12 Tropes of 2020 – A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Free Choice: Royalty from
12 Tropes of 2020


A Princess in Theory
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?

Taken from blurb

My thoughts

I have mixed feelings about this book – I enjoyed it and am really keen to read more from Alyssa Cole but some parts of the story were problematic for me. Without going into too much detail there were some actions that really bordered on dubious consent with actions taken and the power imbalance between the romantic couple.

Outside of this though was a great story which made for a compelling read. I enjoyed the world building and loved the main character, Naledi. The whole cast was really engaging and, as I read this years after it was published, I was excited to see characters who got their own books.

I listened to the audiobook version of A Princess in Theory and LOVED IT! If you can I would really recommended giving the audiobook a go, as it really brought the book to life. While I had a mixed response to this first book, I’m looking forward to reading about Portia in A Duke by Default.

Also how beautiful are all the covers?! Each book in the Reluctant Royals series has such a bold and beautiful cover!

The Trope

My free choice was Royalty. Every one loves a good story involving a member of the royal family! A Princess in Theory features a royal family from a fictional African country, Thesolo.

The story is one that sees Prince Thabiso track down his estranged fiancé whose parents fled Thesolo. Naledi, who grew up as a foster child, has no memories of her parents, her home country, and her aranged marriage to the Prince.

Most of all, the royal family and fictional country of the book were so compelling and engaging! Once we touched down on the country, I wanted to know more about this nation and the people and culture. I am looking forward to reading and discovering more of this land!


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