How to Find A Princess by Alyssa Cole
Series: Runaway Royals #2
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Page Count: 400 pages
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.
✔Sapphic Anastasia retelling
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 chapters to warm up to her but she sort of grows on you. She gives and gives and takes care of everyone but all she wants is someone doing the same for her. Makeda’s grandma is a delight and I loved her cat, Kojak, so much!
I haven’t read any of the other books set in this world, except for a novella but that did not impede my enjoyment. This definitely can be read as a standalone. I would loved an epilogue to wrap up some of the things, especially their relationship but overall I really enjoyed it.
Makeda and Bez have sizzling chemistry and if you love sea voyages, fake relationships, long lost princesses and a hot bodyguard f/f romance, definitely recommend this one!
*ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review