Sunday, December 22, 2019

BOOK REVIEW- A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole *


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?   AMAZON LINK
                                                      4 STARS

This book was different, a bit unusual in it's plot.  But I liked it.  Well, at first I wasn't sure and kept swinging back and forth about it.   Still, the interesting people with complex personalities drew me in When I got to know them it was easy to like them.  Even as different as they were.  Naledi got my sympathy pretty quickly not only because of her childhood but also because of a hardworking life that got little credit.  She was beyond tired but look at all that she is trying to juggle.

 Thabiso has a lot to learn and Naledi (or Ledi as she is often called) is right there to teach him how the regular people live.  It leads to some pretty funny situations.  
This story was not only funny, but it was emotional, romantic with a mix of some mysteries.   There were several well hidden secrets that need discovery.  And they do get exposed.
Something that added to the story was Thabiso's personal assistant Likotsi who has known him for years and keeps him on track.
Ledi had her friend Portia who keeps things interesting too. 
The only thing I didn't care for was the goddess angle but  it is part of that story's culture.   It also doesn't totally take over the story, so there is that.

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