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First Comes Scandal, by Julia Quinn

cdubbs30's review

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lighthearted relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

ctrak's review against another edition

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5.0

Witty.Loved it

kcbatts's review

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lighthearted
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

1.25

lauriereadsrom1's review against another edition

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5.0

I have loved all of Julia Quinn's books, but she has outdone herself with "First Comes Scandal," book #4 of the Rokesby series. In fact, it may be my favorite of her books since the original Bridgerton series! It was so sweet and funny, featuring delightful characters and an engaging plot. I had a tough time putting the book down once I started reading.

The female lead character of this story, Miss Georgiana "Georgie" Bridgerton, was kind (even to those who didn't necessarily deserve it), intelligent, inquisitive, and forward-thinking. I particularly loved that when confronted with the scandal of her ruination in the wake of being kidnapped by an overzealous suitor, she didn't break down, but rather got angry and pointed out the injustice of society considering her "ruined" while her kidnapper suffered no damage whatsoever to his reputation. The male lead, medical student Nicholas Rokesby, was a great match for Georgie because of the way he encouraged her interest in medical matters and never tried to force her into the mold of a "proper" wife, which would have crushed her spirit. Instead, he loved her for who she was and how she made his life better, and in return, Georgie brought out a sweet, playful side to Nicholas that was buried beneath his serious exterior when the story began.

The secondary characters in this book were also a lot of fun, particularly Nicholas and Georgie's siblings, several of whom were featured in the earlier books of the series. I also enjoyed the antics of the Rokesbys' and the Bridgertons' butlers, Thamesly and Wheelock. Servants don't often get to play much of a role in historical romances, but in this case they were important secondary characters and had wonderful, well-developed personalities. They were both very funny and obviously took pride in caring for their employers' families.

Overall, I highly recommend "First Comes Scandal" and look forward to Julia Quinn's next book!

*ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss. All opinions expressed are my own.

suchlarks's review against another edition

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funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

carleysuzanne's review

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lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

nazia's review against another edition

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4.0

so cute :(((

ritikareads's review against another edition

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3.0

I think I’m looking for something more in love stories now.

bookrambler's review against another edition

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2.0

Is banter enough for a book with almost zero plot? I was bored throughout the book and was thirsting for something to latch on to. This was a marriage of convenience but it needed more than good dialogues and a long journey to Scotland.

I would only recommend this HR if you love the Bridgertons series. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

phua_jieying's review against another edition

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3.0

The parts I found most interesting are Nicholas' medical moments and the little Bridgerton boys.