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If faking love is this easy how do you know when it s real 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 possibilityJamie 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 This is a really lovely, heartwarming story with mostly likeable characters that I raced through almost in one sitting through sheer enjoyment Laurie Watkinson has been with Dan Price since university eighteen years ago They are comfortable, have really good jobs as lawyers at the same firm in Manchester, a nice house and are planning on starting a family Correction Laurie is Totally out of the blue comes a bombshell Dan is unhappy, they want different things, it s me not you, blah, bla This is a really lovely, heartwarming story with mostly likeable characters that I raced through almost in one sitting through sheer enjoyment Laurie Watkinson has been with Dan Price since university eighteen years ago They are comfortable, have really good jobs as lawyers at the same firm in Manchester, a nice house and are planning on starting a family Correction Laurie is Totally out of the blue comes a bombshell Dan is unhappy, they want different things, it s me not you, blah, blah and he dumps her With indecent haste he begins a relationship with Nicole who, with equally indecent haste, is pregnant Laurie is floored Talk about a metaphorical kick in the teeth Dan is clearly a liar and a cheat Whilst stuck in the lift at work with Jamie Carter who has a reputation as a bit of a Lothario, they devise a revenge plan that helps them both and fake a relationship and so let the fun and games begin What I like most about this book is the really good characterisation as they are really believable Jamie is not what he seems, he s actually quite sensitive and vulnerable which he hides with armour plating He s clever and ambitious and so I guess he ruffles feathers as other blokes seem to find him challenging it s a testosterone thing and can t wait to drag him down He s honest which Dan certainly wasn t Laurie is also very clever and doesn t altogether appreciate her worth She s loyal, quick witted, funny and an excellent friend I love the banter between her and Jamie, they are at ease with each other, it s on equal terms, they can be themselves and that makes their friendship profound There is really lovely humour throughout the book plus a dash of wit, a smidge of sarcasm and a dollop of lol The conversations between all the characters have a genuine feel of authenticity which I really like The story is well paced, it feels fresh and current which the Manchester setting adds to I think the author has been very clever with her choice of locations as they match the personalities Manchester is a vibrant, exciting and fun, young city and so it s a great environment for the unfolding romantic comedic drama Lincoln where Jamie s lovely parents live, is a beautiful old city with great history just as his parents have Overall, a very enjoyable, fun read and I love the ending andit happens at Christmas Awwww So appropriate to the time of year leaving the reader with a real sense of satisfaction and happiness It is well written, it s smart, keeps you interested throughout, it entertains and takes you through a range of emotions whatcan you ask for Many thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins, Harper Fiction for the ARC in exchange for an honest review everything i want from a slow moving british romcom the flatshare WHOMST Four shiny, funny, heartwarming, in the love of rom coms and all the sweet, entertaining but also a little tolerable angsty stars I think I truly admit Mhairi McFarlene is one of my favorite rom com writers along with Marian Keyes She has humorous, sarcastic sense of humor She knows how to deal with inner feelings, impeccably approaches dysfunctional family problems, traumas, losses and handles those heavy issues with care When it comes to the angsty parts of her books, they are always well b Four shiny, funny, heartwarming, in the love of rom coms and all the sweet, entertaining but also a little tolerable angsty stars I think I truly admit Mhairi McFarlene is one of my favorite rom com writers along with Marian Keyes She has humorous, sarcastic sense of humor She knows how to deal with inner feelings, impeccably approaches dysfunctional family problems, traumas, losses and handles those heavy issues with care When it comes to the angsty parts of her books, they are always well balanced, not to heart ripping, agitated, painful but also not hearts and flowers kind of sweetness you ve found in them It hurts you but never breaks you And she truly knows how to create lovely characters I loved her previous works I lately enjoyed Don t You Forget About Me and I felt like I got another early Christmas gift when I found this precious, lovely book at my shelf After Simple Minds invasion, this book made me sing Purple Rain aloud I m still so sorry for the disturbance I gave I know I made too many children cry But let s look from the bright side I got paid bribe money to stop singing Another s pain my gain What can I sing I never meant to cause you any sorrow I only wanted to one time to see you laughing I know this arranged, fake office romances are similar and foreseeable Here is the formula Mostly the man whore Alpha male suffers from bad reputation threatening his hardly earned position So he needs someone to impress his bosses and fix his bad boy image.We have always steady, hard worker, tough, mostly smart business woman who hates the guts of the Alpha male but finally she accepts the offer because of a carrier leverage or a heartbreak or boredom, choose one of them But their faking relationship turns into a real one and none of them are brave enough to confess how they feel for each other, so they do stupid mistakes, tell lies, ends relationship And we see some breakup suffering dealing with the feelings lonelinessangst, tears, suffering parts.Then we see a great gesture comes from one of the parties And they kiss and we get our happy ending.And the differences of this book from this formula Jamie Carter is not pretentious, irritating man whore From the beginning he respects Laurie and he always acts like gentleman and walks on the eggshells not to make a mistake He is ambitious, smart, hardworking Alpha, but when he is with Laurie, who knows where he stands and he never patronizes her, on contrary to Laurie s shameless ex Dan, he believes Laurie can do anything she puts on her mind.And Laurie is not typical dull, carrier oriented, obnoxious girl we read from several rom coms She s smart, funny, sexy Her confidence wounded because of betrayal of her ex which is normal because they truly grew up and spent nearly half of their lifetimes together First she accepted this faking game for making jealous his ex who dumbs her, telling he doesn t want children and he impregnates a woman from their office after their breakup So he is the winner of slap contest and I personally love to give him best leading douchebag award of the year So Laurie is shaken, shocked and her heart is broken But this faking game helps her to see her own life with another perspective and discover her own family resentments, past mistakes.Other parts are book fit the formula but I loved both of those characters Their faults, flaws, past mistakes, suffers, insecurities are easy to empathize And of course I really enjoyed the writing of the author She s a humorous wizard who knows how to play with the words and gives them magical, joyful meanings which always make you laugh, sigh and warm your heart.So this book was positively amazing break and great choice as a weekend reading after all those scary Halloween overload I can admit that I even love this bookthan Don t you forget about me.As a summary I TRULY LOVED THIS BOOK Special thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers William Morrow Paperbacks to share this wonderful ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review 99 pennies on kindle, lads 4.5 This book was a de fuckin light It s by far one of the most wittiest stories I ve read and I m kicking myself for not having read a novel by Mhairi McFarlane sooner This is a mistake that will be dealt with I RECEIVED AN ARC Thank you, Harper Fiction