Genre: Contemporary Romance
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Steam Level: 🔥🔥🔥
“She only spoke English, but was fluent in shade.”
While it is important to read non-fiction works on Black History and anti-racism, you can also learn a lot from reading fiction AND romance by Black authors. I am embarrassed to say this is the first book by Alyssa Cole that I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be my last! Naledi spent her childhood in foster care after the sudden and tragic death of her parents. Stability wasn’t a reality for her growing up, so as an adult she has her guard up always. When she starts to receive a constant barrage of emails claiming she’s betrothed to an African Prince, she rolls her eyes and hits delete. Prince Thabiso is tired of his parents interfering in his love life, so decides to take matters into his own hands and travel from his country of Thesolo all the way to New York City to track down his future wife. A case of mistaken identity allows Thabiso to assume the identity of a normal guy so he chooses to woo Naledi that way and explain the whole ruling a country thing later.
We love a fierce, smart heroine who tolerates zero bullshit. Naledi is a badass scientist who has no problem speaking her mind and setting clear boundaries for the people in her life. But we also love a charming hero who can respect those boundaries, admit to his wrongdoings, and treat a lady right! Naledi is such a Queen with her “this motherfucker” moments (cracked me up every time she said that) & Thabiso is the smooth talking prince and future king that she deserves. Loved the steam, loved the open communication from our heroine, loved the audiobook narration by Karen Chilton. Can’t wait to read the rest in this series and other books by Alyssa Cole!