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.
Title: The Dating Plan
Author: Sara Desai
Publication Date: March 16, 2021
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I just finished reading The Dating Plan by Sara Desai which had the ultimate fake dating trope! Two ex-childhood friends must fake date (and soon get married!) in order to achieve their professional and family goals.
I loved the characters in this book so much! Both of the main characters, Daisy and Liam, are fun and funny yet have things that they’re working through. They have issues in their relationship that they must work through together, but they also each have personal feelings and pasts that they must confront individually. I loved how all of the paths intersected and made the story what it was.
As well, the romance in general was so great! They already have loads of chemistry from their past and it’s just amped up by 1000 due to their fake engagement. The swoony-ness was there along with a few steamy bits. I felt the overall balance in the romance between fun, swoony, and steamy was well done.
I wish there had been a little more description when it came to what the character was feeling in that instant or how the situation was playing out, but that’s pretty much my only complaint.
Overall, this was a lovely and lively contemporary romance with a little bit of everything for everyone. Come one, come all!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you liked this book, be sure to check out:
- ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED by Farah Heron