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En ust to help her down from the saddle she d liked the way it had made her feel like she was his Georgiana and Nicholas felt like strangers to me and therefore I wasn t invested or felt any emotional attachment to the conclusion of their romance If you like some slapstick humor there were a couple scenes when they take their carriage ride that might help drawn you into the story than I There were couple moments where I felt a hint of the chemistry between Georgiana and Nicholas but they were so buried in the numerous insignificant scenes the author decided to add that it couldn t save the story for me I went into this anticipating of a focus on exploring their marriage of convenience and instead got a grumpy cat in a hammock I buddy read this for uotes and comments while I read First Comes Scandal buddy read I had read and loved some of the previous books so I was than eager to get to this one I liked Georgie and Nicholas They re both good loyal people with a passion for knowledge and they ve known each other for what seems like forever I enjoyed their family background and there s a scene with the two family butlers that was absolutely the best part of the book Plot wise it was fairly non existent The so called conflict was their arguing about the proposal and after that was solved I was nearly halfway through the book The entire book was a gentle meandering I did enjoy everyone s lack of experience but the chemistry was a bit lacking and the leap from friendship to lust to love was a bit telling instead of showing Overall it was a great set up with characters I did like however I wanted a lot from it Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge 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 J 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 would be nice if having dinner with the family carriage ride to Scotland were not like 150 pages of the book For me banter is not enough to hide the fact that there was zero plot It ust feels like the whole point was to delay them having sex until what felt like a reasonable amount of time Whereas I d say the reasonable amount of time is after they get married Is seeing a few of the Bridgerton kids as babiestoddlers enough to get you through a 300 p Julia uinn s Bridgerton series contains some of my all time favorite historical romances so when she started writing these preuel 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 situationThe good All the characters are very likable Nicholas is training for a career Georgie is so bright Everyone banters in a good intelligent manner 1010 on the banter front Do you like cameos of little Bridgertons We re up to C in this book so you get scenes with Anthony Benedict and ColinThe bad I felt like there were chunks missing from this book view spoilerNicholas is summoned home the Bridgertons invite the Rokesbys over to dinner He proposes and she turns him down Her former suitor falls out of a tree Nicholas treats him and that s the end of that subplot They get engaged We somehow skip entirely the scene of their second attempted kiss as well as their wedding and ump right to travel We Camp Rex jump again to Georgie stuck in the hunting lodge for a week the road trip took two weeks but we only see the first two days They rent a house Georgie has an asthma attack The epilogue thenumps to Nicholas being completely done with medical school hide spoiler Tropes Friends to Lovers Marriage of Convenience It s Julia uinn what s not to like It s charming funny and easy to read I read it in less than a dayBuuuuuut that said while I enjoyed myself I wasn t blown "away I found the characters young and incomplete so a bit dull at times While the banter entertained as "I found the characters young and incomplete so a bit dull at times While the banter entertained as the romance lacked Also it was probably the least sexy book of J I have ever read DNF at 20%I was in the mood for a historical and thought I d try an upcoming J 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 J s backlist but the magic ust isn
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here any Either I ve a lot as a reader or J 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 to finish the bookDisclaimer I received a free e ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Ic 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 than childhood friendsor could theyBut 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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Y minute with the Bridgertons The cat scenes had me belly laughing and Julia uinn s fast paced writing was such a comfort to ease into There was zero difficulty engaging my attention and never a moment of boredom I can t wait to catch up on the rest of the seriesFOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON I am struggling a little with how to come at this review There were things I liked about this book But in many ways it also left me wantingI enjoy Julia uinn and absolutely adored the first book in this series This is another Bridgerton preuel and it centers on Georgina and Nicolas Rokesby These two were old family friends thrown together in marriage after Georgina was ruinedThings started out well enough I liked both characters In fact I continued to like them both throughout the book Nicholas is a relatively serious guy who really only wants to be a doctor and despite his shock at his father s reuest to marry Georgina he really takes it pretty well And did I mention he s a virgin Georgina meanwhile is looking to find her own place after a childhood plagued by illness and a well meaning family Her ruination was in no way her fault and though she doesn t want to marry out of pity she will never get a better offer than the one she got from NicholasAll of this is fine and they move into the marriage pretty easily I kept waiting for the conflict And waited some But there was none And maybe that is a plus for someone looking for a really low angst romance But for me it was kind of a letdown Everything ust flowed so long and it all works out so easily No It s not that it works out There is nothing to work out It all ust happensThat s not to say there were not a few cute diversions along the way I loved the carriage ride and the cats There s some good banter too But the ending felt terribly rushed Maybe because I felt it was missing the second act Missing something vital that never materialized At least it was missing something vital for meYour mileage may vary It s not a bad book not at all But it is not my favorite from this author ARC provided by publisher 15 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewGeorgiana was kidnapped by a fortune hunter but even though she managed to save herself her reputation is in tatters Nicholas is called down from medical school in Edinburgh by his father who orders him to marry their neighbor and Nicholas childhood friend Georgiana It s a marriage of convenience but a close uarters carriage ride with a grumpy cat might turn it into a marriage of love There is only one thing to be "Done His Father Said You "his father said You marry her First Comes a Scandal is fourth in the Rokebys series but I think you could ump into the series here it would probably be even better to read the Bridgerton series before this Rokebys is a preuel to Briderstons and heroes from the first couple books in the Bridgerton series make an almost center stage showing in this As much as I "enjoyed seeing the heroes as little kids it was too much "seeing the heroes as little kids it was too much of focusing on the leads of this story the little Bridgertons got too much of the spotlight it started to feel like a cheap trick to get readers to like this book trading on the Bridgerton love If you haven t read the Bridgerton series you d probably be bored and think a good chunk of the first half was filler She doesn t need your time She needs your name I m a sucker for little sisterbig brother s friend trope but this was a little different with neither having a hidden or long standing crush on the other and we don t get much of Nicholas and Edmund Georigana s brother friendship Not getting much unfortunately was a problem I had for the majority of the story I had a problem with feeling Nicholas and Georgiana were strangers to me and to each other It wasn t until after the 50% mark that our two get married and then it is a carriage ride to Edinburgh However instead of scenes of these two bonding and dialogue to provide emotional and relationship building blocks we get pointless cat drama medical dramas needing Nicholas and the story ust seemed to want to focus on everything but Nicholas and Georgiana He d been married a day and he d barely even kissed her He Was Going To Have was going to have do something about that The sentence structure had a tendency to veer to shorter and this made a good amount feel choppy but even though I didn t feel engaged with the story or characters the pace did ping pong through pretty uickly There was also a couple times where Nicholas or Georgiana expressed themselves a certain way that felt too casual of verbiage not creating the historical feel I tend to look for when reading this sub genre This was also set in the late 1700s and besides some talk of hoop skirts to visit the ueen it was indistinguishable from Regency set romances She liked being near him She liked his uiet strength his sense of purpose And when his hands had been on her hips ev. F 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 doA marriage of convenienceIt might not have been the most romant. This book might tie for first place as class="21fef672a64de2f08566f441c0ee1e03" style="color: #FFFF66; font-size: 38px;">"my favorite Julia uinn novel It was an absolute delight to read main characters were immensely likable " favorite Julia uinn novel It was an absolute delight to read Both main characters were immensely likable 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 uinn knocks it out of the park again 15 stars rounded up because well Nostalgia It IS Julia uinn after all But I am severely disappointed by this whole series I think my feelings about this book can easily summed up in one word lackluster I was mostly bored never invested and I don t think I even smiled Which makes me wonder have my tastes changed that dramatically or has J s writing changed Because "I loved the first book in this series but then it ust went downhill for me book by "loved the first book in this series but then it ust went downhill for me book by Things that didn t work for Title First Comes ScandalSeries Rokesbys 4Author Julia uinnRelease date April 21 2020Cliffhanger NoGenrehistorical romanceThis was my first read in the preuel series and what fun it was In First Comes Scandal Georgiana Bridgerton meets her match with her childhood friend Nicholas Rokesby The Rokesbys have a neighboring estate and the two families are inseparable Nicholas father Lord Manston is Georgiana s godfather so when she is abducted by a fortune hunter and her reputation is ruined he s not willing to sit by idly He immediately summons his fourth child home from medical school to swoop in and save the day I don t know if it s funny or sad that it never even crosses his mind that Nicholas would object to an arranged marriage Probably a little of both His heart was in the right place but he could have been trapping his son in a loveless passionless marriage for the rest of his life When the idea is presented to him in fact it was hard for him to wrap his mind around looking at Georgiana in a romantic way let alone spending the rest of his life with her Georgiana has found herself in a horrible position through no fault of her own She s always followed society s rules and comported herself like a lady but gossips were uick to shred her reputation to tatters after Freddie Oakes abduction Although she never particularly yearned for marriage or entering a season to find possible suitors she s despondent over the choice being taken away from her This is one thing the two main characters had in common being trapped in a situation not of their own making where people play with their life like chess pieces Georgiana is understandably sensitive and frustrated about people telling her how she must feel or that she doesn t know her own mind The last thing she wants is pity or duty from a man proposing to her and that is how she views poor Nicholas clumsy offer Nicholas thought he knew her pretty well considering how much time they spent together growing up But shortly after they renew their acuaintance her sense of humor and intelligence has him looking at her in ways he never has before When Georgiana Bridgerton smiled like that he wanted to reach into the sky and grab down the sun ust to hand it to her on a platter Her curiosity for medicine rivals his and they can have intellectual and often hilarious conversations about the subject most important to him If women were afforded the same freedom of choice back then Georgiana would have loved to get a higher education Nicholas would answer all of her uestions and treated her as an eual rather than patronizing her When she told him how she felt about her own health issues he truly listened to her and trusted that she knew what was right for her own body He was such an honorable and gentle man I loved that both he and Georgiana were inexperienced in romance and physical intimacy because we got to see them discover passion for the first time together She had known him forever but suddenly the whole world was strange and new He was holding her hand and she was suddenly full of emotion and confusion and something she couldn t uite defineThe Bridgerton kids parents from the main series are in this which was such a delight to me We are gifted a peek into Edmund and Violet s relationship early in their marriage when the lovebirds were blissfully wrapped up in each other Edmund is Georgiana s brother and at the time of this story three of his eight children have been born Julia uinn gives us little snippets of insight and of course hilarious moments to savor They are Pee Wee Scouts treasury (Pee Wee Scouts, just secondary characters here so their page time isn t heavy but it was wonderful to spendust a little bit of time with them from a new perspective I would describe this story as sweet and entertaining that lacks misunderstandings or drama If you re looking for a romance with low angst this would be a great pick For me there wasn t much conflict between the couple and the romance did feel rushed in the way that it moved from platonic to love in a short span of time However I enjoyed ever. She was given two choicesGeorgiana Bridgerton isn’t against the idea of marriage She'd ust 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 lifeEnter option number threeAs the fourth son ,