Monday, September 14, 2009

What Happens in London

Rumors and Gossip . . . The lifeblood of London

When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancee, 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 . . .

I've been looking forward to reading this book. I'm a huge Julia Quinn fan, I've enjoyed all her books, some more than others. I know when I pick up a book by Julia Quinn I will be whisked away to faraway time with hunky heroes and humorous dialogue.

It's entertaining, it has the hunky hero who just happens to be a little nerdy (which I enjoyed), a refreshing heroine with a curiosity that at times back fires on her, and wonderful and funny dialogue. But with that I still found it a little lacking, I can't really pinpoint what was missing, it lacked the umph. I wanted a little more romance in the book.

What Happens in London by Julia Quinn (4/5) Historical Romance; Published: Avon (6/09); 2009 100 + Reading Challenge (101); Keeper Shelf;

1 comment:

Rosie said...

I loved those window conversations and the nerdy Harry, but yeah it lacked heat.