Books by Alyssa Cole


How To Catch A Queen


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Out December 1, 2020, available for pre-order now!

Praise for How To Catch A Queen:

“Cole’s majestic new Runaway Royals series spins off from her excellent Reluctant Royals trilogy, adding more dazzling depth… Cole’s contemporary romances shine with unique settings and complex characters. Fans will eagerly await her next royal match.”   Booklist starred review

“Cole launches the “Runaway Royals” series with a bang, introducing a sexy but shy king, a determined and caring queen, and a host of characters who leap off the page into the reader’s imagination. Fans of the “Reluctant Royals” series will adore cameos by some of their favorites, but this is a solid starting point for new readers.” Library Journal starred review

“Cole subverts both expectations and gender roles with the smart, sexy contemporary romance that opens her Runaway Royals series… Their unlikely arranged marriage strikes a delicate balance of politics and passion that is sure to delight.” Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2020

An arranged marriage leads to unexpected desire, in the first book of Alyssa Cole’s Runaway Royals series.

When Shanti Mohapi weds the king of Njaza, her dream of becoming a queen finally comes true. But it’s nothing like she imagined. Shanti and her husband may share an immediate and powerful attraction, but her subjects see her as an outsider, and everything she was taught about being the perfect wife goes disastrously wrong.

A king must rule with an iron fist, and newly crowned King Sanyu was born perfectly fitted for the gauntlet, even if he wishes he weren’t. He agrees to take a wife as is required of him, though he doesn’t expect to actually fall in love. Even more vexing? His beguiling new queen seems to have the answers to his country’s problems—except no one will listen to her.

By day, they lead separate lives. By night, she wears the crown, and he bows to her demands in matters of politics and passion. When turmoil erupts in their kingdom and their marriage, Shanti goes on the run, and Sanyu must learn whether he has what it takes both to lead his people and to catch his queen.


How To Find A Princess

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Out May 25, 2021, but you can pre-order now!

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.

When No One Is Watching

Officially an instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling book!
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Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning …

Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing.

To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo.

But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.

When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?

Praise for When No One Is Watching:

“An intense psychological thriller that doesn’t let go until the final page. This is a terrific read.”
-Alafair Burke

“Masterfully written suspense. Beneath a seemingly ordinary setting, Cole weaves layers of dread, all building toward a shocking and satisfying conclusion.” (Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of City of the Lost )

“With a keen eye for details, Alyssa Cole deftly unspools a rich narrative with compelling characters who live and breathe against a vibrant backdrop. From the bold first line to the exquisitely subtle last, WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING is a top-notch page-turner!” (Wendy Corsi Staub, New York Times bestselling author)

“Dread builds and mutates into near-horror… It was eye-opening, sad, shocking, gripping, I devoured it in one go. I recommend SO HIGHLY.”  (Marian Keyes, #1 bestselling author)

“this outstanding thriller… builds to a credible finale. This stellar and unflinching look at racism and greed will have readers hooked til the end.” (Publishers Weekly starred review)

“[A] searing indictment of the inseparable evils of racism and gentrification wrapped in an anxiety-inducing thriller with elements of romance and horror… Cole expertly layers plot twists, raising the stakes until the dramatic finale, and readers will cheer when the real heroes are revealed. Cole is a sure-bet suggestion for romance readers, and When No One Is Watching will expand her already enthusiastic audience.” (Booklist starred review)

“[T]his twisty tale tackles with a somber wit ongoing issues of race, class inequity, social injustice, and predatory housing practices… This sizzling summer thriller starts on low and heats up fast. Smart, sexy, and surprising, this suspenseful novel revealing the underbelly of urban gentrification will keep readers reading late into the night.”  (Library Journal starred review)

Combining the voyeuristic paranoia of Rear Window with the searing social commentary of Get Out, this thriller from Alyssa Cole turns gentrification into fodder for a horror movie.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“What would fall be without a fantastic and nerve-wracking thriller? Enter When No One Is Watching… A fantastic choice for fans of Get Out, this is a compulsive, entertaining, and thought-provoking novel.” (Shondaland, 6 Best Books of September)

When No One is Watching is a thriller, Hitchcockian in its essence (those brownstones have plenty of windows, and a love story emerges as well), but with expert character development that demonstrates Cole’s ability to craft a story, it’s just as much about people as it is about place. The themes Cole explores throughout—racism, white greed, sickness, addiction, encroaching gentrification—are ones that are acutely aligned with the current social climate.” (Parade) 

The AI Who Loved Me

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A captivating romantic comedy with a thrilling sci-fi twist by award-winning author Alyssa Cole!

Narrated by: Regina Hall, Mindy Kaling, Feodor Chin, Therese Plummer, Dina Pearlman, Neil Hellegers, Adenrele Ojo, Kyla Garcia

Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down. Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems. For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.



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Book 1: A PRINCESS IN THEORY (2/28/18) Amazon | Apple |Kobo

One of the New York Time’s 100 Notable Books of 2018

A Kirkus Best Fiction of 2018

A Library Journal Best Book of 2018

Book 2: A DUKE BY DEFAULT (7/31/18) Amazon | Apple | Kobo

A NPR Best Books of 2018

A Bookish’s Favorite Books of 2018

A Bookpage Best Romances of 2018

Book 2.5: ONCE GHOSTED, TWICE SHY (1/8/19) Amazon | Apple | Kobo |B&N

Book 2.5.5 (?): CAN’T ESCAPE LOVE (3/19/19) Amazon | Apple | Kobo |B&N

Book 3: A PRINCE ON PAPER (4/30/19) Amazon | Apple | Kobo |B&N

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“Alyssa Cole is the newly coronated queen of contemporary royal romance! A Princess in Theory is delicious fun… a smart, funny heroine; a sweetly sexy prince; swoon-worthy romance; and an epic happily-ever-after. Long live the queen!” (Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries)

“The prince takes the prize. Alyssa Cole’s A PRINCESS IN THEORY is the best new romance I’ve read in a while.” (New York Times Book Review)

“A delightful and sexy take on love between a suave African prince and a nerdy epidemiology student.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Attention-grabbing from page one, this first book in the Reluctant Royals series will absolutely warm your heart. ” (RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars- TOP PICK)

“Cole’s romances are always smart, sexy, captivating reads…” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Alyssa Cole has rightfully garnered acclaim from all corners for the impeccable construction and emotional complexity of her romance novels. But her new novel, A Duke by Default, underscored something about her writing that I think deserves to be celebrated just as much—how joyfully and unrepentantly nerdy her work is.” (BookPage)


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Book 1: AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION (3/28/2017) Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | B&N

 Book 2: A HOPE DIVIDED (11/28/17)  Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | B&N

Book 3: AN UNCONDITIONAL FREEDOM (2/26/19) Amazon| Apple | Kobo | B&N

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Praise for An Extraordinary Union:

RT Reviewers Choice Book of the Year for 2017

American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018

An Entertainment Weekly TOP 10 ROMANCE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Bookpage TOP PICK

Kirkus BEST BOOKS OF 2017

Vulture TOP 10 ROMANCE BOOKS OF 2017

Publishers Weekly BEST BOOKS OF 2017

A Booklist TOP 10 ROMANCE FICTION 2017

Book Riot “Best Books of 2017 So Far,” Publishers Weekly “Best Romance of 2017,” Kirkus “Best Fiction of 2017,” Book List “Best Romances of the Decade”


Radio Silence: ebook | IndieBound | Audio

Signal Boost: ebook | IndieBound | Audio

Mixed Signals: ebook | IndieBound | Audio

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**MIXED SIGNALS, winner of the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Futuristic Romance of 2015!!**

Praise for the Off the Grid series:

“This is friends-to-lovers romance…but it’s in the science-fiction story line where Cole really shines. The setup of Mixed Signals seems eerily plausible, and the entwined love story will satisfy sci-fi and romance readers alike.”
—New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean, Washington Journal, Best Romances of November 2015

“This trilogy gets better with every book.” – Library Journal

“Cole’s Off the Grid series succeeds because it captures the unsettling details of its dystopian setting beautifully, but also because its main characters are so very human and relatable. …new readers would do well to start this imaginative, funny and surprising series from the beginning.” – RT Book Reviews

Critically Acclaimed Historical Novellas

Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight – medieval Scottish romance – $0.99!
Amazon | Apple| Kobo | Nook

Be Not Afraid – Revolutionary War Romance
Amazon | Apple| Kobo | Nook

That Could Be Enough – post-Revolutionary War romance – f/f
Amazon | Apple| Kobo | Nook

Let It Shine – 1960s Civil Rights Movement Romance
Amazon | Apple| Kobo | Nook

Let Us Dream – 1917 Harlem-set suffragette romance
Amazon | Apple| Kobo | Nook

Standalone Works

EAGLE’S HEART (1/20/14, Loose Id)

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currently unavailable

SWEET TO THE TASTE (2/21/14, Wild Rose Press)


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That Could Be Enough in Hamilton’s Battalion





15 thoughts on “Books by Alyssa Cole

  1. Dear Ms. Cole I had both An Extraordinarily Union and A Hope Divided and loved them both.

    It was so inspiring and romantic, and hope you write another book in this series

  2. Hello!
    I just finished both Loyal League Books and my first thought was to write you a message and tell you how much you made me fall in love with your characters. And to be honest I couldn’t even decide which one I liked better, Ellen & Malcolm or Marlie & Ewan. Both couples were so lovely and you truly made me feel their connection, struggles and worries of that time. I can’t even try to imagine what it must have been at that sad period of time to live and survive in the US. It breaks my heart to even think of such inhumanity, injustice and cruelty. In europe we have our own part in history with Nazi germany, which still haunts us and makes me personaly more than often ashamed to be austrian.. I could totally relate to both Malcolm and Ewan who were ashamed and enraged that injust things were happening and that they tried to change as much as they could. And I could totally feel Ellen and Marlies desperation and fear to trust. To open your heart for someone when all the people around you tell you, you shouldn’t is not an easy thing. But you made me believe it and it felt so natural and realistic.
    I’m definetely recommending your books to my friends and collegues and I can’t wait to read more 🙂

    All the best,

  3. Hi Ms. Cole, I just wanted to say I absolutely LOVED An Extraordinary Union! It’s such an amazing novel. Being a biracial person myself, it was so nice and refreshing to read about an accurately protrayed interracial couple, as well as POC. Thank you for gifting us with your awesome talents and for providing us with such a great read!

  4. Just finished reading An Extraordinary Union and immediately south out more books by Alyssa Cole at my local library, couldn’t find anymore. You best believe that I will be buying another. This book was so good I couldn’t put it down. I love historic romances that picture non-traditional WOC. Thank you. Thank you.

  5. I actually bought the book, it was on Barnes and Noble, maybe a couple of weeks ago. It was seriously one of the best books that I have read in a long time, so I would really want to be updated whenever you are releasing more books.

    I left a five star rating and expressed how much I loved the book!

  6. Hi Ms. Cole, I came to your blog via Delaney Diamond and I am really interested in reading your book, Eagle’s Heart. I have the Nook from Barnes and Noble, and it does not appear on their site. Do you know if it will be released on their site? Thanks for your time.

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