How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole (Runaway Royals #2)
**We received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We’d like to thank Alyssa and Avon for the opportunity. This book comes out on May 25th and you can get it here or at your local independent bookstore**
Reviewed by GGGinny
What I drank:Wine. Both red and white. If you knew me in person you would already know that I like joking that mixing them is just rose…
New York Times and USA Today bestseller 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.
Drunk Overview: Bez, who has shown up in prior books, is on the hunt for the missing princess of Ibarania. She finds Makeda, possible princess, and immediatelyt starts to convince her to head back to Ibarania. Meanwhile, Makeda just wants stability and to end this fantasy that she might be a princess. As things go, they fall in love.
- First off, I love Bez. I think she has a really interesting though pattern and the way she attacks the world is kinda great.
- Makeda is also great, though a little closer to my own undertanding of the way the world works. She’s more guarded and worried about the future while Bez makes a goal and then is focused on making it happen.
- The romance really grows well. I like how these characters bring out the best of each other.
- And setting most of this book on an ocean liner is very funny (let’s talk about timely… literally anything I’ve ordered in the last month has to be stuck behind the ever given considering the delays) but also allows for the relationship to grow without much influence.
- Cole has such a strength in creating background characters who feel entirely whole (and I’m kind of wondering if one of those characters is going to be the focus of a future book – she’s been so good about making sure to include communities that aren’t often seen in romance and I would love to see her write an older couple).
- That being said, there was something about this book that didn’t click with me. I’ve been trying to figure out why; if it has something to do with this being WLW, that Bez seems to be neurodivergent, etc, and I wish I could say that wasn’t it, but I can’t be positive. The one thing I can point to is that this book involves a lot of lying/hiding things from each other which isn’t my favorite.
- While pretty much all romance involves some level of complication, I have a hard time with people intentionally hiding things, which is very much a personal preference.
- At the same time, it fit really well with the narrative of how Bez functions….
- Regardless, this book is great, and my biggest argument is that I wish the ending hadn’t been quite as abrupt. There were some pretty intense twists (which I actually super enjoyed), but was over way too soon.
- Alyssa Cole, MAKE YOUR BOOKS LONGER!
What I’d Pair it With: Sav. Blanc. I want something that tastes tart and a little bit earthy.