If I Never Met You

Morrow. Mar. 2020. 432p. ISBN 9780062958501. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Laurie Watkinson’s boyfriend of nearly two decades has suddenly left her, his new girlfriend is pregnant, and, to top it all off, Laurie gets stuck in the office elevator with Jamie Carter, work-place cad. But while stuck, and at drinks after, the two hatch a plan to pretend to date; Laurie can make her ex jealous and Jamie can prove to the firm he’s able to commit. Almost immediately, the keep-it-simple plan for their fake relationship gets more complicated than expected, and Laurie is surprised by how much she’s enjoying spending time with Jamie. Things can’t keep going smoothly, however, and when jealousy and bad reputations rear their ugly heads, Laurie must decide if she can trust her and Jamie’s feelings.
VERDICT Readers will certainly fall for Laurie and Jamie’s shenanigans in McFarlane’s (You Had Me at Hello) latest. While the recognizable beats of the familiar plot are all there, Laurie’s arc stands out.

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