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What Happens in London

por Julia Quinn

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Séries: Bevelstoke (2)

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Rumors and gossip-- the lifeblood of London. 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 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 an annoyingly 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.… (mais)
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Silly ( )
  SomeSwimmer | Jul 22, 2021 |
You know how cotton candy takes up so much room but then immediately melts in your mouth so all that's left is a too-sweet stickiness? That's how I felt about this book. The description looked great with good reviews, but I couldn't even finish it, although I read all but the last 40 pages (out of a 372-page book). It sounded like it would be a fun historical romance but it was too silly for me. I didn't connect with any of the characters, the plot was unbelievable, and I lost patience the longer I read, even though I was hoping it would soon click and I'd appreciate the humor. I can't recommend this, though it might be a good fit for those who love Regency-era romance novels. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Mar 18, 2021 |
What Happens in London
3 Stars

Lady Olivia Bevelstoke is convinced that her seemingly innocuous neighbor is up to something nefarious for he spends far too much time pouring over the documents at his desk. Sir Harry Valentine works for the War Office as a translator, but due to his position in society has been assigned to watch Olivia as she has caught the eye of a Russian Prince, who may or may not have ties to Napoleon. With these two spying on each other at every turn, it is not surprising that sparks fly when they finally meet in person...

Ironically given the title, absolutely nothing actually happens in this book until the very end.

The story is mainly comprised of an endless series of conversations, at times witty and at others trivial, between the main characters. The small suspense subplot has potential, but rather than appearing at the start and building toward an exciting climax, it comes out of the blue and all the action is rather confusing with no backstory to support it.

Olivia and Harry have very little chemistry and their romance feels forced. Harry’s learned spy qualities are intriguing, however, they are completely underdeveloped and he would have been far more interesting were he a little less John Watson and a little more Jack Ryan. Olivia is a brainless busybody and aside for her beauty has nothing to recommend her as a heroine.

On a final note, although this is the 2nd book in the Bevelstoke trilogy, there is no connection between the stories and it can be read as a standalone. This is unfortunate as the first book was very engaging and an update on Miranda and Turner would have been welcome. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
I enjoyed the relaxed comfortable chemistry between the two leads. It was a good fit and I had a few laughs! ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
Review to come when my brain starts functioning properly again. ( )
  thebacklistbook | Mar 20, 2018 |
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For humor, cleverness and sassy dialogue there is nothing quite like a Julia Quinn novel.
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Rumors and gossip-- the lifeblood of London. 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 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 an annoyingly 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.

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