One Night Only | By Catherine Walsh






Book Review | Contemporary Romance | NetGalley E-Arc

Catherine Walsh
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 princes… 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?   (Goodreads)





My thoughts





Narrative and Plot







One Night Only is perhaps one of the few rom-coms I’ve read recently, that doesn’t follow most of the common romance tropes. This itself is quite refreshing in terms of narrative. There is wit, charm and amazing chemistry between the main characters. That alone makes it a page-turner.

The plot is mostly character-oriented, however, the pacing never wavers. It hits each beat perfectly and keeps moving. There is a back and forth of feelings between the main characters, but if you’re into this tug-of-war kind of romantic story, it could be entertaining as hell.






Characters and Conflicts





Sarah is your quintessential protagonist. She reminds me of a typical protagonist from the 90s or early 2000s rom-coms. The commitment-phobe who is content with one-night stands. It doesn’t change overnight. The story takes it’s time for Sarah to get to know Declan in different situations. 

Declan, on the other hand, has this air of mystery around him which I love. He is unpredictable, yet reliable at the same time. His conflict is revealed much later in the book. It takes you out of the story for a moment. However, it reels you back in by resolving the same as realistically as possible with a dash of drama of course.

The story has an ensemble cast which is quite colourful and remarkable.















Overall, I enjoyed One Night Only more than I thought I would. It has that classic romantic comedy vibe, yet it is relatable in a modern-day dating context. I won’t mind reading it again if I am in the mood for a fun romantic comedy.  












About the Author

















I received an e-Arc of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.




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