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How to Find a Princess

(Runaway Royals #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  191 reviews
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 infamou
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Avon
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Laura If it's like her books in the Reluctant Royals series, they can each be read as a standalone, or as a series.…moreIf it's like her books in the Reluctant Royals series, they can each be read as a standalone, or as a series.(less)

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Lex Kent
3.75 Stars. This was a super cute romance. I’ve wanted to read Cole for a while so I was happy to get my hands on this book. This is a bit of an Anastasia retelling, but I didn’t really feel much Anastasia while reading this. This was just more of a slow-burn, feel-good romance. This did have a few bumps so this wasn’t a total win for me, but overall I quite enjoyed the read.

I loved the beginning of the book and found it very easy to get sucked into the story. Yes, there were a few things that
Greyland Reviews
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2-stars
2.5 stars
ARC provided by Avon through NetGalley for honest review

I wanted to like this so bad! I've been waiting for Bez's story after How to Catch A Queen and I was let down. The pacing wasn't great and over all plot development underwhelming. I did get aspects of an Anastasia retelling but the whole story just wasn't there. And the time spent in Ibarania at the end of the book was to short and rushed. Here's hoping the next book in this series is better!
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“A princess and her lady knight—the kind of fairy tale she'd always wanted, if she had to be a princess.”

Perhaps I hyped myself so much so that disappointment was inevitable. How to Find a Princess was one of my most anticipated 2021 releases and I can't say that I loved it. It had its entertaining moments and some funny lines but the pacing was all over the place. Also, tone-wise this felt less like an Anastasia retelling and more like something in the re
Jude in the Stars
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Makeda may not know what she wants from life but she knows exactly what she doesn’t want, and that’s being a princess. The family folklore according to which her grandmother had a fling with the prince of the tiny kingdom of Ibarania was fun to entertain until it became her mother’s obsession. So when, in one day, Makeda loses both her job and her girlfriend, the last thing she needs is for a so-called investigator to try and convince her to travel to Ibarania with her to claim her title as the ...more
sil ♡ the book voyagers
I had so much fun reading How to Find a Princess. When Bez was introduced, I was laughing and loving her already. She has such a chaotic energy you won't be able to stop loving her. And then there is Makeda, a lonely woman who, throughout all her life, has been called a doormat because she loves giving even if no one gives in return. We have two people who never would have met under other circumstances. But somehow they find each other.

This is such a slow burn romance!!!! I was waiting so hard f
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
I'm starting to think that - even though I am such a huge fan of Alyssa Cole's Reluctant Royals series - that this new series isn't for me.

The basic premise of this book is that a woman who is the white knight for all of her loved ones gets a white knight of her own. There have been rumors since Makeda's childhood that she might be a lost descendent of the royal line of an island nation. The mere idea that they might have royal blood sent her mom on a spiral during Makeda's younger years, and no
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

“How to Find a Princess” is a pretty sweet slow-burn romance. I had never read anything by Cole before and I feel like this was a nice introduction. This is also the second in her Runaway Royals series, however, I didn’t read the first but I never felt I was missing anything here.

Makeda Hicks is a people pleaser who has just been let go of her job and dumped by her girlfriend all on the same day. On top of that, her grandmother is wanting her to claim her lost princess status from a sma
Ahhhh this is such a sweet and fun rom-com. I laughed out loud at so many points - especially the scenes with Makeda's fabulous grandmother! - and loved the heroines' adventures in the land of only-one-bed in a fake-married trip across the world. This is my very favorite Alyssa Cole novel yet, and that is REALLY saying something! And the ending was just delicious. ...more
Sapphics just keep winning and I'm not mad ...more
How to Find a Princess is a queer Anastasia retelling where Makeda, a long lost African princess falls for Beznaria, the (pansexual, neurodivergent) female agent sent to track her down. Which is a cool idea and I had a pretty good time with this book, but the execution was mixed.

One thing to note is that this book is VERY slow burn in terms of steamy scenes. We don't even get a real kiss until the 75% mark and then there are just a couple of steamier scenes. And this is somewhat related to my m
How to Find a Princess is a queer Anastasia retelling about a constant people pleaser Makeda Hicks, who is on her last leg after being fired and dumped on the same day for being "too helpful" of a person. Makeda takes refuge working in her grandmother's AirBnB until a pansexual, neurodivergent royalty investigator crashes onto her doorstep, claiming Makeda has royal blood, and must be taken to her ancestor's land to claim her throne. As the investigator Bez and Makeda set off to claim her throne ...more
this is my second alyssa cole book and like the first one, a princess in theory, I did struggle with the pacing. however I really love bez and she kept me entertained through the whole book.

was it a favorite romance though? not really. there were hardly any spicy scenes and I didn’t care for makeda at all. but it was cute nonetheless and I liked the ending.
why oh why I didn't love this one more..
who was this person who made my most anticipated list for this many misses it is not funny anymore...

C. S.
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lgbtq, netgalley




Damn, this was good.

I simply ADORED the characters, it was the perfect romance for me because I could identify with one lead and swoon over the other. Makeda's need to always be the helpful one and her description of her inner emotional reserves as a watering can spoke to me so, so much. And Bez was the tall, buff damsel-rescuing woman of my dreams, I LOVED her.

I think my one complaint was that the pacing was a little sluggish in the middle, but again, the charact
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Did I.

Quite satisfying, although the ending's bow was too neatly wrapped and I wanted more conclusion on the ring and some other loose ends. Definitely a cute romance between a chaos agent and a sea snail, with some fantastic secondary characters.

Full RTC.

PS, heed the content warnings from other reviews. There are some definite triggers.

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
I adored this book! It was fun and I totally fell in love with the characters, especially Bez. This has

✔Sapphic Anastasia retelling
✔Fake marriage
✔Dual POV

Bez is the embodiment of chaotic energy and incredibly charming. She's also neurodivergent, which is something I rarely see in romance. Her family is amzing too!

“Core strength, beauty, and knows how to make a sea slug into an object of affection. You really do win.”

As for Makeda, it took me a couple of cha
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars for How to Find a Princess. We loved the premise for this one - a queer Anastasia retelling? Who would be a princess for a Mediterranean island nation whose monarchy is the result of a slave uprising? Yes, please! This book focuses on Beznaria Chetchevaliere who we met in How to Catch a Queen. She's been sent on what is intended to be a fruitless mission to find the heir to Ibarania, and she thinks she's found the princess in Makeda Hicks of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

So far, so good!
This was a solid 3.5 Stars round up
I liked both main characters and quite liked Bez from the first installment in this series.
This is a slow build and feels awkward.
All romance books have silly manufactured devices this felt more complicated than necessary.
I look forward to AK's story which I assume will be the 3rd installment in this series.
This was probably my favourite Alyssa Cole book so far, and that's saying a lot! ...more
Charlie Marie
So, I suspect that I say this with every Alyssa Cole book I read, but seriously, this book is my favorite!!!

Badass damsel rescuer and all around agent of chaos Beznaria entirely stole my heart with her magnificent firefly brain, dreamy charm and deep desire to protect folks who need it! And holy moly, do I over-identify with Makeda, who worries she is a doormat with her constant need to care-take, but who learns with time and practice that she is in fact a multi-tool with helping super powers t
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

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Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
↠ 3.5 stars

When I heard that this queer Anastasia retelling was available to request, I leapt at the chance to read an early copy. Alyssa Cole is back with her second installment in the runaway royals series. This time, a reluctant heir to a faraway monarchy becomes entangled in an intense vie for the throne after being discovered by a private investigator. As the two go head to head, they develop an intense connection that could derail the whole investigation, but could also be the very thing t
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
DNF @ 18%

Lather, rinse, repeat. Another MC who is a lost princess and has trouble delegating and setting boundaries. The other MC is coming off as obnoxious, though I think she's supposed to be charming.
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: side character alcohol addiction and gambling

How to Find a Princess is a queer Anastasia retelling which, granted I only found out after, but makes SO MUCH SENSE. Now that I know, everything clicks about why I loved the plot, the seafaring adventures, and all the bickering! It only reinforces my love for anything Anastasia-esque and if you are as obsessed as me, please read this
I enjoyed How to Find a Princess. Alyssa Cole is such a good writer that even the parts I struggled with were really good. In fact, the anxiety and frustration I felt about Bez and Makeda was largely because of how real Cole made them to me. I think some people are going to find How to Find a Princess a challenge to get into, and it definitely benefits from a second read. Once I was comfortable with the story, I could appreciate how Bez and Makeda’s relationship developed with much less of the a ...more
Rachel - raguelunicorn
I really wanted to like this, but there were just several things that really didn't work for me. For one, the premise is a little outlandish. I know that sounds hypocritical when I can suspend my disbelief for all sorts of things in romance novels, but the silliness of the princess thing and the goofy names for all the agencies was jarring against the really difficult lessons the characters had to learn.

The pacing was off, too, and the book dragged in the middle and even towards the end.

There we
Despite not loving How to Catch a Queen, I was still so looking forward to How to Find a Princess for several reasons. First, Alyssa Cole is amazing. Second, I really loved our introduction to Bez in Shanti's book. Third, a f/f Anastasia retelling? Sign me up! But, unfortunately, my excitement didn't carry through the actual reading of this book and I'm instead having to write this review from a place of disappointment. Obviously, Alyssa Cole is incredibly talented and this book is as well writt ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
The narrator did a good job, I felt her voices were distinct and it was easy listening to. It is someone I would listen to again.

Bez is looking for an heir to the throne of Ibarania, and comes to investigate Makeda.

Ok, so first, wouldn't it be better to investigate her maybe grandfather? Who knows who he might have married and gotten kids with after this. But ok for the story it is Makeda (her gran had a fling with a maybe prince and thinks Makeda should go for it since there is this whole Becom
Nicole Moon

Y'ALL!!! Alyssa Cole is gonna write a full-length sapphic romance novel???
Smut Report
May 13, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Heat Factor: Low heat
Character Chemistry: Sparkling
Plot: A Royal Investigator who follows the letter of the law but not the spirit + A Long-Lost Princess who has no interest in claiming the throne + A Transatlantic Voyage = Hijinks on the High Seas
Overall: It wrapped up abruptly, leaving me feeling vaguely dissatisfied

Here’s when I knew that How to Find a Princess was going to be a romp: the first scene we have with Beznaria Chetcevaliere, top-10 (out of 10) investigator for the World Federation
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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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