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What Happens in London (Bevelstoke Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Solid.

First I must say it is great to read a romance book that does not have some shirtless man with a waxed chest on the cover. Don't get me wrong...my new found love for romance novels have brought me nothing but joy...but darn if those covers aren't shame inducing sometime...
First I must say it is great to read a romance book that does not have some shirtless man with a waxed chest on the cover. Don't get me wrong...my new found love for romance novels have brought me nothing but joy...but darn if those covers aren't shame inducing sometimes. So I must praise the cover because I can read it in public with getting smirks from strangers.

Now on to the book. There is not much to say but that I enjoyed it a lot. I started this book at 3pm, by 9:30 I had finished it...this is how much I loved/enjoyed reading it. Not that it was the greatest romance novel ever written, but had everything I liked in romance novels.

1. A non typical story. Yes they are all about the same. Two people meet, they hate each other, then they love each other, they fight, then they make up, get married and have babies. But even while having some of the same cliches..it managed to appear fresh. And it did not have the typical plot contrivances and misunderstandings to keep the two main characters apart for no sensible reason but unneeded angst...which always just annoys me and makes the characters look dumb.

2. Witty banter. I love clever dialogue. I love funny and sarcastic quips. This book was full of them and had me chuckling throughout at almost every page. Both the hero and heroine of the book were smart and plucky and slightly odd. I loved them for it.

3. The female was strong. Se was not sniveling or trying to hard...she just was and she was relateable. This goes a long way.

All this conspired to make the book loads of fun for me, and when I am having fun...books get devoured. This was a kind of book that is great when you just want something fun and light to brighten up your day or otherwise humdrum week. My only complaint is that I would have liked to go more into Harry's family situation and some of the secondary characters more.

posted by cgirl98 on December 5, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

unworthy

This book was so disappointing. "London" had amost no plot, and would'nt even make a good short story.I have all Ms. Quinn's books, so obviously I'm a big fan-but I'll wait to buy the next one until I read the reviews.

posted by Romagreiga on August 17, 2009

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Great Escape.

    Novel was great historical novel that is a fantastic escape read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2010

    Okay

    I was really looking forward to reading this but it was okay. Kind of force myself to finish it.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Good

    Overall this book was good. There were times I was unable to put it down but they were few and far between.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2009

    I've read better

    I expected a better book from Julia Quinn. The plot is derivative and characters are forgettable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2009

    Mostly good

    The final plot twist was not credible.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    very light reading

    Unfortunately, once again Ms. Quinn does not approach the same high quality of the Bridgerton series. Although this book does make one smile while reading it, the ending is extremely contrived, just to add a little excitement to the story, and truly unnecessary. The characters, Harry and Olivia, are ideal for each other and the story surrounding how they meet and grow in their relationship is entertaining. There are scenes that are really funny, and I enjoyed those a lot. If only the 30 pages involving the "in danger" part of the book were not included, but instead looked at the relationships amongst the other characters with Harry, I would have been more satisfied. A good beach read as you really do not have to concentrate, and you will smile.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Pretty Good

    I have always loved reading Julia Quinn, and she is without a doubt one of my favorites. This book "What Happens In London" was just okay. It was nothing spectacular compared to her other books. The characters, especially that of Olivia, were a bit under-developed and were just lacking in depth. However, if you are looking for a cute and quick read this book is for you.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Alright

    It was ok. I expected the characters to be more dynamic. Harry was good, Olivia was alright. The Harry/Edward relationship was underdeveloped. I think there was a good story there, but again underdeveloped and/or maybe a bit rushed.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Cute, good, but not at the level I'm used to reading from her

    Olivia's story is good, but not at the level of Miranda or any of the Bridgerton's. Harry is a strong male lead. Olivia is a good secondary character when I believe she should be the primary. Their love scene was not needed in the book and seemed thrown in for those readers that like to peek into the bedroom. I adored her idea of them meeting at their windows to speak to each other. I would say it as good as Mr. Cavendish I presume and better than the lost Duke of Wyndham. If you are looking for J. Quinn at her best read the Bridgerton's series.

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