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While the Duke Was Sleeping: The Rogue Files
     

While the Duke Was Sleeping: The Rogue Files

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by Sophie Jordan
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/03/2016
In this predictable but satisfying opening to the Rogue Files Regency-era series, a shop clerk falls for a self-made man. Struan Mackenzie’s father, the previous Duke of Autenberry, abandoned his pregnant mother and died before Struan could confront him. Struan’s accumulated wealth does nothing to impress his scornful half-brother, who now holds the Autenberry title. Poppy Fairchurch and her teenage sister are barely scraping by on Poppy’s bookstore wages. Poppy moons after the duke, who’s a frequent patron at her London shop; after saving his life, she’s mistaken for his fiancée, and his best friend convinces her to keep up the ruse. Struan sees an opportunity to take a dig at his brother by stealing Poppy’s affections. His ignoble motives change when he falls in love with her. The feeling’s mutual, but she’s afraid he’ll hate her when he learns of her deception. The novel hews very closely to the plot of its namesake film, including replicating some of its flaws, but Jordan (Hell Breaks Loose) has added both disdain and heat to the familiar story. The complex characterization and eccentricities of Struan’s relatives refreshingly diverge from typical portrayals of Regency gentry. Agent: Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Associates. (Nov.)
RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
“The comparison with the Sandra Bullock movie While You Were Sleeping is inevitable. James has taken the classic and put her own spin on the charming story….the sweetness and enchantment of the story remains with its snappy dialogue and set of engaging characters.”
Library Journal
10/15/2016
From the moment the Duke of Autenberry walked into the flower shop where she worked, Poppy Fairchurch has adored him from afar. When she sees him being attacked and then nearly run down by a carriage, she rushes to the rescue, but the fall puts him in a coma. Poppy accompanies him home, where she is mistaken for his fiancée and swept up in a deception beyond her making. Although concerned for the duke, even more of a worry is his estranged half brother, Struan Mackenzie, a tough-minded, canny Scot who both attracts and repels Poppy—and seems to be bent on seduction. VERDICT An intrepid heroine with a fierce protective streak and the well-to-do bastard son of a duke clash from their first meeting and keep the sparks flying. This sizzling holiday-tinged romance launches a new series with links to Jordan's popular "Debutante Files" books. Jordan (Hell Breaks Loose) lives in Houston, TX.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062222541
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/25/2016
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
61,256
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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While the Duke Was Sleeping: The Rogue Files 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gaele 4 months ago
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. I received an eArc copy of the title from Avon Addicts via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions and expectations are my own responsibility..
Anonymous 22 days ago
Same basic plot of movie, While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock. It was just set in a different time with a few variations of plot.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Good
Alyssa75 3 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan Book One of the Rogue Files series Publisher: Avon 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 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. What I Liked: I actually wasn't sure that I would enjoy this book, since the premise was all about a girl who is infatuated with one man from afar, but really falls in love with another. BUT, this book surprised me! The romance was so fun and steamy and shippy. Jordan's historical romance novels have been good and not-so-good, for me, but this one was great. Poppy Fairchurch is a shopgirl, working in a florist's shop. One of the shop's best customers is the Duke of Autenberry, who comes every week to buy flowers for a different woman (doubtless his various paramours). The first time Poppy sees him, she is totally infatuated. She builds a fantasy in her head that they fall in love, and get married... despite the fact that neither has said more than five words to each other. One day, she sees the Duke punch another man, and a fight ensues. She runs to stop the fight, and the Duke gets hurt to the point of a coma. When she accompanies him and the stranger (who turns out to be the Duke's half-brother), Poppy is beside herself. She mutters something along the lines of "we're to be married someday, remember?"... and the housekeeper hears her muttering, and mistakes Poppy as the Duke's fiancee (the Duke has no fiancee though). Soon everyone is convinced that Poppy is Autenberry's fiance (the dowager duchess, the Duke's siblings, even Struan Mackenzie, the Duke's half-brother from the fight). But Poppy finds herself drawn to the half-brother, and not the Duke. As the Duke lies in a coma, Poppy plays along with her lie, and she and Struan get closer. But what will happen when the Duke awakes? Like I said, this book's premise didn't really appeal to me, so I wasn't sure I'd like this book. Even if Poppy is simply pretending to be the fiancee... she is infatuated with Autenberry. But as the story progresses, we can clearly see that she adores the idea of Autenberry - the idea she has in her head. Who he really is, that's a completely different story. So, Poppy is a romantic and a dreamer. She follows her heart and not always her head, though she is clever. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loveed every page!
book_junkee 4 months ago
3.5 stars 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 time period, but it was a fun story with minimal angst. I'm definitely interested in other books in this series. **Huge thanks to Avon Books and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
MoniqueD 4 months ago
Poppy Fairchurch, a salesclerk at Barclay’s Fine Flowers, is a dreamer and a romantic. The first time she saw the Duke of Autenberry was in late spring, and she has been daydreaming about him every since. He came once a week to buy flowers, and one fateful Tuesday in December, Poppy’s life changed dramatically. She sees the Duke in front of the shop punching a man in the face, a brawl ensues, then Poppy’s Duke is hit by a coach. When she tries to go to his rescue, a brawny Scotsman prevents her from being hurt. It was the same man who was fighting with the Duke: Struan Mackenzie. Mrs. Barclay, the shop’s proprietress, urges Poppy to accompany the Duke home in his coach, and Struan jumps aboard as well; Struan is the Duke’s illegitimate half-brother, and the two do not get along, to put it mildly. At the Duke’s residence, Poppy not thinking clearly, blurts out her foolish daydreams, and now everyone thinks she is the comatose Duke’s fiancée. WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING is a very quick read, due to the lively pace and effortless prose. The deception works very well, because truthfully the occasion never really presents itself for Poppy to tell her story. I will admit to having some issues with the romance. It’s an odd situation: does Struan really believe Poppy to be a strumpet? I found him stalkerish; for a good while, I got the impression that he would not take no for an answer; he made me uncomfortable. There is also a non-cheating/cheating issue: Struan relentlessly pursues Poppy, all the while believing that she is betrothed to the Duke and professing that it is not to get back at his half-brother. I honestly didn’t like Struan very much. I never felt invested in their relationship; it seems they were overtaken by lust and I never quite felt the sparks. As for being in love? I’m not sure how it happened; they had one real conversation – which was wonderful, by the way – but apart from that, I didn’t see it. On the other hand, I loved the relationship between Poppy and 15 year-old Bryony: it’s very realistic, and Bryony is a fascinating character. WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING has a remarkable cast of secondary characters: the dowager duchess Graciella, Bryony – Poppy’s younger sister – the delectable Lord Tucker, and the ever so intriguing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, who is a snob, oblivious to anything that isn’t directly relevant to his august person, and yet I’m dying to read his story, to see who will bring him to his knees; go figure! I guess he made a rather strong impression! I hope we get to see more of these characters in further instalments because there are still many stories to be told. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
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Anonymous 4 months ago
Padded in.