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August 2, 2021

One Night Only by Catherine Walsh ~ a Review

by MK French



Sarah Anderson copes with her high-stress architecture job by having one-night stands. After some letdowns at work, she’s looking forward to her best friend’s wedding in Ireland. It’s beautiful there, but the best man turns out to be the last one-night stand she had back in New York. She has to deal with that awkwardness, then missing him when she returns to New York.

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One Night Only
July 2021; Bookouture; 978-1800195653
audio, ebook, print (398 pages); Romantic comedy

As a rom-com, I could tell from the beginning that the one-night stand we open with is going to be more. The unnamed strange that turns out to be Declan is too cute, too reasonable, and seems determined to stay rather than beat a hasty retreat. Of course, they bristle and snark at each other if not avoiding staying in the same place. Both being part of the wedding makes that impossible, so that Sarah has to continually encounter Declan. Even after the wedding, they keep meeting up randomly in New York City, a feat accomplished by the fact that Declan works and is part-owner at the bar and restaurant that Sarah regularly goes to. She’s flustered and he’s enamored, and they tend to annoy each other deliberately as a result.

Of course, there are difficulties along the way, external and internal. Each have their own history and emotional complications because of those histories, and the letdowns at work that Sarah had continued. I enjoyed the way Sarah and her friends interacted in very real ways, and that they had relationships outside of her love life and showed different sides of her. Given that it’s from her POV, we don’t see the same from Declan’s perspective. His coworkers are all protective of him the way her friends are, fleshing out bits of his personality for the reader to see.

One Night Only is a fluffy contemporary rom-com with some heavy emotional matter at times. But everyone involved gets to see what is most important to them and go after what makes them happy, leading to our happy ending.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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1 comments:

  1. This book sounds like a nice summer read. I might have to add it to my list.

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