What Happens in London
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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/ ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Why do I have such happiness for What H ...more
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 ...more
For one, I think Ms. Julia Quinn tried too hard to be funny that it backfired. The novel's prologue was agonizing to re ...more
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 ...more
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!
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.
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' ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
(view spoiler)[I wish authors would stop depicting Russians the way they do. It seems it doesn't matter whether they are good (a rare beast) or bad ...more
This book was good. Not much to say about it. Surprisingly the only time I was bored was DURING the action. I think it was because I felt it was a bit too random of a situation.
The heroine, Olivia, she was likeable enough but I still feel like I didn't really know her. I don't know if its because of the book or because.. there was really nothing to her as a person, other than a pretty face. I did like that just because she knew she was pretty, she didn't act all annoying about it. But I ...more
Other books in the series
“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.”
“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.”