The Dating Plan | ARC Review

Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

 Book: The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
Release Date: March 16th 2021
Tags: Contemporary | Romance | Adult | Fake Dating | Indian Family | Indian Culture | Indian Heritage
Trigger/Content Warnings: Explicit Sexual Content | Mentions of Abusive Relationship | Mentions of Child Abuse

Synopsis 2021

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

Review 2021

What is this? Annemieke reviewing a romance book? Why yes it is. I’ve given into one of my biggest trope loves in romance which is fake dating and arranged marriages. And with fake dating, contemporary often comes along. And I am okay with that. Which is why The Dating Plan appealed to me right away.

The Dating Plan is set in the same world as the authors previous book, The Marriage Game. While these characters make appearences in this book, it is not neccesary to have read it. I didn’t and I understood everything just fine. I missed nothing from not having read the book and so this is truely a standalone.

There were so many things that I adored in this book. One thing being the families. The Patels and everyone around them are so incredibly pure. They are by no means perfect but they have their hearts in the right places. Granted Daisy’s aunties are a little irritating thinking that marriage will make you happy, but then that is just how this works in their culture. It was just great to immerse in this family. On the other side there was Liam’s family that has more problems. Even so I could see that there was something there that hadn’t been delved into by any of the parties. Liam’s little cousin, his sister in law, the Irish part of his family, the reminisence of his grandfather. The only downside was how Liam’s mom didn’t play a part in this which wasn’t quite explained. There could have been phonecalls and the like.

As for the characters, I liked both Liam and Daisy. Daisy with all her plans. Liam with all his charm. Both hiding away the hurt of their childhood that has affected them into adult life. I thought they both worked great together too. They balance each other out.

As much as I liked this book it certainly wasn’t perfect. I thought the romance banked too much on a history between Daisy and Liam that we hadn’t seen. And after 10 years people do change and you have to get to know each other again. I thought there could have been more done with that. Also Liam being a womanizer for his job 10 months ago but not liking it,was a bit too much painting him in a perfect light for my taste. And there were a few more bits like these.

All in all though I did really enjoy reading this book and flew through it. It was just what I needed.

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