On April 21, Julia Quinn will publish First Comes a Scandal, the fourth book in her Rokesby series–which is also known as the Bridgerton Prequels. There are eight books in the original Bridgerton series along with many published epilogues. A TV show, Bridgerton, helmed by Shonda Rhimes, is to air on Netflix later this year.
The first book in the Bridgerton ouvre, The Duke and I, was published in January of 2000. (AAR’s Blythe gave it a B-. The thing she liked best about it: Lady Whistledown’s remarks.) That book introduced the eight Bridgerton siblings–named alphabetically from Anthony to Hyacinth–whose lives and loves take place between 1813 and 1827. The Duke and I tells the story of Daphne, the fourth child and first daughter, and her romance with Simon, the Duke of Basset who just happens to be one of her older brother Anthony’s best friends. (Daphne, by the way, was the first heroine we discussed in our Winsome or Loathsome columns.)
In order, the original eight books are The Duke and I (we’ve given it an A- and a B-), The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony’s story–we gave it an A), An Offer from a Gentleman (Benedict’s story–we gave it a B+), Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Colin’s story–we gave it a B+), To Sir Phllip, With Love (Eloise’s story–we gave it a B+), When He Was Wicked (Francesca’s story–we gave it B), It’s in His Kiss (Hyacinth’s story–we gave it a B+), and On the Way to the Wedding (Gregory’s story–we gave it a C+.) Four of the eight made it on to AAR’s most recent Top 100 Romances reader poll and may be found on those from years past as well.
The three books in the Rokesby (Bridgerton Prequel) series have gotten Bs from us an and we gave The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, a collection of epilogues about each couple, a A-.
I’d hazard that, like me, many AAR readers have read all eight of the original series. And, like me, I am sure our readers have their own opinions on the reviews we gave the books (I’m still bitter we only gave Romancing Mr. Bridgerton a B+ –it’s a DIK all the way for me. I also love When He Was Wicked–it too is a DIK for me.)
What are your thoughts? Does this series deserve the fame and adoration it has in Romancelandia? Which book(s) is your favorite and why? Are there any stories in the series you dislike and why? Let us know.
And, just because we love, AAR will give a copy of First Comes Scandal to one reader–ebook or physical, your choice. Make a comment to be entered in a drawing for that!