ARC Review: Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

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ARC Review: Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane
Just Last Night

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: May 4th 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 416

Just Last Night was a spectacular book and one of my favourites of 2021″

~ Under the Covers

Recommended Read!

Eve, Justin, Susie and Ed have been best friends since they were teenagers. Now in their mid-thirties the bonds of friendship remain strong…and Eve is still in love with Ed. But, one night changes everything and none of them will ever be the same again. Especially as, in the aftermath secrets are revealed which make Eve question whether she ever really knew her best friends at all. When a figure from her past makes a reappearance she begins to see her life going in an entirely new direction.

It’s been a while since a book forced me to stay up all night. I couldn’t go to sleep until the book ended; I had to follow Eve’s journey right to the very end. What I concluded when I finished was that Just Last Night was a spectacular book and one of my favourites of 2021. It takes you through a full range of emotion. One minute I am laughing my socks off as Eve has a disastrous almost-one-night-stand with a pubic hair hating misogynist wanker, the next I am sobbing my heart out as tragedy visits Eve and her friends.

Mhairi Mcfarlane has this great talent of combining the best elements from women’s fiction and the romance genre and combining them into the best version of themselves. In Just Last Night we witness Eve’s journey to happiness and through grief and a lovely romance. It was all perfectly balanced to create a full experience.

What I also found interesting about this book was its look at friendship. Eve has had a core group of friends since she was a teenager, now 20 years later they are still incredibly close. Long lasting friendships are a wonderful thing, but you could also see how these friendships have held Eve back and kept her stuck in this loop of mediocrity. And, that’s okay because her friends are also stuck in this loop as well. Ultimately Eve and the rest of the gang could only find happiness by not having their own identities so intrinsically linked to one another.

Secrets are revealed in this book that don’t make anyone look good, and I like the way this was handled. No one was really vilified; they were all very human and had their flaws as well as their moments to shine. It’s what made everything so interesting as they all learn to live in this new reality that tragedy has pushed them into.

Now the romance, I haven’t spoken much about this, even though it was adorable. In some ways it was the simplest relationships in this book after that way Eve and her friends are entangled, although it wasn’t without its complications. If you like a hero who seems like ice on the outside but is in fact just a blackhole of old pain and missed opportunities…then he’s the one for you. I won’t say much more as it is a bit spoilery.

I could talk a long time about this book. It touches on so many topics: friendship, grief, abuse, growing old, mental health, change and love. But, Mcfarlane does it in such a way that this book brings real joy. And, as it is set in the UK, it’s done with our trademark dry, self-deprecating humour. As I said, this is one of my favourite books of 2021 and I highly recommend giving it a read.

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About Mhairi McFarlane

Mhairi was born in Falkirk, Scotland in 1976. She went to school in Nottingham, studied English Literature at Manchester University and then returned to Nottingham to delight its citizens with her journalism. After roles as trainee reporter, reporter, feature writer and columnist, she realised she’d climbed to the very top of the mountain at the Nottingham Post and at age 31 decided to write a novel. Some very skint years followed, during which she thought she might’ve made a huge mistake.

Her debut novel, the romantic comedy You Had Me At Hello, was an instant hit upon being published in December 2012. It’s since become HarperCollins’ best selling ebook to date, has been translated into 16 languages and is being developed as a major feature film, with Mhairi writing the screenplay. The follow up, Here’s Looking At You, was published in December 2013 and made the Sunday Times Bestseller list.

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Thanks for the review.

K. A Bylsma

Holy cow! Now this is a review! If one doesn’t want to read the book after this, one has no curiosity!
Thank you!

Marie Wood

Great review!! I’ve had this book in my cart for a few weeks now trying to decide…. you’ve convinced me I NEED to read it this summer. Really I was all in as soon as I read the icy black hole description of the hero👀 but also really liking the dry humour you mention from the UK authors recently, so thinking this will be right up my alley

Darynda Jones

Wow! This sounds amazing, thanks!

Amy R

Thanks for the review.