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First Comes Scandal

(Rokesbys #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  55 reviews
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,
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Avon
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Dec 23, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
June 19 : THAT TITLE
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea how much I needed a Baby Colin Bridgerton cameo, but Baby Colin truly made my day while I was reading this! Getting a brief, merry visit with Violet, Edmund and their young sons was a really lovely part of this Bridgerton prequel.

I laughed out loud quite a bit while I read Georgie and Nicholas' friends-to-lovers story. The romance here is slow-burn, but the pay-off when they finally acknowledge their feelings is absolute fire. I think I would have liked to have seen a little more
Lindsay S
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

You cant go home again... unless youre going home with the Bridgertons, than you can and it will be great!

I like to think of this book in two parts: 1st - the family reunion and 2nd the creation of Georgie and Nicholas Rokesby as a unified couple.

The story definitely hooked me in at the beginning with the cameos and family drama you would expect! What would a Bridgerton prequel be without a glimpse at our favourite mother, Violet Bridgerton and with growing brood! As a reader of both the
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading
Oh, do I ever love the Rokesby and Bridgerton families.
Georgiana Bridgerton is compromised when a scoundrel kidnaps her with the intention of forcing her to marry him in order to receive her dowry. After connecting her foot with a certain area of his anatomy, she escapes, but now faces the scrutiny of being ruined in the eyes of polite society.
Nicholas Rokesby, the fourth son of an earl, is happily studying his way to become a doctor when his father summons him home with the most shocking
Lissa Hawley
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely the sort of book I needed to read today.
Typical Julia Quinn style, (which I adore) likable characters, and interesting regency storyline. Although the romance didn't quite hit as much as they normally do for me, but that could just be me and my current state of brain.
So thankful for this ARC.
Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
DNF @ 88%

I can confidently say Id rate this 2.5 stars!*

The storyline was just very similar to Lisa Kleypass Chasing Cassandra and I just loved Lisas best! Also, Im such a ho for some steamy scenes and I was getting none of that here! ...or maybe it just made me wait *too* long, ugh
Jen Davis
Review to come.

*ARC provided by publisher
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
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
Addie Yoder
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things I loved about First Comes Scandal:

1. There was no major, devastating falling out at the end. This was the most true to life romance in the sense of they had a problem, they figured it out and got to know each other along the way.

2. Nicholas was the sweetest. I just loved him. I loved Georgie. I loved their chemistry together. They had the best personalities and sense of humor.

3. It's the sweetest story in the Rokesby series. Because of the first two reasons, this story is just
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
4.5 stars; review to come
I have adored this Bridgerton Prequel series and the Rokesby family.

Georgiana Bridgerton and Nicholas Rokesby are old friends and neighbors who grew up together. Old friends who were comfortable and at ease with each other embark on a marriage of convenience to save Georgies reputation. Their conversations and close proximity traveling to Edinburgh allow for romance and love to blossom. This book shows the change that can happen when you begin to look at someone familiar in a new light. It was
Kati Polodna
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1700s, romance
I loved the banter! Julia Quinn writes such good dialogue, Ive never found another romance writer who comes close. I only wish this was longer. ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
ARC via Netgalley/Edelweiss. On the one hand, thoroughly enjoyable! On the other... where's the other half of the book? I'm serious, I got to the epilogue and was sure there had to be some sort of error with the file for that to be where the book ended. There's just not a whole lot of conflict, and what there is gets resolved so quickly that it almost feels like a cheat. A few notes: virgin hero (!!!), chronically ill heroine (Georgie has asthma), what I'm guessing is a fairly period-accurate ...more
Tracy's Place
3.25 out of 5

The first part of this story was funny and enjoyable. The second part of the book just didnt have a whole lot of substance to it, which was disappointing.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
Georgiana Bridgerton is ruined. To no fault of her own, she was spirited away by a "gentleman" on the ton and spent a long carriage ride and a few hours in an inn. Alone. Nothing actually happened between them, but it doesn't matter. She can live as a spinster or she can marry the cad who ruined her. But then her childhood friend, Nicholas Rokesby, is summoned home from medical school in Edinburgh and his father demands that he marry Georgiana. Nicholas's father is Georgina's godfather and ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-challange
I so enjoy all the Bridgertons and these early family stories are as entertaining as all the others. I like the characters and the plot. Will be recommending this one to anyone who hasn't read Miss Quinn - anyone who has read her previous Bridgertons will already want to read this next installment!
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
First of all, the blurb is slightly misleading. Nicholas didnt know what he must do, he was nudged into doing it. Thus the reluctance to take on the favour.

This fourth installment to the Rokesbys series is another union of Bridgerton and Rokesby (in laws of the MCs from the first book, to be exact) and started at a run. The problem was introduced along with the (available) solution. Frankly, Im on the fence what to feel over the opening chapter. Pro cons of the previous books aside, the Rokesbys
Jessica (the naptime writer)
I think my review of Julia Quinns First Comes Scandal could be summed up with this sentence: I enjoyed this book and found a lot to admire in it, but I didnt love it.

Med school student Nicholas Rokesby proposes to his neighbor (and his best friends sister) Georgiana Bridgerton. Lest you think this gesture is borne of romance, Nicholass father has ordered him to propose because Georgie was deliberately ruined by an idiot-scoundrel.

But to their great surprise, Georgie and Nicholas start noticing
Jani Brooks
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical Romance

England - 1791

Nicholas Rokesby is concerned when he receives a message from his father, the Earl of Manston, to quickly return to Kent. Nicholas, a medical student in Edinburgh, hurries south, wondering what could possibly be so urgent to take him from his studies? Upon arrival, his parents sit him down and practically order him to marry Georgiana Bridgerton! It seems that the loathsome Freddie Oakes kidnapped her, planned to force her into marriage in order to get her dowry,
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book.
I love Julia Quinn and this book had several of the elements I love in her books. The characters were well developed, the writing itself was great, and the dialogue was sparkling, witty, and funny. I really enjoyed this book until I realized I only had about 15 pages left. I thought something was wrong, that maybe something hadn't downloaded correctly, but that was not the case. When I finished the book I really felt like nothing had really "happened." I kept
Darlene Harbick
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent addition to the Bridgerton collection, of which I have long been a fan. Ms. Quinn never disappoints, with action enough to keep me turning the pages, extremely believable characters that you wish you could meet in person, and a sense that what the characters are doing is important, and yet they obviously have fun doing it. A delight, from beginning to end. In several places, I laughed out loud.

Full disclosure - I was fortunate enough to win a copy in a Goodreads contest.

Political rant:
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First Comes Scandals is not my first Julia Quinn novel, but it is the first book in the Rokesbys series that I have read and I was absolutely charmed. Thank you NetGalley, I will most definitely add this entire series to my TBR list.

Georgiana Bridgerton, Georgie, was the best heroine; smart, funny, and witty. And, Nicholas, well he was absolutely dreamy. Georgie and Nicholas practically grew up together, but never saw each other as anything other than friends. That is, until Georgie finds
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Julia Quinn, my old fave. Probably one of the first romance authors I really fell for, as an adult. I think I was working at Borders when I found the Bridgerton series, so I bought them all and read voraciously. I think she's had a bit of trouble adjusting, 20 years later, to a more feminist, less patriarchal way of writing romances. Her heroines are never QUITE convincingly feminist, and the books are just less badass than say, Sarah Maclean's, or...I don't know, Tessa Dare's. They're more ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read an ARC and honestly I wasn't expecting much because most of the books have been a disappointment. The magic of the Bridgerton series was distinctly lacking in this series, unfortunately. But this book---THIS WONDERFUL BOOK changed that. I can't stress how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are likable but it's their relationship, their friendship, and how they build their marriage through trial and error and laughter and camaraderie that made me love them as a couple.

Julia Quinn's books are always incredibly fluffy and fun, but "First Comes Scandal" is particularly fluffy. The stakes are not high, the angst is not high, and there are lots of sweet, silly moments. This book has everything you expect from a Julia Quinn book, including her signature banter (which is where she really shines). Georgie is smart and determined, Nicholas is smart and kind of a dork, and everybody lives happily ever after, charmingly. This book also features Anthony and Benedict ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Rokesby and Georgiana Bridgerton have known each other their whole lives. Growing up as the youngest siblings in their neighboring families, they were childhood friends. Now Nicholas is away at medical school in Scotland when hes summoned home by his father. Georgie is in trouble: a man tried to abduct and marry her, and although she escaped, her reputation did not. So Nicholass father has the perfect solution: Nicholas and Georgie should marry. Never mind that theyre not in love.

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