The Reluctant Royals and The Loyal League

The Reluctant Royals

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

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

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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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

“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)

**Read an excerpt at Cosmopolitan!**

From acclaimed author Alyssa Cole comes the tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise . . .

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?


A NPR Best Books of 2018

A Bookish’s Favorite Books of 2018

A Bookpage Best Romances of 2018

“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)

**Read an excerpt + interview at Entertainment Weekly!**

Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way…

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice—and his attraction to her—but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?


While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.


Regina Hobbs is nerdy by nature, businesswoman by nurture. She’s finally taking her pop culture-centered media enterprise, Girls with Glasses, to the next level, but the stress is forcing her to face a familiar supervillain: insomnia. The only thing that helps her sleep when things get this bad is the deep, soothing voice of puzzle-obsessed live streamer Gustave Nguyen. The problem? His archive has been deleted.

Gus has been tasked with creating an escape room themed around a romance anime…except he knows nothing about romance or anime. Then mega-nerd and anime expert Reggie comes calling, and they make a trade: his voice for her knowledge. But when their online friendship has IRL chemistry, will they be able to escape love?


The Reluctant Royals series returns with a good girl searching for the life that’s not too big, and not too small, and the bad boy prince who might be just right for her…

Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.

For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.

Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.

The Loyal League

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”

“Cole does the seemingly impossible, using the Civil War as a backdrop for a realistic, gripping interracial romance that interrogates slavery, systemic racism, and more, while still remaining utterly swoon-worthy.” —Entertainment Weekly on An Extraordinary Union, Top 10 Romances of 2017

“Cole deftly interweaves the fraught realities of American history with romance and adventure — this is a spy story, after all — and it is elegantly told.” — on An Extraordinary Union

“Alyssa Cole’s AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION is as extraordinary as the title suggests–riveting, romantic, and utterly remarkable.” —Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author

“With its richly detailed setting, heart-stopping plot, and unforgettable characters, An Extraordinary Union is everything you can ask from historical fiction. Alyssa Cole has taken an unforgettable hero, a uniquely resourceful heroine, and mixed them together for some truly combustible chemistry. Brava!”—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author

“Alyssa Cole is just a wonderful storyteller, and she’s fast become one of my auto-buy authors. An Extraordinary Union is the perfect blend of history, adventure, and heart-stopping romance, with a courageous heroine you’ll love and a hero you’ll fall in love with. I read it in a single sitting, and my heart wants to go on living with these characters.”—Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author

“Cole’s sparkling gem of a romance portrays love at its most practical and sublime.” —Publishers Weekly starred review

“Cole spins a tale that will pull you in from the very first page.”—RT Book Reviews *five star* Top Pick review

Praise for A Hope Divided:

“It’s gratifying to read a novel that deals so frankly with such issues and takes an unflinching view of the realities of life during the Civil War rather than reiterating the dangerous Lost Cause rhetoric that often colors romance narratives of this era.” —Entertainment Weekly on A Hope Divided

Successfully navigating the challenges of writing an interracial romance set during the Civil War is difficult enough to do once, but to pull it off twice is truly impressive. And yet Cole has managed to do just that with her second book in the series.” — on A Hope Divided


“Thoughtfully portrayed characters with deep minds and passionate hearts make this second novel in Cole’s Loyal League series, following An Extraordinary Union (2017), sparkle. Highly recommended for lovers of historical romance.” —Booklist, starred review for A Hope Divided


“Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union was one of our favorite spring romances, and this season she returns with the sequel.” —Bookish “Autumn’s 2017 Most Swoon-Worthy Romance Books” list for A Hope Divided


“An exceptional story that both educates and entertains and beautifully launches a unique series.” —Library Journal STARRED REVIEW, Editor’s Fall Picks for An Extraordinary Union


“The second book in Cole’s Loyal League series (An Extraordinary Union, 2017) follows much the same pattern as the first. Again, Cole’s heroine is gorgeously portrayed and powerful enough that readers will worship at her feet just as Ewan does. But if this book shows that Cole is settling into a pattern, readers won’t want her to break the mold on book No. 3. Her prose is flawless. Her historical research is absorbing, and her characters are achingly human. This book is fantastic. As the war closes in around them, the line blurs between who is the rescuer and who is the rescued.” —Kirkus starred review for A Hope Divided


“Brace yourself for another amazing installment of Cole’s The Loyal League series! A Hope Dividedfeatures plenty of twists and turns that make Marlie’s family secrets as surprising to the reader as they are to her.” —RT Book Reviews, 5 Stars Gold for A Hope Divided

Praise for An Unconditional Freedom:

“…one of the most tense, brilliant, urgent, and goddamn gorgeous romances I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I don’t know how Alyssa Cole keeps doing this. I stand here in absolute awe, utterly vanquished.” —The Seattle Review of Books

“Cole weaves a tense and gripping plot into a tapestry of fascinating and authentic historical detail, told from the distinct perspectives of people of color, without skimping on the growing feelings and strong desires that bring two lovers together. Forbidden attraction and the threat of betrayal are the initial hooks for what turns out to be a sumptuously written and meticulously researched tale of a country at war with itself and two damaged people who find themselves in each other’s arms.”Kirkus, starred review

“A heroine torn by conflicting loyalties and a vengeance-driven hero haunted by the past struggle to come to terms with reality and their feelings in this emotionally compelling, information-rich story. Very nicely —Library Journal

“This third and hopefully not last installment in Cole’s Loyal League series, following A Hope Divided (2017), is historical romance at its finest.”Booklist, starred review

“Cole has outdone herself here. There’s no sugarcoating the history of a something as vile as slavery, a raw wound that just keeps reopening. An Unconditional Freedom doesn’t allow you to turn away from it but invites you to learn from it in hopes that common sense, decency and an intrinsic belief in everyone’s worth will always be greater than the evil that exists.” – Bibliojunkies

11 thoughts on “The Reluctant Royals and The Loyal League

  1. Your January 10th article in The Washington Post was absolutely wonderfully written. It was a joy to read! Thank you for being an outstanding voice of intelligence. Thank you!

  2. I just stumbled upon the Reluctant Royals series and love them all. I also read the Off the Grid collection. I’m obsessed with your writing. I love how diverse the characters and that there smart, complex, and feel so real. Will you ever have a plus size female protagonists? Big girls need love too.

  3. Dear Ms Cole, Thanks for A Princess in Theory and A Duke by Default! You are definitely on my list to keep track of your books. Finding you was a great discovery since my emphasis now is romance. Loved how Portia and Ravish worked through their issues and found love. Wish you continued success and all your endeavors be blessed! Thanks for the big books yay!!! Mary A Patton

  4. Thoroughly enjoyed both reluctant Royals books!!! I was wondering if maybe Reggie might get her own story?? There are so few characters with disabilities anywhere in pop culture I was thrilled to see her thriving! (Loved the Oracle reference too :)) As a woman in a wheelchair who is a long time romance fan, I’d be over the moon to read a character like her be the heroine of her own romance story, and change the narrative a bit about sex & disability. Much love ❤

  5. Mrs. Cole
    I need more of Thabiso and Naledi’s Story! Please take a break from whatever you’re doing, and give me 10 more books. I need to know everything – their time back in New York, going back to Thesolo, the relationship between Naledi and Ramatla, the wedding, the romance, the babies! I could read a whole book in just the dialogue between Naledi and Thabiso.

    Can you tell me if you have plans to continue their story?

    PLEASE! Indulge me!

    1. Haha, I’m so glad that you’re so interested in them! I am too, lol! Because of that, they will be making appearances in the other Reluctant Royals books. I also have some short stories planned for them. 🙂

  6. Dear Alyssa,

    I am a reviewer with I just recently read and wrote a review on your new novel, A Princess In Theory.
    Oh my gosh, this is fantastic! You are such a creative writer!

    The review is currently live on the site. Here is a link for your convenience,

    Also, a fun side note, I rated your story 4.5 hearts out of a possible 5! If you would like advertising options, here is a link,

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    I had so much fun reading your new book! I can’t wait to read your next one!

    All my best,

    Michele Rioli
    Reviewer with

  7. Wonderful book! I picked it up because of the intriguing description on back, but found the story to be compelling and thought-provoking. I can’t wait to read more like this from Alyssa Cole

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