Title: The Dating Plan
Author: Sara Desai
Series: Marriage Game #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrators: Soneela Nankani
Length: 11 hours (352 pages)
Publisher: Berkley; Penguin Audio
Release Date: March 16, 2021
Content Warnings: domestic abuse
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 fiance.
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.
I loved this enemies to lovers, fake dating, second chance romance. It was so funny and heartfelt.
I really liked the different portrayals of complicated family dynamics in this book, which fleshed out the backstory and provided depth to this rom com. Daisy comes from a large, close-knit Indian family who are always in each other’s business but full of love, whereas Liam came from an abusive home, was estranged from his family, and had a tense relationship with his brother.
I also loved the business and self-worth plotlines. I love when the female protagonists in romances are strong independent women who work hard to live the life they want!
Some of the events toward the end were a bit ridiculous, but I still just loved the characters and story so much.