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What Happens in London (Bevelstoke series) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009
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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.
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WHAT HAPPENS IN LONDON isn't a heavy read, but instead light and pleasant with no major misunderstandings. I didn't feel there was much passion between this pair though; just a few kisses and one very short, oddly timed love scene is basically all. Still, I thought they were a cute couple nonetheless. I was a bit disappointed not to have seen Miranda (Olivia's best friend and sister-in-law) who was mentioned but never shown. I loved Sebastian (Harry's cousin and best friend) and am really looking forward to his story next. And while this isn't one of my favorites, I did enjoy it. Below is a list of the Bevelstoke series and reading order for those who don't know:
THE DIARIES OF MISS MIRANDA CHEEVER (Miranda Cheever and Nigel Bevelstoke aka Viscount Turner)
WHAT HAPPENS IN LONDON (Olivia Bevelstoke & Sir Harry Valentine)
TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU (Annabel Winslow & Sebastian Grey)
The parts with the "lurid, gothic novel" and pigeons of death were hilarious and had me laughing out loud and Harry's cousin Sebastian was a real scene stealer.
I am sitting with a smile while I write this review and that is valuable to me. Would I want to read this book again? Yes most definitely.
Compared to other, non Quinn, historical romances still top-notch, but I felt it wasn't the usual outstanding quality of the author.
There are a few holes in the story and some historical 'inaccuracies', for example I felt that the difference in rank of the protagonists would have normally been an issue but it doesn't even get a mention, even when the ranking order is listed by the heroin.
If you are looking for a lot of twists and turns, or a thrilling story this is probably not for you. All in all not a lot happens.
BUT it is a charming love story.
Olivia is a lot more likable than expected, after meeting her in The Secret Diaries, and Sir Harry is everything you want in a romantic hero. I very much enjoyed that there weren't really any of the big misunderstandings that leads the main characters to abandon each other, or "hate" each other, or keep them apart in whatever other way only to be reunited 5 Minutes before the end.
It's a keeper and will definitely be read again.