Sunday, March 11, 2018

A Princess In Theory By Alyssa Cole

Rating: ★★★★ | 354 pages | Avon | Contemporary / Royalty | 2/27/2018 

A Princess In Theory is a humorous and delightful  kick-off to Alyssa Cole's Reluctant Royals series. Naledi Smith has a ton to juggle between grad school, lab work and waitressing--the last thing she needs is to get caught up with Jamal, the cute guy at work who just happens to be her new neighbor.

... except Jamal isn't who he say he is, he is actually Prince Thabsio, the crown prince of Thesolo who has gone undercover to meet the girl he was bethored to as a child. Thabsio gets more than he bargained for with Naledi --- but can he tell her who he really is before it's too late ?

In a lot of ways this book was exactly what I thought it would be, but I wasn't expecting this book to be so funny ! A lot of the initial humor comes from Thabiso's early interactions with Ledi. It's this comedy of manners as he tries to be blend in as a regular American guy. It hits all the moments you want to see in a romance like this and is filled with memorable side characters.

I also like that Alyssa Cole threw in cute little expys for real life things like there is a food delivery service called "Yellow Spoon" and "Instaphoto" is a popular social media platform . I gather these are going to keep showing up in the wold of these books. I'm also pretty sure Regina's , Ledi's best friend's sister, website GirlWithGlasses is an expy of BlackGirlNerds ! I hope Regina gets to be the heroine of a book.

As you can imagine when you have a hero lying to a heroine you want a good grovel, and don't worry we get a pretty good one here.Look, I'm going to be honest,  the book didn't completely land the ending. There was an intrigue plot that popped up and was really easy to figure out. I really just wanted was more of the cute Brooklyn love story from the first half of the book.

So, if you're looking for a book that features STEM, African Royalty and female characters who are crushin' it--and you've already seen Black Panther five times--A Princess In Theory is everything you want, and that is a fact ! 

*ARC received for review

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely

Rating: |  6/23/2017 | 302 pages | Self-Published  | Contemporary | Standalone

I’ve been reading a lot of traditionally published romance as part of Avon Addicts and wanted to break it up with something indie and a little zany so when this came through on my library holds I snapped it up.

30-year-old Nicole Powers thinks she is immune to love but she is ready to become a single mom by choice and wants her co-worker Ryder Lockhart as her sperm donor. Ryder and Nicole are the resident dating and intimacy experts at a media conglomerate and decide they’re both mature enough to forgo the clinics and stirrups, draw up a contract of their own and do things the old fashioned way.

This book is not actually as cray as I thought it would be. It turned out to be a down-to-earth, well written, funny story with a sweet slow burn romance that just kind of sneaks up on you.

I think Blakely made some really great choices with her characters, particularly with the hero. Ryder wrote a bestseller and gave seminars to men on how to date women but lost it all when his picture perfect marriage ended. Now he has had to become more of a pick up artist type. I think male dating experts are hard to capture and he could have easily come off as a creep but Blakely makes it work.

Ryder and Nicole communicate using humor and I got so many rom com vibes from this book. I’m so mad Hallmark would probably never touch it because of the plot so I need you to come through Lifetime.

Lauren Blakely originally  caught my eye as an author because some of her covers are constantly doing the most to lure readers in.