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While the Duke Was Sleeping
Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows it’s pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can’t hurt anyone . . . unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancée. But one person isn’t fooled: his arrog ...more
This wasn't what I was hoping it would be.
Since this is a very obvious retelling of the beloved romcom While You Were Sleeping, it’s hard not to draw comparisons while reading this. And this fell very short in comparison unfortunately. It's a regency interpretation of the story so of course some things were obviously tweaked but Sophie Jordan missed the beats and hit the wrong notes. And the things she did change I honestly wish she hadn't.
The coma aspect ...more
No, it was far safer falling in love with an impossible fantasy. A fantasy couldn’t come true.
A fantasy couldn’t hurt you.
Poppy Fairchurch knows that fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry is wishful thinking for a plain shop girl, but dreams are harmless. Until she saves the Duke from being mauled down by a carriage. And when the duke goes into a coma, Poppy’s life is complicated when she's mistaken for his fiancée. All of the duke’s family is happy to believe that he fell in love with a...more
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan
Book One of the Rogue Files series
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Summary (from Goodreads):
Sometimes the man of your dreams . . .
Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows it’s pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can’t hurt anyone . . . unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing d ...more
I was not a fan of the "hero" in this one. He is basically constantly telling the heroine that she wants it. I still read bodice rippers of old but heroes like this in modern romances get my foot on their bum and kicked out the door.
Follows the movie's script pretty closely, even some same lines!, but because of the hero, the story was ...more
I enjoy Sophie Jordan's books. But this one I did have some issues with.
Poppy works at a flower shop and has developed a crush for one of the customers. The Duke of Autenberry purchases flowers there regularly. Poppy dreams and hopes that he'll notice her one day and they'll fall in love and marry.
But one day as the Duke was leaving there was an altercation right outside the flower shop. Poppy runs out to help and finds the Duke fighting with his ...more
I loved the movie While You Were Sleeping, so I was pretty much sold on this premise.
I liked Poppy and Struan. Their banter is playful and amusing and their chemistry is off the charts. I'm a bit surprised she didn't end up pregnant just from the way he looked at her. At the very essence of the story, they're both two people who are alone, but find each other. And that's what kept me reading. Well that and those lusty glances.
This particular plot line seems a bit unbelievable for the ...more
I had a few quibbles here.
The first one is that there was overmuch inner dialogue for my taste; the second was the behaviour of the hero, Struan.
About Struan, I found he trated Poppy very badly at the beginning. He supposed that Poppy was the Duke's mistress without any proof, just because she was of lower class! Just because of that he treats her like a prostituite, using crude s ...more
and the heroine is one of those "sees good in everyone" that I can't vibe with because no matter how "enamored" with her should that makes me feel..it just comes across as naïve and I can't deal with that.. romance felt all over the place and it was unconvincing...
While You Were Sleeping but with a duke and a Scotsman? Did she reach inside my brain to find all of my favorite things? Oh boy! This is my catnip! Going into this, I was thrilled!
The hero, Struan Mackenzie appeared in All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue, but you don’t need to have read that one, this can stand on its own.
The heroine, Poppy is a shopgirl. Twice a week, the Duke of Autenberry stops into the florist shop where she works, and buys flowers. He’s beautiful, poli ...more
"Idiotic? Love is idiotic?"
"I didn't say that. I said love makes people act like idiots. Evidently you love him."
So the major thing I've come away from after reading this book? I really really need a Sandra Bullock movieathon. And I need to start with While You Were Sleeping. Yes, obviously this is a historical romance based on the aforementioned movie. And I think I enjoyed this a little more than other re ...more
First book of 2021!! I honestly meant to finish this in 2020 but got too busy ~ I’m now historical romance trash lmao who would have thought?? This was another fun one! There were some slight consent issues but overall I don’t think they were too concerning. This book made me smile and swoon and was just a fun time
1. The movie hinges on its strength as an ensemble piece. If you can't recreate the banter between family members and if you CUT Joe Jr. and if you cut the main character's relationship to the "Saul" character you had better work your butt off to make up for it. I don't know that Jordan did that here. So you don't see the heroine falling in love ...more
Original review on Julalicious Book Paradise
Getting to read this book made me so happy, you have no idea. I was really looking forward to read more about Struan Mackenzie since we met him in All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue. He was this character that you didn’t know what to think about. Not many seemed to like him, but I don’t know, I was intrigued by him. Reading about his backstory, you really get a good feel about what kind of man he is and what kind of man he doesn’t want to be.
While the Duke Was Sleeping is obviously a historical take on the story (set in 1800s London), and I have to say I vaguely remember it working better in a nineties setting. Sophie Jordan's take is a light read that moves quickly, which is enjoyable in a way. However, ...more
How much you enjoy the storyline of While the Duke Was Sleeping (the first in Sophie Jordan’s new series, The Rogue Files ) may well depend on how familiar you are with the plot of the 1995 Rom Com, While You Were Sleeping and whether or not you enjoyed it. Adapting a plot from a well-known source can be a double-edged sword, as fans of the original are bound to make comparisons, although some such retellings ...more
While the Duke is in a coma. Poppy and the Duke half brother finds themselves enjoying each other company. But she's lied to the family claiming to be the Duke soon to be wife.
Half brother isn't buying that Poppy is in love with the Duke. Their connection grows and grows but then the Duke wakes up and what is Poppy to do.
While the Duke Was Sleeping is based on the classic romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping and I appreciate that Sophie Jordan tried to pull off a historical romance version. After Poppy, a London shop girl, saves the life of the Duke who frequents her flower shop—the man she is infatuated with—his family is mistakenly led to believe that she is the Duke's fiancee. But the Duke's half brother, hot Scot Struan Mackenzie, doesn't believe her. And that's how this web of betrayal starts. H ...more
While this Cinderella story was well written and captivating, the main action is so improbable as to be unbelievable. Poppy, a well bred woman who ends up selling flowers in a flower shop, is totally infatuated with the Duke of Autenberry who comes into the shop weekly for flowers for his many paramours. During a fight with a man she has never seen, Poppy saves the Duke’s life, only to have him strike his head and fall into a coma.
After seei ...more
But since the movie While You Were Sleeping is one of my all-time favorites, and my last several books read were somewhat bombs, I figured I had nothing to lose. So I laid down on my hammock with my dog curled up next to ...more
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I will say I'm giving it a 3 star simply bc while I liked the characters and the book, I didn't love the storyline. I've never enjoyed the whole coma, fake fiancee, and second (but really the first) love interest. ...more
However, I believe I enjoy Jordan's contemporary novels better than her historical books. This was my first historical book by her. However, I do want to read Graciella's book. ...more
Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.
A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years ...more
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“Oh, I can,” he bit out, his voice a gravelly purr that abraded her skin and sparked something inside her. His hand slid around her nape and hauled her closer. His pirate’s eyes swallowed her up and forced all the air out from her lungs in one great rush. “I will.”
She opened her mouth to protest, but his mouth covered hers. Claimed her. It was the only word for it. This was a taking. And she the taken.”