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Publisher's Summary

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn't have time for fairy tales . . . or the patience for constant emails 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 email 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 their flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

©2018 Alyssa Cole (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Inclusive Royal Romance

I don't read royal romances since they are often very white. When this came out, I jumped at the chance to read a less eurocentric take on royalty. I loved it, and I'm surprised this is my first book from this author. I read it in audio and thought the narrator did a good job. I liked how it showed a privileged black prince when I'm so used to seeing privileged rich white men in books.

The hero was woke in some aspects but dense in others, while his heroine helped him see the world so differently. She literally helped him be a better man which I think is so lacking in romance, as we're expected to take men at their worst because they're so dangerously good looking(but hot guys are allowed to be extra flawed right???).

The heroine was a scientist which was awesome! This book had so many great things, that I ignored some of the small details I didn't like(minor, but some of my questions were still unanswered by the end of the book) as well as the HFN ending.

I wanted to see a huge extravagant African traditional wedding because we always have to see weddings from a Western view, so I was not only expecting it, I was disappointed that I felt robbed of it. I'm not even huge on marriage at the end of books, but come on??? An African wedding in a mainstream romance book??? That would've been amazing!

Anyway, the author created her own Wakanda(one free of colonialism and of great wealth) so I'm definitely reading the sequel!

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It’s Coming to America meets The Princess Diaries

And I’m here for all of it! Loved this sweet and erotic romance featuring a dark-skinned princess learning about her destiny through a comedy of errors. If you’re a fan of Alyssa Cole’s wit and real love stories, there’s nothing in this review that will come as news to you. If you’re looking for a great princess story after this week’s royal wedding, you cannot go wrong with Naledi and Thabiso’s love story.

Excited for the next book in the series.

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A book to read again and again

Loved it! Fell in love with this book instantly! I cant wait for the next.

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Mrs.Cole where have you been!!!

This was my first Alyssa Cole book and it will not be my last!!! I loved every minute of it!

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Enjoyable

Loved it! The storyline kept me up. I laughed and smiled all the way through. I enjoyed the cultural aspects and use of today's lingo. The narration was wonderful ( accents and all).

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So emotionally satisfying

What a smart, funny, and extremely sexy story that hit all the great emotional moments I want in Romance. The narrator was incredibly skilled, and made it a pleasure to listen to this great story.

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Very nice

Loved it. Great narrator. Interesting story line. I'm looking forward to the next book from this author.

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Beautiful love story

What’s again Alessa Cole one of my favorite writers....Beautiful love story! I can always see myself in her stories lovely writer.

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Loyalisa30

Fantastic storyline! The issues that surfaced in each character’s life was a great example of how much goes wrong in a short time especially when you feel things are finally looking better! Overcoming those issues showed a testament of strength. I loved that the storyline was filled with love, angst, betrayal, friendships and forgiveness! On the other hand, the ending could have been better or more developed! Overall it was a great story!

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Fun story, excellent narrator, twist on Cinderella

This is my first novel by Alyssa Cole. I listened thru then went back and listened again. I enjoyed the plot and support characters.

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  • Katie Valentine
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Excellent!

I’m so glad I listened to this book. It’s a well-written, well-read, straightforward happily-ever-after romance, but from a few angles that we don’t see quite so often: an orphan raised in the foster care system in NYC meets her Prince Charming, an actual African prince. The descriptions, from her work as a grad student in epidemiology, to her visits to a remote southern African village, are vivid and interesting and realistic. The chemistry between the two main characters is irresistible, and the sex is HOT!

The narrator performed the various accents and dialects perfectly (to my ear, anyway)—the differences between a character from Brooklyn and a character from Africa were discernible without being so strong that it becomes difficult to understand to a foreign ear.

Frankly, we need a LOT more books like this one. My white ass should be put in the position of seeing myself in a heroine who’s race and background are different from my own a lot more often. And perhaps even moreso, black women deserve to see many, many more smart, funny, sexy heroines that look and sound like them, too. I’m sure those books exist, but if they’re half as good as A PRINCESS IN THEORY, they should be promoted, and visible, and as celebrated as any book with a white princess in a corset on the cover.

Read/listen to this book. You won’t regret it.