An intriguing premise in this new series from Sophie Jordan, a companion series to The Debutante Files series. The first in The Rogue Files historical romance series is loosely based in the film of a similar title. Please read on for my review of
While the Duke Was Sleeping
I read and enjoyed the first in Jordan’s Debutante Files series, and was curious about this one. I’ll be perfectly honest in revealing my questions: would adapting the film While You Were Sleeping work in a period piece and, how much blame will the heroine take for her dishonesty, let alone the improbability of a flower girl and a Duke ever being wed. But, let’s dive in despite the questions and see just what I thought…..
Poppy is a shopgirl – a flowergirl with dreams of more. It was hard to dislike her at first, her motives weren’t decided, and no mistakes had been made. But, she did have a huge crush on the Duke of Autenberry, a regular customer, and hoped that he would notice her and ‘take her away’. OK, firstly, notice may have been taken (and I say may in a very generous sense) as tradespeople were little more than furniture when not required FOR something, and being a woman puts her in the second level below that anyway in society, so… may is appropriate if not accurate. And this just snowballs, as Autenberry and his illegitimate half-brother are fighting outside her shop, and she intervenes, rescuing the now comatose Duke. From here, a quiet voicing of her dreams has people believing that she is the fiancee and all hell breaks loose. Here is where Poppy lost me. A simple correction, embarrassing but not uncalled for, was needed, and yet she didn’t correct, and NO ONE else challenges this. (stretching even my ability to suspend belief here).
Enter Struan MacKenzie (a good scots name), half-brother of the Duke and the ONLY person to not believe Poppy’s story. He is the reason the Duke is in a coma, but he doesn’t stay quiet…he pushes her, intrigued, to reveal the truth even as the feelings between them are growing on both sides. Not a huge fan of the triangle here, and it does show Poppy to be more than a bit free with her affections, but their connection worked, and he saved the story (for me). I loved his no-nonsense approach to his beliefs and foremost his rather low opinion of Poppy’s intentions.
As a direct translation from movie to book, this didn’t work, and without Struan in the story there was no plausible romance to be found. Even with the problems in plotting and Poppy’s steadfast grip on the lie of her and the Duke, if you can suspend reality to enjoy the building romance between Struan and Poppy, it’s an intriguing story.
Title: While the Duke Was Sleeping
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #1
Also in this series: The Scandal of It All
Genre: British, Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Published on: 25 October, 2016
Source: Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 54 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.