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Book 2 of 3 in the Bevelstoke Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061491888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061491887
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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The ending was just too rush and seem to have no purpose and too much happening at once and not enough explanations.
This book is better than the last four but it just felt like an average romance novel - certainly not the caliber of her earlier books.
Her romance is very sexy, but what makes her writing a delight is the humor, the fun, and the personality of her characters.
Stephanie Evans

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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch on June 30, 2009
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Sir Harry Valentine has been fluent in English, Russian, and French since the age of twelve. After years in the Army, Harry now rents a residence south of Rudland House. The War Office often delivers documents to Harry which needs to be translated to English quickly. Harry spends most of his time in his office doing these translations; however, he keeps getting distracted by the fact that Lady Olivia Bevelstoke keeps standing at her window staring at him. Harry has no idea whether she is just a curious debutante or is actually a spy. After a couple of meetings Harry decides Lady Olivia is neither a spy, nor kind. In fact, Harry decides he does not like her at all.

When Harry is summoned to the offices at Horse Guards in Whitehall he knows the reason cannot be good. A Russian prince is visiting at the same time that three known sympathizers of Napoleon are in town. It is rumored the prince's late father had favored Napoleon, but no proof was ever found. It is also rumored that his fortunes have diminished and the prince seeks a bride. He has been paying much attention to Lady Olivia. Thus Harry has been ordered to keep an eye on the prince and to make sure Olivia did not unwittingly commit treason. As Harry spends time with Olivia he finds that she is not as cold and remote as he had assumed. Olivia is full of humor and mischief. Perhaps Harry's mission will not be as boring as he had once believed.

***** FIVE STARS! This story overflows with humor to help offset the serious spy content. Harry gives Olivia "a lurid gothic novel" that had been recommended by his sister. Over half of this story is sprinkled with hilarious gems from the gothic novel (which Olivia demanded Harry read and suffer through too).
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Geheimnis on July 1, 2009
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This latest book by Julia Quinn is, I suppose, a pleasant read. I was somewhat bored in that this book is highly similar in nature and structure to her last few books, all of which lack a certain something that made her early books and the Brigerton series so fantastic. It's almost like Ms. Quinn is trying too hard to make her novels quirky and different from other books in the genre. The rambling inner dialogue of her characters has become annoying in its redundancy. While I can remember the plots and characters of her early books clearly, these last three or four are all jumbled in my mind. The heroines look different but share the same personality, it seems.

Anyway, this was a light, easy read (of course) and I've already forgotten most of it. I put it on my paperback swap list as soon as I was done reading it. Not a keeper.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gramlich VINE VOICE on May 20, 2010
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When you are a perpetual gossip like Lady Olivia Bevelstoke and you hear that your new neighbor Sir Harry Valentine is a potential fiancée killer you have to kick it up a notch and turn into a spy of some sort even though Olivia is not a very good sneak and an even worse spy. So Olivia decides keeping track of him through her bedroom window is a brilliant idea since she can see into Harry's bedroom with a nice, clear view even if this is not the proper thing to do. The problem for Olivia is Harry is working for a spy office and while he is not in the covert side of it he is still involved enough to have a few tricks up his sleeve and when from day one he sees her he is able to out-maneuver her tactics and figures two can play at this game and play they do. They court, argue, dance and burn up the night with long talks and book discussions through their open windows - or at least that is what they are leading everyone to believe.

This matchup is great since Olivia is outgoing and Harry reserved but both are competitive individuals and when a Russian prince comes to town to court Olivia and invades Harry's space well the game just went into overtime. A normally laid back Harry becomes ferocious in his pursuit of Olivia and while he is still recovering from the effects of his service in her Majesty's Army as well as the drama of growing up the child of an alcoholic Harry is more than prepared to take this contender on especially with his first class knowledge of Russian thanks to his grandmother. What Harry also discovers is something new never thought to obtain - unconditional love. Olivia turns out to be not only a beautiful and somewhat chaotic surprise for Harry but a wonderful breath of fresh air in his stale life.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on July 8, 2009
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Vomit. I can't believe that I would recommend a romance book, or any other book for that matter, that begins with such a topic. Then again this is Julia Quinn and she can tackle any number of odd ball subjects with aplomb. Not being a huge fan of the last three books, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Quinn's trademark clever quips, witty character banter as well as a nice love story are all here -but something is definitely missing. I'll skip the summary here and get into the meat of the problem. In the beginning Harry and Olivia reminded me a bit of Anthony and Kate, The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series, Bk. 2), but lack the intensity of their relationship. That's too bad. Its that emotional connection to the reader that I'm looking for in my romance books. And it just wasn't there. The character interaction started out well but kind of leveled out towards the end and then just became boring unlike another of Quinn's books When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton Family Series) which is my favorite of mine. That one was gripping from beginning to end. Even the villain in What Happens In London was blah, he sort of tapers out in the end. Nothing that exciting. I think WHIL would have been fantastic if another fifty pages or so were added.

However, there are some very funny moments (plucked to death by pigeons!?!) and really nice romantic ones (loved how Harry and Olivia spoke across to each other from their windows) so I'll be keeping this one even though its not Quinn's best IMHO. She has a very distinct and unique style in this genre and its worth reading.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and several years back she did so in grand style, competing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

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