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Rumors and Gossip . . . The lifeblood of LondonWhen 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 is defRumors and Gossip . . . The lifeblood of LondonWhen 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 is definitely up to something.Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security. He’s not a spy, but he’s had all the training, and when a gorgeous blonde begins to watch him from her window, he is instantly suspicious. But just when he decides that she’s nothing more than a nosy debutante, he discovers that she might be engaged to a foreign prince, who might be plotting against England. And when Harry is roped into spying on Olivia, he discovers that he might be falling for her himself…...

Title : What Happens in London
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ISBN : 9780061891991
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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What Happens in London Reviews

  • Jilly
    2019-02-02 10:54

    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 spies on him from her window. He wonders why some girl is spying on him so obviously.He works as a Russian translator for the war office and is asked to keep an eye on a Russian prince who just arrived to town and the girl that this prince has his eye on. Guess who the girl is? I'll give you 20 guesses.... okay, you got in in one. Good job! So, he is forced to spend a bunch of time with this girl, and he doesn't exactly like her. At first. Because, we all know where this is going.This book was fun, and they set us up for the next one by introducing us to Sebastian, who I loved. Bring it on!

  • Angelc
    2019-02-16 14:32

    "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 for me. However, I was less than thrilled about the actual romance in this book. I just felt no connection between Harry and Olivia, and when they started to fall in love, I thought it came across as forced and cheesy. I know, I know, I'm in the minority in thinking this, but I really did think the book was funny and witty, just not very romantic. I can't wait for Sebatian to get his own book!reviewed for:

  • seton
    2019-01-25 17:44

    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 AAR Review likened this to a Romeo & Juliet vibe. Actually, it wasnt so much Romeo & Juliet as it was Drive Me Crazy, the teen romantic comedy in which a high school girl romanced her best friend neighbor, also through her window. This JQ novel only needed a Britney Spears soundtrack.This is the spinoff of The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and instead of diary entries scattered throughout at climatic moments as in the previous book, JQ has the heroine make up cutesy lists in her heads at inopportune moments. So in keeping with the spirit of the book, I will end with . . . . List of things I'll much rather do than read another Julia Quinn book ever again since she is not my cuppa:1. Vacuum2. Pull weeds out my garden3. Pull lint out of my belly button4. Go to the dentist5. All of the above, all on the same day

  • Iliada
    2019-01-19 14:42

    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 time she felt a strong desire to be seen as something more than a pretty face.This series, as well as the Smythe-Smith quartet, are not very popular among JQ fans. I really can't understand why. Yes, they are heavily focused on dialogue and are slow-burn, but they are so clever and funny and simply delightful I can't see what's not to like.The previous book was probably the sexiest JQ book I've read so far. This one wasn't. It rather focused on building a strong and believable relationship between the H/h who strongly disliked each other at first, then became friends and eventually fell in love. The point is that however JQ chooses to handle her story, she always does a spectacular job. She is one of the few writers I completely appreciate and respect. Plus, I'm not in the habit of giving away 5-star ratings lately but she totally deserves it!I'm typing this on my phone so I apologise if this review is rather messy. This book comes highly recommended from me and I think most JQ fans will enjoy it. Bravo!

  • Dina
    2019-01-22 10:49

    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 out loud more than once, and that's what matters to me when I read a JQ book.The suspense/thriller near the end was distracting and unnecessary, IMHO, and I admit skimmed through it. I mean, Harry and Olivia had already said their ILY and all JQ had left to do was to show the reader how Harry was going to propose - since he had made such a big deal out of it - so I couldn't care less about the last-minute added drama. Thankfully, that was quickly over and the story got back on track with Harry's charming marriage proposal, which made me close the book with a silly smile on my face.All things considered, I really enjoyed this read. It wasn't enough to get JQ back to my auto-buy-authors list, but at least she's no longer on my authors-to-avoid list.

  • ☆☽Erica☾☆
    2019-02-07 13:42

    Russian spies + witty banter + sexual tension= the first five star Julia Quinn book for me. :)

  • MRB
    2019-01-18 18:50

    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, see, THIS is why reading is my favorite thing to do on this planet" adoration. I always struggle to discuss writing style since it's so wholly subjective and difficult to define: an author's style either works for you or doesn't, and JQ's just happens to work for me so very, very perfectly that I can merrily excuse imperfections in her plotting and pacing. It's eminently witty, sharp and brimming over with clever insights and unexpected jolts of poignancy. And suffice it to say that within the first 20 pages I found her characters far more vividly defined and root-worthy than many authors manage after 420 pages. Harry emerged immediately as one of my very favorite Quinn heroes---which means he's one of my very favorite heroes, period. Because in addition to the writing style gushed about above, the thing I've always appreciated most about Quinn's books is that she (usually!) creates heroes who are genuinely kind, decent, and well-meaning men. Imperfect, of course, but in amusing, colorful and relatable ways. In a genre that seems to increasingly define the 'ideal' hero as someone who's vicious until the final ten pages, creepily controlling and in desperate need of both rehab and anger management, Quinn's heroes are remarkable for the mere fact that I'd genuinely like and respect most of these men in real life. They are (with a few very disappointing exceptions!) men I'd actually love to be with, men who you could adore and admire and, unlike far too many of today's extreme "alphas", never worry about having to obtain a restraining order against :) Olivia, meanwhile, was one of my very favorite Quinn heroines: a woman who's smart, endearingly but not excessively quirky, and passionate about things other than just husband hunting. Like her wonderful hero, she's very relatably flawed but never to the point where she becomes more maddening than root-worthy. As you've no doubt figured out, I absolutely adored Harry, adored Olivia and adored them as a couple. Adored them so deeply, in fact, that I'd be using a stronger verb than adored if my fatigued brain could think of one! If you like your H and h to have to endure tons of angst, internal conflicts and turmoil, this may not be the ideal pick for you: Harry and Olivia have a few obstacles en route to the sweetly inevitable HEA, but theirs is mostly a witty, warm, and, for me, refreshingly low anxiety journey :) I ended up really liking the mild to moderate thriller elements in this one, though I'm admittedly partial to romances that are about something other than just the romance. But even if the 'Quinn tries to incorporate a splash of Hitchcock' idea makes you cringe, rest assured that there's still so much to love here: namely, some truly phenomenal dialogue, two of the more lovable and amusing H and hs I've come across, and ample amounts of the spirit-boosting warmth, cleverness and charm for which JQ is justifiably known. I read and love many, many books, but of the two hundred or so that I've devoured this year (why, no, I DON'T have a life!), this was among my top five favorites. I totally get and respect arguments that it wasn't among JQ's very 'best', but it happened to be among my most personally beloved :) Enjoy!

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-06 13:48

    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 WindowsBy Lady Olivia Bevelstoke, Avid Window Fan- How to Throw in Possibly Deep/Meaningful Story (such as a drunk dad, bro) with No Real Point at All- To Provoke, then Befriend a Russian Prince- Everyone Can Be a Spy!- Funny Hats Can Be Chick Magnets- Don't Bother to Read the First Book in the Series-I'm Much Better and Can Stand Alone!- Spying on Neighbors is Intriguing and Sexy (only if it's done by a gorgeous blond, otherwise, call the constable!)- Lurid Gothic Novels: Do Men Secretly Love Them? Do They? Do They?As for the cover it should involve windows and the book Miss Butterworth. Also, THE HAT SHOULD BE PICTURED.I cannot believe I got this at the local bookstore for a dollar. Whoever was pricing that day must have been on crack.

  • Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
    2019-01-24 18:38

    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 his property.The H is dry, academic almost crusty sort but don’t misjudge, he doesn't have a single beta bone in his tall dark black-draped bod. He works as a Russian translator for the War Office. He is a ‘Sir’ and not a ‘Lord’. And he’s colorblind.The h is sweet, witty and restless. She is the toast of the season and the one before that, and few before that as well! She has turned down countless offers from all hierarchies of the peerdom and is almost on the shelf but, of course there is still no dearth of admirers.We also have an impossibly handsome and lofty Russian prince as the wannabe om. The prince is under cloud as a ‘Bonnie’ sympathizer, and the War office deems that the translator should double up as a spy as well and keep an eye on his neighbor and her beau. The H starts out disliking the h but soon finds himself doing his job with more enthusiasm than warranted. Now our intrepid h has already been spying on the H from her bedroom window that looks down on to his office. All because she wants to see what a wife killer looks like. So they spy back and forth, or pretend to. The window rendezvous and parleys were the backbone of this book. They were entertaining, endearing and romantic. The reading of that ludicrous gothic novel Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron throughout the story, that conquers each and all who listens in, does it's bit for the lunatic tone of the book.Add the Russian prince, a menacing bodyguard, a lady killer cousin, h’s aggravating brother and H’s drunk one, few silly gossipy friends, some maid/butler types behaving above their station, few evil types and we have the whole cast.It is a very sweet and believable (window) romance. There is a lot of intrigue and drama in the story, but the romance and love bloom very simply and naturally. They are like any young couple in love-attracted, captivated, excited and drawn to each other and really not fighting it much.....and sadly we rarely see this kind of 'pure' romance in the ‘Romance’ books we generally read.

  • Julie (jjmachshev)
    2019-01-27 14:35

    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. She just can't figure out what it is he does all day at his desk...and what's up with the hat?Sir Harry spotted his spying neighbor right away, but didn't bother to let on. Of course he did try to entertain her with the hat and a few other ludicrous actions. Upon meeting, she seems rather icy and snobby; truly not Harry's type. But the War Dept has asked Harry to keep an eye on a visiting Russian noble and that noble seems to have his eye on Olivia. Harry soon comes to consider Olivia HIS, and once Harry makes up his mind...well, you'll never look at a window quite the same way again.It seems whenever I paused while reading this book, I had a silly grin on my face. Julia Quinn's stories are so very likeable not just because her characters are human with assets and foibles exactly like us, but also because she knows just how and where to add humor to her stories--from grins to giggles to outright laughter. And I must say the proposal scene in this book is one I've never encountered before!Quinn's story rolls out with perfect pace and pitch and the light drama added by the Russians is spot on with little danger. I've known quite a few linguists in my time and I must say I never thought an author could make that character-type seem romantic, but Harry is just that. So for fun and a bit of steamy romance, pick up "What Happens in London"--you'll even learn a new word or two!

  • Sharon
    2019-02-04 15:59

    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 each other through their own windows. Just lots of cuteness here.The ending is a bit rushed but still cute.I would have liked to see more interactions with their family/best friends, but overall, it’s a fun, sweet romance. 4 stars (maybe 3.5)Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Is there a happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Happy, but a bit rushed. But still happy and cute. (hide spoiler)]Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[Not a real love triangle because Olivia wasn’t interested in her other suitor, so no love triangle. No cheating. Low angst. (hide spoiler)]Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Humor? (view spoiler)[Some. (hide spoiler)]Favorite scene? (view spoiler)[Olivia and Harry’s talks through their windows. When they read the silly Gothic novel together. (hide spoiler)]What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Mature audience. Explicit details on sex. (hide spoiler)]------------I literally never skip to a second book for a series, even for companion-books type series like this, but #no time for questionable books.I'm hoping this will be filled with cuteness though.

  • Eastofoz
    2019-02-16 10:39

    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 weird things leaving her even more suspicious of him. They don’t like each other much when they meet because he knows she’s been spying on him and she thinks there’s something nefarious about him. He goes as far as to tell her that he doesn’t like her and she replies the same all very politely. As the story unfolds they become friends that they can confide in and eventually….well I’m sure you can figure it out ;)What’s good about this love story is that yes there’s the love hate theme but it’s done differently. He really doesn’t like her and she doesn’t like him and the reader wonders how they’re going to end up liking each other because there’s no chemistry. Well Quinn turns them into friends first and that develops into something more. There’s a genuine camaraderie between them which was very well-done because it was a slow tension building disguised as friendship with nothing sexual. Olivia is one of those “beautiful girls” but with Harry she’s just another girl and she likes that. Harry is just a regular guy and that’s refreshing to see. The secondary characters in the story are as good as the h/h adding spice to some of the hilarious situations. There’s Mary and another of Olivia’s friends who sits twittering and gossiping over tea and it’s a riot. Quinn is brilliant with dialog. The jabbing banter between the h/h isn’t exactly cutting but it’s enough to remind me of Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels. Not many authors can do that and keep it consistent throughout the novel. The exchanges between Olivia and her twin brother are way too much fun and seem exactly how a brother and sister would talk about each other while the other is in the room—basically mocking the other with "hidden" jabs to no end (lol!)The book could’ve been a solid 5 star read if it hadn’t been for the stereotypical “woman tied to the train tracks” caper that just seemed like dumb filler. It could’ve been completely deleted and it wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thankfully it didn’t lead to a “big misunderstanding” like I thought it would. Unfortunately there are only one or two steam scenes and they’re somewhat disappointing after some really great tension building. Quinn managed to make up for it all though with her really cute ending that tied things up very well leaving me with the big ol’ smile on the face typical of Julia Quinn stories. Though this is officially book two in the Bevelstoke series, you won’t be missing anything if you haven’t read book one, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, which wasn’t that great anyway. So if you’re looking for a light, happy read that’s good overall I’d say give this one a go.

  • Ginger
    2019-02-12 16:58

    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.

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-01-24 18:00

    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 Happens in London? Could it be I was enthralled from the very first page to the very last? Or perhaps this is the only book I can think of where I want to list line after line, scene after scene here because they are just too good not to mention? It takes amazing skill from an author to write such a book where a particular scene or a piece of dialogue shines in such a way that it cannot be compared to any other. Julia has done this with What Happens in London. Feeling out of sorts or need a good laugh? BUY THIS BOOK!Sir Harry Valentine is the son of a drunk. Growing up, he watched his father stumble around and vomit more times than he could count. Harry was always there to clean up after him. He also had a Russian grandmother who hated the English language. So what if she married into an English family? That is not the point. Because she refused to speak English, Harry became fluent in Russian and other languages. Harry loved to learn and read. That was his way of escaping his boyhood traumas of a father who was an embarrassment and a mother who was indifferent. By the time Harry was a young man of nineteen, he joined the army even though he wanted to go off to college.Luckily Harry survived into adulthood and found “dull” work, as he thinks of it, with the War Office as a translator. Harry works out of his office in his new home. Harry is being spied upon. Not by enemies of England or someone he may have insulted, or some secret group that the lords of the ton join in order to fight crime. Harry is being watched by his next door neighbor, Lady Olivia Bevelstoke. Harry wants his peace and it irks him that some English miss keeps watching him from her home. Soon he is sick of it and will confront her.Olivia finds her new neighbor to be very odd. There are rumors that Harry Valentine killed his first wife, even though no one knows if he was married to begin with. Or perhaps it was a fiancé? All Olivia knows as she watches him from one of the windows of her home is that Harry works almost ten hours a day, sitting at his desk writing. He also wears dark clothes and strange hats. (Harry wore the strange hat because he knew Olivia was watching him) It is something a gentleman does not do! Olivia must figure out who this Harry is and why.Harry and Olivia finally meet at the legendary Smythe-Smith musicale. And if you have read Julia’s past books, you know very well about the Smyth-Smith reputation. It is pretty much a running gag in most of her books. They both come to the conclusion they dislike each other and are so proud they were able to expression their mutual dislike. But this does not end things between them. Circumstances that they are allow Harry and Olivia to come in contact time and again and from there a wonderful relationship forms between the two. Harry at first is forced to keep an eye on Olivia because the Russian Prince Alexei Ivanovich Gomarovsky has taken a liking to Olivia. The War Office believes that Alexei may sympathize with the defeated Napoleon. Because Harry has such a command of the Russian language he will make sure that the prince is on the up and up.Harry goes out of his way to let bygone be bygones with Olivia. He is already attracted to her in ways he cannot explain. Olivia is not afraid to speak her mind and admit things to Harry such as she likes to read the newspaper and enjoys talking about current events. Harry has no complaints and because Olivia is a smart young woman, his mission, if you can call it that, is one Harry is now so happy to take on. He and Olivia become friends. She asks him questions and he responds honestly, even though he keeps his knowledge of the Russian language a secret. These two share ideas. They talk. They communicate, and from that these two friends grow into bosom buddies. Harry doesn’t want Olivia around the prince or become too close with him because Harry wants her all to himself. And when Harry figures out he is in love with Olivia, it is a wonderous thing.The explanation of why Harry has fallen hard for Olivia is beautiful. “He was going to marry her. It was that simple.” And why? It all comes down to the way she affects him from her beauty, because she read newspapers instead of novels that he prefers, to her razor-sharp, and most importantly her, “look of horrified befuddlement when he bested her.” Again the pro that Julia is explains everything to perfection.What Happens in London is a quintessential love story that has so much more to recommend. This is a bit of a historical screwball comedy because of the way the characters act and think. Olivia has a habit of making lists in her head that will bring forth even more laughs. One such scene that had me in stitches was where Harry is at that musicale and he is annoyed that he finds Olivia so attractive. His reaction is priceless:“And now he was officially disgusted with himself. He knew he shouldn’t have read that book of poetry before he gone out for the evening. And in French too. Damn language always made him randy.” Harry gets horny from reading French poetry!!.Another such scene that had me holding my stomach because I was laughing so hard was when the Russian prince, Olivia and Harry are all in a room together. Harry is annoyed because the prince is one smooth fellow. Olivia wants prince Alexei to speak Russian to her because she is not familiar with the language. The beautiful words sprung from Alexei’s mouth anger Harry in so many ways:“Say something more, “she urged. I can’t really hear the rhythm of the language from single- syllable words.”“Very well,” the prince said. “Let me see…”They waited patiently while he thought of something to say. After a few moments he spoke.And Harry decided that he had never hated another human being as much as he hated Prince Alexei Gomarovsky of Russia.What did you say?” Olivia asked with an expectant smile.“Only that you are most beautiful than the oceans, sky and fog.”Or, depending on the translation, I’m going to pump you until you scream.I wish I could go on and on why What Happens in London had such an effect to this reader. Chapter after chapter is filled with such charm. The romance shines because of the engaging Harry and Olivia. Harry especially because of his endearing qualities and ability to love and allow this love to consume him in such a way he wants to spread it to all he comes in contact with.And I failed to mention how Harry’s cousin Sebastian acts out a horrendous gothic novel to the delight of Olivia, Alexei, his bodyguard, and even the servants. Again another laugh out loud, not to be missed scene.Delightful and amusing are only a few words to describe What Happens in London.

  • Sophie Barnes
    2019-02-03 18:53

    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 observation after she notices him wearing a strange hat and doing other odd things, which, unbeknownst to her, has all been a deliberate performance for her benefit alone. Harry knows she's spying on him =)He on the other hand works for the war office, translating documents from Russian into English and can't help but wonder why his neighbor has developed such an interest in him. Though their acquaintance gets a pretty rocky start with a fair share of animosity between them, they're forced to spend more time in each others company once Harry receives his new assignment from the highest authority in the war office - to keep close tabs on Olivia who's supposedly being courted by a Russian prince suspected of having ties to Napoleon.Lots of entertaining dialogue to be found here, and we even get one step closer to discovering the identity of the author behind the infamous Miss Butterworth And The Mad Baron...delightful!!!A strong sequel to The Secret Diaries Of Miss Miranda Cheever that I would definitely recommend =)

  • Mariana
    2019-02-15 18:32

    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 ThingsBy Lady Olivia Bevelstoke, Unmarried LadyWear 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 bother to tell you what to do."...or..."Reasons Why I Might Be Crawling About on the Floor AND Need to Avoid the Window"...then this is the book for you. I definitely enjoyed it more than the first in the trilogy. Now on to the Third!

  • Daniella
    2019-01-27 15:47

    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 read; it was extremely long and had too many unnecessary details, which did not affect the story at all. I had to read about how Harry's father was a drunk who puked all over the place (cringe), and how Harry would mop after him for 126 times (yes, he counted--for no reason). This could have passed as an attempt for humour had it not been mentioned in almost every paragraph of the very long prologue. And oh, I had to read about how his grandmother preferred Russian over English; how he grew up in such a household; how his father lost a tooth; how his grandmother eventually died and all other worthless details. WHAT WAS THE POINT OF ALL THIS?So, I just read all that shit about puke for NOTHING? WHAT.It didn't help that the characters were so... meh. Individually, there was nothing remarkable about Olivia and Harry. But surprisingly, they were entertaining together. I enjoyed some of their lighthearted banters and laughed a bit. But that's all there was, really. There was nothing about them that wheeled me in--nothing to get me invested in their story. While I appreciate how natural their attraction was, I couldn't really care one whit about them. The love scenes were lukewarm, as well. Sigh. The only person who was remotely interesting was Sebastian Grey, Harry's cousin, but even his presence was not enough to get me into the book.Another thing that bothered me about this book was Ms. Quinn's writing. It was too excessive, too unpolished. I never really had a problem with her writing before, in her previous novels, so I was shocked that reading this somehow reminded me of EL James (cringe again). Well, maybe not as bad as EL James, but I really expected better from her. There were a lot of passages like this:“That presupposes that I want him in my sight for the rest of the day,” Olivia said tartly.“Then you’re stuck with me, I’m afraid.”She looked at him.He looked at her.She opened her mouth to speak.He smiled.She started wondering why she was fighting so hard.“Very well,” she said, finally moving out of the doorway and into the room. “I suppose it can’t hurt.”And, Harry's attempt at romance was so awful I had to facepalm myself:“I can’t help it,” he said, his words ticklish against her skin. She could hear the smile in his voice. He sounded happy.She felt happy. And more.“You were there,” he said, one of his hands moving down her side, around her back. “You were there, and I had to kiss you, and that’s all there was to it.”Forget the flowery words of Miss Butterworth’s mad baron. That was the most romantic thing Olivia had ever heard.“You exist,” he said, his voice deepening with desire. “Ergo, I need you."No, that was the most romantic thing.Anyway, if you're simply an avid Julia Quinn fan who's on a quest to read all her books, then by all means, read this. But if you're like me who wants to actually enjoy reading, then keep moving.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-18 15:42

    3 Stars...I liked itSo 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 move me to chill bumps, high heart rate and sometimes tears. I get so let down when I see an author like this take the easy way out. Yes, Olivia and Harry are good for each other (personality and all) but where is the chemistry?!~I'm having a hard time putting my finger on what else was missing from this story...but there WAS something else missing here. It just fell flat, but it had the potential to be great. I really enjoyed the characters and plot...but? I'm still trying to figure it out.(Those of you who have read WHIL will know exactly what I'm talking about here)...There was a rape comment that was spoken in Russian that was totally forgotten about by the next chapter and by the end of the book the character who said it ended up being on jolly good terms with the main hero. That really bothered me. Did Quinn (and her editors) forget about this? Or does she/they take us readers as flighty females who don't pay attention to detail?! I'm sorry girls but I'm guessing on the latter...Just because I'm reading a romance novel doesn't mean that I'm stupid!!!I'm looking forward to reading Sebastian's story in the'll probably be like her last few (not so good)...but I'm hoping anyways. I really believe the days of the Bridgerton and "When He Was Wicked" type style writing is over, and that just makes me sad...*boo-hoo*

  • Holly
    2019-01-20 12:58

    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!!

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-01-18 14:00

    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. (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 (expected as soon as I see a Russian name in fiction), it is rarely done well. It's as if they think they don't need to try. Since it's that prevalent in fiction, I'm starting to think they might be right, which is just sad.(hide spoiler)]Sebastian Grey is the next protagonist and he, at least, was entertaining throughout the book.

  • Rane
    2019-01-22 12:39

    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 with Lady Olivia Bevelstoke. Olivia doesn’t believe in gossip and sets out to prove that Harry isn’t a killer, but even if she doesn’t like him (and finding out she spying on him) she brushes it off as nothing, that is until Harry becomes a thorn in her side, a great and witty sparring partner with a smart banter and gives her terrible and boring book which she asks him to read from his window. Yup, Olivia is doomed from the start, doomed to fall head over heels in love. As Harry and Olivia are thrown together in between fighting off a lusty prince and crazy family members and a kidnap attempt, they find themselves drawn more to each other and finding unexpected love.This was such a light hearted and a joy to read, it had me laughing from the first page and smiling happily at the end. Harry (change the Rs to Ps his name would be happy valentine- that's cute!) and Olivia are a riot, with their actions to their wicked banter, you knew something was going to happen close to fireworks going off when they were together. I *heart* Harry, he was just so cute! He was witty with a sly sense of humor if I met a Harry in real life I ask him to marry me! Olivia was also a laugh riot with her actions and thoughts and her attempt at spying you couldn’t help at smile at some of things she got into. There was so many golden moments in this book it’s hard to pick a favorite, but for me it have to be the scenes that dealt with that crazy book: Miss.Butterworth and the Mad Baron, if that book was for real I would buy it just to diss it, it’s just so bad and oddly enough so popular with everyone. The sample passages that were read were just so funny and Sebatian Grey Harry’s cousin acting out the scenes was priceless.Sebatian Grey was the secondary character that really shined, I really look forward to his book, curious to see if he’s the author of Miss.Butterworth book (and it’s crazy squeals)The only fault I found in the book was toward the end with it’s kidnap/suspense moments thrown in which kinda felt more like a chapter filler then part of the book Which I would have left out of the bookOverall: a super fun read that will leave you with a warm happy glow with a fun proposal by Harry to Olivia that will leave smiling long after.

  • Rachna R
    2019-01-24 10:51

    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.

  • Avid Booker
    2019-02-04 11:36

    3.5 StarsThis 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 felt the author didn't give her much of a character. What was different about her other than a pretty face and a sometimes random opinion?The hero, Harry, I liked him too. There's just something super attractive about a guy who can speak multiple languages. I find languages so interesting. Perhaps I'm just weird lol. It kind of sucks that some familial issues weren't resolved. Then there was Sebastian.... sigh... He stole the show. He's just so goofy and funny and adorable! I'm excited to see him fall in love next. He's just so charming. His charm even in the bits he was in just radiated off the pages.Quotes: "You're an idiot," Harry said."But a handsome one," Sebastian returned, immediately resuming his slouch. "And terribly charming. It gets me out of so much trouble."She looked over at Harry. "Do I look presentable?"He nodded. But then he said, "Sebastian will know."Her mouth opened in shock. "What? How?"Harry gave a one shouldered shrug. There was something elementally male about the gesture, as if to say--a woman might answer your question in exhaustive detail, but this will do for me."How will he know?" Olivia repeated.He gave her another one of those looks. "He just will. But don't worry, he wont say anything."

  • jenjn79
    2019-02-13 13:54

    Rating: 2.5 / 5This 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 proposals, but not one has appealed to her. She's a rather unconventional young lady - preferring to read the newspapers than embroidering and generally just going her own way. So when her friends gossip to her that her new neighbor, Sir Harry Valentine, is rumored to have murdered his fiance, she's intrigued. She takes to spying on him from her bedroom window and she finds him to me most curious. He sits for hours a day at his desk, doing strange things.What she doesn't know is that Harry is aware he's being watched. When he finally meets beautiful Olivia, the two clash and he hopes to avoid her. But then a mission from the war office calls for him to get to know her. It isn't long before the initial animosity gives way to a blossoming friendship and then love. But Harry is keeping secrets from her...will she be able to understand once she knows the truth?What to say about this book? Yes, it does have some of Quinn's trademark quirky humor. There were definitely amusing scenes and things that had me smiling, but overall the story felt so mundane and ho-hum. There was no intensity to it, no passion. It was like a casual meandering through two characters lives that mostly just bored me.I liked both Harry and Olivia. They were interesting characters and I could feel some romance between them, but I just didn't feel the passion between them. They came across - at least to me - more as companions, best friends, than lovers. Which there's nothing wrong with that, but it makes things a bit dull for a romance novel.It was mostly the storyline, though, that fell flat for me. It's just a series of random events...Harry and Olivia talking through windows, reading a book, going to a ball, more talking through the window, a book reading, etc etc. I wanted something to add some oomph to the story. Everything was just too casual. I need more in a story to keep me interested.So this book was a disappointment for me. I really enjoyed the first one in the series and thought this one would be as good. But it just didn't work for me. Like I said above, though, a lot of people seemed to like this book, so you might not want to take my word for it.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-02 13:37

    Review: This title is really all wrong for this book. It really should be called "of Windows and Russian Princes". I really don't see how "what happens in london" fits in with the story. The story itself follows Olivia Bevelstroke and Sir Harry Valentine. Olivia is in her third season in London is and is practically bored since-less since her best friend married her brother. Besides complaining how troublesome it is to be pretty she has an affinity on spying on her next store neighbor Harry. Rumor has it he killed his supposed fiancée. Harry is merely trying to get some war documents translated into Russian but the annoying girl next store won't stop staring at him through the window. He soon gets a summons to the war office and is told to watch the girl and the Russian prince her admires her. Turns out that the Russian prince may be a supporter of Napoleon. Thus the plot-less story begins. For a Julia Quinn book i'm rather disappointed in this. I really enjoyed Olivia and Harry in "Ten reasons why i love you", but found them annoying and lackluster here. I also couldn't figure out their relationship. One moment their annoyed at each other and the next they love each other. It was like eh???? Then lets not even get to the plot... wait.... there is not plot. Julia just seems to throw in a kidnapping for her own good health. No other reason seems to be for it. The kidnapping wasn't even good. It was like WTF? is going on here? Why is the ambassador of Russia suddenly evil when he never appeared in the entire book? How did the prince's body guard come to work for the war office. Who the freak is Fitswilliam? Is this Mr.Dracy's secret profession. Seriously seriously disappointed. Rating: 3 stars. Lack of plot, too many WTF?, whinny heroine, and the romance between the hero and heroine came together too nicely.

  • Beanbag Love
    2019-01-23 17:43

    This review is also posted at Amazon: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 paired with the right people. It's really a rather unique take on the old 'hotties get together' form. There were likable several side characters who could conceivably land their own stories. Harry's brother Edward and their cousin Sebastian both seem to have been introduced with that possibility in mind. Olivia's twin brother, Winston, seems also to be a potential candidate. I vote for all of them to have stories. Especially if they're as fun and funny as this one. The dialogue (so absent and missed from "Mr. Cavendish") is witty and clever and the comic set pieces are as amusing as they are absurd. There's a slapstick feel to some of the sequences that didn't take away anything from my enjoyment. I felt the set-ups were organic enough that the comedy was well earned, even when it was silly. One complaint: I wanted an epilogue. With all the excitement running up to the end, even the lovely, relaxed final scene felt abrupt. But other than that, I enjoyed this book very much. I recommend it. :D

  • Zoe
    2019-01-17 12:53

    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 Russian prince who likes drama. No real obstacle, just a little spyish act. For what it is: a light-hearted romance of 2 young people with little emotional baggage, it is perfect. If one expects an emotional or even sexy book, one must look elsewhere. There is one point I want to raise though: why make the Russian prince say something so vulgar in Russian to Olivia, if he turns out to be just a big drama-loving polar bear? The vulgar language was really bad and I can't bring myself to repeat it without feeling that I am offending myself and my fellow females. When the prince said what he said, I totally expected him to do something extremely sordid in the sexual sense to earn his mantle as villain of the book. But he wasn't even a bad guy in the end. I am really confused about the necessity of such language in such a fairy tale. What is the point??

  • Lissy Liz
    2019-02-07 12:48

    Sweet storyline with lots of silly scenes. But enjoyed it immensely!!!

  • Penny Watson
    2019-02-03 12:46

    What Happens In London by Julia QuinnOnce 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 happy while reading a romance novel. I need...romance!What Happens In London is not the best Quinn book I have ever read, but it was sweet and pleasant and a perfect summer read. I find it pretty amazing that Quinn is able to produce a book with very little conflict, pretty "common" characters (Olivia is just a regular girl, nothing different or special about her), and still make it work. It's really a testament to her writing ability that she pulls the reader into her web and keeps us there until the end of the book. I sort of feel like I just ate some cotton candy. It was delicious for a moment, melted away, and I won't remember it tomorrow. But that's okay. It was delicious while it lasted, and that's why I read romance. It made me happy. (I am a woman with simple needs, really). The scene in the library when Sebastian is reading from the lurid gothic novel, and the Russian prince, his body guard, 3 ladies maids, the butler, and the hero are all listening in rapt attention, is priceless. Quinn at her best. That's right up there as one of the best romance scenes I've read this year. I will say that Quinn attempted to introduce a rather serious topic at the beginning of the story...Harry's father's alcoholism. However, this theme sort of fades away and is not discussed again. If Quinn writes a story for Edward, Harry's younger brother, perhaps this will be re-addressed. Sebastian's story is next (Summer 2010), and it should be great. He shows a lot of promise as Harry's best friend.I definitely recommend this for light summer reading. It's fun and sweet, and everything Quinn's fans have grown to expect from this author. Grade: B+Penelope

  • Leah
    2019-02-01 10:34

    4.5 starsI'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 Seb next.I also loved all the little things that hinted at other series, such as Lady Bridgerton, the Smythe-Smith musicale, and Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron. All those little things always make me smile.Again I say that this is another of Julia Quinn's series that I love and I look forward to continuing it.