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What Happens in London (Bevelstoke #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  10,979 ratings  ·  819 reviews
Rumors and Gossip . . . The lifeblood of London

When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, 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
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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"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
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
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
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/
Julie (jjmachshev)
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara M.
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
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
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
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 wi ...more
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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
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
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
Penny Watson
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
Lex B
When I started this book my expectations were high because of the positive reviews I'd read from friends. I quickly became worried because the main pair are initially at odds, and I feared it would take them a while to get past bad first impressions. I am so happy to report that that was not the case at all and they very quickly went from biting insults to playful teasing. I found the evolution of their relationship to be really organic. You believe that these characters would easily get over wr ...more
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
Rachna R
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.
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
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! :)
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.
Blodeuedd Finland
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
Lady Allison
Jul 16, 2011 Lady Allison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All of my fellow hopeless romantics!
Oh my goodness, I loved this book! I honestly could not stop smiling the whole way through!

This is the second Bevelstoke book & this one explores Lady Olivia Bevelstoke's story with a dashing Sir Harry Valentine - their courtship through his office window & her bedroom window is one of the cutest courtships I've read in a long time! I was so happy that their love progressed easily, there was no fighting it, no trying to convince themselves otherwise. They accepted they were in love when
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
JQ's last couple of books have been--while entertaining--not up to her usual standards. I think that she redeemed herself with the story of Harry Valentine and Olivia Bevelstoke.

Lady Olivia is stunningly beautiful and has turned down more than one or two marriage proposals in her three Seasons "out" on the ton's marriage mart. And when she begins spying on Sir Harry Valentine through her bedroom window into his office window, she becomes intrigued when her gossipy friend Mary informs her that Si
Liz B
This is my favorite Julia Quinn since the middle of the Bridgerton series. In fact, this was headed for a solid 4 stars on the strength of a few beautifully handled and hilarious scenes. I really liked both the hero and the heroine, who were atypical enough to be intriguing; I liked the development of the romance, which began with lots of conversation (witty, light conversation) before proceeding to physical attraction; I liked that the emphasis was on the development of the romance, including s ...more
Duchess Nicole
Awww, I'm smiling right now! Aside from a little bit of Russian spy action going on, this was a very easygoing, light story. And just romantic. Makes me want to go dance with my husband. The H/h compliment each other perfectly. There are lots of heartfelt sighs, and a few well placed laughs. A wonderful Julia Quinn book. Loved it!

My favorite quote from the book...when Harry and Olivia first meet face to face:

"Forgive me," he said smoothly, and she shivered, because his voice - it wasn't what she
This book didn't make my top 100 at all. It could have, it had moments that it was going to be brilliant and then something odd would happen and it would take the wind out of my sails. I hated the ending and wished it could have been different. I really liked Henry, but wished we were shown him coming to terms with his childhood. Where did his mother go, she just disappeared from the story. Why were his parents like they were? I just still had a lot of questions when the book was over. There wer ...more
Jenny E
This had a slow start for me. I really had to hang in there the first 100 pages or so, but the excitement at the end made up for it. I really enjoyed the book. While there is no epilogue, I love the background/history JQ gives us in her prologues. I always fall in love with the character after the prologue, and this was no exception.

The beginning was slow, the characters were great, the plot ended up being sort of exciting, it was romantic, but not particularly "hot" with only one big rather tam
2013 is apparently shaping up to be the year in which I read lots of genres that I wouldn't normally go near, and then end up loving them.

Surprise surprise - I never read romance! Never ever! I have nothing against a bit of romance as a subplot, but my problems with pure romance novels tends to be that a) the writing is (generally) awful; b) the girl is (generally) a cliche and/or really irritating; c) I get really bored of just romance really quickly. Buuut this one came very highly recommended
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The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1) The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2) Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4) The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1) When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons, #6)

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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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