HOW TO CATCH A QUEEN - Alyssa Cole
Harper Collins/Avon Books
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell RATING: A
REVIEW: HOW TO CATCH A QUEEN, Book #1 in the Runaway Royals Series, is an engaging story that transports the reader to the African kingdom of Njaza. When the story opens, Sanyu II is ascending the throne after the death of his father, Sanyu I. The legacy of leadership that Sanyu I leaves is like a burden to Sanyu II. So much so that he questions his ability to lead the people of Njaza. Not only is the son expected to continue to rule in the same way that his father ruled, but he is also expected to select a Queen. Enter Shanti Mohapi, whose every waking hour and dreamy state was in preparation for her becoming a Queen. She has lived it, breathed it, thought constantly about it, and has prepared herself for that title. However, in all her dreaming, thinking, and preparing, she never imagined that it would be in name only, and her husband would ignore her. So, what is a woman who has prepared all her life to be a Queen supposed to do under such hostile and humiliating circumstances? That, my friends, is the heart and soul of this story.
I enjoyed this story because, while it incorporates warrior gods, goddesses, ancient tales, myths, and temples into the storyline, it is a story that is set in the 21st Century. Social Media is alive and well. RoyalMatch.com is the site that Shanti employs to post pictures and achievements while she updates her profile in the “Ready to Wed” section. It’s a brilliant blend of old and new that makes this story so compelling. Shanti is constantly faced with the old school misogynistic traditional methods of one Musoke, the head advisor to the king. Not to mention, an ineffective King Sanyu who is struggling with his role as the leader of the people, and throw in pending civil unrest, disappearing Queens, and you have a page turner. I love the scenes between Sanyu and Shanti that reveal them at first communicating, sharing ideas, and inevitably realizing the chemistry they exude when they are together. All the elements of a great story are present, and Ms Cole’s storytelling talent comes through.
The side characters contribute to the intrigue and development of the hero and heroine. However, Musoke, the old school advisor, is the recipient of the Dynamic Side Character Award. You’ll get that when you read the story. The HEA is delightful!
HOW TO CATCH A QUEEN is an enjoyable and entertaining story, and I recommend it for your reading pleasure.
1st December 2020 | firstname.lastname@example.org