Lost Royals, Love, and Laughs | A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole [ spoiler-free book review ]

“Everybody wants something from you, but sometimes there’s a person you want to give to. Sometimes what you give them makes you better for having given it. And it makes having to give to everyone else not so bad.”

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A Princess In Theory

Author: Alyssa Cole

Genre: Adult > Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Avon

Published: February 27, 2018

Format Read: Audiobook via Scribd

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Book Blurb

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?

Selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018! 

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About The Author

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Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime or wrangling her pets..

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Lost Royals, Love, and Laughs

📚 Series? Yes.
📚 Genre? Contemporary Romance.
📚 Read for?
💬 Alphabet Soup Letter P
💬 Nerd Daily Prompt #32 – A Dash of Royalty
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings :  Death in the family. Epidemic/Pandemic Disease. Sexism (Challenged by the MC)
⚠ Book Tags :  Lost Royal. Woman in STEM. Modern Prince. Mistaken/False Identity.

I’ve seen this book around the bookish circles I frequent in, and it is often recommended as a POC romance author to check out. I’ve had it at the back of my mind for a while now, so I just randomly decided to pick it up as an audiobook from Scribd.

Well, I’m so happy I did!

A Princess In Theory tells the story of Naledi Smith, a lady in STEM who grew up in the foster system. She has no memories of her life before she was sent to the states. At present, she is a grad school student taking up Epidemiology (Studying epidemic-level diseases) in New York, while working at a laboratory as well as a restaurant.

One day, she kept receiving random emails about a prince from Africa. She just ignored it, but she unknowingly met the real African prince, in the person of Thabiso. She’s mistaken Thabiso as a new worker in the restaurant she works in, and her world will never be the same again.

Overall, I enjoyed how the romance was written in this book. For steamy scene lovers, this book has A LOT… but the beauty of the story does not fully rely on that. Their banter is amazing and the fluff is amazingly sweet!

Beyond the fairytale romances, what makes this book special to me, is everything Alyssa Cole squeezes within the story. We have sociocultural discussions, mainly about women in Science, environment, politics, cultural differences, and personal identity. Moreover, the story is also emotionally complex, touching on things I never knew I needed and painting a picture so personal and so real.

I loved how this book showed Naledi’s character development. I feel thankful about shedding light on her feelings toward her family, how she fights for her rights as a woman in science, especially against an a*hole boss. On the other hand, this book also shows Thabiso’s struggles as a young country leader who most people don’t take seriously.

I can talk about other things, but perhaps, the best one to say is to please take a chance on this book and read it because it is extremely awesome! Can’t wait to read Alyssa Cole’s other books.

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | 4.81 /5

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♡ , Yna the Mood Reader

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3 thoughts on “Lost Royals, Love, and Laughs | A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole [ spoiler-free book review ]

  1. Lovely review 🙂! I’ve been eyeing this book for a while and am glad it didn’t disappoint you! Also, I really appreciate how you indicate if books have any cliffhangers hahaha.


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