If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane #BookReview #HarperCollins #NetGalley #****


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If faking love is this easy… how do you know when it’s real?

The brand new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane

Laurie and Jamie have the perfect office romance
(They set the rules via email)

Everyone can see they’re head over heels
(They staged the photos)

This must be true love
(They’re faking it)

When Laurie is dumped by her partner of eighteen years, she’s blindsided. Not only does she feel humiliated, they still have to work together.

So when she gets stuck in the lift with handsome colleague Jamie, they hatch a plan to stage the perfect romance. Revenge will be sweet…

But this fauxmance is about to get complicated. You can’t break your heart in a fake relationship – can you?


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Great Entertainment!    stars 4


My first review of 2020, and it’s got the year off to a flying start!

Laurie and Jamie work in the same office; she has been in a long term relationship with another colleague for eighteen years and is completely shocked when she finds herself dumped. Jamie is regarded as the office lothario and needs to smarten up his image if the powers that be are going to take his ambition seriously. Who better to partner up with than the well-respected Laurie? Will the course of office-romance-on-paper run smoothly? What can possibly go wrong . . .

Firstly, let me say I’ve always enjoyed novels by Mhairi McFarlane, and this one is no exception. Beautifully crafted with original, interesting characters and great situations which kept me focused to the very end. Great entertainment with clear descriptions allowing me to easily imagine both Laurie and Jamie. There is plenty of fun and romance in this novel, although I think it’s just a bit early – first day of the year! – to uphold the publisher’s claims of ‘the funniest romcom of 2020; after all there are another 365 days to go! Definitely worth a plump five stars and a recommendation to all lovers of a good read to add this to your list.

My thanks to publisher Harper Collins for my copy via NetGalley; this is, naturally, my honest and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com


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Author Bio


Mhairi McFarlane

Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and got the fringe hairstyle locked down early so she could concentrate on wider issues affecting society, like why Cadbury’s don’t make plain chocolate buttons. Surely the demand is there. She has written three rom-com books and is trying to write another and not be distracted by Netflix or Twitter, with varying success.


Social Media

Website: mhairimcfarlane.com

Twitter: @MhairiMcF

Facebook: @MhairiMcFarlaneAuthor


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