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Friday, September 7, 2018

Review: A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

Title: A Duke by Default
Author: Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Karen Chilton
Release Date: July 31st, 2018
Length: Novel (384 pages/12.4 hours)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

A Duke by Default is book 2 in the Reluctant Royals series. I was so excited to see my library got this one in when it was released and snagged it as fast as I could. Book 1 was enjoyable and this one's main character was the BFF from book 1. I'm all about the diverse reads lately, let's see how many more I can fit in this year.

Portia Hobbs is trying to get her life back on track and quit being a screw up. In book 1, we know her as the fun party girl that likes men and alcohol, but she's determined to be more responsible and the best her she can be now. We start off with Portia heading to Scotland after landing an apprenticeship with a swordmaker, that's not your everyday job but color me intrigued. Her new boss, Tavish McKenzie (aka Tav) fails to pick her up at the airport so she grabs a ride and gets to the armory, her new home for the next few months. We'll just say they don't quite meet on the best of terms when she sprays him with bear spray after thinking he was attacking someone. It's not soon to be forgotten and Tav is keeping her at arms length and not letting her anywhere near building swords. Portia is doing her best but getting frustrated that her apprenticeship is turning into revamping the armory's online presence and marketing. You can tell there is sparks between the two but I was waiting awhile before the romance started. Then we add in that Portia finds out that Tav is a long lost Duke and our journey takes a turn as she helps navigate him into the world of the upper crust.

A Duke by Default had me rooting for Portia, she's trying so hard to be more responsible and you just wind up loving her. The romance aspect took a bit but the sparks between the two were there so I'm pretty happy with that. And hey I got to learn the word bawbag (Scottish slang) so we're counting this book a learning experience to boot. All in all this was a lovely read and I think you'd enjoy it if you like diverse contemporary romances.

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