Between Us: The biggest rom com of 2023: smart, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny from the bestselling author of Last Night and Mad About You

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Between Us: The biggest rom com of 2023: smart, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny from the bestselling author of Last Night and Mad About You

Between Us: The biggest rom com of 2023: smart, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny from the bestselling author of Last Night and Mad About You

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By that, I mean it’s easy for Roisin to spiral in this situation but the three of them keep her on a more sane path. I’ve read many a book that claims to be laugh out loud funny and romantic when actually, it fails on both of those fundamentals. When Roisin and Joe join their friends for a weekend at a country house, it's a triple celebration--a birthday, an engagement, and the launch of Joe's shiny new TV show. Main characters in McFarlane novels almost always go through an upheaval, generally personal where they end up leaving a longterm relationship and needing to kind of start over.

There are so many elements in this book, but I wish we'd of got something a bit more in the sense of healing and things not happening as quick as what they did. If you’re a tropey, smut reader… good lord please do not read this because I will actually cry if I see below 3 stars on a review for any of her books because this is notttt to your tastes. Their relationship has been foundering for some time, as the more successful he has become professionally, the more cold and dismissive he has become to down-to-earth schoolteacher Roisin.I despised Joe, and as such the fact that so much of the book was taken up by him did begin to grate on the nerves. Roisin is surprised when Joe seems to object to the break up, but she has doubts about the sincerity of his apology. I enjoyed the side-plot that didn't villainize other women and went at things from a refreshing angle; though it did feel a little similar to McFarlane's last book, though in a quieter way. The problem for me in Between Us is that I think Roisin’s experience with Joe doesn’t really provide a natural segue straight into a new romance.

With their friends watching Joe's new tv show, she realizes that Joe took something she told him and put it in the show. Especially because he’s not really contrite at all when she confronts him – he’s on his way to some important meeting and can barely be bothered to have the conversation and he’s all puffed up about it, taking inspiration from around him and it’s not personal and no one is going to know.

As the weekend unfolds, tensions are revealed between the group and Roisin’s sense of foreboding about her own relationship grows. For Roisin, it’s a chance to connect with the group of friends she made a decade before, working at Waterstones. So when I found Between Us on NetGalley, I immediately requested it and was really excited to read it.

I really enjoyed the detective part of the book and the sense of girl power and not women hating women which I actually appreciated. I wished Nate and Rosie's romance took up more of the book, and I prefer more intimate, slow-burn romances to instant love stories. And maybe because I am inclined not to want to give narcissists undue attention, I wanted the story to move away quickly; it doesn't. Even after they have broken up, we then go on to spend the last 20% of the book mostly on Roisin still playing detective and trying to catch him out, which did make her seem rather too obsessive.When Roisin and Joe join their friends for a weekend at a country house, it’s a triple celebration—a birthday, an engagement, and the launch of Joe’s shiny new TV show. I had higher expectations for this book as a devoted fan of Mhairi McFarlane, but don't get me wrong, I still devoured it and enjoyed her brilliant writing style. McFarlane often de-centers the romance in favor of a heroine's development, but here, more than most of her books, the romance is slight.

While I sign up for her stuff because I love the friend groups and actual plot with a side of romance thrown in, maybe I read this too soon after Mad About You as there were several similarities in the goings on with those two releases.I'm giving this four stars, the downgrade because so much of this was, I don't know, McFarlane flavored? It was very clear even before his show aired and aroused Roisin's suspicions, that the relationship was fraught, and given that Roisin was already contemplating ending things with him, things just seemed to drag on unnecessarily.



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