Can two people become fake-engaged, finally please their families, and feel fulfilled—without falling in love? Well...
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Why I love it
I fell in love with the romance genre long before I started writing. From the much needed guarantee of a happily ever after, to the butterfly-inducing first kisses, I could lose myself in the pages of romance fiction. Sara Desai’s The Dating Plan is a masterclass on everything wonderful about this genre and includes some of its most popular tropes, like marriages of convenience and enemies-to-lovers plotlines. However, it’s everything that takes place between these tropes where Desai really creates magic.
Daisy Patel believes in logic over love and Liam Murphy is too busy proving he’s nothing like his father to settle into a relationship. But when they crash into each other—literally—at a tech conference, ten years after he ghosted her at high school prom, they put aside their old grudges and a dating plan is born… Daisy needs a way to get her well-meaning, marriage-obsessed Aunties off of her back and Liam needs a wife in order to get his inheritance. They both agree a marriage of convenience is the answer to their problems. With promises of no feelings and definitely no touching, what could possibly go wrong?
The Dating Plan had me laughing from the first page and kept me smiling until the very end, yet Desai doesn’t skip over the hard stuff. This clever romance is also about family—from a close-knit family who can teeter on overbearing to a dysfunctionally distant family who favors secrets over affection. Desai takes us on a journey of growth and healing, guiding us to a happily ever after that doesn’t just feel believable, but deserved and satisfying.
Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can't give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiancé.
Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend's little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy's matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather's will. If only he hadn't broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago...
Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren't about to follow the rules of this engagement.
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❤️❤️ this book. Read it in one sitting. Daisy finds herself and love, but separately and that is my favorite kind of romance novel. So happy things worked out for her and she believes in herself now!!
Fryeburg , ME
This was such a cute second chance love story! I loved how Dasiy and ￼Liam personalities ￼balance each other out and they were able to overcome their insecurities together. This was a great rom￼com!
Vestavia Hills, AL
4.5⭐️ I love a steamy RomCom read, although there was room left for some additional steam, in my opinion! Overall an enjoyable light-hearted read. Reminded me of an Indian version of The Kiss Quotient
East meadow, NY
I loved the story, how each character had their own issues to work through to better themselves, how the cultures were represented, and it all tied together with a happy ending. A quick, fun read! 5⭐️
Celebration , FL
At first this story was a little hard for me to get into, but once I got into it I didn’t want to put it down. It was a refreshing take on a love story and didn’t feel like every other love story does
I was Team Liam from the get go!! This book was all of the feel good beauty and love!! I could not put it down. I just added Sara Desai’s The Marriage Game to my cart, Sara’s storytelling is sublime!
Windsor , IL
I loved reading about the Indian culture, family closeness, and spicy foods. This book has everything from knowing oneself, ￼humor, and love. Oh, and of course a smart independent woman. ￼Great book!
4.5⭐️ I loved Daisy and Liam’s story and this book made my heart full!! Daisy is such a strong MC and Liam is that emotional bad boy. Love that paring. Kept me interested and even made me tear up.
I’m all honesty, this book read like a hallmark movie. And I absolutely loved it!! I found it was predictable but in the best way. I was rooting for Daisy and Liam from the get go. It’s a good light.
I read this book in about 24 hours. It was delightful and less predictable than I expected partway through. Sexy but sweet with an excellent female lead. I’ll definitely check out the author’s work!
I loved this Indian Irish romance. It had a great love story, was funny and had some great steamy scenes too. I enjoyed it even more than the first book in this series. I can’t wait for the third one!
I liked the book the moment I started reading. Every character is like able. Super fast read. “It meant forgiveness,love,& acceptance. It meant closing old wounds and moving forward. It meant home.”
Randolph , NJ
I really enjoyed this. The plot is similar to other books I’ve read but was kept interesting with likable main characters and their backgrounds. Loved all the references to Indian food, made me hungry
Really sweet characters, I read this in two days and couldn’t get enough of Daisy or her family. Loved how this book portrayed strong women in the workplace, on top of an (obviously) great love story.
I loved that this wasn’t just about romantic love, but also about self-love for both of our leads. Through their reconciliation they were able to reconnect with their inner confidence and self-worth.
New Albany, OH
Just what I needed right now: an easy, page-turner that made me laugh from beginning to end. Loved it so much I purchased the author’s other book out. Highly recommend if you need a simple, fun escape
Just loved this book. It was a little predictable, but still had a wonderful HEA ending. I enjoyed the depth the author brought to the book with each of the family’s different heritages and cultures.
Shelby Twp, MI
This was exactly the cute, light romance I needed to read before I start my rather long TBR pile filled with heavy reads! Daisy and Liam’s sarcastic banter had me laughing out loud at several points.
Coatesville , PA
A sweet, steamy rom-com that gives you all the warm fuzzies & lots of laughs along the way! Nothing that wasn’t enjoyable about this book, other than it ending. Already craving more of Daisy & Liam!
Maple grove, MN
Being a single woman in her 30's, I figured this book would be a laugh, and it certainly didn't disappoint! From the family expectations to the unplanned attractions, this hit home in more ways than 1