A Princess in Theory

Reluctant Royals #1

Alyssa Cole

fiction contemporary romance
lighthearted slow-paced

360 pages | first published 2018

From acclaimed author Alyssa Cole comes the tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise . . .

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?

Selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018!

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lighthearted 80%
funny 59%
emotional 40%
hopeful 28%
relaxing 25%
adventurous 11%
inspiring 4%
reflective 4%
informative 2%
mysterious 2%


medium 55%
fast 29%
slow 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 20% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 4% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 77% | No: 12% | It's complicated: 9%

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