I’d been reading a few psychological thrillers, so the light-hearted romantic comedy that is ‘If I Never Met You’ by Mhairi McFarlane was just the book – with a teensy dose of reality just for good measure.
While Laurie is dreaming of the perfect future with her best friend and love-of-her-life, Tom unexpectedly ends the relationship over a meal-for-two. Laurie is left dazed and shell shocked, and worse, Tom is a work colleague so she will still have to work with him – and everyone else who knows them as a couple!
After a chance encounter in a lift with the charming and apparently womanising Jamie however, the two hatch a plan to fake a relationship; Laurie wants to show Tom what he is missing, and Jamie see Laurie’s respected status at work as an opportunity to lose his rakish reputation as he chases a big promotion in the firm. In a nicely predictable plotline, the boundaries start to blur.
And the lesson? Social media once again plays a huge part in this story, padding out the fake relationship with fake staged photos and stories; your story can be as fake and glamourous as you want it to be, but we all still have to deal with reality!
I give this book 4 stars.