How to Find a Princess: Runaway Royals #2 by Alyssa Cole

How to Find a Princess: Runaway Royals #2 by Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole returns to the blog with the second in her Runaway Royals series – this one using the tale of Anastasia as inspiration with

How to Find a Princess

Makeda has had a bad day, or series of them. Job gone, girlfriend gone, and nothing seems to be right – now there’s a private investigator wanting to hear (again, for the millionth time) the story her grandmother told her and that enchanted her mother. A summer fling with a prince was the tale, from a tiny country called Ibarania, and this investigator: Beznaria has tracked her down to hear it, yet again. Makeda isn’t interested, no matter how intriguing Bez is, or whatever the ‘bonus’ is at the end of the possible rainbow.

Starting out with great promise here – there’s an instant spark between Makeda and Bez, and there is a bit of insistence from Bez that has Makeda rather confused and perhaps even a bit hopeful. But the way things have gone, and with Bez being the complete opposite to Makeda’s rather buttoned-down and organized self, she’s not sure if that’s a path she wants to try and follow. There’s a spark, sure – but……

Now I wanted to love this story as I have many of Cole’s stories. But something was seriously off with the pacing here, and the characters spent more time in back and forth and stubborn if not wholly ridiculous stand-offs over the smallest things that it was wearing. Then we had a tipping point that threatened all Makeda wanted for her grandmother, and she agrees to go to Ibarania and they are soon on a transatlantic ocean liner for what will become a long-drawn out and rather static journey to her destiny.

It’s not that the story didn’t have clever moments, or that the characters were flat – they were not, even if both didn’t grow quite as much as I would have hoped for. But the pacing was uneven, and the ruch to the end (when it came) was most certainly rushed, with a fake wedding, the realization that they can’t lose one another and a new way of “being” that allowed for them both to find happiness. It wasn’t a full-on miss for me, but not as well paced or as intriguing as I wanted, and certainly missing a bit of the sparkle and humor that I’m used to from Cole’s books. I still think there’s a story worth the telling here, if you don’t mind skimming pages where little happens, it just didn’t fire for me on all cylinders.

How to Find a Princess: Runaway Royals #2 by Alyssa Cole

Title: How to Find a Princess
Author: Alyssa Cole
Series: Runaway Royals #2
Also in this series: How to Catch a Queen
Genre: Contemporary LBGTQ Romance, African-American, Contemporary Elements, Family Saga, Female / Female, Friendship, Historic Elements, Humor elements, Multi-Cultural, Romantic Elements, Second Chance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062934007
Published on: 25 May, 2021
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 400
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 48 minutes
Rated: three-half-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel is a queer Anastasia retelling, featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down.

Makeda Hicks has lost her job and her girlfriend in one fell swoop. The last thing she’s in the mood for is to rehash the story of her grandmother’s infamous summer fling with a runaway prince from Ibarania, or the investigator from the World Federation of Monarchies tasked with searching for Ibarania’s missing heir.

Yet when Beznaria Chetchevaliere crashes into her life, the sleek and sexy investigator exudes exactly the kind of chaos that organized and efficient Makeda finds irresistible, even if Bez is determined to drag her into a world of royal duty Makeda wants nothing to do with.

When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes Makeda to agree to return to Ibarania, Bez takes her on a transatlantic adventure with a crew of lovable weirdos, a fake marriage, and one-bed hijinks on the high seas. When they finally make it to Ibarania, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and Makeda must learn what it means to fight for what she desires and not what she feels bound to by duty.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who splits her time between fast-paced NYC and island-paced life in the Caribbean.

In addition to writing, she has hosted a romance book club and taught romance writing at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching cat videos on the Internet with her real-life romance hero.

How to Find a Princess: Runaway Royals #2 by Alyssa Cole

Title: How to Find a Princess
Author: Alyssa Cole
Series: Runaway Royals #2
Also in this series: How to Catch a Queen
Genre: Contemporary LBGTQ Romance, African-American, Contemporary Elements, Family Saga, Female / Female, Friendship, Historic Elements, Humor elements, Multi-Cultural, Romantic Elements, Second Chance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062934007
Published on: 25 May, 2021
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 400
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 48 minutes
Rated: three-half-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Get Your Copy: Amazon Barnes&Noble iTunes Kobo Downpour IndieBound Book Depository GoogleAudibleDirect from Publisher
See this Title on Goodreads

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel is a queer Anastasia retelling, featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down.

Makeda Hicks has lost her job and her girlfriend in one fell swoop. The last thing she’s in the mood for is to rehash the story of her grandmother’s infamous summer fling with a runaway prince from Ibarania, or the investigator from the World Federation of Monarchies tasked with searching for Ibarania’s missing heir.

Yet when Beznaria Chetchevaliere crashes into her life, the sleek and sexy investigator exudes exactly the kind of chaos that organized and efficient Makeda finds irresistible, even if Bez is determined to drag her into a world of royal duty Makeda wants nothing to do with.

When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes Makeda to agree to return to Ibarania, Bez takes her on a transatlantic adventure with a crew of lovable weirdos, a fake marriage, and one-bed hijinks on the high seas. When they finally make it to Ibarania, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and Makeda must learn what it means to fight for what she desires and not what she feels bound to by duty.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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