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Summary

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

The brand new novel from Sunday Times best-selling 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 18 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?

©2020 Mhairi McFarlane (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

'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)

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I liked Laurie’s and Jamie’s character a lot. The storyline was not amazing and was fairly predictable, but it was OK. I found Nadia’s character totally pointless, and irritating. Some personal political and natural medicine statements of the author didn’t go down well with me. The best thing about the book was the incredible narration. Sara Novak brought the characters alive with fantastic accents and voices. The book was very entertaining because of the fantastic voice artist. It was a good book but not the author’s best.

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Stay with it, this story is a grower. Worth it!

It took a little while to get started, I wasn’t really sure where the story was for a few chapters. I almost gave up and moved on, and then it kicked in! By the time we got to the end, I’d got hooked and actually was sitting willing the characters on! A few clever twists in there too. So do stick with it, as it’s a lovely story with just the right ending!

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Recommended this book!

I loved this book! To be honest I downloaded this audiobook and didn't know much about it and fell in love with the characters and the story.

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  • RH
  • 20-01-21

Another great book by Mhairi McFarlane

This is the third book of Mhairi McFarlane I've "read" and I've enjoyed them all. Well written, great characters and a story that makes you want to hear more. I listen to audio books while i run and this made me put my running shoes on and go out a few more times just to see what happens next.

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Slow start

I found it hard to get into the book. The characters lacked depth but as the story evolved it became more engrossing. I think the ending was a little brief and I would have liked a little more conclusion. Overall a good book.

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only slightly better than a cheesy love story

The two main things I didnt like about this book were as follows. 1. It starts with her being dumped and it finished with her being engaged to a new man. I just find this trope a bit toxic and would prefer if there were less stories where this happened. 2. Personally, I thought the repressed memory thing was a bit clunky and awkwardly shoved in to the story. Onto a positive note, my favourite things about this book are: The way it was read was brilliant, very talented work. The main protagonist is really admirable and it gave me a sense of confidence when I listened to her become more confident. The relationships are really relatable and funny. I also thought the way the flash backs were done was really effective and not confusing. I would say, I found the beginning of this book quite difficult because it kept making me feel so sad about the protagonist's breakup. As soon as the scene in the lift starts it gets a bit more upbeat and fun.

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I want more!!!

I loved this so much! The story was so well written and the characters so well thought out. I just wish we could’ve got to see more of them together. I would love love love a happy sequel!

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Gruelling but beautiful

few triggers in here for me, not aggressive, relationship wise, but OMG what a lovely slow burn story. struggled through the first few chapters but loved the rest.

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As expected- a girlie love story!

An easy listening love story. I knew how it would end like you do with many books like this but you still want to keep listening. You can just switch off and listen.

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Really enjoyable listen

Had me hooked by after a couple of chapters and even though I could guess the ending immediately, I still really enjoyed the journey!

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  • Daniela
  • 09-04-20

NOT WORTH IT! Some teenage romcom are better!

It's a teenage romcom (without the comedy) set in a law firm with cast in their 30s This novel it's insulting for ALL WOMAN not just the ones with african descent! And I LOVE "Here's looking at you" First of all the heroine has no faults, it's just that the men oppress her (but she is confident and excellent at her job). There was no character development, she just went back to be her 18 years old self and everything was fix. Then the male protagonist (eye roll) a player that only has tinder dates; but immediately after spending time with her "she is the one". Not only that, when we get to know him he is a sensible and selfless man. AGAIN no character development, he is just perfect the way he is (then why do you behave that way when you are in your 30s?). I think what bother me the most was her makeover, she was a wreck from her break up (the only part that was well describe), but then she goes to a salon and "BAM" she accepts her hair (a weak spot of her from ages) and gains self confidence (eye roll). As a woman i can tell you that this things take time, and even if you are in your 30s there are things that you are still self conscious, but not her! She was perfect since she was 18, but her boyfriend destroyed her self confidence, that was her problem! Honestly, if the story was set with characters in their mid 20's trying to finding themselves it would have been more believable and enjoyable.

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