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ARC Review: First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn
First Comes Scandal
Book Info

Released: April 21, 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Rokesbys #4
Pages: 384

“If you want a read that features some excellent witty repartee, then roll right up.”
~ Under the Covers

Georgiana Bridgerton is in a terrible position, through no fault of her own. After being kidnapped by a fortune hunter, it is somehow her reputation that’s in tatters, not his. She now seems to have very limited choices, either marry the man who kidnapped her or live the life of spinster. Until an unlikely third option presents itself. Nicholas Rokesby. Her next door neighbour and friend.

This is a hard book for me to review. On one hand, I unquestionably liked this book. I read it very quickly and it made me laugh on several occasions. On the other hand, is that all I need from a book? Because although it did make me laugh and I did like it, in a few books time I’m probably going to forget I about it.

I know I know, that sounds very harsh. But, I think that this story was probably suited more for a novella than a full length novel, albeit a fairly short one. There just wasn’t enough conflict to keep this book going. First Comes Scandal was a book about two very nice people with an already existing solid friendship who are then thrust into marriage. Within this hasty marriage of convenience they continue to be nice people who respect and like one another, with no outside forces keeping them apart. Basically, nothing really happens.

That doesn’t mean this wasn’t an enjoyable read, it was. If you want a read that features some excellent witty repartee, then roll right up. Julia Quinn is, and always has been, a master at this. There was also a bit of social commentary as Georgiana faces the hard reality of the gender inequality of the time.

The mixture of witty banter and a fun easy going story line did make this a perfect light hearted read. And sometimes, that’s all you want.


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About Julia Quinn

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with 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. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Her most popular series, The Bridgertons, is currently being developed by Shondaland as a Netflix series. Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen will adapt and showrun.


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  1. Julia Quinn is always good for banter. However, I wish she would release new stories with fresh, new characters.

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