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While the Duke Was Sleeping
Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows its pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams cant 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 isnt fooled: his arrogant ...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, its 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 couldnt come true.
A fantasy couldnt 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, Poppys life is complicated when she's mistaken for his fiancée. All of the dukes family is happy to believe that he fell in love with a shop...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 its pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams cant hurt anyone . . . unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing ...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 ...more
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 dont 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. Hes beautiful, ...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 ...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 didnt know what to think about. Not many seemed to like him, but I dont 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 doesnt 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 Jordans 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
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
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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 Dukes life, only to have him strike his head and fall into a coma.
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
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.
Series: The Rogue Files #1
Publication Date: 10/25/2016
I normally enjoy Sophie Jordans books and I did enjoy this one, but it is totally unbelievable. It isnt unbelievable because the heroine comes to prefer the illegitimate brother over the Duke. No, it is just the whole premise that the Dukes staff and family are all willing to so easily believe that a haughty duke would become engaged to a poor shop girl.
Poppy Fairchurch works in a flower shop. She is poor and the guardian of ...more
While the Duke Was Sleeping is the first book in 'The Rogue Files' series by Sophie Jordan. It is a historical retelling of the film 'While You Were Sleeping'.
Struan was fun and just what you expect from a Highlander. He can be rough and sexy at the same time without being a brute or an ogre. The heroine was very naive and having read what she went through, it would make more sense for Poppy to be less immature. The secondary characters were interesting but didnt reach their full potential, ...more
Sophie Jordan is one of my favorite historical romance authors. So it pains me to write how disappointed I was with WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING. Perhaps it would have helped if I didnt dislike the movie it was based upon, While You Were Sleeping. However, I gave it a chance thinking that if anyone could make a masterpiece out of a mountain of cinematic mediocrity, it was Sophie Jordan.
If you loved the film, this novel may be a delight for you. Unfortunately for me, the plot ...more
One Sentence Summary:
Miss Plain Jane shop worker gets mistaken as heros bros fiance as she falls for Mr. Hero while her fake fiance is comatose.
What part made you fangirl squeal:
Anytime Mr. Hero did the internal freaking out over his lusty pants for somebody he SHOULDNT haz lovey dove feels over.
OMG OMG OMG Our sasstastic Poppy. No, wait, our playboy Struan! No no no, Poppy. NO STRUAN NO SEND HELP!
How smexy was the smex?
SOOOOOOOO HOTTTTTT! Like, ...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
Other books in the series
“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.”