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First Comes Scandal becomes my introduction to the Bridgerton world – and it is honestly a very cute and adorable one!
Georgiana Bridgerton is ruined – and honestly through no fault of her own, to be honest; a man kidnaps her with the sole purpose of forcing her into marriage – a man whose name I won’t even deign to mention; because he doesn’t even deserve the courtesy – she rescues herself and yet she is the one who has to pay the price of being kidnapped by being forced to marry to protect her “reputation”.
To be fair though, neither her parents nor her brother are the villainous types – they have supported her throughput the ordeal; but even their hands are shackled by the rules of thee society.
Enter Nicholas Rokesby – he is studying to be a doctor when he is urgently summoned by his father home in the middle of his exams – he has no idea what fate awaits him; but the last thing he expects his father ordering him to offer for Georgina’s hand in marriage, because of the recent turn of events.
He might not want to at first; but he is an honourable man; so he does because he knows it is the right thing to do. What he doesn’t expect is the simple straight “No” delivered to his proposal!
What I loved is that Georgie and Nicholas already had the foundation of a childhood friendship guiding them; but it was more delightful to see them discover tidbits about each other that they hadn’t expected to be charmed or enamored with!
There is not a whole lot of drama in this one; but what it does have is adventure – adventure of finding a partner who surprises you at each turn, of finding a partner more than a spouse in your life but most of all finding the pleasure of true love you didn’t even expect in your life!
The Rokesby series is the most uneven so far. The first book was not good at all. Second and third were filled with mistery and adventures. This one again is rather pleasant but dull. You expect... something but it never happens. The most "action packed" moment is right at the beginning when Nicolas is faced with the big decision. He makes it and.... he is happy about it. It is not the worst book by Julia Quinn ("The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever " is a struggle, and "When he was wicked" was just annoying to me!) it it surely not the best. I am truly fond of the author, and I find many of her books funny, romantic and very entertaining. Just not this one...
Georgiana and Nicholas have known each other all their lives, however, when she finds herself facing ruin, Nicholas steps in to save her by offering marriage. Not my favourite of the series, however, it was sweet in parts and it was a joy to see a young Anthony, Benedict and baby Colin. Also I did think the Butlers were quite funny. Unfortunately the book seemed to lack in plot, particularly the second half, which just involves a newly married Nicholas and Georgiana's journey to Edinburgh and settling into married life (which as a story of a marriage of convenience blossoming into romance could have had a lot of scope, but actually just not much happened). I have to say that a lot of Quinn's more recent books don't match up to her older ones like the original Bridgerton series. The humour often seems forced and overly silly, and the dialogue repetitive and awkward at times.
All in all this book was quite disappointing, it’s not bad but nowhere as good as all Julia Quinn’s other books. It feels like you’re waiting for the story to start and then it’s over. There seems to be chunks of the story missing, One minute they’ve announced they’re getting married, the next they’re married & travelling to Edinburgh with no explanation of what happened in between. Which is not as bad as the 3 week jump later. which leaves a lot of questions & unbelievability to the story. It was nice to see appearances from characters from other books including baby Colin who’s story in a previous book is one of my favourites.
First off, I never thought I'd be writing a negative review regarding this author and this is my first ever Kindle review, after having previously read over 2000 Kindle books which kind of indicates my level of disappointment.
This has all the usual elements that make me love a new Julia Quinn book but it just feels as though she as not put enough effort into the development of the characters and the plot. As probably one of many who pre purchased this many months ago and as a cynic, I just wonder if the author felt she needed to work at this as much as she would have done with her earlier books.
I've always loved the Bridgerton series and glad to see the Rokesby series runs alongside. Although there is a strict moral code at this time, it is rather unfair to young women who – through no fault of their own – are placed in a situation where their reputations are ruined. I like the way this is handled in this story, with Georgie refusing to accept pity from Nicholas. On the other hand Nicholas is not sure he wants to marry, especially when his father is telling him he must save Georgie's reputation. The question is will pride get in the way, or will they realise this could be the saving of them both? Great book in keeping with the previous stories, but definitely a stand alone novel.
This is not your boy meets girl at a ball and they fall in love. This book is more about not realizing what is in front of you all along, that sacrifices that seem incredibly hard can lead to beautiful beginnings or endings and how beautiful romance can be between a couple who is inexperienced with matters of the heart or the body (and not just because Mr. Rokesby is to become a future doctor). This story was just so different to the JQ universe archetype but it was pleasantly so and no less romantic, sexy and funny than what you can expect from this author. Great read!