About the Book
I love the premise of this book! As someone who recently got a scam email trying to get money from me (disguising itself as a legitimate request to order books from my Usborne Books consultant website, the jerks!) I totally understood Ledi and her annoyance at the repeated emails assuring her that she is betrothed to a prince and she just needs to send her driver’s license # and SSN to confirm her identity… Yeah right, NO WAY!
Naledi is a great character – smart and tough as nails, she thinks of herself as “defective Velcro” because people just don’t stick around in her life. I’m really interested in epidemiology (in books, not actually in epidemiology itself… just to clarify…) so it was cool reading about the work she does in the field, as well as reading about a main character who is a double minority (black and a woman, oh my!) in STEM. Women in the sciences really intrigue me (maybe because I am so NOT scientifically or mathematically minded!) and I love Ledi’s determination.
Thabiso is also a really great character, because he is so wise in the ways of the world but at the same time so very innocent and naïve. He reminded me a little bit of Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club, who is so rich that he is amused by things like instant coffee, which is how the commoners drink their coffee. Thabiso wouldn’t think twice about traveling by private jet, but the subway is an adventure for him. I also really appreciate the personal growth that he goes through as he learns that being a prince does not, in fact, guarantee him everything he wants – especially the most important things.
There’s also a good amount of intrigue and a bad guy, though I was kept guessing a little bit as I couldn’t decide if the bad guy was one character or another (though I did figure out the vehicle for the badness… Wow, it’s hard writing about this with no spoilers!) Anyway, this is basically two great stories in one – Thabiso getting to know Ledi under his guise of the commoner “Jamal,” and then solving the mystery of the Prince’s plague that’s, well, plaguing Thabiso’s country.
About Alyssa Cole
Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who lives in the Caribbean and occasionally returns to her fast-paced NYC life. In addition to writing, she founded and hosted the Jefferson Market Library Romance Book Club and taught Romance Writing for Beginners. She speaks on topics such as writing erotic romance, writing multicultural romance, and self-editing. She has contributed romance-related articles to publications including RT Book Reviews, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Romance at Random, and The Toast. She has also started a bi-monthly column in the Romance Writer’s Report, Romancing the Globe, in which she chats with romance writers from around the world. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching anime with her husband or tending to her herd of animals.