If I Never Met You

If I Never Met You

A Novel

Book - 2020
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When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling and 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. That's when news of her ex's pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine and 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 rumor mill something else to talk about. It's the perfect proposition: a fauxmance played out on social media. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780063015913
Characteristics: 412, 6 pages ; 23 cm


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Feb 20, 2021

Did not like this at all. Could have been a great story but I found myself rereading sentences because they made no sense. Did not like this author's style of writing and way too much narration. I didn't find it funny and no real romance until page 370?

Jan 31, 2021

Loved this so much! Laurie's world falls apart when she's dumped by her long-term boyfriend. To save face, she agrees to a fake social media romance with Jamie, a devastatingly attractive lawyer who works at her law firm. It's not surprising that Laurie soon develops "feelings" for Jamie. What is surprising is how complicated and nuanced their characters are. This is the first book I've read by Mhairi McFarlane -- I will be looking for more.

Nov 22, 2020

A slow-build, heartache filled, humour sprinkled romance. Expected plot, but lovable characters and zingy banter make it feel fresh and witty.

JessicaGma Nov 19, 2020

It's not an original plot, but the characters really make this one. Laurie is reeling after her partner of many years calls it quits, and Jaime needs a steady girlfriend to show how serious he is about making partner at the firm. Mayhem ensues. It's well done and the scenarios here are all plausible with real emotion. A winning read.

Oct 09, 2020

Classic Mhairi McFarlane slow-build romance with depth and emotion. Read at your own peril, you will not want to put this book down once you start. Obviously, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 4 well-deserved stars!

Sep 03, 2020

I know, I know. 'If I Never Met You' is a story right off the Hallmark Channel, but it is so much more. There is a depth in the hurt, there is fun, there is anxiety, there is improbability, there is strength, there is that slap of reality that hits us all, there are confirmations of our worst thoughts about men, there is their redemption and sometimes, often, no redemption until it's too late. "That was the promise you made when you fell head over heels in love, really, she thought. Not that you wouldn't have problems, but that no problems would be the sort where you couldn't find the solution together."

Oddly enough, when I closed 'If I Never Met You' the final time this morning, a bible verse came to mind. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope."

Doors close, hearts are shattered, but we never know when a new door will open and a heart will be filled.

3.5 Stars

Aug 24, 2020

4.75 Stars!

My first McFarlane story and I am dizzy in love.

Laurie and her fierce intelligence - Wow! I loved her. Even while she questioned her self-worth and dealt with the insecurities over her ex, it made her real. She was never a doormat.

Jamie was self-assured, intuitive, and smart, but he also had a history that he didn't feel the need to clarify to unimportant people. This made him a target for manipulations of the truth that pulled at my heartstrings. I also liked that he respected other peoples choices in life and didn't give much credence to what others thought of him. Except for Laurie.

This was a slow-burn fake relationship story, but it became so much more than that as the story progressed. It dragged up the darker side of office politics, sexism, and racism. And through it all, it highlighted the strength and steadfastness of the main characters. Characters that had an endearing friendship before it turned into more. In addition to that, the representation of women's friendships were some of the best. I was reduced to near-tears at how moving Laurie and her closest girlfriends were in their support of each other.

This book covered a lot of bases, but it all worked and I was surprised at how deeply I enjoyed it. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was due to a little blip at the very end that I wasn't keen on. So minor that it almost wasn't worth mentioning, but it did take away from what could have been perfection for me.

Jun 04, 2020

I enjoyed this book. Although it appears to fall in the category of “chick novel », there are underlying messages in the relationships described in this book. A good summer read.

WPL_Jaclyn Apr 28, 2020

I am a sucker for the fake relationship trope in romance and If I Never Met You did not disappoint. While this was a romance, I really liked that this will also about Laurie's growth after getting out of a bad relationship and her realization that that relationship wasn't a great one.

RandomLibrarian Apr 02, 2020

Review excerpt: "'If I Never Met You' is a sweet, but very angsty, fake-relationship romance that is let down terribly by its advertising and blurb.

I was definitely in the mood for some romantic comedy, and this looked like a really fun, light-hearted, funny read. It’s described as a romantic comedy, with a delightful cartoon cover, and hey, we have a diverse heroine, too, which means with a bit of luck this one won’t have Surprise!Racism (something I’ve encountered a few too many times in my romance reads recently). Also, I love me a fake relationship, and the social media twist sounded like enormous fun.

And indeed, the fake relationship was enormous fun.

It’s just that you have to wade through 130 pages of the most excruciating break-up from the point of view of the devastated heroine in order to get there. Every time you think it can’t get worse, it does – it’s a slow motion train-wreck – and honestly, by the time Laurie and Jamie finally got stuck in the lift together, I was so depressed that I was ready to stop reading."


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