First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn (Review Post)

Published April 22, 2020 by bookbesties

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Continuing her delightful Bridgertons Prequel series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn presents the latest love story between the Bridgerton and Rokesby families.

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…

 

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This is a classic story of lifelong friends who circumstance makes them see one another as more than the friend next door, and I was addicted to it from the first line! In a time where a woman could be easily manipulated by men and the expectations society sets for their reputations, into an unwanted marriage this heroine stands her ground and refuses to allow a scandal to force her to marry a man she does not love. I admire strong leading ladies who stand up for what is right and who have the courage not to settle for less than they deserve.

Julia Quinn has given us just such a character and she is wonderful. Of course, a heroine of this nature is going to need a hero in her life who sees her potential and is willing to take chances with her to help her find success. This author has delivered both of these characters as well as a truly endearing story for them to fall in love by. The only fault I found with this book was that once it was finished, I found myself wanting more. Once I read the last page of the epilogue, I was left thinking that this story went by way too fast. There should have been more. It should have taken them a little longer to discover their true feelings for each other, maybe then I wouldn’t have finished the book feeling like their story was rushed.

That being said, the story
we did get was sweet and I really enjoyed it.
Nicholas Rokesby has been mysteriously summoned away from medical school by his
father. Upon arriving home his parents guilt him to participate in a crazy scheme to save the reputation of one of his lifelong friends and neighbors. The last thing he needs right now is to delay his studies by missing school just because his parents are determined that he should marry her and save her from this disaster. She is one of his oldest friends, like a sister, he has never considered her as more. There have never been tender feelings between them, and he doesn’t know if she will even entertain the idea of marrying him but if offering will keep her reputation from being ruined then he will do his part.
Georgiana Bridgerton is done crying over the injustice of being a woman. She is done
crying over the situation she is now faced with and the impending ruin of her reputation. She was kidnapped by a financially destitute scoundrel and held against her will for just long enough for society to dictate that she must marry her kidnapper. Too bad for society and for Freddie Oaks that she has no intention of them force her hand into any life she doesn’t choose for herself. A sudden, surprise proposal from one of her oldest friends sends her reeling and forces her to see the desperation of her situation. Will she give in and marry Freddie? Will she face
social ruin, or will she find happiness in the most unlikely of places?
Yes, I think there should have been a longer timeline in the story, but that doesn’t take
away from the fact that I adore these characters and their story, and I hope all of you do too.

star pink

Danielle

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