There were Bridgertons before the eight alphabetically named siblings. In the fourth of the Bridgerton prequel series, following The Other Miss Bridgerton, we go back to where it all began. . . from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn
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...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With her signature warmth and talent for witty banter, Julia Quinn reminds us why the Bridgerton series—which is finally being adapted for the screen—became such a global hit. In this prequel, Georgiana Bridgerton finds herself in a bind: After her reputation has been ruined, her kind neighbour Nicholas Rokesby offers to marry her and save her from spinsterhood. But Nicholas and Georgiana grew up as playmates, and Quinn’s heroine worries there’s no chance for true love (or lust) between them. With all its tropey goodness—the story covers the friends-to-lovers, slow-burn, and marriage-of-convenience bases—First Comes Scandal is a delight whether you’re a longtime fan or a Bridgerton newbie.
In Quinn's charming fourth Rokesbys Regency romance (after The Other Miss Bridgerton), a woman marries her lifelong friend to save her reputation. The wealthy Lady Georgiana "Georgie" Bridgerton is ruined when Freddie Oakes tries to trap her into marriage, compromising her reputation by forcing her to spend unchaperoned time with him. When Georgie's godfather learns of her predicament, he tells his son, Nicholas Rokesby, that he must marry her. Both Nicholas and Georgie are romantics who had hoped to marry for love, but they agree to the union as a necessity and hope that their close friendship will survive. But the arrangement leads them to see each other in a new light, and an attraction grows between them as Nicholas tirelessly supports Georgie in pursuing her dreams; Georgie is fascinated with Nicholas's classes at medical school, and as women aren't allowed to attend, Nicholas agrees to teach her everything he can. Both hero and heroine enter into their marriage as virgins, making for tender, exploratory sex scenes with a welcome degree of humor. Quinn's fans will delight in the sparkling prose and progressive central couple.
Beautiful innocence. Lovely read.
Surprising. Familiar. A modern twist. I truly wonder what the women of that era would think of the freedom of today’s woman.
Not as good as the previous stories in the Series but holds its own. Cute characters and sweet story. Quick read.
I loved this book on the innocence of their childhood relationship turned lovers. Super cute. To see them grow into love as they got to know each other better