One Night Only – Catherine Walsh

Genre: Contemporary | Romance

Pages: 314

My Rating: ☆☆☆☆/5

Synopsis: Who could have predicted this? Being at the same wedding. In Ireland. There’s a reason one-night stands are one-night stands. You’re not supposed to see each other again, especially not when you’re the maid of honor, and he’s the groom’s brother…

Sarah Anderson has never been more excited about anything in her life. She’s going to her best friend’s wedding. And not just any wedding. An Irish wedding. Goodbye New York, hello rolling green hills and men with beautiful accents and twinkling eyes.

But Sarah should have known that not all guests are fairy-tale princess…

There’s the chinless Uncle Trevor, whose idea of small talk is to claim climate change is a conspiracy.

Then there’s Great Aunt Eileen, who doesn’t talk at all (she’s too busy replacing the hotel cutlery with her own set).

Worst of all, there’s Declan Murphy. Best man. Brother of the groom. And the man Sarah last saw naked.

Is there anything more mortifying than bumping into a one-night stand halfway across the world? Especially as Declan seems determined to embarrass Sarah at every turn. At least when the wedding’s over she’ll never have to see him again.

But, back in New York, Sarah finds the more she tries to forget Declan, the more she can’t shake the thought of that infuriatingly charming smile and the way he wears a tux…

Was he really just for one night only, or might Declan Murphy be The One?

My Thoughts: Firstly, I’d like to thank Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. One Night Only was released on 30th July 2021, so is available right now!

I listened to this book as an audiobook, which at the moment is my preferred format for contemporary novels and it was one that I really enjoyed. I feel with a contemporary audiobook, I’m able to get really immersed into the universe of the characters, and they’re not overly complicated books so I can easily follow along whilst doing something else at the same time (usually working).

I loved the story of Sarah and Declan, the writing and writing style were great and, for me, the characters made the book as brilliant as it was. The progression and development of the characters was fantastic, and they were all so loveable. Before anyone makes a comment on this, I know it’s a work of fiction, but there were parts where I found the plot to be somewhat unbelievable. Sarah and Declan kept bumping into each other like it was a huge coincidence, but I think in reality that is somewhat unrealistic. This slight illogic to the book is what knocked it down to 4 stars. However, despite this I was still entertained from the first page to the last.


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