Title: While the Duke Was Sleeping
Author: Sophie Jordan
Genre: Historical Romance
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.
Gabrielle's 5 ***** Review:
In the beginning, I did something terribly wrong... I didn't judge the book by its cover BUT I did judge it by its name. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way. BUT I love all Sophie Jordan books so I knew I'd read it anyway... And I LOVED IT. Every single second of it.
It starts off with Poppy working in a flower shop, admiring the Duke of Autenberry. He never leads her on but he's kind to her even though she's just the flower shop worker and she creates this fantasy in her mind that leaves her infatuated with him.
One day, while leaving the shop, she watches him walk down the street... But is then stopped by a stranger, a rough looking stranger... And they get into a fight. When Poppy saves the Duke's life, she is sent to the Duke's home to make sure he is cared for. But then there is a miscommunication and everyone in the family believes her to be the Duke's betrothed... Everyone except Struan, the duke's bastard brother.
Struan is alone, completely alone... And when he went to find his father after his father turned him down as a boy, he found him to be dead. So, he tried to talk to the next duke so perhaps he could have a family again. But the Duke of Autenberry doesn't want to believe his father cheated on his mother and shuns him out of the family. (Even though the rest of the family welcomes him)
While the duke was sleeping, Struan and Poppy immediately are drawn to each other. At first, it starts as a game. Their banter is amusing and entertaining. Struan wants to see if he can please her more than his brother but both Struan and Poppy start to feel something more for each other. Something stronger than the cat and mouse game they started with.
While The Duke Was Sleeping is definitely my favorite historical romance by Sophie Jordan. Perhaps even my favorite by ANY author. I love how Poppy is a dreamer. How even though she got the bad end of the stick, she still believed in something more. She gave up her whole life to take care of her sister and to make sure she was safe and she never felt too jaded by that fact. Most people are too selfish to do that.
Struan starts out wanting revenge on his family but slowly begins to find peace and a home filled with a welcoming family. And as both of them heal and evolve, they find love in each other... But when the duke wakes up, Struan leaves. Leaving a broken hearted Poppy behind. And then I hate Struan because a man should fight for what he wants.
Overall, I loved, loved, loved this book. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't eat, sleep, or even go to the bathroom before I finished the book. I recommend this to anyone who loves a great historical romance or just a good romance in general. I'll always be a Sophie Jordan fan. She never disappoints me!