N exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewGeorgiana was idnapped 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 uarters 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 preuel 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 ids 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 sisterbig 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 issed 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 uickly 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 ueen it was indistinguishable from Regency set romances She liked being near him She liked his uiet 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 Strangersfelt "Like Strangers Me And Therefore "strangers me and therefore 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 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 of a focus on exploring their marriage of convenience and instead got a grumpy cat in a hammock I buddy read this for uotes and comments while I
read first comes scandal buddy read i amFirst Comes Scandal buddy read I am 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 wantingI enjoy Julia uinn and absolutely adored the first book in this series This is another Bridgerton preuel and it centers on Georgina and Nicolas Rokesby These two were old family friends thrown together in marriage after Georgina was ruinedThings 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 reuest 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 NicholasAll of this is fine and they move into the marriage pretty easily I ept waiting for the conflict And waited some But there was none And maybe that is a plus for someone looking for a really low angst romance But for me it was ind 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 happensThat 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 meYour mileage may vary It s not a bad book not at all But it is not my favorite from this author ARC provided by publishe. Ic 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 than childhood friendsor could theyBut 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. ,
DNF at 20%I was in the mood for a historical and thought I d try an upcoming J release even though I haven t read anything new by her in years Well apparent Tropes Friends to Lovers Marriage of Convenience It s Julia uinn what s not to like It s charming funny and easy to read I read it in less than a dayBuuuuuut 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 J I have ever read Julia uinn s Bridgerton series contains some of my all time favorite historical romances so when she started writing these preuel 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 s 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 J 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 A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, kids as babiestoddlers enough to get you through a 300 page romance with basically zero plot Again YMMV on that Title First Comes ScandalSeries Rokesbys 4Author Julia uinnRelease date April 21 2020Cliffhanger NoGenrehistorical romanceThis was my first read in the preuel 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 tnow 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 uick 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 The Shadow Reader 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 henew her pretty well considering how much time they spent together growing up But shortly after they renew their acuaintance 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 uestions and treated her as an eual 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 new what was right for her own body He was such an honorable and gentle man
I Loved That Bothloved that both and Georgiana were inexperienced in romance and physical intimacy because we got to see them discover passion for the first time together She had nown 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 uite defineThe Bridgerton ids parents from the main series are int uite defineThe Bridgerton ids parents from the main series are in 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 uinn gives us little snippets of insight and of course hilarious moments to savor They ar. She was given two choicesGeorgiana 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 lifeEnter option number threeAs the fourth son
Julia Quinn ↠ 3 charactersE 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 uinn 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 seriesFOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON 15 stars rounded up because well Nostalgia It IS Julia uinn 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 J 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 me1 The structureBasically 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 The Power Of A Choice kind of friends to for me they basically didn t spent enough time together talking about real things for me to believe their love 2 Internal monologueBecause 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 evernew them I didn t feel their connection and so I didn t believe they went from friends to 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 isdown like a good little boy Stop it he snapped Don t pretend any of this is idea You are doing nothing but your father s bidding I am doing you a favor Georgie gasped I didn t mean it that way3 The parentsI don t now what happened to the lovely close nit 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 now them and in the end I just didn t care This breaks my heart a little because Julia uinn 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 This book might tie for first place as my here s Kyraker s review Heike s review This book might tie for first place as my Julia uinn 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 uinn nocks it out of the park again I had read and loved some of the previous books so I was than eager to get to this one I liked Georgie and Nicholas They re both good loyal people with a passion for The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right knowledge and they venown 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 from it Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge 15 starsI received this book for free F 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 nows what he must doA marriage of convenienceIt might not have been the most romant.