Publisher: Berkley + Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: March 16, 2021
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romantic Comedy
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.
Going into The Dating Plan by Sara Desai I totally spaced on the fact that it is book 2 of a series even though I own the first book. So, unfortunately, I haven’t read The Marriage Game yet, but I also didn’t feel like I was missing anything. Reading this made me really excited for Desai’s other books and I can’t even describe how much I loved it. It was hilarious and made me laugh out loud many times, but there are also some emotional moments as well. Daisy was a great female lead, and I loved the fact she was a strong and opinionated female character. The book switches between Daisy and Liam’s viewpoints, but Daisy’s viewpoint is the more prominent one which I really appreciated. I liked Liam’s POV, but definitely not as much as I enjoyed hers especially when her family was involved.
The audiobook for The Dating Plan was a treat to listen to and narrated by Soneela Nankani who was absolutely perfect. I do like when there is a male narrator for a male viewpoint, but I really didn’t have an issue with Nankani doing both in this book. Her narration made the story even more fun for me, and I highly recommend the audio if that’s your thing. I loved Daisy’s aunties even if they do try to meddle quite a bit, and there are a lot of very funny moments thanks to them. This is a fake engagement trope which I seem to read a lot of lately, and I thought it was really well done. There is a little bit of steam in The Dating Plan but as someone who prefers closed-door romances, was the perfect amount for me.