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If I Never Met You

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  58 reviews
When Laurie’s partner of eighteen years, Dan, dumps her to ‘find himself’ (and leave her on the shelf at 36), she is blindsided. But not as blindsided as when he announces that his new girlfriend is now pregnant.

Working in the same office with Dan is soon unbearable – until the day she gets stuck in the lift with her handsome colleague Jamie. Jamie is looking f
Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: December 16th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
Sep 29, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-anticipated

Maria (mariaoverbooked)
3.5 stars

** Thank you to HarperCollins UK, via NetGalley, for this ARC in exchange for an honest reivew **

This was not what I was expecting. It had a lot of tropes that I usually fall for including fake dating, sharing a bed, and a friends to lovers slow burn. However, it fell to just okay for me. Not to say it was bad I just wasn't obsessed. There was a bit too much niche humor and the romance was not central to me. There was a lot of focus on the emotional struggles of the main ch
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laurie and Dan have been together since their freshman year of college. It's been nearly 20 years, now they're both successful lawyers at the same firm and it feels as though their life is pretty great, even making plans to have a baby. Out of the blue Dan drops a bomb that he's unhappy, he doesn't want the life they've built together or kids. Reeling from this news Laurie's not sure how to navigate anything from here, especially the office. Unfortunately for her, Dan's not done making her miser ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Absolutely hilarious. It has been too long since I read something by Mhairi McFarlane so it was such a thrill to have read If I Never Met You!
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mhairi McFarlane has fast become one of my favorite authors! Her writing is insightful, funny, poignant, and so very satisfying! She somehow manages to balance feminism, realistic situations, character depth, and romance with such effortlessness that it frankly boggles me. In her latest, If I Never Met You, McFarlane takes a familiar romance trope, the fake relationship that turns into real feelings, and blends it with oodles of wit, dashes of comedy, and heaps of realism that all come together ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane


Thank you to Harper Collins for an advanced reading copy (ARC) ebook.

Mhairi McFarlane is starting to become one of my favourite contemporary writers in the line of Sarra Manning and Holly Bourne. All three are very talented at writing likeable characters, strong story lines and believable dialogue.

If I Never Met You follows Laurie who, after being dumped by her partner of 18-years and finding out he's expecting a baby with hi
okay i rly liked it but i didnt get that same emotion as don't you forget about me tho maybe thatll change on a reread


Rep: biracial (black/white) mc, mlm Sikh side character

CWs: emotional abuse, mentions of past paedophilia
Another 5* stormer from MMcF. Full review to come.
Madeleine McGowan
- Digital ARC provided by NetGalley -

I can't remember the last time I gave 5 stars to a book in this genre, or the last time I made it through an entire novel without being tempted to skip ahead at least once. 'If I Never Met You' was so well written, well paced and genuinely emotionally affecting that I found myself both anticipating the conclusion and wishing it were several hundred pages further away.

The premise - a scheme to trick her ex into wanting her back - could
Sara Oxton
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane a five-star read that will help you get unstuck. This is a great story and once again Mhairi McFarlane proves her talent at writing, writing funny, insightful and honest stories that will make you think as well as smile. If any other author had spent so long on the build-up, I feel I would have gotten a little bored, but this author managed to keep it real, keeping the characters so believable that you couldn’t miss a line. Even the secondary characters are ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this even though HR is more my jam. I knew from the blurb that there was a messy breakup in the beginning of the book, but I wasn't expecting to spend the first *almost half* of the book dealing with that. It was well done, but ouch. In the end, I was thrilled for Jessie and Laurie, and I love how they became more of themselves the more they got to know each other. Good times.
Literally gasped in excitement when I received this Netgalley notification. Thank you for the ARC, William Morrow!!! 🥰
Oct 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The fake dating trope? A POC on the cover? An interracial relationship? I AM EXCITED.
I don't usually write a review right after I've finished a book, usually I want it to marinate a little bit or I don't have anything to say right away. But, I really liked this one a lot. I think it will be a rereader for me. Laurie has been with the same man since age eighteen, and while not being married at 36 is a little odd, she assumes they're committed. They have a mortgage together, and furniture, and have been discussing kids. But then she is dumped, out of nowhere, and she has no idea h ...more
Carole Bell
I Never Met You is easily one of my favorite comic novels in a while.* Author Mhairi McFarlane is endlessly witty and deceptively sophisticated, and her sixth book is full of exactly the kind of quotable, wry social observation that I love. My kindle overflows with the highlights to prove it.

The beginning chapters, however, knocked me around a bit. The heroine got knocked down in life, and I felt it. I was embroiled and invested in the story emotionally and in terms of wanting to know what com
Dora (d_ireadromance)
Thank you HarperCollins Publishers and Netgalley for providing me with a eARC, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Laurie has been with her college boyfriend, Dan Price, for 18 years. They live together, they work together, and they have what she thought was a relationship that was bound to lead to marriage and children. At the age of 36, Laurie and Dan have finally decided to start a family and a mere month before Laurie goes of birth control, Dan drops a bombshell revelation on Laurie that c
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laurie’s long term partner Dan dumps her out of the blue for “reasons”. Not long after she finds out he’s seeing someone new, has basically been cheating on her for 6 months and the new girlfriend is pregnant. Poor Laurie has to deal with the fallout of this which is made worse by the fact that they work together. Enter Jamie after a random incident and the idea of the fake relationship is born (to make Dan jealous and to help Jamie progress at their law firm).

Loved ( in no particul
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Spoiler free*

A fake dating, possible enemies-to-lovers, office story. This definitely, definitely sounded like something I wanted to pick up. Plus, a character who doesn't believe in love and the other character starting to feel like their fake relationship is really real is right up my alley. This book sounded like something I would really like and I wanted to give it a shot!

I really, really hate to say that I didn't really like this book. It really wasn't for me. There
You know how every once in a while you find yourself barreling through a book at record speed and at the same time wishing it wouldn't end? Well, this one of those books! Mhairi McFarlane created characters that were perfectly developed and their slow burn conspirators-turned-friends-turned-more gave me ALL the feels!

I loved Laurie. I loved her because she was a victim of heartbreak, but she wasn't pitiful. Laurie was actually one of the most relatable characters I have come across l
Laurie has just been dumped by her boyfriend of 18 years. And know his new girlfriend is pregnant. To make him feel emotionally devastated like she was, Laurie agrees to fake date the office prick, Jamie. Push comes to shove, and the fake-dating turns into something very real.

- The actual falling-for-each other is really sweet.
- There is brief mention of Jamie going to therapy when he was in university. Yay for de-stigmatizing therapy, especially for men.

- The plethora o
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Laurie has just been dumped by her boyfriend of nearly two decades. Not only is she heartbroken, but now she must deal with the humiliation of still working in the same office as him.

Jamie is desperate to be made partner of the law firm he works for, but with his playboy lifestyle he is not exactly promotion material.

When a chance encounter throws the pair together, they begin to hatch a plan to fake the perfect romance that will benefit them both. Jamie will have a serio
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laurie has just been dumped by her long term boyfriend and now is stuck working in the same law firm as her ex. When she gets stuck in an elevator with office bad boy Jamie, they come up with a plan. Jamie needs the support of somebody well-liked to get ahead at work, and Laurie is quite sold on the idea of making her ex jealous. Their fake relationship certainly gets everyone at work talking, but as they develop a genuine friendship the risk of catching real feelings is high.

I have read sooo m
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

This has so many of my fave tropes - fake dating, famous/regular person and I was so excited to get stuck into Mhairi’s new book for just her talent alone so I was so happy when the blurb was released for this one!

This was a four star read for me, just falling short of the 5 star mark but I feel like a reread will get me there. I loved the character growth throughout this book for both Laurie and Jamie. I think there’s something really powerful about a well written break up journey and
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am an absolute sucker for slow burn romances, and this book was full of so much slow burn goodness. Add in a fake relationship trope and I was one happy girl!
I loved everything about this book, the characters were all interesting and authentic, Laurie and Jamie were perfect together and I really enjoyed their fake dates and staged instagram moments together.
Christina Dudley
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys, beach-reads
I'm beginning to see a pattern to these sorts of books: take some singles from their later twenties to mid-thirties, throw in lots of drinking and wisecracking, add a dash of painful backstory to round them out, and watch them come through in the end. I'm all for it, even though all the drinking has zero appeal for me--is it really that impossible to have honest conversations without getting generously liquored up?

In this version, a young biracial lawyer (check the Diversity box) get
3 1/2 stars - It’s very British, to a distracting degree. There’s so much cultural jargon! It’s similar to a novel written in the early 1900s dialect of the American south. The need to decode and decipher the language of the story distracts from the possible enjoyment of the story. Stream of consciousness story telling. Lots of drinking, maybe it’s a Brit thing, that I just don’t get. I read the first 10% and then skipped to 32%. It was like I hadn’t skipped a word. my guess is I skipped over mo ...more
Reviewed for NetGalley:

This was a solid story for me, but I felt like the end was a bit rushed. The beginning was full of all the heartbreak and angst I was craving at the time. The end felt super chaotic. It's interesting because this book is told completely from the heroine's point of view, so you never know for sure what the hero is thinking. It puts you in the same place as the heroine, but that makes the ending a little odd. I don't know if the heroine would have the faith to ju
Brenna Thom
This is my 2nd novel by Mhairi McFarlane, and I quite enjoyed it. McFarlane’s novels always have a little more depth than your typical romance novel, and If I Never Met You was no exception. The novel starts off with Laurie’s unexpected breakup with her partner of 18 years. The first half of the novel deals a lot with the repercussions of this and sets up her fake romance with her very attractive coworker Jamie in a stint to make her ex jealous. This is a common trope used often in romance novel ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book from this author and after reading the blurb I was more than excited to read it. However, I was completely disappointed. The thing that killed this story the most for me was the flow of it. The flow of the story was too slow making everything seem to happen in slow motion and I was over it. The characters were okay but they were lacking something for me and I can't pinpoint exactly what it is or was. It's hard to enjoy the characters when you don't enjoy the story and I had ...more
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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.