Book Review: First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn

fcsFirst Comes Scandal

Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesbys, book 4
Publisher: Avon (April 21, 2020)
Paperback, 384 pages
Romance, adult romance, historical romance

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 number three…

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…


I really adored this book, and it was perfect for these turbulent times. It’s a very soft, comfy, low-angst romance that is filled with the gentle surprise that comes from a very organic blossoming of Georgie and Nicholas’ relationship from friends to lovers.

If you’re looking for big tension and hot, sweaty sexytimes, then this is not the romance you’re looking for. However, if you want witty banter, butterflies in the stomach, looking at a lifelong friend with new eyes and fresh wonder, and good feelings then by all means, read on! Oh, plus a very smart heroine who sticks up for herself, some rather disgruntled cats displeased to be going on a trip, and a gentleman who learns that there’s more to life than the pursuit of his career.

This book is a field of daisies on a summer day (with maybe a bee or two to come buzz in your bonnet) and I absolutely adored it.

This is the fourth book in the Rokesbys series, but can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. There is some mention of plotlines that happen in the earlier three books and some spoilers that are mentioned in passing, so if that matters to you then read the other books in the series first.

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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