Your audiobook is waiting…

A Princess in Theory

Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)
Regular price: $34.99
$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    105
  • 4 Stars
    38
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    110
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    95
  • 4 Stars
    31
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A book to read again and again

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

The Princess In Theory

I really enjoyed this book, I only wished that the wedding would have taken place.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer
  • Bronx, NY, United States
  • 02-20-19

Yawn

This is like the movie 'coming to america' minus the humor - after 7 chapters it was predictable how the story is going to go, I just can't imagine that suddenly the story and characters will suddenly get interesting and engaging. So I stopped listening. Additionally I had to speed up the recording a little because the narrator speaks with a slow cadence that was kind of annoying.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

great book!

loved this story. very romantic. interesting and entertaining. great read for a relaxing day .

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good but dislike how it ends

The ending was left so open and I know its a book 2 so I hope she gives more on about the princes and the princess

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

wonderful read

very guyood story only wish for more details in the ending, but overall enjoyed the book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Greattttt!!

I really liked this book and would recommend this book. It had a great storyline and sexual storylines. I wish this book was a movie or TV show. It made me laugh, cry, and mad. I wish they had gotten married. The narrator was great. I this couple together and glad they found each other after her evil uncle plan when she was young and older. I hope the next book give a little more detail about their lives and how her grandparents reacted to her and their son being evil.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

what a great book!

perfectly written! I didn't want the book to end. SEXY, BLACK, AND AMAZINGLY ENTERTAINING! A MUST READ!

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Katie Valentine
  • 08-16-18

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.