Title: If I Never Met You
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Sar Novak
Length: 11 hours (432 pages)
Publisher: William Morrow; HarperAudio
Release Date: March 23, 2020
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…
This book was just meh for me. I typically love fake dating books (especially when paired with the opposites attract trope), but this took awhile to make me swoon. The book spent A LOT of time focused on Laurie’s grief and trauma from her breakup before moving on to the new romance. It’s realistic, but it’s not what I want from a romcom. I just didn’t enjoy the pacing, and some scenes were a bit dramatic. It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly why I didn’t love this book, but it just wasn’t my favorite.