Mhairi McFarlane comes to the blog today with a story of second chances (and third, fourth and even fifth) as we follow Laurie in
If I Never Met You
Laurie had (or so she thought) it all: her first boyfriend is her only, and eighteen years on they are soon to be discussing a child, a nice house, solid job as a solicitor with a partner who is also at the same firm and a good best friend in Eve who is there to cheer her on endlessly. Coming from “up north” Laurie is mixed race, and has always approached life as needing to be three times more competent than the next guy, or woman. But, when the time comes to discuss the potential addition to the family, her world is turned upside down as Dan explains that he’s not happy with their relationship and wants out. And, of course, there is No One Else.
Devastated and shocked, Laurie has to dig to see, for her own sanity, where things went wrong. And Why. And of course, there is someone else, who just happens to be pregnant by her ex – and cue the anger, frustration and inevitable hit to her self-esteem. Until a madcap idea hits: Jamie, a ‘newish’ solicitor with the firm, competent, gorgeous and wholly mistrusted by everyone there has a proposition that will sort them both out. He wants to be made partner, she wants Dan to want her back – the two decide to enter into a ‘no strings – no harm – no foul’ relationship that will up his chances of getting the partnership and help her get some back at Dan.
Through Laurie’s grief and ultimate recognition of her budding friendship with Jamie, she’s subjected to plenty of “machismo” from others in the firm – not to mention the gossip mongering that occurs on a near daily basis. But her mistrust of Jamie aren’t from his motives in their relationship – it’s from the contrast of what she knows of him to what the gossip says – and she discovers that Jamie, even as a “fake” boyfriend is far more attentive and attuned to her moods, her insecurities and even her brains. Through ups and downs, conversation and commiserations with her bestie, and even some revelations from her own past (and Jamie’s) that show the true feelings between them, it takes only a few moments of doubt and her inability to demand he ‘fight for her” despite everything seeming to fall apart. Emotionally satisfying with characters that you want to befriend, some hard truths from best friends of them both, and plenty of moments for Manchester to show it’s party duds, the story is easy to read, clever and adds layers of social commentary, rediscovering confidence and learning to enjoy life with all of the uncertainties. Grab it and enjoy – this is one that will take you away and leave you with a smile.
Title: If I Never Met You
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Genre: British, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Friendship, Humor elements, Interracial, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 24 March, 2020
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 11 Hours
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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 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...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.