Book Review: First Comes Scandal

Julia Quinn

Rating: 3 out of 5.

published: 21st April 2020
spoilers? no


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…

Galley provided by publisher

The more I read of Julia Quinn, the more I start to see patterns in her works. That sounds like a set-up to say that this was just another one following those patterns, but it’s not. This book was actually a refreshing departure from those.

First Comes Scandal tells the story of the youngest of the Bridgertons and Rokesbys: Georgie and Nicholas. When Georgie is kidnapped by a man who wants to elope with her to clear his gambling debts, Nicholas is drafted in (not entirely willingly) to marry her and save her from ruin. Only, Georgie has some definite thoughts about that.

Firstly, as ever, Julia Quinn creates two great characters. In this one, I particularly loved Georgie (though that seems to be a pattern for me with her books: I love the female mc, I generally couldn’t care less about the male one). Here, they have such great banter between them, and you can tell they’re genuine friends before they have to marry (again, nice departure).

I also liked the plot of this one, particularly that there was no stupid misunderstanding between the two of them to create angst. I guess it’s easier when your characters weren’t strangers at the outset, but I really appreciated not feeling like I wanted to reach into the book and smack one of them over the head for being so stupid. Even if I was sort of holding my breath, expecting it to happen, even in the last 10% of the book.

But what sort of let this book down for me was that it all felt sort of bland. As much as I loved Georgie, and as much as I appreciated the lack of stupid angst, I was never really excited by it like I was, say, Because of Miss Bridgerton. I was even a little bit bored at points (though not that one scene involving the rake and the butlers that’s for sure…).

So, in the end, it was good, but it just wasn’t great.

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