Hello, book lovers! 💕
I’m finally back with a book review. I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve finished a book and could do a book review. I feel kind of rusty so bear with me if my thoughts are all over the place in this post.
So without any further ado, let’s get onto my thoughts for The Dating Plan by Sarah Desai.
The following is from Goodreads:
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.
So this was my first time reading a book by Sarah Desai, and I was intrigued initially from the synopsis because it’s essentially a fake dating turned romance. Which for some reason, I really enjoy in the romance books I’ve been reading lately. It’s almost like the enemies to lovers trope where the main characters hate each other but slowly fall for each other. You know it’s going to happen in the end, but it’s the journey getting there that’s extremely entertaining. And this one was no different.
I had gotten this book in my Book of the Month subscription back in January as an early release, but it took me a while to get around to reading it. I actually ended up picking up the ebook version so I’d be able to read in bed at night without having to keep the lights on. Which is part of the reason it took me so long to get through. I’d only read a few pages before going to sleep each night.
But that’s not because I didn’t enjoy it. It was actually quite the opposite. I read this a bit slower, so I could enjoy it more. And besides the romance between the two main characters being adorable, there was the fact that Daisy was so nerdy. It tugged at the nerd in me whenever she talked about loving Marvel movies. I loved how quirky she was because it made her so unique. Not only that, but she was also sassy and smart.
I mean, it was kind of cheesy with the fact that Liam was Daisy’s childhood crush who stood her up at prom then just disappeared from her life. And that he one day materializes after being gone for almost 10 years. But you know what? It was still a really fun story because of all that.
I also really enjoyed the fact that it was dual perspectives. I really liked being able to know what Liam was thinking, especially when he was starting to realize that he always loved Daisy and all of her quirks. Or being able to see his interactions with his own family, especially with his nephew Jaxon. You could see how much he meant to Liam, even if he wasn’t on good terms with his brother, Brendon. And towards the end, you were able to understand the reasons for why he stood Daisy up on the night of her prom. And it made me feel for him.
And of course, they ended up together in the end, but that’s to be expected. It’s the unexpected twists and turns in order to get there that’s so entertaining. Together, there were some really laugh-out-loud moments as well as moments that just melted my heart.
Which is to say I really enjoyed this book. It was really well done, even with the steamy scenes. Those were tastefully done and not overly explicit.
I might need to pick up Sarah Desai’s previous book, The Marriage Game, and her next book, The Singles Table. Because this one was a lot of fun and really lighthearted and easy to read.
So there you have it! Those are my thoughts on The Dating Plan by Sarah Desai. I’d definitely recommend this romance if you like Christina Lauren, Talia Tibbert, or Jen DeLuca.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? Or do you plan on picking it up? I’d love to chat about it in the comments below!
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