Light-hearted fun with a bare wisp of a sideplot; “What Happens in London” concentrates almost 100% on the humorous story of a hero and heroine who dislike each other at first sight, very much so. But of course, once they spend time together they quickly realize they are perfect for each other.
Olivia is many things: titled, beautiful, intelligent, and curious. And it’s her curiosity that first has her spying on her neighbor. She’s sure the rumor that he killed his fiance isn’t true, but still. She just can’t figure out what it is he does all day at his desk…and what’s up with the hat?
Sir Harry spotted his spying neighbor right away, but didn’t bother to let on. Of course he did try to entertain her with the hat and a few other ludicrous actions. Upon meeting, she seems rather icy and snobby; truly not Harry’s type. But the War Dept has asked Harry to keep an eye on a visiting Russian noble and that noble seems to have his eye on Olivia. Harry soon comes to consider Olivia HIS, and once Harry makes up his mind…well, you’ll never look at a window quite the same way again.
It seems whenever I paused while reading this book, I had a silly grin on my face. Julia Quinn’s stories are so very likeable not just because her characters are human with assets and foibles exactly like us, but also because she knows just how and where to add humor to her stories–from grins to giggles to outright laughter. And I must say the proposal scene in this book is one I’ve never encountered before!
Quinn’s story rolls out with perfect pace and pitch and the light drama added by the Russians is spot on with little danger. I’ve known quite a few linguists in my time and I must say I never thought an author could make that character-type seem romantic, but Harry is just that. So for fun and a bit of steamy romance, pick up “What Happens in London”–you’ll even learn a new word or two!