A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1)
by Alyssa Cole
Release Date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Source: ARC received for review purposes
I’m not a romance reader that veers towards royalty romance. A lot of times, they wind up being cheesy to read. But I took one glance at the cover of A Princess In Theory, and I knew I had to read it. This was my first romance novel by Alyssa Cole, and I’m hitting my head against the wall for not having picked up a book from her before this. But better late than never, right?
For me, what takes romance novels to the next level are the characters. In A Princess In Theory, every single character is phenomenal. Alyssa Cole takes her time to not only give each and everyone individual personalities, but she also spends her time fleshing them out. I adored Ledi. She’s mouthy, no-nonsense and absolutely the kind of heroines I gravitate towards. She’s finishing up her graduate program in Epidemiology – heck, yes for a STEM heroine – and is busy also juggling a side-job. I loved what huge parts of Ledi her education and her career were. Alyssa Cole doesn’t just mention that Ledi is an epidemiologist, but she actually has Ledi working for a majority of the book, which was pleasantly surprising. Often times, I wonder how some romance heroines are living that NYC life, when we barely get to see them work, so it was nice to see something different here. Besides her hard-working personality, I also adored how funny and authentic she was. Ledi was not a girl to mess around with, and I loved that about her.
Thabiso, crown prince of Thesolo, was a swoony adorable bean. I loved this guy so so much. I don’t think I quite realized how much I loved soft heroes until I met Thabiso. Now, I was a bit mad at him in the beginning of the book for lying to Ledi about who he really was, but he is such a lovely guy, that it was hard to stay mad at him. He is kind, and hardworking, just like Ledi. I loved how devoted he was to his people and to his country. The romance between the two was quite unconventional – the two were betrothed as children before Ledi’s parents ran away with her. It was a really sweet romance that developed between the two. All the banter, the swoony kisses and steamy scenes had me grinning all throughout. Besides the romance, there’s a great depiction of friendship between Ledi and Portia, whose book I can’t wait to read next. I loved the scenes set in Thesolo too. It’s a fictional country, but it felt so real with the way Alyssa Cole developed it.
A Princess In Theory was an absolute knock-out of a book for me. It’s most definitely THE BEST royalty romance I’ve read. While you guys go read this one, I’ll be off trying to catch up on Alyssa Cole’s backlist.
Why did I wait so long to read Beginner’s Luck? My brain does not compute! This was just the perfect sweet romance story for me. Shout out to my co-blogger, Lisa, for putting this book my radar, because I know have yet another romance author on my auto-read list.
Beginner’s Luck tells the story of Kit, who has just won a big lottery with her friends. I really really liked Kit’s character. She’s a research scientist – wohoo another STEM girl – who works as a lab tech at a university. She’s quiet, happy with her life, and doesn’t care much for change. Seriously, was Kit based off of me, because that describes me to a T. She’s got a quiet strength to her that I loved seeing emerge throughout Beginner’s Luck. I loved her passion for her job and her research, and I loved how kind and gentle she was. Then, there was Ben, who tries his best to recruit Kit to come work at the company he works at. I looooved Ben so much. I have a thing for soft heroes, and Ben was definitely one of those. He is such a sweetheart throughout Beginner’s Luck, and I loved how kind he was to Kit as well. His interactions with his dad had me melting in a corner. I’m always up for reading about heroes like Ben because they have the qualities that I would want in a real life partner.
The romance between the two develops slowly. They become friends first, and there’s a lot of great chemistry between the two. I loved watching their romance evolve into something so cute and shippy. What I loved best about the two of them together is just how much they complemented each other. They support each other, and are always each other’s number one fan-club, and it was absolutely endearing to read about. I will say that if you’re looking for explicit sex scenes, you won’t find them here, but I didn’t think they were necessary to this book. Beginner’s Luck is another book that had some great family dynamics – I loved Kit’s complicated bond with her brother, Alex – and some equally great female friendships. Kit’s best friends will also be getting their books, and I will most certainly be devouring them.
Beginner’s Luck was a great debut for Kate Clayborn. If you like romances that will leave your heart happy, add this to your TBR right now!