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Thursday, August 2, 2018

While the Duke Was Sleeping & The Scandal of It All by Sophie Jordan - Book Reviews & Giveaway

Reviews by Suze

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Poppy has a crush on Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry. Poppy is a shopgirl and although she dreams of a life with the Duke, she knows there isn’t much chance Marcus will be interested in a poor girl working at a florist. However, when Marcus is about to get hit by a carriage, Poppy comes to the rescue and saves his life. Marcus is in a coma and Poppy accompanies him to his home where she meets his family. Due to a misunderstanding they think Poppy is his fiancée and she’s being welcomed with open arms. The only one who doesn’t believe Poppy is Struan, Marcus’s illegitimate half brother. Will Poppy be able to save herself from embarrassment if the truth comes to light?

Struan and his brother Marcus have a difficult relationship. Marcus doesn’t want to believe his father was less than perfect and blames Struan for his existence. Struan’s father never wanted him and Struan has always tried to prove himself, so he feels worthy. He’s smart and successful, but he will never have the family Marcus has. There’s something he desperately wants for himself though, Poppy. Struan doesn’t think his brother is seriously courting the woman, because Marcus is a haughty Duke and Poppy is a poor working class girl. When sparks fly he thinks about taking her from his brother, will he actually try this while his brother is sleeping?

While the Duke Was Sleeping is a sexy and entertaining romantic story. The sweet and caring shopgirl Poppy dreams of falling in love with a handsome man. She’s infatuated with Marcus, but doesn’t know much about him until she saves his life. At that moment she accidentally becomes part of his family and she fits right in. Everyone loves her, including Struan. He challenges her though and doesn't accept her story as the truth. Struan is tough and moody, but he also has a kind heart and a sensitive nature he hides well. They have plenty of chemistry and he’s inclined to show Poppy the passion she deserves. Of course this makes Poppy feel torn, which is a fantastic idea for a story. I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough to find out if Struan would win Poppy’s heart. 

Sophie Jordan has a fabulous fast-paced writing style. Her story is filled with surprising twists and turns, fascinating people and complicated relationships. I loved every single page of While the Duke Was Sleeping. It’s a captivating and fun story that put a huge smile on my face. Poppy is a heartwarming main character and she’s a girl who deserves the best in life. Struan needs someone with a lovely personality who cherishes him, which makes them perfect for each other, but the circumstances definitely aren't. I like reading about a good challenge and that’s exactly what they are for one another. The result is a terrific feelgood book with plenty of true love, eventfulness and charm.

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Graciela became a widow at a young age and while she enjoys looking after her family, she hasn’t been with a man for a long time. Her best friend encourages her to take a lover. Graciela's past experiences weren't great, but she's willing to consider giving passion another chance. However, the man she falls for is the exact person she should stay away from. Colin is six years younger and he is her stepson’s best friend. Graciela’s marriage to the Duke of Autenberry was never happy and she’s looking for something better. Is it possible she can find it with a man she’s known for years?

Colin has always admired Graciela, but she’s off-limits. His best friend wouldn’t approve of the relationship and Colin has always been part of the family because he doesn't have a welcoming home of his own. Colin doesn’t want to risk his wrath, but sometimes feelings can be stronger than intentions. Can he convince Graciela that he can be good for her, that taking him as her lover can make her happy and that the passion Colin has to offer her is exactly what she needs? What will be the consequences if she says yes and accepts his offer?

The Scandal of It All is a fantastic intriguing story. I was immediately fascinated by the complicated situation between Colin and Graciela. There’s so much passion, but they have many obstacles in their way and for Graciela it would be a big step to choose something that’s just for her. She’s always there for others and resists temptation if it might damage someone she loves. Colin is persistent though and slowly he breaks down her walls, which was fabulous to see. They have a beautiful connection and I was curious to see where it would lead. 

Sophie Jordan has a great descriptive writing style and makes her stories come to life in a terrific way. I loved how she gets to the bottom of each family relationship. This thoroughness makes her story a true joy to read. She brings plenty of sparkling energy that makes The Scandal of It All both captivating and entertaining. I was spellbound by the beautiful dresses, the secrecy, the amazing true love and the many unexpected twists and turns. I absolutely adored this mesmerizing sexy romantic story and highly recommend it.

Advice

If you love sparkling historical romance you don't want to miss The Rogue Files Series. The books can all be read as standalones.

About Sophie Jordan


Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed a natural choice. After several years teaching high school students to love ANTIGONE, Sophie decided it was time to pursue her long-held dream of writing. Two years later, she landed her first publishing contract.

Her first book, ONCE UPON A WEDDING NIGHT, was a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical. Her second novel, TOO WICKED TO TAME, released in March 2007 with a bang - landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List. A few books later marked her first appearance on the New York Times bestseller list with the release of IN SCANDAL THEY WED.

And as if she's not busy enough, Sophie writes young adult fiction for HarperTeen and contemporary paranormals for Pocket. Sophie resides in Houston with her family and loves to hear from readers.

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Giveaway

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive paperback copies of the complete Rogue Files series by Sophie Jordan: While the Duke Was Sleeping, The Scandal of It All and The Duke Buys a Bride.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

25 comments:

  1. Stunning covers.I love the sound of these books and can't wait to read them.

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  2. Quite excited about this series!
    Thank you for the great review :)

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  3. Both books sound like enchanting and heartwarming historical romances and great additions to the Rogue Files series.

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  4. Love the covers, sound like great reads.

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  5. Oh wow, I can tell you I'm gonna really enjoy these!!

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  6. Great covers and I love historical romances. A very generous giveaway, thank you.

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  7. The books sound great and the covers are lovely.

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  8. Looking forward to reading your books Sophie! Thank you

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  9. These sounds so interesting to me, particularly While The Duke Is Sleeping since it's loosely inspired by one of my favorite movies.

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  10. I love the purple colours on the book cover.

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  11. A genre I love to read. Such gorgeous covers.

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  12. Ha, I love that premise! It's pretty crazy and even though I obvi know how it will work out, I am so curious. I mean she is waiting for her man and now someone bought her!

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  13. They sound very interesting historical romance books! Amazing covers!

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  14. I added them to my TBR, I love the covers!

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  15. These both sound really great!

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  16. These sound great. Love the covers!

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  17. Just the covers alone tell me these are books I could really enjoy.

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  18. Gorgeous covers and the stories sound intriguing.

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  19. I love historical romances and would love to read these books. And don't get me started on the covers - stunning!

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  20. These are are so pretty looking and I love Sophie's historical romances, thank you for the chance to win them!

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  21. love the covers - makes the books a must read

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