Fauxmance on the High Seas: How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole Review

The Queen of Royal Romance, AKA Alyssa Cole, is back with a fauxmance fit for a princess in How to Find a Princess. Makeda Hicks has no interest in her grandmother’s claims that a brief fling with a royal in her youth means her granddaughter is a long lost princess. Her mother’s efforts to prove their royal lineage have almost ruined her life on more than one occasion. So when an investigator from the World Federation of Monarchs show up to prove Makeda’s claim to the Ibaranian throne as legitimate, her response is a simple one: no thanks.

But Beznaria Chetchevaliere has her own motivations for finding the heir: her own grandmother’s reputation as a former royal guard depends on it. So despite all of Makeda’s threats, Beznaria isn’t going to give up that easily. After all, stubbornness is one of her many strong suits.

It also doesn’t help that Beznaria is exactly Makeda’s type: tall, attractive, and a bit of a mess. But they each have their own reasons for wanting to keep things from getting too personal: Bez, because mixing work and romance could complicate matters, and Makeda, because she’s been burned before and is determined not to give too much of herself again–especially from someone clearly keeping secrets from her. Guess how well that works out?

Fake marriage, bed sharing, and adventure on the high seas ensure. Looking for a book with all your favorite tropes? Here it is. You’re welcome.

Fake marriage, bed sharing, and adventure on the high seas…

There was no part of this book I didn’t love. The characters, the romance, the Princess Diary‘s-esque storyline of a lost princess returning to the throne. It was all just so good. And the fact that we’re finally getting a full-length f/f romance from Cole (after Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, which I loved but also left me longing for more and especially one with an actual royal protagonist). And it was even cuter than I could’ve imagined.

This was without a doubt an excellent read that I put down feeling satisfied with… but it did dawn on me later that several prominent plot points were left unexplained. I can’t say too much about that because it would reveal a pretty major spoiler. But, yeah, definitely some loose ends. Also, the ending was a bit abrupt. I would’ve liked more where the last chapter ends off, which I think would’ve allowed some of those unanswered points to be addressed. But as this was an ARC, it’s entirely possible those small issues will be dealt with before final publication. Otherwise and overall, absolutely loved it. Even with those small complaints, I still wholeheartedly recommend it. I have already pre-ordered a physical copy for my own bookshelf because I loved it and have very little self-control when it comes to books.

What can I say, it’s another 5-star read from Alyssa Cole.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

How to Find a Princess will be available from your local bookstore on May 25, 2021.