Award-winning author Alyssa Coleâ€™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 wayâ€¦
New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, andâ€”most importantlyâ€”herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what sheâ€™s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox bossâ€¦when sheâ€™s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.
Tavish McKenzie doesnâ€™t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armoryâ€¦even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprenticeâ€”and his attraction to herâ€”but when Portia accidentally discovers that heâ€™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?
Praise for A Duke by Default
â€śColeâ€™s romances are always smart, sexy, captivating readsâ€¦â€ť
â€śAlyssa Cole has rightfully garnered acclaim from all corners for the impeccable construction and emotional complexity of her romance novels. But her new novel, A Duke by Default, underscored something about her writing that I think deserves to be celebrated just as muchâ€”how joyfully and unrepentantly nerdy her work is.â€ť