If I Never Met You

    • 4.1 • 137 Ratings
    • £7.99

    • £7.99

Publisher Description

If faking love is this easy… how do you know when it’s real?

The brand new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane

Laurie and Jamie have the perfect office romance
(They set the rules via email)

Everyone can see they’re head over heels
(They staged the photos)

This must be true love
(They’re faking it)

When Laurie is dumped by her partner of eighteen years, she’s blindsided. Not only does she feel humiliated, they still have to work together.

So when she gets stuck in the lift with handsome colleague Jamie, they hatch a plan to stage the perfect romance. Revenge will be sweet…

But this fauxmance is about to get complicated. You can’t break your heart in a fake relationship – can you?

‘Beautiful and touching – I loved it so much!’ Marian Keyes

‘Super funny, packs an emotional punch and deeply, deliciously romantic’ Cressida McLaughlin

‘Funny, crackling with sexual tension, and …. a total joy to read’ Louise O’Neill


‘Beautiful and touching – I loved it so much!’ Marian Keyes

‘Sharply relevant, super funny, packs an emotional punch and deeply, deliciously romantic – perfect on every level’ Cressida McLaughlin

‘Funny, crackling with sexual tension, and full of complex, nuanced characters – a total joy to read’ Louise O’Neill

‘Super-smart, super-funny and super-relatable’ The Sun

‘Mhairi works her magic … Poignant, witty and smart’ Woman & Home

‘A funny, smart and wonderfully romantic book about faking it… and making it. I loved every page’ Lucy Diamond

‘Smart, witty, funny and poignant … a delicious page-turner’ Woman

‘Fresh and smart romance’ Sunday Mirror

Praise for Mhairi McFarlane:

‘I loved it! So funny and warm – a delicious read’ Marian Keyes

‘Wildly funny and wildly romantic… Another wonderful novel from an author at the top of her game’ Louise O’Neill

‘Beautiful, funny and heartbreaking’ Giovanna Fletcher

‘Funny and heartfelt, full of humour and wisdom, I absolutely loved it’ Katie Fforde

‘Intelligent, edgy and laugh out loud funny – a romantic comedy to love’ Sunday Mirror

‘The perfect mix of comedy, whip smart dialogue and all the feels’ Fabulous

‘Mhairi gets the mix of laughs, romance and serious emotional depth just right in this page-turner that stands out from the crowd’ S Magazine

‘Hilarious, clever and beautifully written’ Daily Mail

‘Fiery, feminist, fit, filthy and very timely … astonishingly good’ Harriet Reuter Hapgood

‘Totally hilarious and wincingly real’ Jenny Colgan

‘No-one writes such wry, emotionally complex romantic fiction’ Red

‘The perfect balance of romcom and drama… the ultimate holiday read!’ Grazia

‘Sparky, smart, sore-stomach-laughing kind of read’ Fabulous

About the author

Sunday Times bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree.

After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels and her first book, You Had Me At Hello, was an instant success. She’s now written six books and she lives in Nottingham with a man and a cat.

Sara Novak
hr min
19 March

Customer Reviews

TraceBrough ,

Lovely, feel-good book

Couldn’t put it down.

Lovely story - tugged at my heart-strings, completely relatable and I laughed out loud on more than a few occasions. Now half way through my next Mhairi McFarlane story.

In response to a previous, more negative review: it is set in Manchester and I found the race discussion quite eye opening.

Worcester Boy ,

Disappointingly unfunny, heavy handed race references

There were some good lines in this but it was nowhere near as funny as the author seemed to presume.
And the constant references to the main character being northern and mixed race, as though that is a big deal, were grating after a while.
Maybe I’m the wrong demographic

rach170397 ,


Brought me to tears and made me laugh out loud! Such a great book!

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