Hello Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this charming book; First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn. This is such a fun and easy to read book, that no matter if you are a massive historical romance fan or not, this will definitely put a smile on your face. So take a seat and enjoy!
First Comes Scandal By Julia Quinn
Series: A Bridgertons Prequel
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: Ebook/Print/ Audio
Continuing her delightful Bridgertons Prequel series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn presents the latest love story between the Bridgerton and Rokesby families.
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…
I have read many Julia Quinn books for many years, and yet oddly enough this series seems to have passed me by. Only for me to finally find it and it’s already on book four, usually this would have been not going into review it and instead go and find the first in the series, but as always my own rulebook is thrown through the window. But, this is the great Julia Quinn, I couldn’t help myself, I just had to grab this review copy with grasping reaching out fingers. I couldn’t say no and am I pleased I did?
This is the fourth book in the series, and to be totally honest if I didn’t already know it was apart of a series, I wouldn’t have guessed it. You can literally pick this book up today, start reading and be charmed right from page one without worrying that you have missed something vital by not reading the previous in the series. This is how quick and easy this book is, no fuss, no bother, just boom! Straight into the story with the two main characters and the rest of the world just falls away.
If you have read any Julia Quinn book, then you will know already that no matter who the characters are or what they do, you just have to like them, you instantly feel an affinity to them it’s like meeting old friends again and yet you have never met them before in your life – there are no other words to put it. But, as with every other Julia Quinn book, this has a certain magical charm to it, there is a sweetness to it that you can’t help but like, even though at times it was a little overly sweet.
I loved the sound of this the moment I read the back blurb, which does sound amazing, it sounded like exactly what I look for in a historical romance, but to be honest as much as I did thoroughly like this and there are particular things I really loved such as; I liked the relationship between the characters which was very loving, I loved the parts where they really and quite thoroughly get to know each other and the carriage ride was a hoot, but I don’t think that it lived up to the engaging back blurb – just my opinion!
Overall, this is a really charming and delightful read, the only thing I will say against it, is the lack of any conflict or drama, no stress and scandal or catastrophes which we are so used to with regency romances. Even though the romance between Nicholas and Georgie is such fun to read, it is a real joyful match between them and there are some very steamy moments but personally, I don’t think there is anything that made me sink to the edge of my seat and wonder what will happen next, it’s was all a bit too easy and a little on the predictable side but jolly good fun and definitely worth a read, as it does make you smile and feel all warm and happy. Which, no matter what happened during the story, that is the main thing right? That the overall experience of a book makes you smile and you want to pick up another of the authors work.
And I can guarantee, if you have never read a Julia Quinn before, you will want to read more from her, she really does have this gift of lighting up the day and bringing the sunshine out with her witty romances.
This was a complimentary copy via the publisher, which I voluntarily reviewed, Thank you, Jessica, at Avon/Harper Collins.
Praise for Julia Quinn’s Book’s
“There are quite a few romance novelists out there proving that fun and sexy need not be mutually exclusive from smart, nuanced, and empowering — and of those, it’s safe to say that Julia Quinn reigns supreme. Often referred to as our generation’s Jane Austen, the author’s work has always stood out from the pack, winning over countless readers with its wit, humor, and lovable cast of characters.” Shondaland
“Quinn is known for her witty charm . . . . She’s also a romance master, able to set up realistic obstacles that tug at the heartstrings while keeping the hero and heroine believably apart. With the Bridgertons, Quinn has created a family so likable and attractive, a community so vibrant and engaging, that we want to crawl into the pages and know them.” NPR Books
“Simply delightful, filled with charm, humor, and wit.” Kirkus Reviews
“If you’ve never read romance novels, start here.” Washington Post
“simmering sexuality, unforgettable characters, and deliciously dry wit.” Booklist
About the Author
#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.
In 2020, Netflix will premiere Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family.
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