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Review: While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan

Dec 17, 2016

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 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 arrogant and much too handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn’t sure what she wants more . . . the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her at every turn.

. . . is not who you think.

An illegitimate second son, Struan may have built an empire and established himself as one of the wealthiest men in Britain, but he knows he will always be an outsider among the ton. Just like he knows the infuriating Poppy is a liar. There’s no way the haughty Duke of Autenberry would deign to wed a working class girl. It doesn’t matter how charming she is. Or tempting. Or how much Struan wants her for himself.



While The Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan was not what I had hoped for. Poppy just ruined the story for me. It was one lie after the other even after she met the duke's family. To say she was delusional is overstatement. I just never could connect with her character. Struan on the other hand was audacious. I kept hoping there would be a twist in the story and he would fall in love with anyone but Poppy. I felt sorry for him. Jordan is a great writer, but I just wish she had chosen a different protagonist or better yet retold a different movie. Although Poppy eventually begins to redeem herself, it just wasn't soon enough. I would love to read more books in the Rogue Files. There are a few secondary characters screaming to have their stories written. Fingers crossed we won't have to hear from Poppy any time soon.

Publisher: Avon
Pub Date: October 25, 2016

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