A Duke by Default

A Duke by Default

Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice, and his attraction to her, but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

Title:A Duke by Default
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062685568
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    A Duke by Default Reviews

  • Roxane

    Who doesn’t love a novel about a hot Scottish guy with great politics who discovers he’s a duke! The ending was rushed and also the duke of Edinburgh is the husband of the queen so I am shocked th...

  • Melanie

    ARC provided to me by the publicist in exchange for an honest review.#1.) A Princess in Theory ★★★★ “We have a fantastic romance section,” she said. “Do you need recommendations? ...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Finally got around to carrying on with this series and it absolutely did not disappoint. This was SO GOOD. ...

  • Whitney Atkinson

    I listened to this on audio so take my review with a grain of salt, but it was just fine. My job title is the same as this main character's, and a first it was fun to read about someone who did the sa...

  • Nenia ?? Socially Awkward Trash Panda ?? Campbell

    This book is on sale today for $1.99!I honestly think this is one of my favorite romance covers EVER and I can't wait to read it.----HER DRESS!!!!!!!HER DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I'm screamin...

  • Alienor ? French Frowner ?

    Two weeks ago, when I learned that I'd be part of the blog tour for A Duke By Default, I was so excited. Everything about it sounded amazing : a black heroine with ADHD? A commoner turned duke...

  • mwana

    What happens when you give a miserable black girl a book about a rogueish biracial Scottish (unwitting) royal and a black New York socialite who fall in wuuuv? You make a miserable girl go But what ha...

  • Riley

    Scotland + sword fighting + salt and pepper duke + heroine with ADHD + Harry Potter and Doctor Who puns I adored this. Also bless Alyssa cole for not referring to female anatomy as a “pearl” or ...

  • Hollis

    I'm not going to do a drawn out review for this one because I was stuck at the 15% mark of this book for dayyyyyys while I was out of town and also slumping and honestly I'm just glad to have finished...

  • Kara

    I was surprised by how much I didn’t like A Duke by Default, because I LOVED the first book in this series, A Princess in Theory.However, after loving everything in Princess, just about everything i...