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Publisher's Summary

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 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

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  • Zelda
  • green point, Australia
  • 04-10-12

Not quite as good as other Julia Quinn books.

What did you like best about What Happens in London? What did you like least?

Olivia's character was sweet and witty. Harry's family background was very dark and grim and it did not seem to really have any bearing on the story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The book within the book seemed a bit silly and was given too much emphasis.

What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

The reading was great and well performed.

Was What Happens in London worth the listening time?

Mostly.

Any additional comments?

It was very long winded. The essence of the story was good though.

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  • Joyce
  • Apex, NC, USA
  • 07-22-09

Good listen on a long car ride

I really enjoyed this story. The narrator was wonderful and the story was sweet and amusing. It made my long road trip fly by.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 07-10-09

Always a joy!

This is a sweet, funny and romantic treasure.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mina
  • Florida
  • 01-03-11

Was worth for narrator

I did not like the story very much, I bought it because of the narrator

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa
  • Chester, VT, United States
  • 07-12-17

I just couldn't get into this book

Would you try another book from Julia Quinn and/or Rosalyn Landor?

yes

What was most disappointing about Julia Quinn’s story?

The book was engaging at first-I actually didn't even finish it. It got pretty slow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A fun listen

Recuperating from an operation, today I have been listening to this romance by Julia Quinn. It is quite delightful to listen to. I have had a very happy smile on my face. Quinn writes humorous recency romances. I have been a fan from before she wrote the first Bridgerton book. I believe the first book I read by her was "to catch an heiress." It made me smile and laugh and I was hooked for good. Very good fare for recuperating. The hours go by so pleasantly.

The hero Sir Harry Valentine had a difficult childhood because his father was a drunk and his mother was inattentive, almost not quite present. The heroine is beautiful but picky. She needs someone who will love all of her, not just her beautiful face and body but her spirit as well. A man she can talk to about the things that interest her. Supporting characters, especially Harry's cousin Sebastian and his younger brother Edward, are likeable too. Charming and lighthearted once past Harry's childhood.

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what happens in London

The Story was bland and lacked creativity. The only thing kept me going was brilliant performance of Roslyn Landor. The Story was boring and predictable.

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Romantic comedy at its best

I love the authors unique way of showing us each perspective of the main characters and every other chapter it blends the story together beautifully

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This is a light, fun Regency Romance.

I really enjoy this author. My rating 4.5.

Olivia is a young beauty who hasn’t been interested by the men who have sought her out during her first season. She becomes interested in her neighbor when her friends share a rumor that he murdered his fiancée. Olivia argues against their unsupported suspicions but that doesn’t deter her own curiosity. From her bedroom window on the second floor, she begins to watch Sir Harry through his study window on the first floor. She observes some odd, if not nefarious, behavior until she is embarrassed that Sir Harry has seen her through the window.

Sir Harry is annoyed by the young woman who has ‘spied’ on him for a week. He even created some scenes for her benefit. When they meet at a ton event, there is quick distrust and animosity between them. Harry is not a spy but he does Russian translations for the government office. He is asked to watch and report on activities of the Russian Prince whose actions in London are suspect and who has taken an interest in Olivia. Over several days, Harry and Olivia begin to share reading a book and conversation through their windows. Harry soon feels compelled to protect Olivia from any advances by the experienced Prince. Although their friendship is growing, Harry hasn’t shared his Russian background with Olivia. Olivia gets caught in a kidnapping scheme and Harry and the Russian bodyguard race to the rescue. Olivia has suffered the trauma of being kidnapped but now she realizes that Harry had ulterior motives for paying any attention to her. Will he be able to get her to talk to him again, much less trust him?

Listening to this reminded me that I have always enjoyed the likeable characters and conflicts that Julia Quinn creates. Quinn shares a good dose of humor and the unorthodox friendship and unacknowledged courtship between Harry and Olivia is fun to follow. There are secrets building to obvious conflict but getting to the HEA is entertaining. There is sensuality with one particular sexual encounter which isn’t overly graphic. I recommend this book and author to readers who enjoy Regency Historical Romances.

Audio Notes: Rosalyn Landor does a fine job with the narration. She conveys the light-heartedness of Olivia and the more serious character of Harry with equal ease. The narration enhanced my enjoyment of this story.

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Laughed out loud and enjoyed every minute

This is a light and funny story--not much sex but lots of sweetness and love. I enjoyed it even though I would have liked a little more steam because the characters were so wonderful and attractive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful