May 25, 2021

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa ColeHow to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole
Series: Runaway Royals #2
Published by Avon on May 25, 2021
Genres: Romance
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: How to Catch a Queen
Also in this series: How to Catch a Queen
Reading Challenges: GoodReads, NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About How to Find a Princess

Alyssa Cole described How to Find a Princess, the second Runaway Royals book, as a sapphic Anastasia retelling. And that cover is so much wow!

We first met Beznaria in How to Catch a Queen. This time, she’s looking for the lost heir of Ibarania, partially because it’s her job as an investigator for the World Federation of Monarchists. But mainly because she views it as restoring her family’s honor.

Bez thinks she’s found the missing princess in New Jersey. Makeda’s just lost her job and her girlfriend. She discovers that her Grandmore’s B&B is in peril because a different ex is defaulting on a loan that Makeda cosigned. Makeda is adamant about not being a princess but agrees to go to Ibarania with Bez because she needs the cash.

In order to get to Ibarania and running low on funds, Bez hires onto a cargo ship that allows spouses to travel for free. Not that she mentions this to Makeda ahead of time, who thinks they’ll be flying. So surprise! Pretend wife and a cabin with only one bed.

My thoughts about How to Find a Princess

How to Find a Princess is a fast-paced book with engaging and likable characters, lots of strong and competent women.

This book has all of the delicious tropes:

*A lost princess
*Competence porn
* Fake marriage
*Forced proximity
*Only one bed
*Big surprise reveal of an ending

We get a dual POV with peeks into Bez and Makeda’s heads. So it’s even more frustrating when they don’t share things with each other. But it’s lovely to watch that slow burn attraction ignite.

The ending felt a bit rushed but I definitely enjoyed the big twist.

Other books

how to catch a queen
How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole
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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Read the first book in the Runaway Royals series by Alyssa Cole, How to Catch a Queen. Enjoy a strong woman, arranged marriage, OMG why don’t they just talk romance. And meet Bez. Read my full review.

If you haven’t read it, please read the most amazing queer romance, Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Read my adoring review. Seriously, read the book. You’ll be glad you did.

In conclusion

If you enjoy witty banter, strong competent women, slow burn, fake marriage, oops there’s only one bed romances, How to Find a Princess is for you.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon for the ARC.

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About Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of romance (historical, contemporary, and sci-fi) and thrillers. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime or wrangling her pets.

She is represented by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • GoodReads
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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