If I Never Met You - Mhairi McFarlane

If I Never Met You

By Mhairi McFarlane

  • Release Date: 2020-01-01
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
Score: 4.5
From 1,068 Ratings


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.


  • Predictable but cute story

    By tos mama
    In all things we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover is the underlying story, I enjoyed it.
  • Pure brilliance- yet again ✨

    By Gam3rMC
    Mhairi creates characters with such accurate detail and realness- you can tell she’s a great observer of people and that’s why her books and the characters in them capture that so well. I’ve never read a book of hers and not been struck by how spot on she summarises certain personalities or experiences. It’s refreshing to read a rom-com that doesn’t just prioritise romance, displays of affection, and follow a plot which is pretty predictable from the get go. This book made me laugh, made me feel that acidic burn of betrayal on behalf of Laurie, made me wish I had a friend like Emily, and, importantly, gave me a fantastic, aspirational, yet somehow today realistic and plausible love story. Roll on the next one, I can hardly wait!
  • Cute and ok

    By Varacious reader
    Cute storyline, the language was basic and too ‘chummy’ but perhaps that is the tone the author was going for
  • Unfortunately all too predictable

    By CarrieMac80
    Unfortunately, after a great start, it takes a turn for the blindingly obvious about half way through and then it’s a grind to the very predictable end. Nicely written but a storyline that has been covered 1000s of times before. No surprises here.
  • Amazing

    By 23yearoldsingleton
    Started this book at 11pm and before I knew it, it was 4:45am and I was still going...long day at work the next day (I started at 9!) Could not put it down!
  • Loved it

    By annadrummy
    A unique take on a well-known plot. The characters were well-developed and the story was dramatic yet believable! I’ll probably re-read this story again soon :-)
  • Easy read!

    By lylo4851
    This is the first book I have ever managed to finish. Loved every part and couldn’t put this book down! Really enjoyed it and found it really easy to read. Sad the story doesn’t keep going! Definitely worth a read, so heartwarming. Will definitely be reading more by this author!
  • Could not put this book down.

    By abz95lid
    I am by far big on reading, in fact this is my fourth book I’ve read this year. I don’t usually read or rate fiction books, but this book to me by surprise. I’ve discovered an imagination of emotion and felt I was set right in the scene. The author has a tremendous way of writing! This book was so good, that I would read until the early hours of the morning commencing a 12 hour shift. Thank you, you have restored my faith and joy in reading again. Love Abigail L
  • Too slow for my liking ...

    By DaniBookLover
    ... and unfortunately the writing style was not convincing either.
  • Fantastic!

    By Gaby Cadman
    I don’t read a lot of books but this was such a great read. I genuinely felt every emotion like it was my own, would definitely recommend and I will be reading more from this author!