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  • Written by: Sara Desai
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 3.3 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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The Dating Plan

Written by: Sara Desai
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
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Publisher's Summary

A Marie Claire Book Club Pick!

Even with a step-by-step plan, these fake fiancés might accidentally fall for each other in this hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedy from the author of The Marriage Game.

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 fiancé.

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.

©2021 Sara Desai (P)2021 Penguin Audio
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  • Categories: Romance

What the critics say

A LibraryReads pick!

One of:

Buzzfeed's Best Romances of 2021

SheReads’ Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2021

GoodReads Hottest 2021 Romances

Marie Claires Best New Romance Novels of 2021 (So Far)

PopSugar’s Best New Romance Books of March 2021

HelloGiggles’ Best New Books to Read in March

"Outrageously funny, meltingly hot and tender, and wrapped up in heartwarming community, this book will warm you in the best ways. Daisy and Liam are just the kind of sexy joyful magic we need in the world right now." (Sonali Dev, author of Recipe for Persuasion)

"Geek-chic Daisy makes an endearing heroine, and the dysfunctional Murphy family provides believable tension. Desai’s fans will be thrilled to reconnect with the eccentric Patels and new readers will be hooked. This is a gem." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"A smart, sexy read. If you haven't done so already, prepare to mark Sara Desai as your new fave author!" (Sajni Patel, author of The Trouble with Hating You)

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High School Crushes, Family Drama and a Steamy Romance

The story opens with drama and I love it! Imagine running into the ladies room only to find your ex with your former boss hooking up behind one of the bathroom stalls. Then the pad machine malfunctions and starts making noise, spitting out pads. So you grab the pads and run out as your former boss asks if someone is there. Then you come out of the rest room, only to find your match making auntie “in the neighbourhood” and wants you to meet a potential husband. Then you nearly fall and the man of your dreams, (who also broke your heart ten years back) breaks your fall! This is how chapter 1 opens! The book starts right away with humour and a fast paced, but realistic storyline.

I am so infatuated with love stories that involve people having a friendship or knowing each other from grade school. There is so much history and understanding between the main character Daisy Patel and her high school crush Liam Murphy, who is also her brother Sanjay’s old best friend. Although a story like this is unlikely to ever happen in real life, many of the events that took place in the beginning were surprisingly realistic (for me anyways). I like that Daisy and Liam get to know each other again and open up about things from the past, contributing to their commitment issues.

My critiques:

- The last four hours dragged on a little too long for me, especially for a predictable ending.
- Sanjay’s voice sounded too similar to Liam’s voice. The narrator, however, did well with the female voices.
- It got a little too sappy for me at the end.
- Some of the things that stayed silent/ secret for a span of 10 years was a little unrealistic.

Other things I loved:
- Interracial relationship (Daisy is Indian and Liam is Irish).
- Themes of family, food and culture.
- Steamy romance scenes.
- References characters from the previous book: The Marriage Game. I am interested in reading this book now.

This could totally be a Netflix series or a movie.

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Too bad the fire left before the end

I liked this book but it just ran out of steam. The beginning of the story was very good. Loved Daisy and her quirky family. I loved how she was weird and nerdy and wonderful. Her Marvel loving ways were awesome too. It was fun to see her life when compared to Liam’s. The Dating Plan they were trying to fake was a fun storyline and helped them grow in their relationship together. But when the eventual conflict occurs and they part ways, there was just too much going on and I lost interest in them as a couple anymore. I really think I need to stop listening to books on audio because I’m not loving the stories I’ve heard so far. This narrator is good and I chuckled at times. But again, I just lost interest. Just too many loose ends to be summed up and least of which was the HEA.

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