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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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If I Never READ you

Sadly, the narration wasn't great. you could hear where she was placing the punctuation in the wrong places and rather than re-recording those bits, they just soldiered on.
aside from that though, it's a great feel good book, it moves at a decent pace and is a great change if scenery if you've done a lot of heavy reading.
I didn't know I needed this book in my life until it was gifted to me from a friend for my birthday and if I'd never read it, I think I'd have actually burnt my love of reading out, as I'd read a lot of heavier books just before this and one more might have tipped me over the edge!
Great connection with the characters and totally unputdownable

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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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Nice Listen

I enjoy Mhairi McFarlane books. This was a nice listen even if it was slightly predictable. Was a nice break from listening to crime.

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nice simple read

nice book to pass the time. few twists but overall a nice storyline and nice to listen to

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excellent

loved it a very good book. it is just what I needed. a very good story

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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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Started off great with a lots of action and interest

The book started off amazing! Gripping me at the very beginning with the characters and plot. However about 3/4 of the way through it began to drag and i wasn’t quite sure where the book was headed. It never quite climaxed as I’d hoped, especially with such anticipation from the title and character detailing and involvement. This book had the potential to be a lot better than it ended up being. I started to loose interest in the lead characters storyline and got irritated at the deviation from the main plot. A lack of clarity towards the end which is such a shame as it seemed a promising book. And I invested so many emotions in psyching myself up for a great finish only for it to be a subtle ‘release of the balloon’ ending ...oh well. Would still recommend though the characters are fantastic and amazingly read!

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I really enjoyed it

I think it is the first novel that I read/listened for a very long time that the main character is a silly or ridiculous person that suddenly changes half way through the book. No! The main character is a strong, intelligent and very likable woman I am really grateful for that. I really enjoyed to listen Sarah's narration as well!
The end is a bit over the top but it is not really important as the whole book is really good!

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I literally couldn't stop

I loved this book, the range of characters. Great performance and I was so hooked that I ended up pulling an all nighter to finish it.

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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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