Mini Reviews: A Duke By Default & Untouchable

It’s time for another round of romance mini reviews! Check out my brief thoughts on Alyssa Cole’s A Duke by Default and Talia Hibbert’s Untouchable below.


ADukeByDefaultA Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole

Published by Avon on July 31, 2018

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 374 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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?

With Alyssa Cole and royals, there was no possible way this reading experience could go wrong. Especially when there was a striking Scottish swordmaker in play. Honestly I’m still swooning over Tavish but Portia’s journey made the narrative all the more fascinating. Her attention to detail and passion for almost all things was so compelling and her struggles softened her edges. I would have liked more interactions between Portia and Tavish in the build up since their chemistry was fire. I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment in the Reluctant Royals series especially after that ending. Definitely worth the read!


UntouchableUntouchable by Talia Hibbert

Published by Nixon House on August 11, 2018

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 249 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

What happens when a bad boy becomes a man? 

Nate Davis didn’t plan on returning to his hateful hometown. But then, he didn’t plan on being widowed in his twenties, or on his mother getting sick, either. Turns out, life doesn’t give a f$*k about plans.  

Hannah Kabbah thought her career in childcare was over. After all, no-one wants a woman with a criminal damage conviction watching their kids. But when her high school crush returns to Ravenswood with two kids in tow, she gets the second chance she never dreamed of.  

She also gets to know Nate – the real Nate. The one whose stony exterior hides aching vulnerability. Who makes her smile when she wants to fall apart. Who is way, way more than the bad boy persona he earned so long ago, and way too noble to ever sleep with the nanny. 

So it’s a good thing she’s completely over that teenage crush, right? 

Untouchable is a steamy, small town interracial romance. Warning: this book is 80,000 words of intense romance with a happy ending. There are NO cliffhangers and NO cheating. Enjoy responsibly!

Please note: this book contains discussion and depiction of depression and anxiety that may trigger certain audiences.

I didn’t have to wait long to get the next Ravenswood installment and Hannah and Nate’s story was oh so wonderful. Hannah is such a mess but tough as nails while Nate has a calming presence even when his mind gets stuck on so much guilt. While there was a significant power dynamic at play, the characters talk at length about it and it’s never swept aside. The child care and home aspects though make this book truly something unique. Honestly I cannot recommend Talia Hibbert’s books enough so definitely pick this series up!


Have you read either of these titles? Enjoy romance?

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