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She was given two choices... Georgiana Bridgerton isn't against the idea of marriage. She'd just thought she'd have some say in the matter. But with her reputation hanging by a thread after she's abducted for her dowry, Georgie is given two options: live out her life as a spinster or marry the rogue who has ruined her life. Enter Option #3 As the fourth son of an earl, Nichol She was given two choices... Georgiana Bridgerton isn't against the idea of marriage. She'd just thought she'd have some say in the matter. But with her reputation hanging by a thread after she's abducted for her dowry, Georgie is given two options: live out her life as a spinster or marry the rogue who has ruined her life. Enter Option #3 As the fourth son of an earl, Nicholas Rokesby is prepared to chart his own course. He has a life in Edinburgh, where he's close to completing his medical studies, and he has no time -- or interest -- to find a wife. But when he discovers that Georgie Bridgerton -- his literal girl-next-door -- is facing ruin, he knows what he must do. A Marriage of Convenience It might not have been the most romantic of proposals, but Nicholas never thought she'd say no. Georgie doesn't want to be anyone's sacrifice, and besides, they could never think of each other as anything more than childhood friends... or could they? But as they embark upon their unorthodox courtship they discover a new twist to the age-old rhyme. First comes scandal, then comes marriage. But after that comes love...


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She was given two choices... Georgiana Bridgerton isn't against the idea of marriage. She'd just thought she'd have some say in the matter. But with her reputation hanging by a thread after she's abducted for her dowry, Georgie is given two options: live out her life as a spinster or marry the rogue who has ruined her life. Enter Option #3 As the fourth son of an earl, Nichol She was given two choices... Georgiana Bridgerton isn't against the idea of marriage. She'd just thought she'd have some say in the matter. But with her reputation hanging by a thread after she's abducted for her dowry, Georgie is given two options: live out her life as a spinster or marry the rogue who has ruined her life. Enter Option #3 As the fourth son of an earl, Nicholas Rokesby is prepared to chart his own course. He has a life in Edinburgh, where he's close to completing his medical studies, and he has no time -- or interest -- to find a wife. But when he discovers that Georgie Bridgerton -- his literal girl-next-door -- is facing ruin, he knows what he must do. A Marriage of Convenience It might not have been the most romantic of proposals, but Nicholas never thought she'd say no. Georgie doesn't want to be anyone's sacrifice, and besides, they could never think of each other as anything more than childhood friends... or could they? But as they embark upon their unorthodox courtship they discover a new twist to the age-old rhyme. First comes scandal, then comes marriage. But after that comes love...

30 review for First Comes Scandal

  1. 4 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    Whether or not you like this book will be determined by 2 things: is banter enough to get you through a 300 page romance with basically zero plot? It's good banter, it's JQ's strong suit. But when I say there is no plot -- this is a marriage of convenience story where they don't decide to get married until page 100, and then they do get married, and then I swear to god, it's like a 100 page carriage ride for them to get to Scotland. I get that "falling in love" is the plot of any romance, but it Whether or not you like this book will be determined by 2 things: is banter enough to get you through a 300 page romance with basically zero plot? It's good banter, it's JQ's strong suit. But when I say there is no plot -- this is a marriage of convenience story where they don't decide to get married until page 100, and then they do get married, and then I swear to god, it's like a 100 page carriage ride for them to get to Scotland. I get that "falling in love" is the plot of any romance, but it would be nice if "having dinner with the family" + "carriage ride to Scotland" were not like 150 pages of the book. For me, banter is not enough to hide the fact that there was zero plot. It just feels like the whole point was to delay them having sex until what felt like a "reasonable" amount of time? Whereas I'd say the reasonable amount of time is after they get married? Is seeing a few of the Bridgerton kids as babies/toddlers enough to get you through a 300 page romance with basically zero plot? Again, YMMV on that.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    There's this scene with Georgiana's cats. All of them are trapped in baskets for a long carriage ride to their new home, and one of the scraggly bastards is making life miserable for everyone involved. It makes listening to the audiobook 100% worth it. Swear to god, Rosalyn Landor had me crying. She does the yowling, highly indignant cat to absolute perfection. In fact, she pretty much does every character in Julia Quinn's books to perfection. I honestly don't think I'd find her books half as fu There's this scene with Georgiana's cats. All of them are trapped in baskets for a long carriage ride to their new home, and one of the scraggly bastards is making life miserable for everyone involved. It makes listening to the audiobook 100% worth it. Swear to god, Rosalyn Landor had me crying. She does the yowling, highly indignant cat to absolute perfection. In fact, she pretty much does every character in Julia Quinn's books to perfection. I honestly don't think I'd find her books half as funny without Landor reading them to me. As for the rest of the story? It's cute. Georgiana is compromised in the eyes of society through no fault of her own, having been 'kidnapped' and taken for a carriage ride by a fortune hunter. Her old family friend and neighbor, Nicholas, gets pressured into asking her to marry him to avoid her ruination, and she's out of options and has to say, yes. Well, sort of. Quinn does a decent job making that weird situation palatable. He's studying to be a doctor and she is an intelligent young woman who would love to have the chance to travel and work in that field, as well. Anyway. Like I said, it's cute and (due to the cats) one of the funnier and more memorable of Quinn's stories. <--for me

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    I am struggling a little with how to come at this review. There were things I liked about this book. But in many ways it also left me wanting. I enjoy Julia Quinn and absolutely adored the first book in this series. This is another Bridgerton prequel and it centers on Georgina and Nicolas Rokesby. These two were old family friends thrown together in marriage after Georgina was ruined. Things started out well enough. I liked both characters. In fact, I continued to like them both throughout the boo I am struggling a little with how to come at this review. There were things I liked about this book. But in many ways it also left me wanting. I enjoy Julia Quinn and absolutely adored the first book in this series. This is another Bridgerton prequel and it centers on Georgina and Nicolas Rokesby. These two were old family friends thrown together in marriage after Georgina was ruined. Things started out well enough. I liked both characters. In fact, I continued to like them both throughout the book. Nicholas is a relatively serious guy who really only wants to be a doctor and despite his shock at his father's request to marry Georgina, he really takes it pretty well. And did I mention he’s a virgin?? Georgina, meanwhile, is looking to find her own place after a childhood plagued by illness and a well meaning family. Her ruination was in no way her fault... and though she doesn’t want to marry out of pity, she will never get a better offer than the one she got from Nicholas. All of this is fine and they move into the marriage pretty easily. I kept waiting for the conflict. And waited some more. But there was none. And maybe that is a plus for someone looking for a really low angst romance. But for me it was kind of a letdown. Everything just flowed so long and it all works out so easily. No... It’s not that it works out… There is nothing to work out. It all just happens. That’s not to say there were not a few cute diversions along the way. I loved the carriage ride and the cats. There’s some good banter too. But the ending felt terribly rushed. Maybe because I felt it was missing the second act— Missing something vital that never materialized. At least, it was missing something vital for me. Your mileage may vary. It’s not a bad book, not at all. But it is not my favorite from this author. *ARC provided by publisher

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    This book might tie for first place as my favorite Julia Quinn novel. It was an absolute delight to read! Both main characters were immensely likable, their conversation and banter flowed very well. The tension and feelings between them felt natural, and delicious. There were cats! In carriages! I stayed up way past my bedtime reading it, and immediately wanted to turn around and start it again. Julia Quinn knocks it out of the park again!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    1.5 stars rounded up, because, well. Nostalgia? It IS Julia Quinn, after all. But I am severely disappointed by this whole series. I think my feelings about this book can easily summed up in one word- lackluster. I was mostly bored, never invested, and I don't think I even smiled. Which makes me wonder, have my tastes changed that dramatically, or has JQ's writing changed? Because I loved the first book in this series, but then it just went downhill for me, book by book. Things that didn't work 1.5 stars rounded up, because, well. Nostalgia? It IS Julia Quinn, after all. But I am severely disappointed by this whole series. I think my feelings about this book can easily summed up in one word- lackluster. I was mostly bored, never invested, and I don't think I even smiled. Which makes me wonder, have my tastes changed that dramatically, or has JQ's writing changed? Because I loved the first book in this series, but then it just went downhill for me, book by book. Things that didn't work for me: 1) The structure Basically, my biggest complaint is that everything interesting happened off-page. The book starts with Georgie Bridgerton already ruined, and Nicholas Rokesby going home from Scotland after being summoned to Kent by his father. Rokesby senior then informs him that he should marry Georgie, who is after all his godchild and one of Nicholas' oldest friends. Nicholas and Georgie talk about this. Get married off page. Travel back to Scotland together. Fast forward a few week, and they're in love. And that. Was. It. Seriously. There also too much time spent on things that didn't interest me and I didn't find funny (cat humor, hammock-building (please don't ask), various medical emergencies that they just happen to stumble over, to name a few). There wasn't enough time spent on forging a connection, and going from kind-of-friends to more for me, they basically didn't spent enough time together talking about real things for me to believe their love. 2) Internal monologue Because all the good things happen off-page, a lot of time was spent on the characters being in their own head, going over things that happened, analyzing things that happened off-page, and there was very little dialogue. This let to me not being invested in the characters, because I didn't feel like I ever knew them. I didn't feel their connection, and so I didn't believe they went from friends to more. I also had a very big problem with Nicholas, who sounded so nice and sweet in his head, but would always say exactly the wrong things, or nothing at all, out loud. Case in point, after the disastrous proposal: "I'm a grown man." She scoffed. "Some grown man. Your father sent for you and you came trotting down like a good little boy." "Stop it," he snapped. "Don't pretend any of this is your idea. You are doing nothing but your father's bidding." "I am doing you a favor!" Georgie gasped. "I didn't mean it that way." 3) The parents I don't know what happened to the lovely, close-knit families of the previous books, but they were mostly absent here. Rokesby Sr. summons his son and announces his plan without speaking to anyone about it, the Bridgerton parents just stay out of it and wait what happens, and then both talk over their children's heads once they have decided to get married and dictate where and how they should live without consulting them. It was nothing like the sweet bickering and constant love and support I am used to from them. All in all, I am disappointed. I thought I would like this, because at least the drama I loathed in the previous two books was absent, but. I just wasn't invested in the characters, I don't feel like I know them, and in the end, I just didn't care. This breaks my heart a little, because Julia Quinn has written some of my all time favorite books. I may need to re-read some of my favorites now to get over this disappointment :( This was a buddy-read, and here's Kyraker's review Heike's review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Addie H

    On Kindle sale today 11th Nov 2020 for USD 2.99 (Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Marriage of Convenience) It's Julia Quinn - what's not to like? It's charming, funny and easy to read. I read it in less than a day. Buuuuuut, that said, while I enjoyed myself, I wasn't blown away. I found the characters young and incomplete - so a bit dull at times. While the banter entertained as always, the romance lacked. Also, it was probably the least sexy book of JQ I have ever read. On Kindle sale today 11th Nov 2020 for USD 2.99 (Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Marriage of Convenience) It's Julia Quinn - what's not to like? It's charming, funny and easy to read. I read it in less than a day. Buuuuuut, that said, while I enjoyed myself, I wasn't blown away. I found the characters young and incomplete - so a bit dull at times. While the banter entertained as always, the romance lacked. Also, it was probably the least sexy book of JQ I have ever read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meggie

    Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series contains some of my all-time favorite historical romances, so when she started writing these prequel books I was completely on board. First Comes Scandal is the fourth book in Rokesby series, pairing Georgiana Bridgerton with Nicholas Rokesby. Georgie's reputation is ruined from a foiled elopement, and Nicholas is summoned from Edinburgh to deal with the situation. The good: All the characters are very likable. Nicholas is training for a career. Georgie is so brigh Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series contains some of my all-time favorite historical romances, so when she started writing these prequel books I was completely on board. First Comes Scandal is the fourth book in Rokesby series, pairing Georgiana Bridgerton with Nicholas Rokesby. Georgie's reputation is ruined from a foiled elopement, and Nicholas is summoned from Edinburgh to deal with the situation. The good: All the characters are very likable. Nicholas is training for a career. Georgie is so bright. Everyone banters in a good, intelligent manner. 10/10 on the banter front. Do you like cameos of little Bridgertons? We're up to C in this book, so you get scenes with Anthony, Benedict, and Colin. The bad: I felt like there were chunks missing from this book. (view spoiler)[Nicholas is summoned home; the Bridgertons invite the Rokesbys over to dinner. He proposes and she turns him down. Her former suitor falls out of a tree, Nicholas treats him, and that's the end of that subplot. They get engaged. We somehow skip entirely the scene of their second attempted kiss as well as their wedding, and jump right to travel. We jump again to Georgie stuck in the hunting lodge for a week (the road trip took two weeks, but we only see the first two days). They rent a house; Georgie has an asthma attack. The epilogue then jumps to Nicholas being completely done with medical school??? (hide spoiler)] I just felt like there were plot points I would have liked to see addressed, that were instead completely glossed over. The ending in particular felt so abrupt. For a friends to lovers story, there wasn't much development to either of those? We only know they're friends because JQ tells us so; they only interact once before Nicholas proposes. The travel section seemed designed to merely prolong the consummation of their wedding night, but they're immediately good and have no problems there. I think I would have preferred something where Nicholas proposed solely out of friendship, and only realizes that he wanted a more romantic relationship after some character development and plot progression. There were also some weird sections where I felt like JQ had not done sufficient research. Nicholas is in medical school, training to be Dr. Rokesby, but it's the 18th century--I am an avid reader of Patrick O'Brian, so I'm pretty sure that he would have been called a physician. When the man runs into the inn shouting "Is there a doctor in the house?" my eye started twitching. He would have called for a physician, or even a surgeon, but a doctor?? Likewise, in Chapter 17, Georgie has an internal monologue complaining about corsets. First of all, it's the 18th century, and she would have been talking about stays: the Online Etymology Dictionary says that corset meaning "stiff supporting and constricting undergarment for the waist, worn chiefly by women to shape the figure" is from 1795. Second of all, stays did not severely restrict your movement! Prior Attire on YouTube has a lot of videos about how historic women dressed, and stays were designed to be supportive, not restrictive. If you have difficulty breathing while wearing them, you're not wearing them right! In short: good characters, good dialogue, but the book as a whole felt rushed and incomplete.

  8. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    1.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Georgiana was kidnapped by a fortune hunter but even though she managed to save herself, her reputation is in tatters. Nicholas is called down from medical school in Edinburgh by his father who orders him to marry their neighbor and Nicholas' childhood friend, Georgiana. It's a marriage of convenience but a close quarters carriage ride with a grumpy cat 1.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Georgiana was kidnapped by a fortune hunter but even though she managed to save herself, her reputation is in tatters. Nicholas is called down from medical school in Edinburgh by his father who orders him to marry their neighbor and Nicholas' childhood friend, Georgiana. It's a marriage of convenience but a close quarters carriage ride with a grumpy cat might turn it into a marriage of love. “There is only one thing to be done,” his father said. “You must marry her.” First Comes a Scandal is fourth in the Rokebys series but I think you could jump into the series here, it would probably be even better to read the Bridgerton series before this. Rokebys is a prequel to Briderstons and heroes from the first couple books in the Bridgerton series make an almost center stage showing in this. As much as I enjoyed seeing the heroes as little kids, it was too much. Instead of focusing on the leads of this story, the little Bridgertons got too much of the spotlight; it started to feel like a cheap trick to get readers to like this book, trading on the Bridgerton love. If you haven't read the Bridgerton series, you'd probably be bored and think a good chunk of the first half was filler. “She doesn’t need your time. She needs your name.” I'm a sucker for little sister/big brother's friend trope but this was a little different with neither having a hidden or long standing crush on the other and we don't get much of Nicholas and Edmund (Georigana's brother) friendship. Not getting much, unfortunately, was a problem I had for the majority of the story. I had a problem with feeling Nicholas and Georgiana were strangers, to me and to each other. It wasn't until after the 50% mark that our two get married and then it is a carriage ride to Edinburgh. However, instead of scenes of these two bonding and dialogue to provide emotional and relationship building blocks, we get pointless cat drama, medical dramas needing Nicholas, and the story just seemed to want to focus on everything but Nicholas and Georgiana. He’d been married a day and he’d barely even kissed her. He was going to have to do something about that. The sentence structure had a tendency to veer to shorter and this made a good amount feel choppy but even though I didn't feel engaged with the story or characters, the pace did ping pong through pretty quickly. There was also a couple times where Nicholas or Georgiana expressed themselves a certain way that felt too casual of verbiage, not creating the historical feel I tend to look for when reading this sub-genre. This was also set in the late 1700s and besides some talk of hoop skirts to visit the Queen, it was indistinguishable from Regency set romances. She liked being near him. She liked his quiet strength, his sense of purpose. And when his hands had been on her hips, even just to help her down from the saddle, she’d liked the way it had made her feel like she was his. Georgiana and Nicholas felt like strangers to me and therefore, I wasn't invested or felt any emotional attachment to the conclusion of their romance. If you like some slapstick humor, there were a couple scenes when they take their carriage ride that might help drawn you into the story more than I. There were couple moments where I felt a hint of the chemistry between Georgiana and Nicholas but they were so buried in the numerous insignificant scenes the author decided to add, that it couldn't save the story for me. I went into this anticipating more of a focus on exploring their marriage of convenience and instead got a grumpy cat in a hammock. I buddy read this, for more quotes and comments while I read: First Comes Scandal buddy read

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I had read and loved some of the previous books, so I was more than eager to get to this one. I liked Georgie and Nicholas. They’re both good, loyal people with a passion for knowledge and they’ve known each other for what seems like forever. I enjoyed their family background and there’s a scene with the two family butlers that was absolutely the best part of the book. Plot wise, it was fairly non-existent. The so called conflict was their arguing about the proposal and after that was solved, I I had read and loved some of the previous books, so I was more than eager to get to this one. I liked Georgie and Nicholas. They’re both good, loyal people with a passion for knowledge and they’ve known each other for what seems like forever. I enjoyed their family background and there’s a scene with the two family butlers that was absolutely the best part of the book. Plot wise, it was fairly non-existent. The so called conflict was their arguing about the proposal and after that was solved, I was nearly halfway through the book. The entire book was a gentle meandering. I did enjoy everyone’s lack of experience, but the chemistry was a bit lacking and the leap from friendship to lust to love was a bit telling instead of showing. Overall, it was a great set up, with characters I did like; however I wanted a lot more from it. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**

  10. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    DNF at 20% I was in the mood for a historical and thought I'd try an upcoming JQ release even though I haven't read anything new by her in years. Well, apparently there was a reason for that. I have a ridiculous amount of nostalgia for JQ's backlist, but the magic just isn't here anymore. Either I've changed a lot as a reader or JQ has changed as an author. I'm not sure which is true, but it doesn't really matter. This was uninteresting for the first 20%, and I have no intention of forcing myself DNF at 20% I was in the mood for a historical and thought I'd try an upcoming JQ release even though I haven't read anything new by her in years. Well, apparently there was a reason for that. I have a ridiculous amount of nostalgia for JQ's backlist, but the magic just isn't here anymore. Either I've changed a lot as a reader or JQ has changed as an author. I'm not sure which is true, but it doesn't really matter. This was uninteresting for the first 20%, and I have no intention of forcing myself to finish the book. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    HISTORICAL ROMANCE FINALLY HAS A SUPPORTIVE MALE LEAD 🙏 Honestly, this is such a rare thing to find in HR (in my experience at least) and it really shouldn't be. A man who is supportive of his woman, who doesn't dismiss her or ask her to give up her dreams. Sure, often the guy becomes that. But not Nicholas. Nicholas was like that from the start. And that won me over. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Nicholas: Nicholas was so adorable. I liked how he genuinely wanted to help others. And I especially loved how supp HISTORICAL ROMANCE FINALLY HAS A SUPPORTIVE MALE LEAD 🙏 Honestly, this is such a rare thing to find in HR (in my experience at least) and it really shouldn't be. A man who is supportive of his woman, who doesn't dismiss her or ask her to give up her dreams. Sure, often the guy becomes that. But not Nicholas. Nicholas was like that from the start. And that won me over. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Nicholas: Nicholas was so adorable. I liked how he genuinely wanted to help others. And I especially loved how supportive he was of Georgiana. He talked to her as an equal. Didn't try to belittle her or question her curiosity. He enabled her curiosity and pushed her further. It was so great to read a hero like that. Banter: Nicholas and Georgiana had so much great banter! I actually laughed out loud at some of it, it was so great. It was a big part of their relationship and I really liked it. Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 9 Hallmark-esque Christmas Romance Books

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: First Comes Scandal Series: Rokesbys #4 Author: Julia Quinn Release date: April 21, 2020 Cliffhanger: No Genre:historical romance This was my first read in the prequel series, and what fun it was! In First Comes Scandal, Georgiana Bridgerton meets her match with her childhood friend, Nicholas Rokesby. The Rokesbys have a neighboring estate and the two families are inseparable. Nicholas' father, Lord Manston is Georgiana's godfather, so when she is abducted by a fortune hunter and her reputatio Title: First Comes Scandal Series: Rokesbys #4 Author: Julia Quinn Release date: April 21, 2020 Cliffhanger: No Genre:historical romance This was my first read in the prequel series, and what fun it was! In First Comes Scandal, Georgiana Bridgerton meets her match with her childhood friend, Nicholas Rokesby. The Rokesbys have a neighboring estate and the two families are inseparable. Nicholas' father, Lord Manston is Georgiana's godfather, so when she is abducted by a fortune hunter and her reputation is ruined, he's not willing to sit by idly. He immediately summons his fourth child home from medical school to swoop in and save the day. I don't know if it's funny or sad that it never even crosses his mind that Nicholas would object to an arranged marriage. Probably a little of both. His heart was in the right place, but he could have been trapping his son in a loveless, passionless marriage for the rest of his life. When the idea is presented to him in fact, it was hard for him to wrap his mind around looking at Georgiana in a romantic way, let alone spending the rest of his life with her. Georgiana has found herself in a horrible position through no fault of her own. She's always followed society's rules, and comported herself like a lady, but gossips were quick to shred her reputation to tatters after Freddie Oakes' abduction. Although she never particularly yearned for marriage or entering a season to find possible suitors, she's despondent over the choice being taken away from her. This is one thing the two main characters had in common-being trapped in a situation not of their own making where people play with their life like chess pieces. Georgiana is understandably sensitive and frustrated about people telling her how she must feel, or that she doesn't know her own mind. The last thing she wants is pity or duty from a man proposing to her, and that is how she views poor Nicholas' clumsy offer. Nicholas thought he knew her pretty well considering how much time they spent together growing up. But shortly after they renew their acquaintance, her sense of humor and intelligence has him looking at her in ways he never has before. “When Georgiana Bridgerton smiled like that, he wanted to reach into the sky and grab down the sun, just to hand it to her on a platter.” Her curiosity for medicine rivals his, and they can have intellectual and often hilarious conversations about the subject most important to him. If women were afforded the same freedom of choice back then, Georgiana would have loved to get a higher education. Nicholas would answer all of her questions and treated her as an equal rather than patronizing her. When she told him how she felt about her own health issues he truly listened to her and trusted that she knew what was right for her own body. He was such an honorable and gentle man. I loved that both he and Georgiana were inexperienced in romance and physical intimacy because we got to see them discover passion for the first time together. She had known him forever, but suddenly the whole world was strange and new. He was holding her hand, and she was suddenly full of emotion and confusion and something she couldn’t quite define. The Bridgerton kids' parents from the main series are in this which was such a delight to me! We are gifted a peek into Edmund and Violet's relationship early in their marriage when the lovebirds were blissfully wrapped up in each other. Edmund is Georgiana's brother, and at the time of this story three of his eight children have been born. Julia Quinn gives us little snippets of insight, and of course hilarious moments to savor. They are just secondary characters here, so their page time isn't heavy, but it was wonderful to spend just a little bit of time with them from a new perspective. I would describe this story as sweet and entertaining that lacks misunderstandings or drama. If you're looking for a romance with low angst this would be a great pick. For me, there wasn't much conflict between the couple, and the romance did feel rushed in the way that it moved from platonic to love in a short span of time. However, I enjoyed every minute with the Bridgertons! The cat scenes had me belly laughing, and Julia Quinn's fast-paced writing was such a comfort to ease into. There was zero difficulty engaging my attention, and never a moment of boredom. I can't wait to catch up on the rest of the series! FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joana V.

    Review originally published at Romancing Romances I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. 3.25* Julia Quinn is one of my favourite authors, and I can’t tell you how ecstatic I was when I saw that I had been given the opportunity to read the last book in the Rokesby series, the Bridgerton prequel. This is the story of Nicholas and Georgiana (Georgie). I like marriage of convenience stories, and I thought I would really enjoy this o Review originally published at Romancing Romances I received an eARC at no cost from the publisher, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. 3.25* Julia Quinn is one of my favourite authors, and I can’t tell you how ecstatic I was when I saw that I had been given the opportunity to read the last book in the Rokesby series, the Bridgerton prequel. This is the story of Nicholas and Georgiana (Georgie). I like marriage of convenience stories, and I thought I would really enjoy this one, pretty much until I got to 98% of the book. Because that’s when I realized I had been waiting for the plot to move, for the twist, the drama, something. And there was none of it. I even went to check if this was a novella or something of such, because I couldn’t believe so little had happened and the book was now over. I’m pretty sure my flatmates think I’m slightly crazy as I was rambling around the house talking to myself about how this didn’t make sense, and I was confused, and not happy. First things first. It has lots of banter, it’s a funny book, and has great Easter eggs. I mean… young Anthony and Benedict, and always hungry baby Colin. How adorable is that? I loved the glimpse into Edward and Violet’s wedding bliss, but it wasn’t enough to make me forget that in truth… there really isn’t a proper, full, complete plot in this book. And it breaks my heart to say this, as I love, love, love Julia Quinn’s books. But this one… it almost felt like she didn’t have much to give us, and so this is what was available…? It probably isn’t as bad as you might be thinking, reading this. I loved getting to know Nicholas, a med student, and Georgie, a young lady who has a very clever mind, who just wants to learn everything related to Medicine. And cats, I loved the cats, but they disappeared after the carriage ride from Kent to Edinburgh. What happened to Cat-head, and Judith, and Blanche? Did Cat-Head ever warm up to Nicholas, and vice-versa? We have a virgin hero and a virgin heroine in this book, and it’s adorable, and sexy, and romantic, to see them grow together as a married couple. But… that’s just it. There was no conflict. Maybe the beginning of the book was supposed to be the conflict? With Nicholas and Georgie being slightly reluctant to marry one another? But that was fixed from day to night, literally. And then… that was it. I actually enjoyed the book, I just feel that it wasn’t complete. So… I’m giving it 3.5* but plot wise (and I can’t believe I’m saying this)… It probably wouldn’t reach a 3*. Still funny, and romantic, but definitely not as good as the previous books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    April 20: A DELIGHT! so easy to read, it makes you smile and grin... it is a very short, simple romance story about a marriage of convenience, medicine and cats and it is just lovely. bonus points: the family scenes in the first half were of course just brilliant and so funny. June 19 : THAT TITLE December 18 : GIVE ME ALL THE BANTER AND THE ELECTRICITY BETWEEN THOSE TWO ALREADY

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    ****Thanks Goodreads & Avon for the ARC**** I am so happy that of all ARCs I could’ve gotten in a giveaway, I get it for one of my favorite series, especially because I seldom win any. This series has been such a delight! I feel like so far all the Rokesbys books have been super solid so far. While I adore the camaraderie and bantering in the Bridgerton family more, their books aren’t as consistently good as the Rokesbys books in my opinion. I hope this isn’t the last one. Here are some of my tho ****Thanks Goodreads & Avon for the ARC**** I am so happy that of all ARCs I could’ve gotten in a giveaway, I get it for one of my favorite series, especially because I seldom win any. This series has been such a delight! I feel like so far all the Rokesbys books have been super solid so far. While I adore the camaraderie and bantering in the Bridgerton family more, their books aren’t as consistently good as the Rokesbys books in my opinion. I hope this isn’t the last one. Here are some of my thoughts: • Sweet, all I have really to say it just that – it’s sweet. And I wouldn’t have thought so with the initial premise of Nicholas only proposing to Georgie out of duty, pity, and pressure from his father. However, I like that he soon choose to propose because he just genuinely like Georgie as a person and know that life with her would be a good one because she makes him laugh and they can talk about various things. At the core of their relationship is a friendship. Perhaps not best friends, but a friendship filled with fondness and childhood memories. Also, it is nice that they can talk to each other about anything. • On that related note, I appreciate how respectful Nicholas is about Georgie’s intellectual interests. He actually responds back to her questions and doesn’t belittle her for her curiosity. While people during this time couldn’t fathom a woman wanting to go to university and having interests in medicine, Nicholas, after further thought, finds it believable and natural that Georgie would. He finds her capable. There is even one scene where she takes matters in her own hands to do things that a husband/father would usually do, and I am surprised that he doesn’t get annoyed, but actually finds her brilliant for it. • The communication between Georgie and Nicholas is amazing. It’s straight-forward – they usually say what they are feeling – and that’s refreshing. Even when they confess their feelings to one another – it just comes right out without any suspense or uneasiness. There is no beating around the bush. If they argue, it pretty much happens on the spot. Everything feels natural, and I guess that again stems from their core friendship. Their relationship might not be as fierce and vibrant as some other relationships/romances, but I like the easiness and flow of theirs. It really is just two childhood friends who start seeing each other in a different light (after a little push with the scandal/proposal thing). Their relationship and the progression of it feel authentic. It is also refreshing to see them have so little drama in theirs. The only real problem is that initial skepticism of seeing each other as something more, and if their friendship can ever grow into anything more. Overall, they are a very non-problematic couple and their relationship is one filled with respect and open communication. • The book gets a little slow/boring after the initial glow of the wedding and travel to Edinburgh. When they are settling in Edinburgh and we are reaching the conclusion, everything feels somewhat… anticlimactic. I appreciate that Nicholas is so accepting and nice with Georgie, but honestly, it would've been interesting to see him feel a bit more conflicted. At the beginning of the book, he is completely focused on his studies, so I thought he would struggle a bit with his feelings on that as he balances his work life vs. marriage life. He does struggle with balancing it, but he has no internal conflict about it, which I find surprising. Good on him for being amazing to Georgie throughout though! • I also would’ve loved to see Edmund’s reaction to them being together because he left before they announced their engagement. (I just want to point out too that it is incredibly bittersweet to see him and Violet being so in love, and seeing Anthony and Benedict, knowing what’ll happen later in the Bridgerton series.) 3.5/4 stars for a romance that is sweet and refreshingly easy. I also appreciate that Georgie has interests in medicine, and Nicholas encourages her for it, despite society of that time shunning women being an intellectual. Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? Other things to note? (view spoiler)[No, no, low. Very low drama, no problems here really. He’s her first kiss and he has kissed a few people before, but not many. And they lose their virginity to one another. (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Humor? (view spoiler)[Romcom (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[When he was all awkward at the dinner table knowing his family wanted him to propose to her, but then she started amusing him and making him laugh, and he realized he could imagine a good life with her. When her butler steps on Freddie’s hand and stands up for her and enjoys Freddie’s injury, because of what Freddie did to Georgie. When Georgie asked Nicholas to re-propose. When they announced their engagement to their family and they’re all ecstatic. When he believed in what she said about her illness and bloodletting and refused to let the professor perform it on her, despite his professor’s anger and threats. (hide spoiler)]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Poor Georgiana, she got abducted, and that makes her ruined. Ugh the times right! Her choices are marry the guy, no way, he can rot! Or be the talk of the town, or... Nicholas is studying medicin., and I am sure he will become a great doctor cos he sure has the touch. I mean, honestly, nothing happened. They are neighbor, they talk, they marry since scandal and all, then they take a looong drive up to Scotland. There they get a house and the book ends. Yeah, no drama at all, not that I want silly Poor Georgiana, she got abducted, and that makes her ruined. Ugh the times right! Her choices are marry the guy, no way, he can rot! Or be the talk of the town, or... Nicholas is studying medicin., and I am sure he will become a great doctor cos he sure has the touch. I mean, honestly, nothing happened. They are neighbor, they talk, they marry since scandal and all, then they take a looong drive up to Scotland. There they get a house and the book ends. Yeah, no drama at all, not that I want silly drama, but it was rather emotionless at times. Nothing happened. Except for some silly cat business. They do fit together, and they have been friends forever. And obvi they then fall in love. But yes no real hardship or anything scarier than a howling cat. So I am a bit torn, I do love Quinn, but the two latest books by her have been a bit so and so. Narration. Ok so I must have neg feelings about the book cos now I do not remember one thing

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deniz

    I always enjoy Julia Quinn’s books. This one is very sweet, funny friends to lovers story. This is a marriage of convenience of friends to lovers.(my fav. tropes)The couple was sweet. But First Comes Scandal doesn't hold quite the same magic for me as The Bridgertons' I always enjoy Julia Quinn’s books. This one is very sweet, funny friends to lovers story. This is a marriage of convenience of friends to lovers.(my fav. tropes)The couple was sweet. But First Comes Scandal doesn't hold quite the same magic for me as The Bridgertons'

  18. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    1791. An unusual beginning! Nicholas Rokesby has been studying in Edinborough to be a doctor. When his father calls him home urgently he little knew the proposal his father had in mind. He was imagining one sort of tragedy and was gob smacked by something quite different. Local neighbor and his father's goddaughter Georgiana Bridgerton, whom Nicolas regarded as a sister, has against her will been placed in a compromising position by an impecunious admirer, Freddie Oakes. This had a brilliant begin 1791. An unusual beginning! Nicholas Rokesby has been studying in Edinborough to be a doctor. When his father calls him home urgently he little knew the proposal his father had in mind. He was imagining one sort of tragedy and was gob smacked by something quite different. Local neighbor and his father's goddaughter Georgiana Bridgerton, whom Nicolas regarded as a sister, has against her will been placed in a compromising position by an impecunious admirer, Freddie Oakes. This had a brilliant beginning, some truly funny moments, and a feisty heroine who had expected to marry for love. The various cat inclusions were delightfully different bordering on hilarious. Our hero started off fabulously and then in my mind lagged, although he does keep reviewing his attitudes towards women. We see enough of Georgina to understand she has a truly enquiring mind that could take action when needed. The last part of the book is a comment on women of the times, particularly medical aspirants, not being allowed to work equally alongside men. So a few tropes came together; marriage of convenience, virgin couples (quite unexpected and nicely done--a five star inclusion), and women's place in 18th century England. I just felt the last part of the book didn't quite live up to the fabulous beginning. A charming read however and a must read for those who love Quinn's Rockesby / Bridgerton series. A HarperCollins ARC via NetGalley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Desi

    3.5 stars. This book was somehow… youthful. A wee bit innocent if you will. I do like that no contrived conflict was randomly introduced near the end. Scotland as a setting was also a change of pace, though it could have been set up and described more distinctly. I did not really feel like I was there. It is a very straightforward story. I suppose I expected a little more in-depth coverage of them adjusting to marriage and falling in love as they got to know each other differently, that's my usu 3.5 stars. This book was somehow… youthful. A wee bit innocent if you will. I do like that no contrived conflict was randomly introduced near the end. Scotland as a setting was also a change of pace, though it could have been set up and described more distinctly. I did not really feel like I was there. It is a very straightforward story. I suppose I expected a little more in-depth coverage of them adjusting to marriage and falling in love as they got to know each other differently, that's my usual reason for favoring the marriage of convenience trope, but here we got no routine or daily life from them really, it was blink and they’re in love. It still worked, but I would have liked to see more of them together as a married couple. In sum I would call it a cute story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This romance was so gentle and cozy and comforting, like getting a warm hug. It's listed as Rokesbys #4, but it worked beautifully for me as a standalone. I was SO glad to find and read it this week, and I'll definitely be talking in more detail about it in my Dragons' Book Club column on Patreon (going out tomorrow), because for me, it was definitely a highlight of this month and exactly what I needed to get through a hard moment. This romance was so gentle and cozy and comforting, like getting a warm hug. It's listed as Rokesbys #4, but it worked beautifully for me as a standalone. I was SO glad to find and read it this week, and I'll definitely be talking in more detail about it in my Dragons' Book Club column on Patreon (going out tomorrow), because for me, it was definitely a highlight of this month and exactly what I needed to get through a hard moment.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This was absolutely adorable and reminded me why I first came to love Julia Quinn's writing so many years ago in my first encounter with her, the wonderful Bridgerton Series! As a matter of fact, this particular book had, what I believe is, the first look at Edmund Bridgerton as a young man married to Violet. By the time of the Bridgerton Series, Violet is a widow. Edmund and Violet only have three children in this book, little terrors Anthony and Benedict, along with baby Colin. Colin is alread This was absolutely adorable and reminded me why I first came to love Julia Quinn's writing so many years ago in my first encounter with her, the wonderful Bridgerton Series! As a matter of fact, this particular book had, what I believe is, the first look at Edmund Bridgerton as a young man married to Violet. By the time of the Bridgerton Series, Violet is a widow. Edmund and Violet only have three children in this book, little terrors Anthony and Benedict, along with baby Colin. Colin is already eating everything he can get his hands on. It is a kick to finally meet Edmund and visit a very much in love Violet and the first boys in what will eventually be a large family. Georgiana, our heroine, is Edmund's sister and very much a Bridgerton with all their delightful traits. The actual story itself was very sweet and contained that smart, sublime dialogue that Julia Quinn is known for. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Milica's Bookshelf

    I think everyone knows I love historical romances and Julia's books, so don't get me wrong... just, there is no plot! I find their whole banter thing so entertaining but that's not enough, at least for me. I think everyone knows I love historical romances and Julia's books, so don't get me wrong... just, there is no plot! I find their whole banter thing so entertaining but that's not enough, at least for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Short but sweet. I enjoyed this book. It was a quick easy read. I feel like it needed more though. More conflict, more pages. It was still a good book, just not quite enough. So 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    3.5 Stars Julia Quinn is one of my favorite historical romance authors and I'll pretty much read anything she publishes, especially when the name "Bridgerton" is attached to it. I just love that family. This one, however, didn't wow me. If we're using Colin Bridgerton from Romancing Mister Bridgerton (and why wouldn't we?) as our generational guide, this prequel series focuses on those feisty ladies who would eventually become the Bridgerton kids (Colin and his brothers and sisters) aunts. As much 3.5 Stars Julia Quinn is one of my favorite historical romance authors and I'll pretty much read anything she publishes, especially when the name "Bridgerton" is attached to it. I just love that family. This one, however, didn't wow me. If we're using Colin Bridgerton from Romancing Mister Bridgerton (and why wouldn't we?) as our generational guide, this prequel series focuses on those feisty ladies who would eventually become the Bridgerton kids (Colin and his brothers and sisters) aunts. As much as I'm enjoying the series, it's lacking something when compared to the other Bridgerton books. Maybe a little playfulness or fun? I'm not sure, but as much as I enjoyed the writing, I still can't manage to give First Comes Scandal more than 3.5 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sometime

    When Georgie is kidnapped by a fortune hunter for her dowry she knees him in the balls, ties him up, and climbs out the window. Go Georgie! Sadly, she is ruined anyway and now will have to face life as a spinster or marry her kidnapper. When Nicholas' father orders him to marry Georgie, a woman he sees as a sister, he resists. But after a night spent laughing at the dinner table he realized that marrying Georgie might not be such a bad idea, and that he now sees her as anything but sisterly. This When Georgie is kidnapped by a fortune hunter for her dowry she knees him in the balls, ties him up, and climbs out the window. Go Georgie! Sadly, she is ruined anyway and now will have to face life as a spinster or marry her kidnapper. When Nicholas' father orders him to marry Georgie, a woman he sees as a sister, he resists. But after a night spent laughing at the dinner table he realized that marrying Georgie might not be such a bad idea, and that he now sees her as anything but sisterly. This book had everything that I love about a Julia Quinn historical. Engaging characters, witty banter, humor and a swoony romance. I thought it was too short and wish it had gone on another 100 pages. Safety (view spoiler)[ Both H and h are virgins. After reading so about so many manwhores, it does my heart good to read about a man who hasn't slept with half of England. Nicholas is studying to become a doctor and is very aware of the female anatomy so their wedding night was very well done. Georgie was kidnapped but was able to get away before any deflowering happened. All details of the kidnapping happen in the past and are told through memory. (hide spoiler)]

  26. 5 out of 5

    HR-ML

    DNF @ 56%. England 1791. I enjoyed many of this author's earlier works, including the Bridgerton series. I read Quinn's 2012 book about the untalented sister musicians. Then another. Then I laid low for awhile. I tried Quinn again and DNF this one. Nick & "Georgie" were stilted around each other & had no attraction. Either 1 or the other or both displayed his/her/ their ill-temper. I love cats, but the one cat, Cat-Head, took up too much story in the caravan heading north to Scotland. Where was- DNF @ 56%. England 1791. I enjoyed many of this author's earlier works, including the Bridgerton series. I read Quinn's 2012 book about the untalented sister musicians. Then another. Then I laid low for awhile. I tried Quinn again and DNF this one. Nick & "Georgie" were stilted around each other & had no attraction. Either 1 or the other or both displayed his/her/ their ill-temper. I love cats, but the one cat, Cat-Head, took up too much story in the caravan heading north to Scotland. Where was- Quinn's trademark humor? her fallible but loveable MCs & others? her verbal bantering MCs? her real-deal love? Perhaps Bow Street should have a go at discovering the locale of these special elements?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Nothing happened in this book of consequence. There weren't any character arcs that I could see. But Cat-Head stole the show and upped it a star. Nothing happened in this book of consequence. There weren't any character arcs that I could see. But Cat-Head stole the show and upped it a star.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    The only reason why this book has 3 stars is because they mentioned Violet and her children Anthony, Benedict, and Collin and I LOVE THEM AS YOUNG CHILDREN. THEY WERE SO ADORABLE AND CUTE AND LOVELY. The romance is this one is super fluffy but there's no plot like all the other reviews said. It's just yawn. I'm glad I read this through audiobook but I'm also like IT'S SO SLOW a lot of the times. The only reason why this book has 3 stars is because they mentioned Violet and her children Anthony, Benedict, and Collin and I LOVE THEM AS YOUNG CHILDREN. THEY WERE SO ADORABLE AND CUTE AND LOVELY. The romance is this one is super fluffy but there's no plot like all the other reviews said. It's just yawn. I'm glad I read this through audiobook but I'm also like IT'S SO SLOW a lot of the times.

  29. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    I don't think I've ever read a romance with as low angst as this one. I don't think it has any. There isn't a single moment in this story that will, you know how it usually happens in romances, hit you just right so you either cry or you are on the edge of your seat. Yes, there is scandal involved, but you never see the impact of it so the characters talking about it may as well lying to you. You know it is highly likely that it is a scandal for heroine considering the time she lives in. I am no I don't think I've ever read a romance with as low angst as this one. I don't think it has any. There isn't a single moment in this story that will, you know how it usually happens in romances, hit you just right so you either cry or you are on the edge of your seat. Yes, there is scandal involved, but you never see the impact of it so the characters talking about it may as well lying to you. You know it is highly likely that it is a scandal for heroine considering the time she lives in. I am not eager to read about people mocking her or being horrible to her because of it, but literally, nothing happens. I loved both characters, though. They couldn't be lovelier. I liked the bone-breaking part (it seems it doesn't fit here, but it is perfect). The rest of the characters are there, I feel, as a crutch (Billie, Violet Bridgerton and her three sons - no daughters yet and Collin being adorable). Overall, it is an okay story and I don't think Goodreads rating is quite appropriate here because people assume something bad. It's not bad. It's just bland.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi Becker

    "Until she smiled. His breath caught. His heart leapt. And he felt all the nonsense." First Comes Scandal is a shining light, an perfectly sweet and fun read that left me grinning from ear to ear. Julia Quinn is absolutely a favorite author of mine, and any return to the "Bridgertons" makes me happy, so I knew that this was a sure thing and I wholeheartedly recommend this regency read. The Rokesby's and the Bridgteons are deeply connected, and when Geoginina Bridgerton is compromised, Nicholas Ro "Until she smiled. His breath caught. His heart leapt. And he felt all the nonsense." First Comes Scandal is a shining light, an perfectly sweet and fun read that left me grinning from ear to ear. Julia Quinn is absolutely a favorite author of mine, and any return to the "Bridgertons" makes me happy, so I knew that this was a sure thing and I wholeheartedly recommend this regency read. The Rokesby's and the Bridgteons are deeply connected, and when Geoginina Bridgerton is compromised, Nicholas Rokesbys is asked to step in and save her reputation. Sure they've long been friends, but marriage? In Nicolas' eyes, she's like a sister. That is until a witty dinner conversation makes him see her in a new light. What I loved about this book was how humor and silliness bridged the gap and made these see each other differently. But Georgiana is not a sure thing. She'll need to see him differently too. When she starts to see things his way, were propelled into a regency road trip that left me contemplating the creation of a hammock for a cat. I desperately needed the escape that this book afforded me. It's a fast-paced race to get Nicholas and Georgina settled into what now seemed like a fated match. 5 Stars and recommendation. * I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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