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5 StarsWarning, this a is a non review I am in such a reading slump lately, it s not even funny Not a single book on my TBR shelf currently 514 books feels like something I am really excited to read So instead of endlessly waffling on which book to pick up, I decided to just go for a silly light historical romance, hoping it would get me out of my blah book reading mood That really didn t work, but I did find this book cute and mildly amusing enough to round it up to 4 stars But I don t really feel like reviewing books either, so here you go This is my non review, review.
Rumors And Gossip The Lifeblood Of LondonWhen Olivia Bevelstoke Is Told That Her New Neighbor May Have Killed His Fianc E, 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 SomethingSir 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 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 Russian spies witty banter sexual tension the first five star Julia Quinn book for me.
Julia QuinnRecommended for migraines, headaches and all ailments of the mind and the soul May cause stomach cramps due to excessive, belly shaking laughter and a wave of fuzziness as side effects Like this This is honestly one of the most delightful, amusing stories I have ever read Julia Quinn always delivers on many levels, but What Happens in London is the epitome of fun, with the heartwarming feelings and the delectable tension complementing one of her best works After many days of stress, anxiety and a permanent sense of incompetency, she managed to shower me with positivity, with sunny days, lavish balls and witty banters that left me with a smile and a satisfying feeling of contentment long after I finished it So, without further delay, let me present you why you should grab a copy of What Happens in London in the fashion of Lady Olivia Bevelstoke Reasons I loved What Happens in LondonBy Ms Katerina P.
1 Spies, secret services, a murdered fiancee, death by pigeons hey it s a thing , a horrible but surprisingly addictive gothic novel, a not so charming Russian prince and gossip 2 The lack of drama Julia Quinn s novels are mostly lighthearted, but misunderstandings and heartache are always bound to happen Well, not in this one There s the usual suspenseful event towards the end, but it had nothing to do with fights, stubbornness and all that jazz The light tone that made the second instalment of Bevelstoke series a rare ray of sunshine didn t waver, and I am grateful for that.
3 The slow burning romance, featuring one of the most beloved tropes enemies to lovers It all started with a rumor, and two neighbouring windows Olivia and Harry disliked each other with a fiery passion She was nosy and rude, he was infuriating and insulting The transition from murderous glares and a race to outsmart each other to tender gazes and scorching looks that was fueled by buddy reads and conspiracies against a certain obnoxious prince was perfectly handled, and the reason their relationship was founded on understanding The desire that came later and set them ablaze was also a treat.
4 The humour, whether infused in the narration or in the form of interactions laced with sarcasm, dry retorts or outright ridiculous incidents 5 Sir Harry Valentine He s such a low key character, silent and observant, but at the same time he is burning with intensity, and the way Olivia rattled him was simply priceless.
I finished What Happens in London four days ago and I m already planning a re read Because ladies and gentlemen, it truly was a gem that restored my faith in humanity, at least for those few precious hours I spent lost in its pages.
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5 StarsWarning, this a is a non review I am in such a reading slump lately, it s not even funny Not a single book on my TBR shelf currently 514 books feels like something I am really excited to read So instead of endlessly waffling on which book to pick up, I decided to just go for a silly light historical romance, hoping it would get me out of my blah book reading mood That really didn t work, but I did find this book cute and mildly amusing enough to round it up to 4 stars But I don t really feel like reviewing books either, so here you go This is my non review, review.
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 littleinsight 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 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 littleinsight 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 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 This was a lovely book Different than the previous one in the series but equally wonderful nevertheless Harry is a great hero A bitquiet 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 somethingthan 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 Reread.
Review after 1st time 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 itthan the first in the trilogy Now on to the Third 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 wasDrive 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 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 .
I absolutely, unreservedly loved this book There aretechnically 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 farvividly 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 becomesmaddening 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 thelovable 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 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.
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, 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 loudthan 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.
Russian spies witty banter sexual tension the first five star Julia Quinn book for me.