This is the second month of 2019 where I only read one book. (!!!!!) I spent ten days traveling in Virginia and a Parks & Rec rewatch took up my free time when I was home.
My one May book was:
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
A PRINCESS IN THEORY BY ALYSSA COLE
A Princess in Theory is a modern day romance that follows Naledi Smith, a grad student and waitress, as she struggles to balance her job with her desire to grow in her career. Unbeknownst to her, her new coworker is actually Prince Thabiso - and they have a history that she doesn’t remember.
I don’t read many romance novels. This one was put on my radar several months back when I was listening to a podcast and the host was raving about it, plus I’m trying to make sure I read plenty of books by POC authors this year. I was curious about the last time that I read a true romance novel, so I went back through my Goodreads. All I could find for the past two years were Eleanor & Park, Crazy Rich Asians, and Outlander. (Ironically, all of those I rated 2.5 or 3 and rounded to 3 on Goodreads if needed. That appears to be the highest rating I give romance.)
Even though it’s not my usual genre, I did enjoy it. It’s basically The Princess Diaries meets Wakanda. It’s also pretty contemporary, with phrases like “his eggplant emoji” sprinkled throughout. The main thing that kept me from rating too highly was that I could sense every plot point from five chapters away, but I liked Ledi’s character enough that I didn’t mind too much. She was the reason this romance worked for me.
Thabiso was a bit unlikeable at first, but that quickly changed and he turned into The Perfect Man. I was fine with that, because it quickly became clear that Ledi’s personal growth was the focus. The best moments were Ledi opening up to Thabiso, setting boundaries with Portia, and shutting down Brian who was the actual worst.
I recommend A Princess in Theory for those who enjoy contemporary romance. Since I’m more of a fantasy/scifi girl, this is the type of story I prefer to just see the movie of instead. Netflix, please pick this up.