by mhairi mcfarlane
Published by William Morrow
Release Date: May 4 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Romance
Format Read: ARC
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Eve, Justin, Susie, and Ed have been friends since they were teenagers. Now in their thirties, the four are as close as ever, Thursday night bar trivia is sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe she should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed still thinks about it, too.
But then, in an instant, their lives are changed forever.
In the aftermath, Eve’s world is upended. As stunning secrets are revealed, she begins to wonder if she really knew her friends as well as she thought. And when someone from the past comes back into her life, Eve’s future veers in a surprising new direction...
They say every love story starts with a single moment. What if it was just last night?
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane was not at all what I was expecting. I felt like I read two different books perfectly woven into one, both being acts that are tied to each other but could have existed apart from each other. I spent the first 150 pages reading through tears, and the back half stitching myself back together. I thought Just Last Night was going to be a fun English love story, and it was but not in the way I expected. More than anything this is a tribute to friendships, how well we know our oldest friends and by extension ourselves.
I truly enjoyed this book even if it was completely unexpected. I would absolutely recommend picking up Just Last Night but this book is unlike any of Mhairi McFarlane’s previous books with a deceptively bright cover and synopsis for some pretty heavy content.
The character development was written beautifully, every twist and turn flowed seamlessly into the next part of the story. Just Last Night was a testament to how dynamic Mhairi McFarlane is as a writer. Just Last Night cemented how I feel about her as an author, I will make sure to read all of her books in the future.
Taylor (she/her) is a self-proclaimed binge reader, who like Rory Gilmore can always be found with a book in her hand and a TBR that will outlive her. Taylor knowingly sets herself up for failure by comparing every potential partner to the romance stories she loves so much. Formally big city, currently small town, she spends all her free time reading, walking, and setting herself up for potential meet cutes. A firm believer that you are never too old for YA, and Romance ought to be respected as any other genre. Lastly she is an firm Twilight apologist, but don’t hold that against her.