Reluctant Royals

  • Book 1: A Princess in Theory
  • Book 2: A Duke by Default

Reluctant Royals, Book 1
ISBN #: 978006285544
February 2018
Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback/EBook
373 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Cups


Naledi Smith is a graduate student in Epidemiology. A former foster kid, she works two jobs to pay for school and her tiny apartment. She has no one to depend on but herself.

Thabiso is the heir to the throne of Thesolo, an African nation. He has many responsibilities, but is also known as something of a playboy.

Naledi is too busy with her studies and two jobs to worry about the strange emails she keeps receiving. They claim that she is the betrothed of an African prince; a typical scam. Thabiso is thrilled that they have located his long lost fiancée, but finds that she has no idea who she truly is, making it possible for him to get to know her without the trappings of royalty getting in the way.

At first this story seems to be Coming to America meets Mills and Boon, but it is so much more than that. I loved the characters – both the main couple, and their friends and relatives. The plot is interesting and complex, guaranteed to hold the reader’s interest. The contrasting settings of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Thesolo, and the subplot of the epidemic in that country are really vividly described. At first glance it might appear that this book is aimed at an African American audience, but the author has written a story that will appeal to readers of any ethnic group. This is a really great read.

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

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