Hey y’all! Today I wanted to talk y’all about A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (which releases TODAY, February 27th!). As someone who doesn’t read romance often, I really enjoyed this book! The book follows Naledi who is a graduate student of epidemiology who lost her parents at an early age and was raised in the foster system. When she starts receiving emails from an African kingdom saying that she is betrothed to a prince she is more than a little skeptical.
I LOVED the representation in this book! It wasn’t only that the main couple in the story were African/African-American but there is also LGBTQIA+ representation in the book. With this being a romance, I found the normalizing of safe sex and consent so refreshing and made the story more real for me. Additionally, I found the sex scenes not too graphic but still intense. I totally rooted for Naledi and her African Prince, Thabiso, throughout the entire book. Lastly, I enjoyed how Naledi’s career was still a main focus and she didn’t just throw away her entire life because some prince came to her door.
There wasn’t much that I disliked about this but there were a few things. There were a few plot points that were suppose to be a mystery but I figured it out fairly quickly. Also, there was a plot with Naledi’s best friend, Portia, that I thought could have been explained more. Then I learned that Portia will be the main character in the next book in the series, so I couldn’t be too mad.
Overall, this was a romance with some meat to it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely be continuing with the books in this companion series and I do recommend them.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments.
*****I received this book from Edelweiss and the Publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. Thank you Edelweiss and Harper Collins Publishing.*******
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