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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!
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!
First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn Series: A Bridgerton Prequel - Rokesbys 4
3.5 Stars - This book had some witty banter and good characters, along with the typical Quinn humour. I enjoyed the first three quarters of the story. The remaining seemed to be focused on how Georgie was interested in all that becoming a doctor was and how women would one day be in medicine. Which seemed to mellow out the flow/fun of the book. Still worth the read of course, but perhaps this is just a personal preference, but lately I am finding lots of the historical romances are trying to push the female occupation boundaries, which is fine, but I miss the balls and such as that is one of the main reasons I read historical romances.. perhaps it's time to revisit some old classics.
Well written (of course), with well defined characters and some witty dialogue. The pace is slow but the characters are thoroughly explored & there is just enough action to keep it moving. I especially enjoyed the sweet and loving 'first time' for the two virgins and it was good to see Edmund and Violet from later novels as young parents of Anthony, Benedict and Colin.
When Nicholas Rokesby is called home from medical school by his father, he has no idea what is wrong and is less than pleased to find out that his father wants him to “save” Georgiana “Georgie” Bridgerton from ruin by marrying her. He has nothing against Georgie – he likes her, but he has never thought of her that way and is not sure he can…
Georgie is angry, she escaped Freddie Oaks, the dastard that kidnapped her and tried to force her to elope, but instead of praising her for her ability to save herself, the ton has deemed her ruined! Her choices are marry Freddie – not in this lifetime – or retire to the country and live out her life as a spinster. Neither option is appealing so she should be overjoyed when Nicholas proposes…
Georgie doesn’t want Nicholas’ pity proposal and makes her refusal crystal clear – but later when she has had time to think, she knows she has made a huge mistake. As luck would have it, Freddie decides to made a late-night visit to Georgie’s window and ends up in need of medical attention – good thing Georgie knows a soon-to-be doctor!! After helping him tend Freddie, Georgie confesses she made a mistake and asks if she may reconsider, Nicholas proposes again and this time she accepts. Could it be that a scandal was exactly what they needed to see what has been there all along?
This was a well written, very sweet, friends to lovers story. Nicholas and Georgie are very likable and their transition from friends to lovers is believable and entertaining. The book is filled with witty banter, has lots of cats, well-meaning parents, a slow burning romance that ignites into passion and a very satisfying HEA – it is a bit slow at points and there is not a lot of drama/conflict – but if you are looking for a light, amusing, uncomplicated, feel-good read – look no further, this is that book!! This is the fourth book in the series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone title.
If you’re looking for a light reading snack set in Georgian era England that’s filled with amusing banter but no plot, then “First Comes Scandal: A Bridgerton Prequel” should satisfy your appetite. It’s like the tag line on an old commercial; “Where’s the beef?” I think the cook only used beef broth, no meat. Julia Quinn does period romance better than most writers of that genre and this one is full of lighthearted dialogue between Georgiana “Georgie” Bridgerton and medical student, Nicholas Rokesby. The couple is coerced into marriage to salvage what’s left of Georgie’s already tattered reputation. She, who through no fault of her own, was abducted and held against her will is the target of the ton’s vicious gossips. No one said it had to be fair, that’s just the way English society functioned in that era. The fact that Nicholas and Georgie were childhood friends gave credibility to their hasty union but neither of them was particularly happy about being forced to marry. They eventually acquiesced, the union was blessed and they departed in 2 carriages with 13 staff, 3 cats and the necessary baggage to set up housekeeping in their first home, temporary though it would be. Nicholas still had more than a year before he could finish his medical training and become a doctor.
Meanwhile Georgie is bored silly in the country house with nothing to do, no books or anything else to occupy her quick mind and Nicholas would not be home until late Friday. With little else to do, Georgie set out to fill the long hours until the weekend. Would Nicholas approve? Probably not, but that hadn’t stopped her yet.
I loved these two characters. They’re intelligent, interesting, funny and imminently likable; the kind of people you’d want as friends. As noted earlier, there is basically no plot here so the characters and their dialogue have to do all the heavy lifting. The dialogue elicited plenty of laughs and the sexy bedroom scenes sprinkled throughout the last part of a too short read were sufficient to keep my attention from wandering. But I would’ve enjoyed something more to chew on. Some beef maybe? Four stars.
This is a lovely little friends-to-lovers story, with a refreshing dearth of contrived miscommunications and suchlike obstacles. The complications that do arise generally serve to bring out character traits in one of the lovers that make them appealing to the other. Also refreshing is Nicholas's readiness to believe, and believe in, Georgiana.
There's one character who rates the label of villain, whose comeuppance is pleasing in a somewhat low-key way. The ending has an unresolved feel, unavoidable given Georgie's character and the societal restrictions of the time period. The fact that this is a prequel -- though I haven't read the subsequent books -- may be part of why the author didn't feel it necessary to wrap things up in a more emphatic way.