If I Never Met You

IF I NEVER MET YOU                             MHAIRI McFARLANE

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...
 

PAT'S REVIEW

Laurie comes home one evening to find her boyfriend of 18 years, yes 18 sitting on the couch with his head in his hands looking like someone died. With both of them having older parents that are what comes out of her mouth. Relived that no one has passed the next shock for her is that he no longer wants to be together and he does not want to be a parent as well. Thinking that this has to do with them talking about starting a family she tries talking to him but it is no use he wants to end things after 18 years.
Frustrated with the whole mess she must continue to see her ex because they both work in the same law firm. She finds out a few weeks later when he shows up at her door that he is with another woman and to top it off she is pregnant. She also works for a rival firm.
Laurie works throughout the night trying to put together when he left. If not physically at least emotionally and mentally. Finding the time marked with his Spotify playlist for running she at least has that answered.
Jamie Carter wants to change the way people in the law firm look at him and so he approaches Laurie with a plan that they could arrange like they are dating with some staged photos. The whole idea is to make it to the Christmas dance that the firm puts on.
When people start to think that it is fake, they go on a few dates and then she travels with him to meet his parents for a weekend. Things change between them but neither say anything. It stays that way until the dance. That night is a huge jump for the two of them until someone gets ahold of Jamie's phone and posts something online. From there it goes downhill and you begin to wonder if anything can save them. Read this good story to find out what happens. A really good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com. I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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