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How to Catch a Queen

(Runaway Royals #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,013 ratings  ·  517 reviews
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 t
Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Avon
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ambreen It's the second series. The first series is Reluctant Royals (3 novels and 2 mini novels). This follow-up series is Runaway Royals.

Previous characters…more
It's the second series. The first series is Reluctant Royals (3 novels and 2 mini novels). This follow-up series is Runaway Royals.

Previous characters make appearances but you don't have to read those to follow the story. Everything is explained.(less)
Nakia Am I old enough to read this book, I am only 12?

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
2.5 Meh stars

I really wanted to love this book. The cover is beautiful and the synopsis sounded so good. Unfortunately I never felt the love between Sanyu and Shanti. Their relationship wasn't just a slow burn it was nonexistent. They never spent time together. Instead I found myself drowning in boring over the top details of royal life, and the politics of being the queen and king. I did like that Shanti wanted to make a difference. She wanted to make things better. That she stood for what
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole is a great contemporary romance about a woman that is finally living her dream to be queen.

How to Catch a Queen has great characters. Shanti is strong and willing to do anything to fight for what she believes in. She has always wanted be a queen in order to make a difference in the world. She isn’t after love or the glamourous side of being a queen. Sanyu is trying to be a good King and wants to make everyone proud.

I highly recommend How to Catch a Queen to an
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I was so excited for this book. A king and queen who had a marriage of convenience and then fall in love? YES. Unfortunately, I had a hard time connecting with these characters and it was very, very slow.

Shanti has made it her life goal to be a queen, so when she was chosen from to marry Sanyu, she is prepared to finally fulfill her dream and make a difference. But Sanyu is from a very male-dominated monarchy where the queen stays silent and the king rotates through queens every
3.5 stars

How to Catch a Queen is a well written royals romance with one of the most stunning covers. Seriously, this book is gorgeous. I wanted to love it as much as I loved some of Cole’s other royal books but I struggled so hard to get into this book and to connect with the characters. I liked the book a lot, and I loved both of the main characters, I’m just not sure that I ever felt the connection between them. Still, I’m excited to continue on with this series and recommend this to anyone w
2020 Fall Bingo (#fallintorombingo🍁): ‪Royalty

I went back and forth on my rating because I'm conflicted. I didn't write this review for nearly a week because I couldn't decide between 3 and 4 stars. I'm a big fan of Cole's royal contemporaries and Civil War historicals, so I came in with incredibly high expectations.

There is a lot to love in HOW TO CATCH A QUEEN: amazing mental health rep, nuanced and gripping politics on how to rule a kingdom recovering from European imperialism/colonialism
mina reads™️
Nov 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
“By day, they lead separate lives. By night, she wears the crown, and he bows to her demands in matters of politics and passion”

Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
In early pages of How to Catch a Queen, the first in a new romance series from Alyssa Cole, lifelong royal aspirant Shanti Mohapi has achieved her goal: she’s now the queen of the small African nation of Njaza. But things aren’t quite as she envisioned. Instead of giving speeches and affecting change, she’s prohibited from attending council meetings or giving her opinion in any form, and she barely sees her new husband.

It turns out that Njaza doesn’t subscribe to the “’til death do us part” noti
I'm gonna start this review off by acknowledging that this book is probably a 3 star read if I were to review it critically.

- The love interest King Sanyu is useless
- The plot on the back of the book isn't the actual plot of the book
- And the bad guy just gets away with being awful for the whole book


I'm not reviewing this critically because I've had a rough two weeks and this book made me feel better. I was able to pick up this book and just disappear into the story. I wasnt annoyed wh
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Going into How To Catch A Queen, I expected a light fun read featuring a modern royalty romance. It ended up being a bit too politically heavy for me, in my opinion. I found this a bit tedious because politics were a large factor of the book rather than romance. Not much happens in the beginning and it’s quite slow. As for the characters, I liked Shanti because she was a strong feminist character. She wanted to be queen to make a difference for people rather than just for the title or the prince ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Shanti has always had one dream in life: become a queen. So when she finally achieves this goal by marrying the king of the isolated kingdom of Njaza, she should be elated. But Njaza is a kingdom where queens last only four-months, and her king is less than enthused about marrying her. Shanti, however, isn't going to let that stop her.


How to Catch a Queen is the start of a new trilogy (I hope!) that are companion novels to the Reluctant Royals trilogy, operating in the same world an
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
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Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well. This was everything.

I love love loved Shanti. She’s smart and driven and a little sassy. Sanyu is a little gruff and uncertain. Together they have instant intrigue and chemistry. There are a few other characters, but they seem a bit on the fringes.

Plot wise, it was so satisfying. I loved the slow burn of their relationship and the growth of the kingdom. The conflict of the wedding added a slight angst, but nothing that was horrible. I could have done with a million more scenes between Sh
Bree Hill
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
My only con with this book is just while the set up and build up is great, things started a little slow foR me but once I got into the thick of the story I was hooked! Shanti instantly became one of my new heroines. She wants to become a Queen because she aspires to do good things for the world in comparison to Sanyu who was born into Royalty and honestly has no idea what he’s doing. It’s an arranged marriage, temporary marriage type deal where he eventually learns maybe he does want to keep her ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Alyssa Cole is one of my favorite authors and her Reluctant Royals series sits at the top of my top romance series of all time. Though I was sad to see it end, I was excited when Runaway Royals, a spinoff series, was announced. How to Catch a Queen felt different than the books in the Reluctant Royals, which made it a fresh experience.

One of Alyssa Cole's strengths lies in her characters. She is incredible at writing nuanced characters that you want to become best friends with. The protagonist
BeeButBookish ♡


I am a crazed fan of The Reluctant Royals Series but this one right here? Might be shoving that one to the side because it was so.....refined? Grown? Just an all around example of how much growth she’s had in her writing? The bangers keep coming. Please be aware of parental loss and grief in this novel

This one follows Shanti Mohapti, she’s always wanted to be Queen so she could make a change, she has her own Field Guide to Queendom, A
Lover of Romance
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

How To Catch A Queen is the first book in a NEW spinoff series called "Runaway Royals" and I have to say when this cover was released months ago I just couldn't wait to get my hands on this book ....literally, I was leaping for joy. Because y'all know how the covers work me in all the
I've figured out what it is about this series I love so, so much: the character development. Which, duh. Characters are half the reason people read romance. But this series (or universe, I guess, since this is technically a spin-off of the Reluctant Royals series) does such a great job at fleshing out and developing those characters' lives and perspectives beyond the romance.

The leads in the Reluctant Royals/Runaway Royals are some of the most neurotic people I've ever read about. Compared to Be
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
This idea of the story was fine. However, it took entirely too long to get to the point....this plot was kind of boring for me. I like the idea of an arranged marriage for a story and they eventually started to communicating with each other and teach each other about love (neither believed in love)...He was the newly crowned King after his father took ill and passed away. Both the king and Queen were young and contemporary and wanted to bring modern ideas to the throne. The young King was dealin ...more
Carole Bell
Excellent, unexpectedly feminist slow-burn romance with a kick ass ambitious queen and a reluctant, nearly runaway king. It's a cross between the romcom vibe of Reluctant Royals and the more serious political tone of Cole's Loyal League historical romance.

Longer review to come
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2020-books
Thank you to Avon Books and Harper Audio for the complimentary paperback and audiobook of this title.

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole is the first book in Cole's new Runaway Royals series.

This book would be perfect for someone who loves royal romances and is also looking to diversify their bookshelf.

Shanti Mohapi grew up idolizing the queen of her country. At a young age she decided she wanted to be a queen and did everything she could to educated herself to accomplish this goal. When she w
Leigh Kramer
Alyssa Cole is one of my favorite authors and I’m still firmly in her corner even though this one didn’t work for me. Truthfully, I should give this two stars but everything in my being rejected rating an Alyssa Cole book that low. Really, I’m giving it 3 stars for the strength of Shanti’s character, the only star of this book. She was incredibly smart, gifted, and a true queen. Had this not been a romance and Shanti had left Sanyu far behind, it would have been a much more successful story. Ala ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I really loved this layered fairy tale about a woman who made her dreams happen (Shanti wanted to become a queen to help people and studied how to do that like you would any job) and a man trapped into his destiny (Sanyu is the new king to a country that only regained its independence from the colonizers 50 years ago and is frozen between tradition and progress). The Royal Match business was a really cute addition to tie future novels together and all our favorite heroes and heroines ...more
I wanted to read the Reluctant Royals series before reading this book, and I'm glad I did, because it was fun to see the characters pop up again. However, this can certainly be read as a standalone.

This novel is very politics-oriented, and while I did find that interesting, the romance felt underdeveloped in comparison. I didn't feel the chemistry between the characters, because I didn't feel like they actually got to know each other very well, and that didn't leave me too invested in their roma
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-authors
3.5 stars

Alyssa Cole is one of my favorite authors and in terms of character development and growth arcs, this book is fantastic. As a's not as great. Certainly not one of her better ones, even if I LOVE Shanti as a heroine and was into the mystery of why the kingdom of Njaza is the way it is. I also liked Sanyu (our hero) and thought his journey through grieving the loss of his father and finding his voice as king was powerful. I even liked the characters together as partners growi
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's stunning, beautiful, sexy, progressive, hilarious, and everything else that makes an Alyssa Cole novel an instant must read. Go read the previous series if you haven't, then sprint right on back and start reading the RUNAWAY ROYALS series. You will not regret it.

Pre-release review: I know this doesn't come out until next spring but 'RELUCTANT ROYALS' SPIN-OFF, FUCK YES, I AM SO AMPED, GONNA PRE-ORDER IT RIGHT NOW IDGAF HOW LONG I MUST WAIT
Kate Olson
(free review copy) LOVE. Another Cole masterpiece with a thoroughly modern romance wrapped in a monarchy that so desperately needs a queen to whip it into shape. I mostly read contemporary romances and loved this and definitely think those they typically read historical romance will love it too. So much fun!
Blodeuedd Finland
Arranged marriage story! A woman who really wants to be queen!

Shanti has prepared all her life to be queen, ok yes I admit, a tad weird, I mean how many chances are there in the world to achieve that, but hey this is a romance so a lot more pretend kingdoms. I did not know how to take this ambition of hers, but then, I mean she really went all in for it. She studied, she mastered everything and when she finally got her chance she started to plan how to help her new country.

But, yes not that kind
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
This is kind of an odd book. Ostensibly it’s a modern day royalty romance, but it feels more like a contemporary fiction book instead. I really enjoyed the plot and seeing how Sanyu grows into his role and decides what kind of king he wants to be after the death of his father. Shanti’s character arc was great, becoming queen through a marriage of convenience and taking that position to try and make the country a better place.

BUT……… the romance was so lackluster. I love me a good slow burn, but
Chidimma Desiree
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
If nobody got me I know Alyssa Cole’s romance books got me. This book was everything expected which is a good thing from Cole’s amazing writing to a romance with great chemistry. She did not at all disappoint. Alyssa Cole never fails to create an amazing love story with characters that are never the same and circumstances that continue to be more interesting in each one of her books. Yeah no one is doing it like her and the fact that she publishes like three books in a year is so impressive like ...more
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Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bust ...more

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