Review of The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

"I want it to be real."

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 351 Pages

POV: Third Person


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.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received and ARC of this book free from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.*

Daisy is a software engineer (aka tech nerd) who likes working in her quiet zone. When all that changes and she suddenly has co-workers all up in her space surprisingly she learns to adapt, even become friends with a few. I think that had a little something to do with Liam bringing her fun side back.

Liam was Daisy’s brother’s childhood best friend and her no-show prom date, which left her heartbroken and self-conscience. She never expected to run into him again. Or for them to be “engaged” five minutes later. But with a determined aunt dragging a possible suitor behind her and an ex-boss who stole her ex-boyfriend both barreling down on her at the same time she gets Liam to pretend they are together to same her from their antics.

Liam never thought he’d come back to town, but when is grandfather got sick he couldn’t stay away. With his passing though he left Liam’s gift with strings. He needed to be married, and only had two months to do so. Problem was the only one he’d ever cared about was the one he was fake engaged to for half a second and she ultimately still hated him for standing her up on prom and for staying away with no explanations.

Both needed something the other could assist with, but to make it an official business deal Daisy came up with a dating plan. One which Liam kept altering. But one which made them fall more in love with each other. Too bad it took an accident for either to admit it to the other.

The Dating Plan is a second chance romance mixed with crazy relatives, weird foods, and an entire story filled with people who care about one another.

I probably would have given it five stars, but there were typos that kept messing up my reading flow. Of course those were more than likely fixed prior to publication (or at least I would hope so).

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

Happy Reading Y’all!

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