Book Review: If I Never Met You

21 May 2020|

Title: If I Never Met You

Author: Mhairi McFarlane

Genre: Romance

Main Characters:

  • Laurie – leading female
  • Dan – Laurie’s boyfriend
  • Emma – Laurie’s best friend
  • Jamie Carter – playboy/ ‘pretend’ boyfriend


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 possibility.

Jamie 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 rumour 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…


Absolutely loved this – and always a sucker for a good romance.

I felt so desperately sorry for poor Laurie and all she had to go through, the lies, the betrayal and the deceit – all things I don’t accept or handle very well. All I wanted for her was a happy ending, and instead she was sent on a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings. Surprisingly, I also felt for the book’s playboy – I tend to have this problem with wanting to “save” everyone, even the bad boys. And my heart was set on breaking down this character’s facade to the world, and exposing him for his real self and his heart. Can you tell I really get into the books that I read?! Haha.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Any other good book recommendations whilst we are in lockdown and enjoy more time in a good book?


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