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What Happens in London (Bevelstoke #2)

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When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancee, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits ... and discovers a most intriguing man, who is d
Paperback, 372 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Avon
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Nov 04, 2009 Angelc rated it liked it
"What Happens in London" has so many rave reviews, that maybe my expectations were a little too high. I do think Julia Quinn's writing style is excellent, so much thought goes into every single page. The main characters' witty banter and snappy inner dialogue were so much fun to read. I absolutely loved the supporting character, Sebastian! He was just too much fun to read about, especially his love for the silly "Ms. Butterworth" novel. He was such a vivid character who just jumped off the page ...more
Jun 26, 2009 seton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: over-rated
Do you like Cute?

If you do and find JQ funny, then you will love this fluffy, light, sweet romance which is nothing but one vignette after another of the H/H flirting and rolling their eyes and just being a-dor-a-ble.

If you dont find JQ funny (sacrilege!), then you might begin to notice that beyond the set-up to get the H/H to meet, this book doesnt have a plot and that the H/H act like they are 16 instead of 28/22. The H/H are next door neighbors and talk outside their windows constantly. The A
Aug 03, 2009 Dina rated it really liked it
When I read a JQ book, I know what to expect: a light, funny and fluffy read, filled with amusing banter between the H/h. That's what I got from this book, so I'm thoroughly satisfied.

Harry was adorable - really, I have no other adjective to qualify him - and Olivia was the typical JQ heroine, i.e., sassy, outspoken and a bit eccentric (she liked reading, gasp, newspapers!) Their inner thoughts and witty dialogues - not only with each other but with some secondary characters too - made me laugh
This was a lovely book! Different than the previous one in the series but equally wonderful nevertheless.

Harry is a great hero. A bit more quiet than usual, the beta type, which I've really come to love during the past few years. He's also bookish, which is always a plus for me, and a translator!! How perfect?

Olivia is strong and quirky and beautiful. What I mostly loved about her is that she knew that she was very pretty and she realised how lucky she was for her good looks, but at the same t
Oct 11, 2009 Cynthia rated it liked it
SUPER fluffy. Even for a Quinn. But in a cotton candy delicious kind of way. Very much a comedy first, and romance second. The end has some ridiculous contrived issues to overcome (ransom, I don't even know who you are!) that were completely unnecessary.

Neither the title, nor the cover fits the book very well, which is frustrating, as I could imagine some fantastic replacements:

- The Benefits of Conversing Through Windows
By Lady Olivia Bevelstoke, Avid Window Fan

- How to Throw in Possibly Deep/
Jun 18, 2013 MRB rated it it was amazing
I'm not a blindly adoring JQ fangirl who automatically thinks that everything she churns out is literary gold (or, um, even literary stainless steel), but when JQ is at her best or even close to best, there are very few writers of any genre or era who can charm and delight me more.

I absolutely, unreservedly loved this book. There are more technically flawless, smoothly paced books I've read over the past year, but very, very few which elicited this degree of personal attachment and that "awww, s
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 19, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
Light-hearted fun with a bare wisp of a sideplot; "What Happens in London" concentrates almost 100% on the humorous story of a hero and heroine who dislike each other at first sight, very much so. But of course, once they spend time together they quickly realize they are perfect for each other.

Olivia is many things: titled, beautiful, intelligent, and curious. And it's her curiosity that first has her spying on her neighbor. She's sure the rumor that he killed his fiance isn't true, but still. S
Jun 27, 2010 Eastofoz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a light romance with great banter & dialog
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Julie (jjmachshev) Anderson
This was a fun read and much better than what I was expecting. I’m not too keen on the spy theme so I was a bit leery but it turned out to be one of those good Julia Quinn books similar to her Bridgerton series minus the underlying seriousness.

The story starts out with Olivia Bevelstoke who heard from her friends that her new neighbor murdered his fiancée so she starts spying on him from her bedroom window where she can see into his office. He realizes what she’s doing and does all sorts of weir
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)

I so adored this book! I adored the h and them as a couple!
The reviews are mixed, but for me it was a winner. The humor goes into farcical but that was intentional, I felt. Well, I was smiling and chuckling so I am good with this one!

The h/H are next door neighbors in Mayfair, London. He is the new occupant to the south of their residence and the bored h’s interest is piqued. According to gossip, he is a recluse and a wife killer to boot. And her window is strategically placed with a view into h
Jun 30, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it it was amazing
What Happens in London by Julia Quinn is one of the few books I have read this year that made me smile from beginning to end. I am in absolute love with What Happens in London. This is the type of book you will hold close to your chest and give it a big hug because it has brought forth such pleasure. I can say that this may be one of best books Julia has ever written. For the longest time her 1997 historical romance, Everything and the Moon held that honor.

Why do I have such happiness for What H
Jan 16, 2010 Barbara rated it liked it
3 Stars...I liked it

So I have to start off by saying Julia Quinn is at times laugh out loud funny...the banter she creates between her characters is just hilarious. However...

I DO NOT buy romance novels for comedy relief...

There were a few things about WHIL that are still bothering the stew out of me...

~What happend to the romance aspect of this book?! Yes we have a girl and a boy who fall in love, but I know Quinn has more than this in her...I've read almost all of her books and most of them mo
Sophie Barnes
Aug 01, 2012 Sophie Barnes rated it really liked it
Shelves: julia-quinn
This was a fun read with a touch of uniqueness, I thought - given that a lot of the plot/dialogue takes place through two windows belonging to neighboring houses. Add a bit of suspense toward the end and this became even more enjoyable.
Our heroine (a.k.a. Olivia Bevelstoke)accidentally spots her new neighbor (our hero - a.k.a. Sir Harry Valentine)in his study while looking out of her own bedroom window. What ought to have been a quick glance, however, quickly develops into a week long period of
Aug 05, 2009 Rane rated it really liked it
Sir Harry Valentine would love nothing more then a boring life, feeling cheated by his parents then becoming a solider, Harry works in the War Office as a Russian translator, when life becomes even less boring when he notices his neighbor spying on him, giving her a show with crazy hat and a few burn pages, Harry dismisses her as nothing more then a snob after one meeting, but when the War Office asks him to do some spying of his own on his neighbor, he finds himself faced again matching wits ...more
May 09, 2016 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Someday I would love to meet Julia Quinn so I can tell her how much I love her stories. Although, I pretty sure I would make an ass out of myself from fan-girling too much but seriously?! She writes the perfect romance, in my eyes! They make me smile, they make me swoon, and they make me fall in love:) All around happiness!!
Sep 06, 2009 jenjn79 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 2.5 / 5

This book has mostly gotten good reviews, from what I've seen, but I found it to be rather dull and lacking in substance. I just found the story pretty boring.

Series note: This book is a sequel to The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and features the sister of the hero of that book. It is not necessary to have read the previous book. This one stands on its own.

In What Happens in London, Olivia Bevelstoke is a beautiful young woman who has so far not married. She's had many p
Jun 28, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
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Aug 12, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this story very much. After Quinn's last book, "Mr. Cavendish, I Presume", I was disappointed and concerned. But this is a nice return to her witty, fun form.

The two leads are very engaging and likable. What I really enjoy is that they're a couple of nerds. He counts and organizes things and she makes lists. They don't perfectly fit in with society without scripting themselves. But they're both attractive individuals with great senses of humor when
Rachna R
Mar 06, 2012 Rachna R rated it it was amazing
I was in a terrible mood when I started this so it says a lot that I burst out laughing with glee a good few times and spent a lot of the rest of the time smiling stupidly. Wonderful! Harry is definitely one of the few male leads I've found actually interesting without being over-the-top with angst or manpain, and Olivia is a delight - fabulous! Their rapport was lovely, and the supporting characters were great, and I enjoyed this so much.
Sep 01, 2016 Daniella rated it it was ok
What Happens in London is lacklustre at best, and boring at worst. It's not abhorrent, like Eloisa James' The Duke is Mine, but it's not something that I would recommend for pleasure reading. After going through the entire book, though, I would have to admit that it did have a few entertaining moments, but alas, it had too many flaws against it for it to be considered enjoyable.

For one, I think Ms. Julia Quinn tried too hard to be funny that it backfired. The novel's prologue was agonizing to re
Penny Watson
Oct 02, 2009 Penny Watson rated it really liked it
What Happens In London by Julia Quinn

Once upon a time, I read a Julia Quinn book and I remarked to a good friend, "This book's about a whole lot of nothing." In fact, many Julia Quinn books are about a whole lot of nothing. Nevertheless, they are extremely appealing. Why? They're romantic! There's delicious sexual chemistry between the hero and heroine, sparkling banter, sweet love-making, lots of deep POV reflection, and tons of humor. I don't need a lot of conflict, or even plot, to make me ha
Feb 08, 2016 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had read fluffy books before.

I stand corrected.

This book is THE FLUFFIEST of THE FLUFFIEST. Like Harry in this book said: it's so sweet that my teeth ache. But in a good way, like Olivia is sweet to Harry, this book is sweet to me.

One must look at this book in the right light: it's a perfect historical romance about two perfectly normal people. Harry's family may seem dysfunctional but he turned out as proper and respectable as a man can be. There is no real villain, only a Russia
4.5 stars

I've heard from many people that this book was fabulous and that it was their favorite of the series so far, and I would have to agree. True, I haven't read Ten Things I Love About You yet, but I loved this story about Harry and Olivia. They were hilarious together, and are quite possibly one of my favorite romance couples ever. Definitely one of my favorite historical romance couples. And I loved the secondary characters, like Winston and Sebastian, and I look forward to reading about
Jul 11, 2009 Corrine rated it really liked it
It was very good, very cute, and very JQ. I loved it, and it would have been ranked up there with Romancing Mister Bridgerton and The Lost Duke of Wyndham as my favorites - except for the last 60 pages. I understand why JQ added the suspense to wrap up the mystery of why the War Office asked Harry to keep an eye on Prince Alexei, but it made all the chemistry fizzle and then the adding seemed rushed and too pat. Overall a good read. B+

ETA: My guesses for the next book featuring Sebatian Grey is
To me, this was perfect. I loved everything!!! Their relationship seemed so natural, so perfect and I was dreading the author might do something stupid to ruin this but she didn't and I'm so happy and when they finally professed their love for each other I squealed I fucking squealed it was embarrassing but I couldn't help myself because it was just so perfect and I ship them so hard and I loved everything
Jul 15, 2009 ChloeLeeNH rated it really liked it
JQ is BACK!! YAY... finally a nice light comedy piece after a few clunkers! There were some scenes that were just laugh out loud funny and though I though the romance itself was a bit immature I thought overall that all of the characters added something to this story. I am looking forward to Sebastian's story next. BRAVO! :)
Started out fun, with Olivia spying on her next door neighbor because maybe he's a murderer. It got way too cheesy and the spy stuff was pretty far fetched. I hate it when the enemies fall for each other and become all sappy & sweet. They should retain some of their prickly personalities!
Jun 25, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
The first part of the book dragged a bit, but the 2nd half really picked up. I enjoyed the relationship between the h/h. They had excellent banter. Highly enjoyable.
Sep 08, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-books
Ahhh, Miss Julia, I've missed you :) - I absolutely adored this book! 'Nuff said!
Liz F
Aug 20, 2012 Liz F rated it really liked it
Ohhh this was such a great read!! Another winner from Julia Quinn!!!

Olivia Bevelstoke has had many marriage proposals. She has also turned down many marriage proposals. Some are starting to say she's picky. Maybe too picky?? She just thinks she hasn't met the right man. She'll know when she meets him. She doesn't know HOW she knows. She just knows that she knows!!

She's sitting in her drawing room with a few of her good friends who love to gossip! And what is the latest and juiciest on dit? The
Blodeuedd Finland
Jan 20, 2010 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it
Ever since I saw this one around blogland, I wanted it, then I saw the trailer and wanted it more. Then I visited one of the biggest cities in the country and yes of course I fell to temptation and bought it. And I am glad I did.

This was a funny book, I could giggle and smile. It was such a cute and sweet book. I really liked Olivia, sure she was silly, listening to her even more silly friends. Which leads to her spying on her neighbor, and she thinks she is getting away with it but he has been
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“Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron,” Sebastian said approvingly. “Excellent choice.”

“You have read this?” Alexei asked.

“It’s not as good as Miss Davenport and the Dark Marquis, of course, but worlds better than Miss Sainsbury and the Mysterious Colonel.”

Harry found himself rendered speechless.

“I’m reading Miss Truesdale and the Silent Gentleman right now.”

“Silent?” Harry echoed.

“There is a noticeable lack of dialogue,” Sebastian confirmed.”
“Are you all right?” he asked Olivia. His heart was still racing with terror that she’d been hurt. “I heard a woman scream.”

“Ah, that would have been me,” Sebastian said.

Harry looked down on his cousin, face frozen in disbelief. “You made that noise?”

“It hurt,” Sebastian bit off.

Harry fought not to laugh. “You scream like a leettle girl.”
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