Book Review: The Dating Plan

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review!


Summary

(From Goodreads)

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.


Thoughts

This book was ridiculously over the top, but also really fun to read at the same time. I think the characters were a little bit immature, and a little extra also. Was it really a big issue? Not really, but it did prevent me from fully connecting with them. I did really appreciate Daisy and Liam together though – this book has totally made me a fan of the rekindled love/lost love trope.

I love how opposite they are too. Liam is such a badass god, and Daisy is the “nerdy chic” kind of person, who works with numbers for a living. Basically, she’s smart! And has a very detailed plan on every aspect of her life. These two are quirky in their own ways, and I think it works well in this book.

The plot itself was a whirlwind of old heartbreaks, disastrous presentations, workplace drama, and famly antics (from both Daisy and Liam’s extended family). The secondary characters along kept this book lighthearted and fun. There are some darker themes explored, and I think those parts balanced out nicely with the comedy.

In the end, I read this book for a fun, in-between before a darker book, and it served its purpose – it was a great mood booster! Despite my feelings towards the characters, I think a fun quick read is what we all need once in a while, and this book fits the bill.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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