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What Happens in London

(Bevelstoke #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  21,102 ratings  ·  1,479 reviews

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 de
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Avon
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Julia Quinn
Recommended for migraines, headaches and all ailments of the mind and the soul. May cause stomach cramps due to excessive, belly-shaking laughter and a wave of fuzziness as side effects. Like this:

This is honestly one of the most delightful, amusing stories I have ever read! Julia Quinn always delivers on many levels, but What Happens In London is the epitome of fun, with the heartwarming feelings and the delectable tension complementing one of her best works. After many days of st
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Warning, this a is a non-review:

I am in such a reading slump lately, it's not even funny. Not a single book on my TBR shelf (currently 514 books) feels like something I am really excited to read. So instead of endlessly waffling on which book to pick up, I decided to just go for a silly/light historical romance, hoping it would get me out of my blah book reading mood. That really didn't work, but I did find this book cute and mildly amusing enough to round it up to 4 stars. But I don't
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Julia Quinn always delivers on the fun. And, she always does call-backs to her other novels. I like that the Smith-Smythe Quartet are here, along with a mention of Lady Bridgerton. It makes me feel like I have some sort of special inside knowledge. It's a heady feeling - all of this knowledge. It makes me have a little more insight to how God must feel.

This is the second novel in the series and it focuses on Olivia and her neighbor, Harry. She thinks Harry might have killed his ex-fiance, so she
Oct 21, 2009 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
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

Review after 1st time:
This book made me laugh. I was reading it drunk and I laughed. I was reading it sober and I laughed. If you like things like...

"Unmarried Lady Sorts of Things
By Lady Olivia Bevelstoke, Unmarried Lady

Wear pastel colors
(and be quite glad if you possessed the correct complexion for such hues).
Smile and keep your opinions to yourself
(with whatever success you are able).
Do what your parents tell you to do.
Accept the consequences when you don't.
Find a husband who won't b
Jun 14, 2013 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
Jun 09, 2009 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
Jul 08, 2009 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
Russian spies + witty banter + sexual tension= the first five star Julia Quinn book for me. :)
Funny and romantic
Aug 18, 2009 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/
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
I had my doubts about this one in the beginning because I thought it would be cuter but it ran a bit slow. I really liked how they're so silly with each other and I like him being super serious all the time. However, I wish we explored more about the fact that he worked for the war office and Olivia had no idea of his past and that he's basically a stealth agent. Anyways, I laughed. It was sweet when he realized he needed her in his life. I also felt sad that he had an alcoholic father but that ...more
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

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
Love-hate relationship. Spies. Cute-funny bantering. Window-staring.

This is a delight. The romance is absolutely adorable with the nonstop cute bantering.

I find both Olivia and Harry to be sensible, sweet, and entertaining. Their romance is gradual and rather smooth-sailing, even with the dislike they had for each other in the beginning. I adore that they share a mutual distaste yet fondness for a silly Gothic novel that they both read together. I also love that they are neighbors who talk to e
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
3.5 stars. I thought I'd try a Julia Quinn, even though I usually prefer a more serious tone in my HRs than the light and fluffy style I was expecting from Ms Quinn. My first book by her.

It started off promisingly. Ms Quinn can obviously write well, and I was liking the banter and interplay between the MCs. I quite liked the light and humorous tone too, even though it's not my usual. 4 stars, for the first two thirds of the book.

But then the last third of the book went downhill somehow. There w
Jun 22, 2015 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
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-goal, hf-romance
Charming characters (complete with a meet cute) and clever, witty repartee!

Dare I suggest I liked this more than some of the Bridgerton series? Yes— it was a delightful read. And there’s a Prince, and a kidnapping and more!!

Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 19, 2009 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
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, audiobook, steamy
This is second in a series and Olivia features prominently in the first. This book doesn't rely on anything established there, though, so you're safe reading this one alone. Frankly, I encourage you to skip that first because the "hero" is such a raging jerk.

This was okay. Olivia is the unspoiled beauty on her third season because her parents aren't in a hurry and neither is she. I liked that she isn't critical or mean or dismissive of those who have courted her, she just doesn't feel like they'
Jan 18, 2009 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
Lily Herman
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Y'all, I've been in a reading slump. A terribly, horrendously awful reading slump. I've been working 14-16 hours a day, I haven't been sleeping, and I've been subsisting on chocolate-covered almonds (do yourself a favor and INVEST IN THEM). Nothing can really keep my attention.

So what do we do when we're in a reading slump? We pull out an emergency Julia Quinn book and inhale it in a single sitting, my friends!!!!!!

What Happens in London was cute, improbable, full of random side plots, and overf
Jul 19, 2009 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
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book intermittently annoying and patience-testing throughout the exposition and apparently necessary status-and-plot-contrivance section. But I found this charming starting around page 145. I was in love around page 240. And the final scene should be in a opening-doors style farce of a rom-com if someone hasn’t stolen it already. I finished this smiling.

Why do authors feel they absolutely must use genre formulas that just get in the way, especially if they’re not going to do them we
Sophie Barnes
Jun 01, 2012 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
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Buddy re-read with Lacey!!!

Except for the dreaded last-minute drama, this is pretty much a perfect JQ: loveable characters, great bickering, lovely slow burn romance, and an adorable supporting cast! Seb jumping on that table to recite "Miss Butterworth" (seriously, the extracts from this gothic romance everyone reads alone make this book worth reading) has to be one of my all-time favorite JQ moments <3 And that proposal is kind of awesome. I just love these two together!
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2018
I really enjoyed this second book in the Bevelstoke series!

I loved both characters, Olivia and Harry. The dialogue between them was witty, funny and intelligent. I loved how they got each other, their laughter and the moments when they would talk to each other from the windows. Super cute.

I think Julia Quinn did a good job on this book with all the characters, including main and secondary. I really enjoyed the Russian plot of the book as well.
Jun 26, 2009 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
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Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think I might need a break from this genre. I didn't enjoy this story that much. The first book was a bit better.

Yes, there are a couple of entertaining moments in the beginning. The prologue has made me believe this would be better. Even though they start as funny and entertaining, Harry Valentine and Olivia Bevelstoke are bland and boring later.

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May 09, 2016 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!!
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“Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron,” Sebastian said approvingly. “Excellent choice.”

“You have read this?” Alexei asked.

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