the death of your family? You might end up like Ledi and feel like something is wrong with you so you just do the best you can do standing on your own. She’s such a strong character with a heart of gold who really at her core just wants to feel like she matters. She has her degree program that means everything to her and a friend who isn’t a bad person but honestly is a mess. Oh… she has her lab mice but I mean she really is lonely but strong enough where she doesn’t need a man in her life. And she especially doesn’t need the stupid spam emails that keep cropping up in her account but… In comes…
Thabiso…. he’s a Prince. Yes, a Prince. So you have this image of a man who is used to getting anything and everything he wants, when he wants it, and how he wants it. Yeah, he’s this in so many ways but there is a deeper core to him that wants to find out why the girl who he was betrothed to abandoned his country. Yes, he knows it wasn’t her since she was young and it was her family but let’s not get caught in that detail. He’s driven to do what is best for his country but he’s at a bit of lost ends because he doesn’t agree with some of the things his advisors are trying to tell him to do. He meets Ledi under interesting circumstances and we get to see the two of them find something that ends up meaning everything.
I’m being careful because I truly enjoyed the story and want others to get a chance to see how they find one another even when things aren’t perfect. I loved seeing this build and the way they pushed to figure out if this was real made me smile. Go for it and grab this one for a nice story about two souls who really fit each other in surprising ways.