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If I Never Met You Four shiny, funny, heartwarming, in the love of rom coms and all the sweet, entertaining but also a little tolerable angsty stars I think I truly admit Mhairi McFarlene is one of my favorite rom com writers along with Marian Keyes She has humorous, sarcastic sense of humor She knows how to deal with inner feelings, impeccably approaches dysfunctional family problems, traumas, losses and handles those heavy issues with care When it comes to the angsty parts of her books, they are always well b Four shiny, funny, heartwarming, in the love of rom coms and all the sweet, entertaining but also a little tolerable angsty stars I think I truly admit Mhairi McFarlene is one of my favorite rom com writers along with Marian Keyes She has humorous, sarcastic sense of humor She knows how to deal with inner feelings, impeccably approaches dysfunctional family problems, traumas, losses and handles those heavy issues with care When it comes to the angsty parts of her books, they are always well balanced, not to heart ripping, agitated, painful but also not hearts and flowers kind of sweetness you ve found in them It hurts you but never breaks you And she truly knows how to create lovely characters I loved her previous works I lately enjoyed Don t You Forget About Me and I felt like I got another early Christmas gift when I found this precious, lovely book at my shelf After Simple Minds invasion, this book made me sing Purple Rain aloud I m still so sorry for the disturbance I gave I know I made too many children cry But let s look from the bright side I got paid bribe money to stop singing Another s pain my gain What can I sing I never meant to cause you any sorrow I only wanted to one time to see you laughing I know this arranged, fake office romances are similar and foreseeable Here is the formula Mostly the man whore Alpha male suffers from bad reputation threatening his hardly earned position So he needs someone to impress his bosses and fix his bad boy image.We have always steady, hard worker, tough, mostly smart business woman who hates the guts of the Alpha male but finally she accepts the offer because of a carrier leverage or a heartbreak or boredom, choose one of them But their faking relationship turns into a real one and none of them are brave enough to confess how they feel for each other, so they do stupid mistakes, tell lies, ends relationship And we see some breakup suffering dealing with the feelings lonelinessangst, tears, suffering parts.Then we see a great gesture comes from one of the parties And they kiss and we get our happy ending.And the differences of this book from this formula Jamie Carter is not pretentious, irritating man whore From the beginning he respects Laurie and he always acts like gentleman and walks on the eggshells not to make a mistake He is ambitious, smart, hardworking Alpha, but when he is with Laurie, who knows where he stands and he never patronizes her, on contrary to Laurie s shameless ex Dan, he believes Laurie can do anything she puts on her mind.And Laurie is not typical dull, carrier oriented, obnoxious girl we read from several rom coms She s smart, funny, sexy Her confidence wounded because of betrayal of her ex which is normal because they truly grew up and spent nearly half of their lifetimes together First she accepted this faking game for making jealous his ex who dumbs her, telling he doesn t want children and he impregnates a woman from their office after their breakup So he is the winner of slap contest and I personally love to give him best leading douchebag award of the year So Laurie is shaken, shocked and her heart is broken But this faking game helps her to see her own life with another perspective and discover her own family resentments, past mistakes.Other parts are book fit the formula but I loved both of those characters Their faults, flaws, past mistakes, suffers, insecurities are easy to empathize And of course I really enjoyed the writing of the author She s a humorous wizard who knows how to play with the words and gives them magical, joyful meanings which always make you laugh, sigh and warm your heart.So this book was positively amazing break and great choice as a weekend reading after all those scary Halloween overload I can admit that I even love this bookthan Don t you forget about me.As a summary I TRULY LOVED THIS BOOK Special thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers William Morrow Paperbacks to share this wonderful ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review Have I mentioned that I m a sucker for these cutesy drawn covers This book was a quick lovey read Sure it was semi predictable But sometimes that s okay I loved Laurie She was such a likable character someone you d want to be friends with in real life Jamie was too cute for his own good Overall this was a satisfying story. 99 pennies on kindle, lads 4.5 This book was a de fuckin light It s by far one of the most wittiest stories I ve read and I m kicking myself for not having read a novel by Mhairi McFarlane sooner This is a mistake that will be dealt with I RECEIVED AN ARC Thank you, Harper Fiction Brave Heterosexual Romance Novel Solves Problem of Men Being Trash by Simply Not Including the Love Interest in Most of the PlotYes, that s right This book solved the problem of men being disproportionately exhausting human beings and if you need evidence, I have screenshots of my Goodreads inbox I can share by justgiving the dude our main character is falling in love with as little page time as possible.It s called REALISM, folks.This is why fake dating is such a wonderful trope It s Brave Heterosexual Romance Novel Solves Problem of Men Being Trash by Simply Not Including the Love Interest in Most of the PlotYes, that s right This book solved the problem of men being disproportionately exhausting human beings and if you need evidence, I have screenshots of my Goodreads inbox I can share by justgiving the dude our main character is falling in love with as little page time as possible.It s called REALISM, folks.This is why fake dating is such a wonderful trope It s because of PRETENDING that they re so great.Anyway, the downside of all this is that the romance plotline is like I mean, we follow Laurie, who is fake dating Jamie because her extraordinarily long term boyfriend left her for another woman, and Jamie, who is fake dating Laurie for Work Purposes, and Jamie is juststraight up ABSENT for at least four sizable chunks of this.It s downright brilliant, really, from a characterization standpoint But not so much from an EPIC ROMANCE UNFORGETTABLE LOVE STORY UNPUTDOWNABLE EMOTIONAL NARRATIVE one Also, the Big Final Dramatic Moment, which is usually my favorite part what can I say I love drama and turmoil and sufferingthan love, sue me , wasn t my favorite Jamie tells a weird lie, random outsiders go to insane lengths to sabotage Jamie and Laurie s relationshipnone of it makes sense Or is fun Just miscommunicate or something, god The end generally felt a little rushed, too But you know what Who cares Three cheers for a romance that s reallyabout a woman finding herself Oh I forgot to mention this is mostly about a woman finding herself.Well, now you know.Bottom line Good stuff this is like a checklist of all my favorite tropes.review to come 3.5 stars fake datingAND THERE S ONLY ONE BED A heart warming, emotional, yet fun tale of heartbreak, friendship and self discovery Laurie, 36 thought she had it all, a great job as a lawyer, a lovely home, and a long term boyfriend of 18 years, who she was planning to have a baby with Then seemingly out of nowhere he said he didn t want kids, ended the relationship and moved out But unfortunately they worked together, so she had to see him at the office everyday To make matters worse, he then announced he had a new girlfriend, who wasA heart warming, emotional, yet fun tale of heartbreak, friendship and self discovery Laurie, 36 thought she had it all, a great job as a lawyer, a lovely home, and a long term boyfriend of 18 years, who she was planning to have a baby with Then seemingly out of nowhere he said he didn t want kids, ended the relationship and moved out But unfortunately they worked together, so she had to see him at the office everyday To make matters worse, he then announced he had a new girlfriend, who was pregnant In shock, and devastated by the brutal turn of events, Laurie starts up a fake relationship with Jamie Carter, a playboy lawyer at her firm to help her save face, and to hep him with his career.I really liked a lot of things about this book, and I stayed up way too late reading it Fake dating Slow burn romance Set in the amazing city of Manchester Strong writing Strong mixed raced woman Great feminism and social justice, but not too in your face we all know i hate that Likeable characters Modern Funny I really liked Laurie, she was smart and funny, and it was refreshing to read about an older woman who was rediscovering herself, and putting her life back together after such a setback I really felt for her, having her life turned upside down, and I felt her pain and loss as she not only lost her partner, but one of her best friends, when she lost Dan The first part of the book where she just kept getting knocked down, was brutal and very emotional It was tough, but so realistic how this book showed the disintegration of a good long term relationship, but also how maybe when you look back, you can see that the relationship wasn t that good really, that you just couldn t see it when you were in it This has happened to quite a few of my friends Laurie was the nice girl, the reliable and nice one, so to see her come out of her shell whilst fake dating Jamie was lovely I thought the breakup was realistic, and I loved Laurie s relatable character As a mixed raced woman, Laurie had to deal with quite a bit of racism for all of her life, hearing things like so where are you from No but where are you really from Etc I think it was well done, because as much as we want to believe we re past all of that, there are still huge pockets of Britain which are hugely racist Laurie s workplace was also written well I thought it was quite a toxic, gossipy place, almost like living in a goldfish bowl, and I ve definitely worked in a few places with a similar atmosphere Poor Laurie not only had her personal life come crashing down, but then had to deal with her whole office talking about it Not to mention how badass she was as a woman working in a mostly white male industry, dealing with workplace sexism Jamie was adorable Billed as a playboy, he wasn t what he seemed at all I loved that he was so ambitious, and didn t play the game, despite it affecting his relationship with the other men at the firm I liked how Laurie brought out his softer side, especially on the trip to his hometown of Lincoln, where we met his friends and family It was so great that he had a female best friend, Hattie,we should seeof that in books I really enjoyed seeing Jamie support, encourage and stand up for Laurie,Other things I liked was Laurie and her mum s relationship growth, the banter between Jamie and Laurie, but also between Laurie and her best friend Emily I loved their friendship, it was everything I also liked Nadia, and her blunt take on things Another great friendship was with Bharet in Laurie s office The characters were all realistic and flawed, and I liked that This book was the fluffy read that my heart needed However, I did feel that the ending was very rushed After all the excellent build up and character development, the romantic drama at the end didn t really feel in keeping with the rest of the book to me Maybe the author ran out of words and had to wrap it up quick I would ve liked to seeof Laurie and Jamie as an actual couple.Alsothe lack of sexy times disappointed this reader I m all for a slow burn romance, and the inclusion of family and friendships, but there just wasn t enough steam And fade to black doesn t even cover it for the sex scene we did have, it jumped from them getting it on, to Laurie telling her friends about it the next day grumpy face All in all though, a really great feel good and entertaining read, with some fabulous humour Many thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for thus ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.25 starsOnce you started a charade, it was tricky to work out the optimum time to end itI love the fake dating troupe and I especially love a good slow burn romance If I Never Met You had both of these things.Laurie is in her 30 s and has been with her boyfriend for 18 years One day, he up and decides he doesn t want their life together any He doesn t want children and he doesn t want her Not only is Laurie heartbroken, but she works with her ex and finds out not eve 4.25 starsOnce you started a charade, it was tricky to work out the optimum time to end itI love the fake dating troupe and I especially love a good slow burn romance If I Never Met You had both of these things.Laurie is in her 30 s and has been with her boyfriend for 18 years One day, he up and decides he doesn t want their life together any He doesn t want children and he doesn t want her Not only is Laurie heartbroken, but she works with her ex and finds out not even a few months after their split he s with someone else and she s pregnant She is devastated Jamie is a bit younger than Laurie and up for partner of their firm The problem is, he s a bit of a ladies man and not taken seriously He has a solution for that dating Laurie She can make him look good to the partners, and he can make her ex jealous It s a win win, right I admired Laurie so much and I really felt for her I can t even imagine going through something like this I cried for her and I cheered for her She really was a fantastic heroine I also liked Jamie a lot He kept a smile on my face I loved watching these two slowly turn from coworkers, to friends, toEven before they admitted this wasn t fake any, the reader could tell They were falling for one another This is the second book I ve read by Mhairi McFarlane, and though I liked the first a lot, I liked this one evenIt made me laugh, made me cry, and had me smiling throughout the story Jamie and Laurie s story is one I won t soon forget Recommended for lovers of friends to lovers romance, slow burn romance, and the good ole fake dating troupe Mhairi McFarlane s terrifically fun read is endearing and engaging whilst having some surprisingly insightful thoughts on the nature of relationships and women in general 36 year old lawyer Laurie Watkinson lives in Manchester, working at provincial law firm, Salter and Rowson Her long term partner of 18 years, Dan Price, is a lawyer there too, so when out of the blue Dan breaks up with her citing he is not ready to settle down and have children with her, Laurie s world falls apart Her pain k Mhairi McFarlane s terrifically fun read is endearing and engaging whilst having some surprisingly insightful thoughts on the nature of relationships and women in general 36 year old lawyer Laurie Watkinson lives in Manchester, working at provincial law firm, Salter and Rowson Her long term partner of 18 years, Dan Price, is a lawyer there too, so when out of the blue Dan breaks up with her citing he is not ready to settle down and have children with her, Laurie s world falls apart Her pain knows no bounds when she learns Dan is involved with another woman, Meghan, and that she is pregnant Feeling desolate, humiliated and casually discarded, her capacity to trust takes a huge hit as Dan proves to be a liar and nothing like the man she had believed him to be, although there is a part of her that still loves him Matters are exacerbated in a workplace of strong competitive rivalries and gossip that an empty, tearful, grieving and fragile Laurie is not equipped to deal with.Laurie finds some comfort and strong support in the company of her long term best friend, Emily who works in the PR industry, and the quirky, cloche wearing feminist, Nadia, not to mention her fabulous friend and gay co worker, Bharat When exceedingly good looking and ambitious playboy lawyer, Jamie Carter, allergic to marriage and relationships, hatches a plan that will save face for Laurie and help his career, she cannot help but be tempted, a woman scorned seeking some measure of vengeance She and Jamie are to embark on a time limited relationship, played out on social media on Facebook and Instagram with carefully staged photographs, besotted with each other and in love, but all completely fictitious Emily warns against this plan, and the possible repercussions with the unintended consequences that are likely to arise but Laurie will not be deflected Jamie turns out to have fardepth than she could have imagined, their unexpectedly close relationship and comic banter builds her self esteem, confidence, whilst ugly male attitudes and egos erupt in her workplace Will it all end in tears The highlights of this romantic comedy are how it underlines the vital support to be found in friendships, and that whilst finding and developing a relationship is a great thing, what isimportant is observing Laurie having her eyes opened to the shortfalls in her relationship with Dan that she was unaware of at the time, a hard won clarity and perspective gained through bitter experience and distance Laurie travels a difficult and challenging road to being and understanding who she is, this mattersthan a relationship as it allows her to deal with the slings and arrows of misfortune that come her way, and take control of her life A wonderfully entertaining and captivating read Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC BRITISH ROMANCE FAKE DATING MID 30S AND DIVERSE CHARACTERS Yes, please When I started this book, my heart immediately went out to Laurie She was dating her boyfriend for EIGHTEEN YEARS and one day he decided that he didn t want to be tied down any I ve seen some complaints that it took her too long to get over that breakup, but I totally understand why so much of this book was about Laurie getting through the breakup They were literally together for HALF OF HER LIFE I enjoyed watch BRITISH ROMANCE FAKE DATING MID 30S AND DIVERSE CHARACTERS Yes, please When I started this book, my heart immediately went out to Laurie She was dating her boyfriend for EIGHTEEN YEARS and one day he decided that he didn t want to be tied down any I ve seen some complaints that it took her too long to get over that breakup, but I totally understand why so much of this book was about Laurie getting through the breakup They were literally together for HALF OF HER LIFE I enjoyed watching Laurie go through discovering herself and what her value is and what she wanted out of life That being said, this definitely leanson the side of women s fiction and the romance wasn t as important as Laurie just going through life, which I actually didn t mind When Laurie and Jamie started fake dating, I was so here for it They became friends and I loved how vulnerable they were with each other and how they grew to really appreciate each other It was so cute how Laurie had this growing crush on Jamie but didn t know what to do about it And did I mention this book was British It definitely has the British quirk that I love in my British books There were some slower moments in this book, but overall it was such a great read If you want something that s not like your usual mainstream romance when it comes to its characters, you have to pick this up If faking love is this easy how do you know when it s real When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling not only because they work at the same law firm and she has to see him every day Her once perfect life is in shambles and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying When news of her ex s pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option Then a chance encounter in a broken down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibilityJamie Carter doesn t believe in love, but he needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses Laurie wants a hot new man to give the rumor mill something else to talk about It s the perfect proposition a fauxmance played out on social media, with strategically staged photographs and a specific end date in mind With the plan hatched, Laurie and Jamie begin to flaunt their new couple status, to the astonishment and jealousy of their friends and colleagues But there s a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling for your charming, handsome fake boyfriend This is a really lovely, heartwarming story with mostly likeable characters that I raced through almost in one sitting through sheer enjoyment Laurie Watkinson has been with Dan Price since university eighteen years ago They are comfortable, have really good jobs as lawyers at the same firm in Manchester, a nice house and are planning on starting a family Correction Laurie is Totally out of the blue comes a bombshell Dan is unhappy, they want different things, it s me not you, blah, bla This is a really lovely, heartwarming story with mostly likeable characters that I raced through almost in one sitting through sheer enjoyment Laurie Watkinson has been with Dan Price since university eighteen years ago They are comfortable, have really good jobs as lawyers at the same firm in Manchester, a nice house and are planning on starting a family Correction Laurie is Totally out of the blue comes a bombshell Dan is unhappy, they want different things, it s me not you, blah, blah and he dumps her With indecent haste he begins a relationship with Nicole who, with equally indecent haste, is pregnant Laurie is floored Talk about a metaphorical kick in the teeth Dan is clearly a liar and a cheat Whilst stuck in the lift at work with Jamie Carter who has a reputation as a bit of a Lothario, they devise a revenge plan that helps them both and fake a relationship and so let the fun and games begin What I like most about this book is the really good characterisation as they are really believable Jamie is not what he seems, he s actually quite sensitive and vulnerable which he hides with armour plating He s clever and ambitious and so I guess he ruffles feathers as other blokes seem to find him challenging it s a testosterone thing and can t wait to drag him down He s honest which Dan certainly wasn t Laurie is also very clever and doesn t altogether appreciate her worth She s loyal, quick witted, funny and an excellent friend I love the banter between her and Jamie, they are at ease with each other, it s on equal terms, they can be themselves and that makes their friendship profound There is really lovely humour throughout the book plus a dash of wit, a smidge of sarcasm and a dollop of lol The conversations between all the characters have a genuine feel of authenticity which I really like The story is well paced, it feels fresh and current which the Manchester setting adds to I think the author has been very clever with her choice of locations as they match the personalities Manchester is a vibrant, exciting and fun, young city and so it s a great environment for the unfolding romantic comedic drama Lincoln where Jamie s lovely parents live, is a beautiful old city with great history just as his parents have Overall, a very enjoyable, fun read and I love the ending andit happens at Christmas Awwww So appropriate to the time of year leaving the reader with a real sense of satisfaction and happiness It is well written, it s smart, keeps you interested throughout, it entertains and takes you through a range of emotions whatcan you ask for Many thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins, Harper Fiction for the ARC in exchange for an honest review


About the Author: Mhairi McFarlane

Mhairi was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah Ree.After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels It s Not Me, It s You is her third book She lives in Nottingham, with a man and a cat.


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