A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole



Coffee and Ink’s Review

This has got to be one of the most fantastic, well-written Romances I’ve read lately, a pure delight.   Romance isn’t high on my list these days, but I’ll definitely be reading more Alyssa Cole.

Portia Hobbs is pursuing an apprenticeship in swordmaking in Scotland that will round out her degrees in art history and multiple museum internships. She is also remaking herself, dropping bad habits like alcohol and men and negativity.

The level of detail is what drew me right into the story, the immediacy, the freshness. Portia is a hot mess on the inside, but as her online presence shows, she’s determined to be the heroine of her own story. Armed with her phone, intelligence, attitude and pepper spray, this should all work out for her, right?

As Kevyn the taxi driver said, “Aye, this is going to be grand.”

Very few books make me laugh out loud—this is one of them.

Destined to become a favorite Christmas re-read, perhaps….:D


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?