Monday 15 June 2020

Carole's Monday: A princess in theory by Alyssa Cole

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1) Author: Alyssa Cole
Narrator: Karen Chilton
Title: A Princess in Theory
(Reluctant Royals #1)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Format: Audiobook 
Pages: 360 
Published: February 27th 2018
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

Summary: 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 wanted to read book 2 of the series, but I decided I needed to read book 1 first since it seemed there might be some stuff I would need to know. 

I am glad I did that!

This story follows Naledi who doesn't have time for fairy tales or princes or anything of that nature. She has a career she wants and she wants to make something of her self. She learned a long time ago, as a foster kid, that she can only depend on herself. She won't be falling for any scam emails telling her she is supposed to be betrothed to some prince! But...what if she was supposed to be betrothed to some prince? On the other side of the world, there is Prince Thabiso who is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo. His parents are pushing him to forget his childhood betrothed and move on. The kingdom needs an heir and they want him to be happy. He decides to head to the US and find his missing bride. 

I simply adored this story. It was pretty much a modern-day version of 'Coming to America'. A lot of similar story points, but veryyyyy different in other ways. It was a lovely mixture. A nod to that story and it was unique in its own way. 

I adored Naledi! Girl power all the way! I did want to shake her to stand up to that boss of hers. F that guy. 

It took me a moment to warm up to Prince Thabiso. I get WHY he pretended to not be a prince but still...there were times he really needed to tell her the truth especially when she really opened up about her parents and her time in the foster system. Sighs. Dumb boy. 

Gah. I am not a fan of Naledi's BFF. I believe she is the star in the next one? I can't remember, but I know it will take me a while to warm up to her more. She did get better near the end though. There is hope for her yet. 

I loveddddd Thabiso's assistant. I WANT HER TO FIND LOVE DARNIT! 

The mystery with that virus was fun. I had my suspicions and it turned out I was right. I really thought I was being cynical, but my gut was right. Even though I guessed it, I was still shocked at the big reveal there. 

Oooo the narrator was fun. She did well. I liked her accents. Her boy and girl voices were good too. However, the voices she used were pretty similar. Like I had to really pay attention when Naledi and her BFF were chit-chatting because they both sounded near the same. I still liked the narrator overall. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I am SO glad I decided to tackle book 1 first before diving into book 2 like I normally do. It was totally worth it. It was such a fun story. I'll give this 4 stars. 


- #25 for Audiobook Challenge


  1. oh yes I heard great things about her books

  2. The assistant does find love in a novella, I believe. This is a great series.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  3. this looks like such a fun romance :d so many wonderful reviews.

  4. Thanks! :D
    I I should check if she has anything new coming out!



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