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ARC Book Review: ‘Staying Up With Hugo Best’ by Erin Somers

Title: Staying Up With Hugo Best’

Author: Erin Somers

Length: 263 pages

Publisher: Tinder Press

⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was so excited to be sent an ARC of this book and although it’s out in January, I just couldn’t wait to read it.

Synopsis: A beloved late-night TV icon – and a notorious womaniser- invites you to his mansion for Memorial Day weekend. You are twenty-nine, broke, cynical, and an aspiring comedy writer with seemingly nothing to lose. Do you accept? June Bloom does.

‘Staying Up With Hugo Best’ follows June on the last night her job ends, and subsequently how she comes to spend a weekend with her old boss and tv superstar Hugo Best.

I guess going into this book I had an expectation of what it was going to be. I know, I know we shouldn’t have expectations but I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. But then it sort of turned into what I thought it was going to be, but I didn’t mind. Let me explain that…

I thought this book was going to be two people spending a weekend together, with either the man telling her she’d get a job if she slept with him, or if they fall in love and live happily ever after. I’m pleased to say it wasn’t either of these.

This book turned out to be a look at the relationship June and Hugo formed, that wasn’t romantic, it was more of a friendship. But it was complex, you never quite knew where they stood with each other and that was really interesting to read. They had a good dynamic.

Now, where it turned out to be like I thought it would, at the end they did sleep together, but it was done in a very real way. It was perfectly entwined with the complicated relationship that it didn’t feel cliched at all. It had a sadness to it. I liked that.

Also what was interesting, was the behind the scenes look at the tv world. The late-night chat show host. That kind of thing fascinates me, so I really enjoyed that.

However there some things I didn’t like about this book. The first was June, she wasn’t that likeable. I know a character doesn’t have to be good or likeable to enjoy a book. She was just a bit dull, with a cliched personality. Secondly, whilst this book was more than I expected, it didn’t go deep enough. There were so many things that could’ve been explored more, their friendship, June’s career. It just missed out.

I would recommend this book if your looking for a fun, quick read with a slight edge.

Thank you so much to Tinder Press for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out January 23rd.

Until the next review

JTH

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