It was certainly my intent to write a more positive review for the New Year and yet my reading of the "While the Duke was Sleeping" was anything minus pleasing as the reader. This is honestly one of the most unacceptable romances that I have ever read. The heroine completely lacked any true character beyond child-like behavior and the hero was merely a relation of such traits. I did root for this duo to find their own HEA-ending because both characters certainly had some growing up to do.
I will begin with Poppy, the heroine. She possessed highly awkward affection with a man that in my opinion she took advantage of following an incident. Poppy lacked conviction as well as morals and her youthful behavior that mirrored a young school girl with her first crush went way overboard at the hands of the author.
As for Struan, the hero he was written to have more of a beastly nature, but all I ever honestly discovered regarding his mentality was how self-centered he was.
I am extremely disappointed in this novel. The romance felt completely off with the book drawing from in tolerate chemistry and I would expect so much from an author as talented as Sophie Jordan because I have enjoyed her past novels.
Based solely on the ill flaws of the beginning of the series, "The Duke Files," I will not be completing this series.
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.