Review: A Princess in Theory
A PRINCESS IN THEORY - Alyssa Cole
Harper Collins/Avon Impulse
BUY

April 2018
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Cheryl McNeil  | RATING:  B
REVIEW: A PRINCESS IN THEORY is the first book in the Reluctant Royals series. Naledi Smith is a hard working epidemiology grad student who doesn’t have time for romance or fairy tales. Her upbringing in foster care forces her to be a very independent, realist who doesn’t let anybody in. Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, and he is on a mission to reconnect with his long lost betrothed. He’s placed in a situation where he can live a little and get to know Naledi, with her guard down (slightly) and away from the daily burdens he faces as a Prince.

The chemistry is evident with these two right away. Beyond that, the characters have depth. The author’s writing style forces you to dig in and get to know them. We learn a lot about Thabiso and Naledi in relation to how current events connect to past interactions. I like the way the author has past conversations or thoughts woven into the current narrative.

There is definitely a contrast with these characters, being from two different worlds, but they have a lot in common at the same time. Prince Thabiso is grappling with what’s right for him personally and doing the right thing for his country. Naledi is focused on her future, but is also in a constant state of maintaining her day to day existence.

The author definitely has a way with words. I referenced my dictionary quite a few times. The secondary characters, particularly Portia and Litotsi are well written and we get to know a little bit about them as well. I like the imagery the author uses to describe Thesolo. The first thing that comes to mind is Wakanda. The story line is familiar, and things were wrapped up pretty quickly in the end. However, there were some unexpected twists and turns along the way. The one drawback to this story is the author’s use of scientific terminology. To a layperson like myself, it causes certain sections to be a bit technical almost to a distraction. I spite of that, I definitely recommend
A PRINCESS IN THEORY. You will be entertained and will learn a little something along the way.

1st May 2018 | romcol@caribsurf.com