Title: The Marriage Game
Author: Sara Desai
Synopses: A high stakes wager pits an aspiring entrepreneur against a ruthless CEO in this sexy romantic comedy.
After her life falls apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. He would do anything to see her smile again. With the best intentions in mind, he offers her the office upstairs to start her new business and creates a profile on an online dating site to find her a man. She doesn’t know he’s arranged a series of blind dates until the first one comes knocking on her door…
As CEO of a corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. But when communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy family, and a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to disrupt his carefully ordered life.
As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.
Publication Date: June 9th, 2020
Format: Digital Advance Reader Copy provided through NetGalley
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I ended up really enjoying this book despite my initial hesitation in the first few chapters. Desai does a wonderful job weaving an engrossing tale full of unique characters. Layla and Sam are very relatable characters that readers can easily connect with.
We’ve all hit rock bottom in one way or another; or have felt like we’ve failed our friends or families. Seeing Layla and Sam deal with very real issues like loosing a job, being stuck in a job you hate, or even just navigating family dynamics and emergencies, not only makes them relatable to Desai’s readers but also creates events and experiences readers can connect with as well.
I also really enjoyed how Desai balanced Layla’s family dynamics and expectations with her desire to be independent and do things her own way. It was a nice balance that showed just how important family is to Layla, while also letting her stay true to her independent nature. I feel like often books have one or the other, or if both exist the book is often about finding that balance. So it was nice to see it established here already and for it not to be a plot point.
My initial hesitation with this book was some of the language Sam used to talk about Layla when they first met. It just rubbed me the wrong way. It wasn’t anything mean or anything like that, It was just a little too, crude, for me. But I’m really glad I pushed past it and continued reading. I really did enjoy this book and I’m looking forward to reading Desai’s next book!