Like many other Julia Quinn fans, I’d been eagerly awaiting the release of First Comes Scandal for nearly a year and a half before it came out. I was lucky enough to be approved for an ARC, so I actually received it in March and was SO excited! Unfortunately, this one just didn’t blow me away.
Don’t get me wrong – there was plenty to enjoy in the read, especially for Julia Quinn and Bridgerton fans. There’s a lot of great banter and fun family dynamics. Violet and Edmund are in it (which is fun, but also kind of a bummer. shrugs). You get to meet a very young Anthony, Benedict, and baby Colin. Georgiana isn’t about that Being Saved by a Man/Marrying her Reluctant Childhood Friend life. And, it was very low-angst, which during March was nice. (Once again, dear reader, if you are reading this in the future, pandemic .)
However, it was so low-angst that there was hardly any plot at all. I really hate to say it, but at one point I wasn’t sure why the book wasn’t over yet. I felt as if it kind of went on…and on…with nowhere to go. The beginning held a lot of promise, but the follow through was lacking. It certainly wasn’t a terrible book…it just wasn’t terribly exciting.
I do think there are people for whom this book will really work, but for me it ended up being…just okay.