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A Duke by Default

Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Series: Reluctant Royals, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

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. And it turns out that 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?

©2018 Alyssa Cole (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Eirenical
  • 12-08-18

Needed a different narrator

I enjoyed Karen Chilton's narration of A Princess in Theory, but was extremely disappointed in her narration of this, because the "Scottish" accents were so distracting they really took me out of the story. It was so disappointing.

I might have enjoyed the story more if I hadn't been so taken out of it by the accents, but as it was....very disappointing.

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  • Sarah
  • 17-01-19

Good story, bad accents

Karen Chilton was great with the first book, but her “Scottish” accent leaves much to be desired. It bounces around between Irish and thesoloian and gets distracting.

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  • YVH
  • 13-09-18

Love, Royalty, and Mystery

I really enjoyed this story. The fairytale excitement yet plausibility made it fun to hear. The narration was enjoyable too although at times it lacked accent authenticity. I would recommend if you are looking for a good time and a smile.

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  • Davida
  • 30-05-19

Narrator ruin the Story!!!

This could have been a better story if they would have a person who could do a real Scottish accent. this was Tedious I could not get past the first 45 mins of the story. Seeing that a lot of the other books are with the same narrator I think I won't try another book from this offer. The author should check out Tavia Gilbert who not only an do amazing accents but both black women and Scottish men and other nationality that are believable.

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  • H Price
  • 15-02-19

DNF

I couldn't do it. I couldn't listen to that horrible accent. It took me completely out of the story line and all I kept hearing was the narrator butchering a Scottish brogue.

I'm sure she's a great narrator in other circumstances -- she has an interesting voice. But why would you hire a narrator who is incapable of doing the hero's accent?

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  • Audiobookhoe
  • 16-01-19

I usually love her books👸🏿

For some reason I thought I’d devour this one. I did get to the 80% mark but I’m realizing it’s just not something that particularly engaged me. This has been the only Alyssa Cole book I haven’t dug before so I’m more disappointed in myself for not digging it. The way I interpreted the characters, it was almost as if they didn’t have any chemistry. I’m not sure if I like grumpy heroes. It’s just hard to get into heroes who act mad all the time. Some details I did like were that the heroine was a twin and dealt with adhd. I love twin protagonists since I’m a twin but sometimes I feel like people go out their way to capture what it’s like to be a twin and while twins are individuals, a lot of us end up going into the same fields. That’s nothing I’m picky about only speaking on life experiences. I wish Tavish had known how to speak Spanish . That would have made me like him more.

Either way Alyssa Cole is one of my top 3 one click writers. Just because I didn’t enjoy this one doesn’t mean all her other books aren’t amazing. The ones I’ve read so far were. Was just a miss this time.

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  • aerlys
  • 02-01-19

Fun story, narration good except for awful accents

Overall I quit enjoyed the book. I liked the development of the relationship and the setting. The villain was over the top, as was the ending. But overall a fun listen.

I like the narrator, and really liked her narration in the first book in the series. But her Scottish accents were bad enough to be distracting at times. But I learned to ignore that, and it didn't detract overly much.

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  • Saritza Hernandez
  • 29-12-18

Alyssa Cole Delivers

I haven’t laughed, cried, giggled, blushed, and laughed all over like this in a long time! I absolutely adore this series and so glad it’s Karen Chilton narrating again. Best last read of the year for me.

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  • DWatsonLuv
  • 28-11-18

My favorite book/audiobook in this series so far!

Tavish and Portia both grew as characters in this story. Through hilarious moments there were also serious issues such as Tavish finding his true place in the world and Portia discovering her ADHD. Loved how despite their imperfections, they still had each other's back. I love all the characters and look forward to Johan and Nya's story in 2019! Very good read/listen. The narrator's voice was soothing and she did a terrific job with all the accents!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-18

A True Romantic

There are no words you just have to listen or read it for yourself. I will be looking for other audit books by this author.