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 swordm...more
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? How do you like your dukes? Grumpy? Tortured? Alpha, beta, or alpha in the streets, beta in the sheets?” “Actually, I meant nonfiction”
Friends, this was nothing short of pure joy to read. Please, if you’re looking for a heartwarming, funny, and expertly crafted romance, please look no further. A Duke by Defau ...more
I honestly think this is one of my favorite romance covers EVER and I can't wait to read it.
10/10 would buy ...more
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? Scotland? My, my. It's as if this novel had been written for me, really. I posted elated tweets about it, messaged all my friends, wrote a prereview on Goodreads, and then,
I didn't read it.
Oops. I spent the next two weeks randomly looking at the cover, clutching my ereader, before reading ...more
But what happens when you further make it about a black New Yorker who suffers from near-crippling ADHD and anxiety, and a big buff man who happens to be all marshmallow inside? You make a formerly miserable girl who's reluctantly smiling go
But what about when you go even further and add a colourful cast of ch ...more
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 in Duke annoyed me:
-The armory – for all the talk about the intensity of the competition for the internship, not much sword-making ever takes place. This could have been replaced by any cottage industry from arrow fletching to heirloom zucchini growing and it wouldn’t have affected the plot.
-The hero – ...more
“You’re my liege. You’re the person I’m fighting for.”
Alyssa Cole delivered another sweet and heartfelt romance with A Duke by Default! She continues to be one of my go-to contemporary romance authors these days. There's just something about her stories and her characters that speaks to me as a reader. And this book, is a great example of what this talented author can do!
Portia Hobbs might be my favorite Alyssa Cole heroine to date. When she was introduced, she was a bit of ...more
To escape living under this heavy weight of feeling like she’s amounting to nothing and a disappointment to her family she takes an apprenticeship in Scotland for sword making. This will be her way to show h ...more
But then the Duke-thing came up and I just couldn't suspend my disbelief. Too much of it was inaccurate and I just couldn't stop myself from picturing Prince Phillip every time the Duke of Edinburgh was mentioned. Which was a lot (though he never makes an a ...more
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one. The beginning of the first book just had me so hooked on finding out what would happen because I thought the emails from an African Prince asking for personal information was too funny. With Portia and Tav's story, I wasn't as immediately hooked on what was happening.
Granted, I did laugh as random interactions between characters, so I did eventually become invested in this set of characters. I think a lot of people will be able ...more
I loved Portia and Tavish. She’s so smart and sassy and he’s a pretend stoic who is actually a gooey marshmallow. Together they have loads of chemistry. I really liked the secondary characters and I’m so excited that Johan is the next book.
Plot wise is was the slowest burn that ever burned in a contemp. I swear, this was like a regency book with the longing filled glances. My main complaints is that there just wasn ...more
I can't even tell you all the reasons I loved this. But I'll tell you the main reason: PORTIA HOBBS.
She appears in the previous book and to be honest, I wasn't her biggest fan. But I knew going into this book that she was a fav of a lot of reviewers whose opinions I trust, so I was ready to give her a chance. I shouldn't have worried--she won my heart in like, 2 paragraphs. And it's ...more
I have a 50 page rule. You know - go into every book with the plan to make it to at least page 50. Make sure I get a good feel for the author, the story, the characters. If something truly offensive happens, I’ll jump ship beforehand. But I really don’t like to DNF. I search for the good in a book pretty hard in those 50 pages if I feel like I’m slipping.
Here the count down started at page 26. My ARCs lately have been good. Like good good. Interesting. Weird. New. Brave. Differe ...more
Portia is best friends with Ledi (heroine of A Princess i ...more
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Spoiler warning! This review will discuss plot points from the book in detail, because it is impossible for me to list the many ways in which this book did not work for me without mentioning them. If you are unfamiliar with Scotland, Edinburgh and couldn't care less about the British peerage, then maybe these things will not bother you. Nevertheless, be warned that you may get spoilers if you continue with my review after the fourth paragraph.
New York socialite Por ...more
If you read the first book in the series, you might remember Portia Hobbs to be a bit of a mess. Between her excessive drinking and one-night stands, Portia, a New York City socialite, made a name for herself. Well, things have changed. She has now been sober for months, and she is in Edinburgh Scoland, waiting to be picked up for her new job as a swordmaker's apprentice. As far as she can predict, her life is going to completely changed and she has three months to prove it.
CW: Toxic parents, on page sex, drugging, threats.
With how much I adored A Princess in Theory and the fact that I was approved for an arc of A Prince on Paper (the third book), I just knew I would have to catch up as soon as my schedule allowed and bask in the glory that are Alyssa Cole’s romances. My copy showed up just in time for me to pick it up and with no surprise at all, IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. I mean, A Princess in Theory is still my favouri ...more
Now that I've had some distance from A Duke By Default, it's clear that yet again, Cole has written a book where I unabashedly love the lady and think the dude is a mess (a mess in terms of story, not in terms of personality). The only on ...more
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The librarian looked up again.
“I need help now. I need to print this article and . . . do you have any books about dukes?”
The librarian’s eyes went wide and she rubbed her hands together with glee. “We have a fantastic romance section,” she said. “Do you need recommendations? How do you like your dukes? Grumpy? Tortured? Alpha, beta, or alpha in the streets, beta in the sheets?”
“Actually, I meant nonfiction,” Portia said glumly.
The librarian sighed. “Aye. Just a warning, love—the non-fic dukes are not nearly as fun.”