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A Duke by Default
A Duke by Default: Reluctant Royals | Alyssa Cole
Award-winning author Alyssa Coles 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 way New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, andmost importantlyherself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what shes capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox bosswhen shes not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr. Tavish McKenzie doesnt need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armoryeven if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprenticeand his attraction to herbut when Portia accidentally discovers that hes 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?
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indiaro
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A fun read. It went a bit off the rails towards the end getting a bit too unrealistic and outrageous but otherwise very fun. It was probably a bit too much to ask a rom com about an American socialite with zero experience becoming an apprentice sword maker to be realistic. Thanks for the birthday read @Emilymdxn

Moll Oh how we love a duke by default 12mo
bthegood welcome to Litsy - 12mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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Okay Alyssa Cole posted on IG awhile ago about this one about a sword expert so I grab it. Super good and I loved the couple and side friends which is rare for me with these series within romance. I loved it! #bookspinbingo

StayCurious This sounds great! 11mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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Never read Alyssa Cole but I have a feeling I‘ll enjoy her! I also love the orange against the blue on the cover.
I‘m trying to reacquaint myself with my TBR while on a book buying ban for the month.
#aprilcoverlover21 #geometriconthecover

Liatrek Alyssa Cole is one of my automatic buy authors❤️ So, far loved all the books I‘ve read by her. 2y
Ash.on.the.line @Liatrek that‘s good to hear! I‘ve had her books on my TBR for awhile and finally grabbed one to try! 😄 2y
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mcipher
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Thanks for the tag @Sharpeipup -it‘s been a second Monday sort of Tuesday so I needed some fun 😉
1- I love books set in places I‘ve been - Maine and New Orleans come to mind as favorites.
2 - I tend to read a lot of romance, typically about females, but I don‘t really have a preference. I do hate when an author if one gender writes another gender badly though!
#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView I agree with you on #2! Thanks for playing! 2y
Sharpeipup I agree on #1 2y
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Lauren_reading
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Alyssa Cole books just make me happy! The romance between grumpy Scot and sword maker Tavish (seriously my new book boyfriend because 🔥) and Portia was amazing.

I loved Portia in the previous book and seeing her realize what she needed to be happy was just perfect. Tavish was the grumpy hero I hoped for and while he made so many mistakes, he still grew as well. I absolutely loved this book.

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danimgill
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Mehso-so

I liked Portia and Tav a lot as characters and they had great chemistry but I found the plot points were hard to suspend my disbelief for, plus everything wraps up way too quickly. Enjoyed enough of it to keep Alyssa Cole on the tbr though!

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alisonrose
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Definitely liked this more than the first! Portia is a great character, smart and funny, and I appreciated seeing her realization process w/her ADHD. It explains some of her issues but doesn‘t define her. The story is a bit out there but not wholly unbelievable. And of course for me, being ace, the fact that there‘s not a lot of sex in this one was a plus, LOL. Definitely looking forward to book 2.5 because QUEER BLACK LADIES YES PLEASE. 4/5 ⭐️

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“The fucking numpty lavvy-heided wank stain arsepiece,” Tav growled.

[Scots are definitely good with insults!]

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alisonrose
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I needed some fluff, and this one involves Scotland, one of the top places I‘d want to visit if I were able to go anywhere even in non-pandemic times. (I can‘t travel ever, at all, to anywhere.) My Goodreads friends are pretty evenly divided between liking this one more than the first or liking it less. But wherever I fall, I‘m sure it‘ll be fun, and that‘s good enough! #nowreading

ErinSBecker I haven't read any of that series but really liked her civil war romances. 3y
Texreader I‘ve been having to read fluff lately. Not like me, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Sad to hear you can‘t travel! I‘m so sorry. Thank the world for books that allow us to travel anywhere. I‘m not a lover of travel anymore with chronic back pain. I have to plan a lot ahead to deal with the pain while traveling and then plan for time to recuperate. So I empathize. 3y
WomanistBibliophile I liked this one the most out of the series! 3y
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alisonrose @ErinSBecker I‘ll check those out! 3y
alisonrose @Texreader Yes to traveling vicariously through books! 3y
alisonrose @WomanistBibliophile I‘m really enjoying it, more than the first 3y
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kimmypete1
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Enjoyed this one more than the first book.

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Reggie
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Portia Hobbs, working on a more responsible, sober, new self, takes an apprenticeship with Tavish McKenzie in Scotland to learn how to make swords. There were some great subjects in here wrapped up in romance, importance of community, gentrification, refugees, what people in power are or aren‘t willing to do. This isn‘t even mentioning the internal transformation Portia goes through. The ending was a little short for me but overall great. Pick!

SW-T This one was my favorite in the series. 😊 3y
Reggie @SW-T I‘m gonna read the novellas today so I hope I get more of Portia and Tav cause I could have used an epilogue. 3y
WomanistBibliophile @SW-T it was my favourite in the series too, by far! 3y
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carys14
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Another great light read with lots of fun banter however I am not sure I would recommend the audiobook mainly because the narrator‘s attempt at a Scottish accent was more Nigerian than Scottish.

Book 34/100
#booksandcrafting

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Lauredhel
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And I'm off the starting blocks in two of my challenges! #MMDchallenge #monthlymotifGXO

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rachelsbrittain
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I immediately had to start this one after finishing A Princess in Theory. And I loved it just as much! Edinburgh, swordmaking, enemies(ish) to lovers-- so many good elements coming together to make another excellent royal romance from Cole. The real question is what the heck am I gonna do now since Hoopla doesn't have the next book 😭

4 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Scochrane26 I really like the 3rd one. 3y
Beachesnbooks book 3 was my favorite in the series! 3y
rachelsbrittain @Scochrane26 @Beachesnbooks I'm so sad Hoopla doesnt have it! I'm going to have to see if I fan get physical copies of it and the 2 novellas from my library 3y
Scochrane26 I didn‘t know about the novellas. @rachelsbrittain 3y
rachelsbrittain @Scochrane26 yeah! One of them is about Reggie called Can't Escape Love and the other is about Likotsi: 3y
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FeastingOnFiction
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Upon finishing I immediately went online to order the other 2 books in the series. They will be here tomorrow and that‘s not nearly fast enough. This concludes my review.

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FeastingOnFiction

Needed a quick, fun read that didn‘t require too much of me, and OMG I THINK IM ADDICTED!!

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bookandbedandtea
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1- I'm totally indoorsy
2- hot tea
3- Edinburgh. It seems like I read a ton of books set partly or entirely there, most recent is tagged
4- pink
5- yep! 😄
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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swishandflick
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I read the 2nd and 3rd books in this series out of order by mistake but I'm not even mad about it because I seem to have saved the best for last - by far my favorite of the series, and I really enjoyed them all 😍 #romance

(📸 Belated brunch and book pic)

Ashley_Nicoletto I haven‘t read the third yet, but this one was phenomenal. 3y
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swishandflick
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So 👏🏽 much 👏🏽 yes! 👏🏽

Bookzombie 💗 3y
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beyondbookish
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Such an enjoyable royalty romance series!!

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LoverofLit
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This was my first of Alyssa Cole's and I really liked it! She had smart, witty writing that was the right amount of steamy. I'll definitely be checking out more of hers! #romantsy #pop19 #popsugar2019 #popsugarreadingchallenge Two Books That Share the Same Title (2)

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Alyssa Cole is my Queen.

❤️

Q•U•E•E•N

SW-T She‘s awesome 😊💕 3y
Ashley_Nicoletto @SW-T One of my absolute favorites. I always enjoy her. 3y
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sammisho
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Fun, easy read! I am a sucker for a "becoming royal" love story. #blitsy
#pop19 book with same title (1)

SW-T I really liked this one 😊 3y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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The Eye of the World is pushing me into a reading slump. Hoping to combat that with some Alyssa Cole.

Liatrek Great book 😊 3y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Liatrek I just love everything she does. She‘s so good. 3y
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Purplerosiepage
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Cute story. I like Portia.

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sammisho
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Someone had a bad dream and climbed onto my lap and fell asleep. My leg is cramping, and it's really hot, but he is too sweet. So I am going to ignore the discomfort and start a new book instead. #momlife

Soubhiville That‘s adorable. 3y
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KatyAliceReads
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ErinSueMreads Alyssa cole is so freakin cool too! I met her last year and she‘s amazing! 4y
KatyAliceReads I heard about her from Becky Spratford at this year‘s Reaching Forward conference. I‘ve never really read romance before but I really enjoyed this one! 4y
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ElectricKatyLand
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Delightful romance between an American socialite intent on (im)proving herself and a grumpy swordmaker/secret Duke. Set in Scotland, the novel actively interrogates class, economic power, and racial issues as the main characters find their Happily Ever After. There is a bit of boss/employee tension, but Cole handles this dynamic well. The characters have strong family and friend support, too. Recommend!

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surlyspice
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heeeeee do you have any books about dukes indeed @helgagrace

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silentrequiem
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While I liked the first book better, this one was still fun! Full of nerdy jokes that passed the MC by. Also much social justice commentary (yes!!!), a biracial hero, and lots of nerdy sword facts. #romantsy

Traci1 These covers are so delicious. 😍 4y
silentrequiem @Traci1 The cover artist is amazing! 4y
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pasiphae_reads
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Books # 57-60 that I‘ve read in 2019! 📚
57. “A Duke By Default” (Reluctant Royals # 2) by Alyssa Cole ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
58. “As Kismet Would Have It” (Dimple & Rishi # 3)by Sandhya Menon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
59. “Because You‘ll Never Meet Me” (# 1) by Leah Thomas ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
60. “My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
#books #goodreads #reading #yalit #fiction #thriller

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bookandbedandtea
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Sweet, improbable, humorous, and sexy. Two thumbs up!

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Michollio
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Mehso-so

Eh. I liked the last 20 pages or so and I love the cover. The rest I felt whatever about. I remember really enjoying the first one, so I'll continue with this series in the hopes that I will like the others.

Liatrek I recommend the two novella. The one with her sister Reggie is great😊 4y
Michollio Thanks @Liatrek ! Those are on my lisr 4y
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Julsmarshall
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Loved this! Sweet, funny, and full of swords! Gotta love #swordbae

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Julsmarshall
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Reading on the deck on a foggy, rainy morning.

heikemarie This one was so sweet 💜 4y
batsy Looks like a perfect morning 📚🌳🌧️ 4y
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Julsmarshall
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Needed a break from non-fiction and snapped up this ebook from my library 😄

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Chelleo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️🎧2019.04.05. I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first book in the series. The #audiobook experience was lacking because the narrator had a pretty bad Scottish accent (it came off as more African than Scottish). Her internal struggle was hard to deal with but I get that it helped move the story along. #pocauthor #readdiversebooks #romantsy

JamieArc I just started listening to A Princess in Theory today. I‘m not much of a romance reader, but I‘m really liking the main character so far (the female one). 4y
Verity I loved the book, I just wish she‘d picked any other dukedom. Because Edinburgh is Prince Philip (aka Elizabeth II‘s husband) and I just couldn‘t get past it! 4y
Chelleo @Verity Interesting! I bet that would be distracting. 4y
HOTPock3tt I loved this one! ♥️ 4y
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sophierayton
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Mehso-so

After a great start with A Princess in Theory I was disappointed by this. I listened to it on audio and the Scottish accent was terrible.

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pasiphae_reads
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#currentlyreading 🏰📖
“A Duke By Default” (Reluctant Royals # 2) by Alyssa Cole 💖🌹😘🎩
#alyssacole #romance #adukebydefault

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Emory
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Loving this! I've actually laughed out loud several times now.

SW-T 😊😊😊 4y
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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

I finished this in audio while traveling and cooking the last few days. I didn't care for the story in this one as much and felt like the major plot point in the third fourth was more of a distraction. The narrator, who I loved in previous books, seems to struggle with the Scottish brogue (which, let's be honest, I was surprised was needed and not where I expected this series to go, at all, at all.)
#hoopla #romantsy

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Laughterhp
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When I think of Royalty, I think of Romance novels!

Two Romance novels I would highly recommend! One is historical and the other is contemporary!

#Royalty #LiteraryLuck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 4y
HOTPock3tt I loved a duke by default! ♥️🤗 (edited) 4y
vkois88 🖒🔥🖒🔥🖒 4y
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ReadingEnvy
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One of my very best friends is coming in the middle of this next week and one of our main goals is to read together. I'm listening to this while I straighten up and she posted to Instagram that she also started listening today. It figures!

HardcoverHearts Yay for friend visits! 4y
wordzie 🙌 4y
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts I'm looking forward to it! 4y
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bookandbedandtea I liked the first on this series but then forgot I bought this one too. Making a reminder for myself. Enjoy your reading buddy this week! 4y
ReadingEnvy @bookandbedandtea I had guessed where I thought it was headed, you know, which side character, and I got it so wrong! 4y
bookandbedandtea @ReadingEnvy How intriguing! I'm strongly tempted to abandon my current books and read this one instead! 4y
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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
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Enjoying this so far! Seems appropriate since Valentine‘s Day is next week!

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Laughterhp
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This book was so fun! It had a few Harry Potter references, a bunch of Doctor Who references, a swordsmith and was set in Scotland! I really liked this book and it checked all my boxes. I liked Portia and her journey to learn more about herself. This is the first I‘ve read, so I don‘t know how she is in the first book. As this book is Project: New Portia. I don‘t read many contemporary romances, but this was a good one!

#fridaynightreads

WhatWouldJaneDo I just read the first one; Portia isn't in it a ton but she's kind of a hot mess when she is so Project Portia makes sense 😁 4y
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Laughterhp
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When somebody writes in a library book with pen 🙄🤦‍♀️🙄🤦‍♀️🙄🤦‍♀️🙄

And it doesn‘t even make sense. If you read the book, the text is right and the reader just wasn‘t paying attention. So annoying.

mreads 😡 4y
DakotaWilde 🙅‍♀️🙅‍♀️🙅‍♀️ 4y
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Tera0707
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💙💛💙💛💙 Loved this book! And I‘m a bit loopy from reading for the #24in48 readathon. So that‘s all I‘m going to say ☺️ I didn‘t read as much as I wanted to, and apparently I‘m a very slow reader as I only finished 2 1/4 books in 12 hours lol (I clocked 12 hours and 30 minutes). But I had fun! (I envy those who can read for hours and hours at a time! 😄)

GypsyKat You did great! 👏👏👏 4y
Tera0707 @GypsyKat thank you! ☺️ 4y
ReadingOver50 My friend gave me that bookmark for Christmas 😄 4y
Tera0707 @ReadingOver50 haha I love it! (And it‘s so true!) 4y
CoverToCoverGirl Great bookmark! 😊 4y
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Tera0707
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Good morning! I slept in later than I wanted, but I think I needed it. I just downed a cup of coffee and am going to continue on with this book. I‘m hoping to clock in at least another six hours today. I can tell my husband wants to go do something and I feel bad because I just want to sit and read. Sigh.... #24in48 #readathon

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TsundokuAleax
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Alyssa does it again. I love how relatable Portia is in her problems, how has handled things in the past, and how she is trying to do better. I enjoyed Tav's grumpiness and how his family brought some wonderful flair to the story. Also I love how Cole does not go for all the normal tropes or turns them just enough to be interesting. I cannot wait for the next one.

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TsundokuAleax
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I love this interaction. Had me laughing at work. #romantsy

Zelma That made me guffaw out loud. 👍 4y
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