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The Dating Plan

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  7,545 ratings  ·  1,278 reviews
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 lear
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Berkley Books
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Suzanne They do take place in the same universe but I actually read this book first and didn’t have a problem. The characters from Marriage Game do make appea…moreThey do take place in the same universe but I actually read this book first and didn’t have a problem. The characters from Marriage Game do make appearances so I plan on going back and reading that one. (less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We need more feel good, laugh out loud, warming your heart books like this! We need thousands of them! Because dear Sara Desai knows how to create amazing, quirky, adorable, smart, sassy and sexy characters, and absolutely knows how to write pant melting, steamy, hot as hell love scenes!

She has great sense of humor! Your stomach hurts after laughing too much! You fall in love with those crowded, loyal, deeply connected, genuine Indian relatives!

I loved Marriage Game a lot but I have to confess
This was super cute and it was the perfect way to kick off the new year. This book has a lot to love: fake fiancé’s, fake marriage, and our main character Daisy is a software engineer (we all love to read about women with badass jobs am I right?😍)

These characters are adorable, they have great chemistry, they have very well-fleshed out families and pasts, and I loved how much fun the fake fiancé thing was. I love that Daisy is really good at math and numbers and she’s obsessed with the Avengers.
Julie Wawers
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Warning- this is about as harsh of a book review as I give.

I picked this book for my Book of the Month because it seemed right up my alley. I tend to love a romance where the characters have a backstory, and I like a non traditional female main character. However, I did not like this. It was entirely too cheesy. The main character, Daisy, was far too quirky. Like over the top-constantly wears Marvel underwear- quirky. And there was not enough relationship development between Liam and Daisy becau
Larry H
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I can’t seem to get enough of these sweet, sexy, emotional rom-coms! Add Sara Desai's new book, The Dating Plan to the list!

Ten years ago, Liam broke Daisy’s heart when he stood her up at the senior prom. He was her older brother’s best friend and a total rebel; she was the science geek with a major crush on him. She was ready to show him that she was more than just a lovestruck teenager, but when he didn’t show up for prom he disappeared from all of their lives.

Needless to say she’s utterly
Cait (Caitsbooks)
Thank you so much to Berkley and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This book was just pure fun. It's a light and easy read, great if you're in a reading slump or struggling to find the motivation to finish a book. I loved our two main characters and their relationship, and I really adored all the side characters we meet as well. The plot is addictive, while definitely getting a little cheesy at times, but that's why I read romance. In the end, I really enjoyed this
Lily Herman
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hey, you!


Yes, you!


Yes, come over here!

*flails arms wildly*


I thoroughly enjoyed Desai's debut The Marriage Game earlier this year and couldn't wait to read Daisy's story. If you're someone who loves your rom-com hijinks high-key, your protagonists full of tension (and steam), and your side characters fun and lil bit outrageous, you're in for a treat with Th
Katie (katieladyreads)
PLEASE DEAR GOD, can we stop making girls ‘quirky’ just because they don’t wear the latest fashion? I have never met anyone that wears ‘patterned tights, colored sunglasses, and a hat’ but okay. It just screams ‘I’m nOt liKe OtHer GiRlz” and I’ve over it. Let a character have a unique sense of style and be nerdy without making it an overly done cliché. Okay now that I have that off my chest, this was a cute, modern romance. I really appreciated the authenticity surrounding Daisy’s ethnicity. I n ...more
Melanie Pulsipher
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was...disappointing. The premise is one that I was excited for but sadly I felt myself wishing for SOME kind of conflict to drive the story. It was literally what the title of the book is. A series of dates with a set of characters who already like each other but refuse to really do anything about it over small and insignificant reasons (and utterly fail at keeping their fake engagement a secret, almost everyone knew it was fake because they TOLD THEM).

The main pair were already into each o
Jul 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
this cover and this blurb!!! fake relationship with a childhood crush!!! i can't wait for more of the patels <3 ...more
Feb 06, 2021 marked it as dnf
DNF at 30%

Unfortunately I just don't think this book is going to work for me, mostly because I find the hero incredibly irritating and don't like him. I typically love fake dating/marriage of convenience tropes, I like the heroine who is a smart software engineer. But this is a romance, and unfortunately the hero is kind of a jerk but I think we're supposed to find it cute. He talks down on the nerdy things the heroine likes to do in the name of "banter" but really just comes across as him being
Jul 28, 2020 marked it as high-priority-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
↣ digital copy received via the publicist ↢

July 28, 2020: When I see a pink-haired Indian heroine, I'm already sure I'll love her and now that I know I'll love her, I'm very much interested in this fake dating + enemies to lovers story OMG.
Ashley Lauren
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
1.5. Seriously.

I just.... there was truly almost nothing that I liked about this book. I started skimming it about 40 pages in, determined to finish. Decided my time was too valuable, put it down, then convinced myself it had to get better so I choked through until the last 3/4... and just gave up.

So - what was so bad? I mean, I love romance novels. Rom-com, the fake relationship trope - guys, I'm pretty forgiving at the end of the day when it comes to my favorite genre. But this... I think it
Jan 10, 2021 marked it as books-on-my-shelf-i-have-not-read  ·  review of another edition
This is my January 2021 Book of the Month pick.
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️

This was a very light, very fun read to transition me out of my last read, which was HEAVY. So I felt like it did its job. I enjoyed the banter between Liam & Daisy; it didn’t feel like it was forced or cringey. I actually found myself smiling with how it was delivered. BUT, there were some instances where it felt like it was trying to lean towards “insta-love” while also trying to build up tension between them?

IDK, there were some 180 turns in their feelings towards each other which kind
the best fake dating book i've read so far. it was so fucking good. ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: botm
this book exists in an alternate universe where hockey games are played in halves
John W
Jan 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2021-read

There are no halftimes in hockey.
When I read The Marriage Game I really really liked it, which is why I was so excited for this one. TMG was so funny and i loved sam so much. however, The Dating Plan was a miss for me. I feel like I couldn't really connect with Daisy or Liam, and it felt off. maybe it was just that I read it during a slump, but I was disappointed. There was a lot going on at one time and by the end I felt like there were certain unresolved plot lines/ things that could have been expanded on but were missed. How ...more
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Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
~ 3.5 STARS ~
note: the book cover gives me calligraphy vibes, hence the subsequent decorative font.

the plot:
this book tells the story of Daisy (h) and Liam (H) as they agree on a mutually beneficial arrangement; a fake marriage that will sanguinely fix their respective situations. it follows them as they come up with 'the dating plan' which entails planned dates and designed appearances together to make their fake engagement appear legitimate to overbearing, albeit loving family members, a d
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would’ve been better if it was gay.

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So this was good. It was lighthearted and fun and cute and all that, but it was at the same time just...meh. I do think it was done well for a romcom, but to be honest, I’ve grown tired of reading the same plot and the same romance over and over and over again. We needed something new, and this is not it.

The plot: 2/5⭐️
You might be looking at my rating for the plot and a wondering if it was really that bad. And my answer t
Alice &#x1f319;
3.75/5 ⭐
Hhhmm I've always loved the fake dating trope, and this waS was even better because the MC was a total nerd and worked for a company that sold women's products.
The romance was good as well, not to sexy, but it wasn't lacking. I enjoyed how it ended.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC review

3.5 Stars

The Dating Plan is a mixture of Fake engagement/dating + second chance romance+ sibling's best friend romance, all rolled into one.

Daisy Patel: She is an Indian Canadian, senior analyst/developer in a women's hygiene company. She has Mommy/abandonment issues. So, she doesn't form any serious bonds or commitments with people in her life, be it her office colleagues or in her romantic relationships. She doesn't want to get married but at a ripe, marriage age, she is hounded by h
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The cute, predictable feel-good read I needed.💕
Hannah B.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
Honestly if you’re on the fence about this one please read this review.


This book was distractingly heavy handed and the author’s tendency to tell and not show was unfortunate. With too many details and not enough action, the pacing, scope, and tension of this book were completely messed up. At 340 pages, finishing it seemed like a Sisyphean task—there was always, regrettably, another chapter.

Crazily enough, I’m just not into software engineering, venture capitalism, odes about motorcycl
Jan 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF @ 28%

I couldn't do this... I'm sorry. It was too cheesy and something I can't put into words but I didn't like. I normally like these books, but I really couldn't continue with it. IM SORRY!! I am in a MAJOR book slump... been on a role with bad reads lately...
Patty (IheartYA311)
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Cute and predictable, but all rom-coms are and it's usually expected. The characters were likable, relatable and developed well. The writing tripped me up a few times; there were many sentences that should have been worded better. I cringed every time "thick finger" was used and will be happy if I never hear it again. Some scenes and dialogue were long winded, and the conclusion felt dragged out. I was teetering between a 3 and 4 star rating for most of the book, and decided on a solid 3 at the ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Unputdownable. I read this book in less than 24 hours and I want more!

THE DATING PLAN was everything I love about romance novels thrown into one book. Pretend relationship? Check. Strong female characters? Check. Second chance romance? Check. Kiiiind of enemies to lovers? Haha Check. Motorcycle driving hot males? Check. A dog? Check. And a fantastic lovable family and secondary character? Check and check. This book had so many components and it all worked and come together beautifully.

Daisy P
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
2.5 stars, rounded up. I did find this likable overall, and it definitely had some great moments (particularly when it was just the main couple - I did enjoy their dynamic)! But I do feel like it could have used a touch more depth when it came to the characters and their individual journeys.
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: aar, arc
Review to follow at AAR.
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