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 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 . . .
©2009 Julie Cotler Pottinger; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
This is a historical romance that resembles the best of the Hollywood screwball comedies!
The scene where Harry and Olivia read a Gothic Novel to each other from their windows.
Fun, flirty and vivacious
I adore Rosalyn Landor. I get so wrapped up in her storytelling I forget it's only one narrator. She is flawless and her characters are so alive. She did a fantastic job with these two.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This was a light hearted, fun book. Not overly funny as indicated in previous reviews but does have a fun tone. I would have like to have seen more misunderstanding antics going on between the two leads. This is a good book if you want a regency romance without having too serious of content. The narrator was good; I have enjoyed Rosalyn Landor before.
There is nothing overly objectionable about the story. It's just a snore-fest; which is surprising because the author includes several elements that should be, on the surface, exciting. If you're looking for a plodding, but adequate story, this serves well enough. It lacks sparkle and grows tedious at times, but many regencies do. My main problem is that the author had so much to work with; yet somehow, she managed to wring every ounce of excitement from the story, only to replace it with monotony.
Love Rosalyn Landor and this was a good book. I really liked Olivia as a character.
there were some confusing parts of the book and a few plot holes but overall I enjoyed it.
I enjoyed this book. It was a good "light" listen. The story was interesting, drawing a picture of two characters and then showing us how they meet and fall in love. I'm a sucker for a romance. (especially when it doesn't get too racy).
I am not much of a love story kind of guy,and at the beginning I almost quit, but this is a lovely little yarn, engaging without being too intense. A good listen.
Romance with Humor
The heroine's ability to reflect about her life and circumstances with humor
I admire Sir Harry, who could have been a "Stick-in-the-mud," but isn't.
This is just a fun, fun read. Normally, I am not much into romantic tales; they can be too predictable and so, boring. I'm glad I was flexible enough to give this one a try. In some ways it is a love story that is able to poke fun at romantic novels. There are not a lot of deep thoughts here, but sometimes what you want is something to make you smile or even chuckle. I will be looking to see what else Julia Quinn has written and what else Rosalyn Landor has narrated.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
Yes, this was an easy, fun listen. This is my 2nd Quinn download and What Happens in London did not disappoint. Harry and Olivia flow easily and their attraction is believable. They are recent neighbors. The audio begins with Olivia spying on Harry from her bedroom window. She basically stalks Harry for a good week as she tries to unearth a rumor and Harry in all his Regency romance male glory thrives on it. He says he doesn't like her, says he is annoyed by her but of course his character goes on for a minute or two about her hair. Yadda Yadda. You get this gist.This is a light, sweet, and smile worthy listen. I cooked, I went for walks and gardened while listening to this audio. There are no major surprises or deep revelations and that is just fine. If you are looking for great narration and a regency romance that gels then you'll like this. I know I did.
I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys taking a break from non-fictions and educational books with an amusing romance.
I wouldn't change it. I wasn't hoping for a great novel, worthy of 4 or 5 stars. I wanted something distracting and enjoyable, but not annoyingly fluffy. A 3 star rating is pretty good, and it was a pretty good book.
Easy Listening Success
If the author has an interesting NEW plot for the same characters, then sure-why not. I wouldn't want a re-hashed version of the same story.
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