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If I Never Met You

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  21,357 ratings  ·  2,810 reviews
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 pregnan
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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chan ☆
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
everything i want from a slow moving british romcom. the flatshare WHOMST
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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.


Thank you, Harper Fiction!
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Brave: Heterosexual Romance Novel Solves Problem of “Men Being Trash” by Simply Not Including the Love Interest in Most of the Plot

Yes, 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 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
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

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Once you started a charade, it was tricky to work out the optimum time to end it.

I 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 anymore. 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
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 was
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 ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
So glad I finally got around to reading this! I wouldn't say it's a new all-time favorite, but I had fun reading it and it IS definitely my favorite from Mhairi McFarlane.

TW: cheating, sexual assault, pedophilia, terminal illness, lots of discussion of possibly not being able to have children

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 anymore. 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
this book has ALL the tropes and I'm here for it!
they got stuck in an elevator! and there was fake dating! AND THERE WAS ONLY ONE BED!!!!!!!!!!

at this point, contemporary romances are currently fueling my will to live through 2020. unfortunately, this wasn't what I was necessarily looking for. I think went into this looking for a rom com and this wasn't exactly that.

while this book is romantic, and is occasionally comedic, it's less a rom com and more so a story of self-discovery as the main c
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Wow! This book tapped into every emotion for me. I cried, laughed and was content...all in one book. This adorable rom-com landed on my door as a surprise book mail from William Morrow and I couldn't have been more excited. I loved it!

As an ER nurse you could say I am a bit overwhelmed with the world today. In between shifts I would pick up this book and escape into the world of Laurie and Jamie. A much welcome escape!

Well this book gave me all the feels as I stated above. It actually got me d
madandelion [hiatus 160420]
This is why I'm single. I've concluded.
Not that this fact needs to be reiterated, but fictional boys give you waaaay too many expectations.
And, I for one, have a very difficult time detaching the fiction I read, from reality.
So damn you McFarlane, for giving me Jamie, to add to my list of 'fictional men I want to date in real life.'

All this is not to take away from the fact that this was a wonderful book. I forget everytime how good McFarlane is at masterfully sketching out nuanced characters.
Emily May
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, chick-lit, romance
I enjoyed reading If I Never Met You, though I think it fits more neatly into "contemporary" or "women's fiction" than it does in romance.

It's the story of thirty-six-year-old Laurie and how she gets her life back together after the break-up of her long-term relationship. She has been with the same boyfriend since university and had accepted that they would have children and grow old together, but now he wants out. It's a devastating blow for Laurie, understandably. She suddenly feels like the
Jan 28, 2020 added it
I mostly read suspense/thriller but I really love “romantic comedy” every once in awhile to lighten things up.

For these books to work for me, however, I have to want to root for the heroine, find the dialogue witty, or at the very least be able to relate to the characters!

I wasn’t finding that to be the case with this one, therefore, despite it working for many others, I’ve decided to move on-DNF at 25%. Not rating
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like their fake dating tropes smut-less
I think any book that has a UK author and a British audio narrator gets an automatic +1 star from me. British vibe in romance just works for me better than American. If I Never Met You was fine. Entirely predictable and yet soothing. Occasionally funny, but not enough to call this story a romcom. It's an odd mix of romance (with all the fake dating tropes) and women's fiction (self-discovery, etc.). There is a deeper self-actualization theme running through it, and more character development tha ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
3.5-4 stars!

I’ve been wanting to read Mhairi McFarlane ever since her last release, Don’t You Forget About Me, came out last year. I heard such high praise for it so when I had the chance to read this new women’s fiction book of hers, I grabbed it! If I Never Met You turned out to be a charming, entertaining, and very British romance (but still on the WF side) between two co-workers to pretend to date for their own selfish reasons and end up falling for each other instead. I’m a sucker for the f
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, comedy
Sometimes you just need a good rom-com to bring you out of the isolation blues. I have never read anything by this author before, but I have already downloaded a couple more of her books! I thought this one was awesome!

Laurie and Dan had been together for years when out of the blue he dumps her. When it is soon discovered that he knocked up his new girlfriend, Laurie is hell-bent on revenge. When she gets stuck in the elevator with player bad-boy Jamie, they hitch a plan to advance his career AN
Anna Luce
★★★★✰ 4.25 stars

“The trouble with liars, Laurie had decided from much research in the professional field, is they always thought everyone else was less smart than them.”

If I Never Met You is the fourth novel I've read by Mhairi McFarlane and I'm happy to say that it is my favourite book of hers. McFarlane just keeps getting better and better, and this time round she gives a new spin to the tired 'fake-dating' trope (which prior to this book I considered to be one of my least favourite romcom tro
This is only my second McFarlane, whereas I've read a lot of contemporary writing by a lot of authors, but I think I can safely say that no one writes real life quite like her.

Laurie knew that most people were murdered by someone they knew; she'd stood up in court and argued or the killers' bail applications while they wept not only about their fate, but about their loss. In this moment, she understood why.

IF I NEVER MET YOU is a women's fiction title, much like the other one I read by her, DON'
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-books
What is it with me and having to pick up every book about fake dating?
I'm so disappointed I did not like this as much as I thought I would when I first read the premise, and I think I need to explain why.

Things I did NOT like about this book:
- The pace. God was it slow. I really had to push through during the first HALF of the book.
- The strong focus on Laurie’s previous relationship, not just Laurie's feelings towards the breakup, but the multiple paragraphs about their life together.
- The m
mina reads™️
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 wow i really liked this 😳 i have some issues with a few lines in here though. more on that later

cw: discussion of past sexual harassment, discussion of death of a child as well
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I try to deny it, I do occasionally like to read a romantic book, as it’s a break from the predictable murder and suspense books that I’m addicted to!!

Laurie’s world is turned upside down when her partner Dan drops the devastating bombshell that he doesn’t want children or to be in a relationship with her anymore. This is particularly hard as they have been together for 18 years, they met at university and work as lawyers in the same office. As if the situation couldn’t get any worse Da
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a sweet story. More chick lit than contemporary romance. I want to like it more. However I fins it difficult to connect with the whole story due to british slang and wording used by the author.

Some part of the book, I do not get it at all. Despite the shortcoming, it is still a warming story. Laurie is a typical modern working woman who thrown into unexpected twist on her life.

Overall I enjoy this book OK

3 stars
I want to say that this was a lovely surprise, but in actuality so many GR friends and reviewers have been raving about the charm of McFarlane's books for a while. I can only concur and state my appreciation for the author's original storytelling and style of writing and the very romantic pairing in this one.

How one deals with upheaval and unexpected tragedies in life is a running theme through the book and one that intrudes upon the unlikely romance between two co-workers who initially do not h
4.5 ★ 'highly recommending' stars.

I’ll keep the plot description very brief:
So, Laurie’s looooong term partner just ups and leaves, the PRICK. In comes her gorgeous colleague Jamie Carter. Jamie has the great idea that he and Laurie should ‘fake-date' to make her ex jealous, and to clean up his promiscuous rep. Let the good times roll, right?

'Might as well fit Carter with a GoPro, from what I’ve heard... The secret life of the neighbourhood tom.'

I never in a million years thought that this boo
Trina (Between Chapters)
I was very hooked in the first half, but by the end I didn't feel convinced of the supposed chemistry between the characters.

Of note: This book has a Black main character's POV throughout, but the author is white. There were at least 3 instances where she has the character dismiss microaggressions like people asking to touch her hair. I just don't think it's the authors place to pass judgement on these issues at all.

I did enjoy the commentary on sexism, and this book was unique in that it was a
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The main female character embodies growth, beauty, common sense, and I loved seeing her grow into her best and improved self 👏I'm here for all of it!!
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is a fake dating, slow burn office romance with an interracial couple. At one point, they also only have one bed (!!), though this book has no on-screen sex scenes. Finally, this is one of those stories where it's obvious to us, the reader, what is happening in terms of the developing romance, but the narrator is absolutely clueless.

We'll start with the cons: The first 80-90 pages of this book are about Laurie's break-up. It was well done-- I felt the pain of the break-up, and McFarlane do
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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.

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