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    I tried my hardest but it's not for me

    I was very conflicted about my decision to DNF A Princess in Theory and I pushed myself to halfway through the book before letting go. I’ve read two other books by Alyssa Cole but wasn’t overly impressed. But from the moment I saw this book I was so excited and I fell in love with the absolutely gorgeous cover! So I tried really hard to like this one but in the end, I just couldn’t. As an idea, this story had everything that should have been cute, funny, and entertaining but just like the other books, I read by this author I struggled with her writing style. Though her dialogue is good, I found the rest of her writing incredibly wordy and overly long. There were also way too many science-themed metaphors and analogies; I get that Naledi is this nerdy scientist but it got to the point where it was just trying too hard. I did love the representation of not just women in STEM, but black women in STEM and I appreciated that Cole created this character but at the same time she made Naledi such a pushover at work and even with her friends. I’m sure if I continued reading I would have seen more growth in Naledi but it wasn’t there in the first half. The side characters were either two dimensional and flat (Likotsi) or terribly unlikable (Portia). But my biggest issue was our hero, Thabiso, who I went back and forth on really hating to finding somewhat charming and for my personal preferences, that was not a fun roller coaster to be on. In the beginning, he comes across as snobbish and stuck up, completely separated from the real world but I expected this, after all he’s a Prince and he’s lived with privilege his whole life. But the first meeting between Thabiso and Naledi where she mistakes him for the new waiter, Jamal, was very problematic for me. Thabiso spends most of the night messing up because he’s never worked as a waiter and of course Naledi is getting frustrated and angry at him. After the final straw, Naledi fires him and Thabiso completely goes off on her. He yells at her while she’s at work, he demeans her, and then he claims that serving people makes her no better than a Saint Bernard. That’s right Thabiso compares Naledi to a subservient dog. The next day he realizes his mistake but as the reader, I just couldn’t forget this scene and his later charm just didn’t have the same sincerity.
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    Excellent fairy tale type romance.

    What a wonderful story! When Naledi got emails saying she's betrothed to an African prince, she deleted them assuming they were spam. But they weren't! Naledi was a strong woman who'd had a rough life in America so she was completely out of her depth when she was thrown into the world of royals in another country. I loved the Prince. Everyone thought he had a perfect, easy life, but a prince had a lot more work to do than most people knew about. I liked that he was just a man who wanted to be loved for himself, not his title. I felt sorry for him because even though he had many women wanting to be his princess, all they really wanted was the position. I LOVED this book! It was fun, heart-warming and sexy. If you like fairy tale type romances, I highly recommend this one.
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    Fun story with a strong heroine

    This is an intriguing twist on the romance trope where one person pretends to be something they aren't and hope that it doesn't spectacularly blow up in their faces (it always does!) when real feelings of affection and love enter the equation. Ledi, at first glance, is a typical grad student: struggling financially to finish school while working two jobs. Unknown to her is that she's a princess, separated from her people and country as a young child. Thabiso, Crown Prince of her homeland of Thesolo has tasked himself with arming her with that knowledge, seeing as he was betrothed to her years ago as a child. His intentions are not altogether totally altruistic or too high above pettiness, and their first meeting doesn't go as planned but it is electric. Reinventing himself as someone else, he seeks to immerse himself in her life, only to find himself wanting her for real. The first thing that influenced my request for an advance copy of this book was the cover. The couple looked so real and happy. Plus, the background colours just popped! I don't regret my request! The story was just as colourful and lively as advertised. The descriptions of New York and Thesolo were quite vivid and detailed. The other subplots in the book ensured that there was never a dull moment. This is a fun read. I am looking forward to the next in the series.
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    Great

    What a fabulous book! adventure, family secrets, all of it with a great cas
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    Hooked from the get-go

    The very first page make me laugh so hard I snorted Coke through my nose. On the bus. The rest of the book is just as amazing. Often funny, a bit realistically painful, incredibly diverse and wonderful its representation of humanity. This was smart and funny and difficult to put down.
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