I love a good meet cute/meet crazy and Alyssa Cole offers up a delectable new favorite in her latest novel, A Duke by Default. Funny, poignant and sweet this is a truly fantastic summer read ... I also loved that the tale had several laugh out loud moments. It’s a light, comedic romp that has lots of heart, which made it a pleasure to pick up and read through. The story has some moments which may make you roll your eyes at the silliness in regard to the dukedom plotline, but A Duke by Default is such a wonderful, whimsical, tale that even sticklers for accuracy will be able to overlook that flaw. I highly recommend you put this book at the top of your summer reading pile.
I love Cole’s Reluctant Royals series so far, and while A Princess in Theory was great, I think A Duke by Default may be my favorite. It centers on socialite Portia Hobbs, who’s decided to put her partying past behind her and throw herself into becoming a more present person. Part of this plan involves an internship at a Scottish armory, where she meets the handsome swordmaker Tavish McKenzie. This book was an absolute delight, and I love how Portia dealt with her unsupportive parents and 'hot mess' tendencies. I highly recommend it!