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How to Catch a Queen: Runaway Royals (Runaway Royals, 1) (2020 original; edició 2020)

de Alyssa Cole (Autor)

Sèrie: Runaway Royals (1)

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Títol:How to Catch a Queen: Runaway Royals (Runaway Royals, 1)
Autors:Alyssa Cole (Autor)
Informació:Avon (2020), 384 pages
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How to Catch a Queen de Alyssa Cole (2020)

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King Sanyu II is devastated by the death of his father, Sanyu I, and terrified he won't live up to his father's legacy as king of Njaza. Shanti, from neighboring African country Thesolo, has made it her life's goal to be a queen, in order to help people. When Shanti is contacted through RoyalMatch, she accepts the offer - but Sanyu, who spent his whole life watching his father's queens being sent away after the four-month marriage "trial" - doesn't have any faith that she will stay. He is also under the thumb of his father's advisor, Musoke. When, near the end of the trial, Sanyu finally approaches Shanti on the advice of his longtime friend and counselor, Lumu, they are able to work together, and Shanti is able to present her own ideas for bringing Njaza into the future - starting with listening to its underrepresented citizens, i.e. women.

The setup works, Shanti and Sanyu have chemistry, and characters from previous novels (e.g. Ledi, Nya, Prince JoJo) make appearances via group texts. HEA, of course.


"In that case, the proper response is to fix the problems, not silence those who point them out." (Shanti to Sanyu, chapter 8)

"Every kingdom is a story." (Anise to Sanyu, ch. 21)

"Love is a fierce thing, as is hope. Peace is harder to cultivate than war..." (Anise to Sanyu, ch. 21) ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 14, 2021 |
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 ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
No relationship can exist solely with strength and strategy or force and cunning--there has to be love and peace and hope to bind those things"

Thanks to @avonbooks and @goodreads for the gifted copy.


This was my first romance read this year and in many, many years actually. This isn't my go to genre at all but after reading this How to Catch a Queen, I think I have to add some more romances to my regular TBR. I already have some on my shelf calling my name.

I loved that this was a modern story and addressed contemporary issues. Sanyu and Shanti were great main characters. Shanti was ambitious, intelligent, assertive and would not settle for anything that did not value her. Sanyu at the core had a good heart and wanted to make change, but due his sheltered royal life he was battling crippling anxiety on a daily basis. I love that the characters balanced each other out and fell in love in an unconventional fashion. It wasn't fluffy unicorns and rainbows. They were able to build a relationship and build mutual goals through exploration of their feelings and prioritizing communication. It took a long time in the book to get there but the slow burn and pay off was worth it. It had just the right amount of steam without overboard by my own standards.

What also struck me were the overarching themes about some societies that were woven into the love story. The ones that resonated the most were that:
* Women are seen as problematic if they express ambitions and goals outright.
* Women often have to make themselves smaller because of men's egos.
* Marginalized groups are the backbone of society but are the most silenced. For a society to succeed, it must be inclusive.
* Good governments emerge when citizens are empowered to voice their concerns.
* Tradition can co-exist with modernity.
*Marriages are more successful when there is mutual respect and partnership.
*The only way to make change sometimes is to speak truth to power.
*Social status does not exempt you from mental health issues.

This bookdragon rates this 🔥🔥🔥🔥 ( )
1 vota Booklover217 | Dec 21, 2020 |
I'm really bad at reading romance: even while accepting of course there's going to be an HEA on the romance front I'm still thoroughly tensing myself expecting a) the Dark Past mystery to involve precisely the murders repudiated by the "Bluebeard plus Scherezade minus the murders" tagline that sold me on this (okay, I was also sold on it by the fact that it's set in one of a whole *bunch* of African Ruritanias) and b) the imminent revolution on the part of either the general population or the council of advisors which Our Heroes are vaguely but (in my tense opinion while reading) wildly insufficiently concerned about.

Long story short, to the complete no surprise of anyone more used to the genre, they do in all respects live happily ever after. Parts of this are to my taste *excessively* "communication solves all" (I get that the abusive a-hole has trauma but he's also got a superiority complex and a massive power base!) but hey, like the book says, "modeling public confrontation can be effective in populations where people don’t have a strong cultural history of protest”. I recall reading something about women's novels in Nigeria playing a vital role in teaching readers about ... my memory is super fuzzy but like alternatives to living with domestic violence was at least an example I think, and anyway it occurs to me that if we could get guys to read romance maybe we could chip away at toxic masculinity a bit. Except the obvious problem is chipping away at toxic masculinity enough to get them to read romance in the first place. Hm, this plan requires more thought. ( )
  zeborah | Dec 11, 2020 |
If you check out my Goodreads feed, you'll see that 2020 has been the year of romance reads as well as re-reads. I've read almost all of the books in the "Reluctant Royals" series by Alyssa Cole and even reviewed and few, so I was delighted to hear that there was a new series coming, the "Runaway Royals." I did an inner dance of joy when I found out that I had received the opportunity to review the first book in this series, How To Catch A Queen, #bookdivaissues. Okay, it might have been an actual dance of joy, but since no one was watching, there's no documentation of it, so let's move on.

Shanti Mohapti has always wanted to be a queen, not a princess or a royal consort, but a "Queen" that is a helpmate to her husband the King, and a useful resource to her husband's kingdom. She wasn't born to nobility or with great wealth, but she has great intelligence and has studied all of the great African queens, past, and present. She knows she can be useful to a kingdom if only given the chance, thus her profile on She isn't overjoyed with her match to Sanyu II of Njaza, but she does feel that she can be useful to him and his kingdom if just given the chance. Sadly, the chance doesn't seem to arise given that Njaza has a somewhat archaic four-month marriage trial for its royalty. The king could change wives every four months if he so desires. The bigger problem is that in Njaza, women, especially Queens, aren't to be heard (or even seen). Shanti's husband didn't want to get married and didn't want the crown or title of king, so he's just marking time until the four-month period is over. Sanyu has been taught that a king never shows weakness and an attraction to his wife is weakness. The problem is that he is attracted to his wife and she does actually have good ideas. With less than a month left in their marriage trial, Sanyu decides to follow the advice of one of his trusted advisors and attempt to get to know his wife. What they both discover just might be the best thing for both of them as well as for the disgruntled and impoverished kingdom.

How to Catch a Queen is a bit different from the other romances that I've read by Ms. Cole because both Shanti and Sanyu aren't looking for love and adamant about avoiding an emotional attraction at all costs. They do agree to work together to help the kingdom of Njaza. Shanti helps Sanyu gain confidence in his ability to rule and provides him with some fantastic ideas about what the people want and need. In some ways, this was almost an anti-romance romance read (trust me, that will make sense when you read the book). One of my favorite scenes in this book is when Sanyu confronts Shanti about her outside-the-palace forays and admits "I teamwork you." Not "I love you" but "I teamwork you." There's definitely a growing attraction between the two and they're both loathe to admit it. Sweet! I also enjoyed the brief cameo appearances by many of the couples and people we meet in the "Reluctant Royals' series. Yes, there's a lot more going on in this story: political intrigue, unrest in the population, and hidden history to the country of Njaza. If you can't tell, I thoroughly enjoyed How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole and am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. If you think you're not a romance reader and are looking for something that's a little different to read, then you'll want to grab a copy of How to Catch a Queen. For those of you that have read any of the books in the "Reluctant Royals" series, I encourage you to grab a copy of How to Catch a Queen if you haven't already. I hope y'all enjoy this book as much as I did. Something tells me that it might be time to re-read the "Reluctant Royals" series while I wait for Ms. Cole's next book.

Happy Reading, y'all! ( )
  BookDivasReads | Nov 30, 2020 |
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