A Duke by Default: Reluctant Royals

A Duke by Default: Reluctant Royals

by Alyssa Cole

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ISBN-13: 9780062685575
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 19,121
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.  

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A Duke by Default: Reluctant Royals 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gaele 11 months ago
It’s been a while since a contemporary series has me so excited or captivated, but the diversity of characters, smart writing and touch of humor from Alyssa Cole’s pen in the Reluctant Royals series ticks every box. I won’t jump on the issue of diversity here –but I want to read stories that come closer to reflecting my own life and neighborhood, a tapestry of life in all the shades possible. But here – we have Portia’s story. First met in A Princess in Theory, she’s one of Ledi’s best friends, but more than a bit of a lost soul. With looks, wealth and friends –one would think she has it all –but she’s often her own worst enemy. Intelligent and unfocused, she’s got the attention span of a gnat, and this reinforces her parents’ “Good thing she’s pretty, she’ll need caring for” attitude, and her own lack of self-worth. She was free-falling into a series of drunken escapades, half-finished projects and uncounted instances in the walk of shame category. These are two people that are meant to be together. Portia is renewed with the challenges- and there are many – to bringing Bodotria into the 21st century. Insatiably curious with her love of history and mysteries, she does some digging to reveal history, family and claims to a title that the staunchly republican-leaning Tav, with his dismissal of the ‘toffs” and scorn for the protocol and behavior, but mostly the callous disregard they show for those with less. Even as Tav is frustrated (mostly due to his own conflicted feelings and fears of being hurt) by Portia, he can’t help but see her heart, her intentions and her ability to bring and share everything he needs to succeed to him, in ways unexpected. She’s a light in the often-dark recesses of his stress: the burden of supporting the armory, his brother and his girlfriend, be a role-model and helping hand to the poorer kids in the neighborhood, and providing a sense of security and welcome for the kids, he’s taking on responsibilities with his whole being – if one should fail, he’s convinced that HE is the failure. But, there’s Portia, with all of her apologizing and hesitance, willing to take on multiple time-consuming tasks all for the momentary moment of praise, developing in confidence in their friendship and working relationship, the joy and wonder in which she takes in new sights and experiences – and how easily that all goes away when her parents call. Not one for mincing his words, he’s gradually (and occasionally gracelessly) pushing her to grab onto those good moments and use them to push herself forward. A task that her bestie Ledi has been trying to work for ages. But – it all goes spectacularly wrong, Portia runs from Scotland in typical “old Portia” fashion, and all just may be lost. ….. and then – it isn’t. I love this series – it grabs onto some difficult and trying issues and brings most around to a satisfying conclusion that had me smiling (and laughing) frequently. Of course, Portia’s flightiness and lack of attention span is briefly addressed – and being similarly tasked with the ability to pick up something quickly and then being bored easily, the challenges for her are solidly presented and some tricks to manage and manoeuver through the day are clever. Tav is a typical bull-headed alpha, but his heart – one of pure gold – is the key to making him oh so special. Grab this and A Princess in Theory while you wait for the next book – you’ll love the conversations, characters and writing in this series!
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Anonymous 4 months ago
This is the only book ive read in the series but I truly enjoyed it
beckymmoe 11 months ago
Somehow, I loved this one even more than A Princess in Theory! Ms. Cole did a fantastic job of making poor-little-rich-girl Portia 100% relatable to her readers. Though I loved her in the last book, it was clear that she had some major things to work out, which she is determined to do from the very first page with her dedication to Project: New Portia. It's not easy, though, which is also very clear--and watching Portia struggle (with the support of her friends, Tav, and sister but sadly without that of her parents for much of the book) is both painful and inspiring. The book truly could have been enough with Portia's personal project and her apprenticeship (and her slow burn, reluctant, and delicious relationship with Tav), but naturally the "Reluctant Royals" portion of the series title have to come into play here too. I was so into the story that I had nearly forgotten the book's title when the whole "duke" part came into play--and OMG, does that part of the plot ever throw a royal wrench into the works. I almost worried that Ms. Cole wouldn't be able to get us to an HEA, but of course she did, and did so with fabulous, sigh-worthy style. (And can I just metnion...the bits with the Queen? Absolutely fabulous...) The secondary characters in the story are wonderful (as they were in the first book) and I can't even say how excited I am that the next book ( A Prince on Paper ) is going to be Johan and Nya's. Is it wrong to hope that the fictional-duke-loving librarian who only shows up in a single (but pivotal!) scene could get an HEA too? ;) Rating: 4 i/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
beckymmoe 11 months ago
Somehow, I loved this one even more than A Princess in Theory! Ms. Cole did a fantastic job of making poor-little-rich-girl Portia 100% relatable to her readers. Though I loved her in the last book, it was clear that she had some major things to work out, which she is determined to do from the very first page with her dedication to Project: New Portia. It's not easy, though, which is also very clear--and watching Portia struggle (with the support of her friends, Tav, and sister but sadly without that of her parents for much of the book) is both painful and inspiring. The book truly could have been enough with Portia's personal project and her apprenticeship (and her slow burn, reluctant, and delicious relationship with Tav), but naturally the "Reluctant Royals" portion of the series title have to come into play here too. I was so into the story that I had nearly forgotten the book's title when the whole "duke" part came into play--and OMG, does that part of the plot ever throw a royal wrench into the works. I almost worried that Ms. Cole wouldn't be able to get us to an HEA, but of course she did, and did so with fabulous, sigh-worthy style. (And can I just metnion...the bits with the Queen? Absolutely fabulous...) The secondary characters in the story are wonderful (as they were in the first book) and I can't even say how excited I am that the next book ( A Prince on Paper ) is going to be Johan and Nya's. Is it wrong to hope that the fictional-duke-loving librarian who only shows up in a single (but pivotal!) scene could get an HEA too? ;) Rating: 4 i/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
book_junkee 11 months ago
I had seen a lot of talk over this series and I was eager to give this one a try. 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’t enough conversation between Portia and Tav. This is sort of a part in the plot, but they have such fantastic banter than I would have loved more time with them pushing each other’s buttons. Overall, it was a story that kept me interested and made me crazy when the ending felt so abrupt. I hope we get to see more of these two {and some idea of their future} in the next book. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**