The Dating Plan by Sara Desai – A Cute and Fun Read (Review)

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai Review

Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Dating Plan is a cute and fun read, that’s perfect if you’re in a slump.

// Content Warning: Child Abuse (Mention), Abusive Relationship (Mention), Mature Content //

Release Date: 3/16/2021
Publisher: Berkley
Page Count: 352

The Dating Plan follows Daisy, a software engineer desperate to stop her matchmaking relatives, and Liam, whose inheritance depends on him getting married. As a solution to both of their problems, they agree to a marriage of convenience, but as they spend more time together, they start to fall for each other.


This book is classic fake dating (or fake engagement, I should say) at it’s finest. Plus some extra angst from their past, of course. It’s addictive, with plenty of dramatic and adorable moments. There’s definitely a lot of cheesy stuff here, but that’s what makes it so fun (even if there were some parts where I struggled to suspend my disbelief).


Not only does the plot make this easy to read, but the writing as well. It’s lighthearted and has some humor, allowing for you to easily get into the book. Not to mention- this book has some great banter.


I really enjoyed the dynamic between our main characters. Daisy and Liam are both interesting, complex characters with history together and their own issues to overcome. I loved watching them develop, and their interactions were always entertaining. We also have a great cast of side characters, one couple you might be familiar with if you’ve read Desai’s other book, The Marriage Game. I actually haven’t read that book yet but after finishing this one, I really want to pick it up!

Pros- Addictive, interesting characters, fun
Cons- Not that memorable
Overall- 4/5 stars.
The Dating Plan was just what I needed: a cute, lighthearted romance with fun characters.

If You Liked The Dating Plan, I’d Recommend:

What’s your favorite book with fake dating?

- cait

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