Review – The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title The Marriage Game

Author Sara Desai

Description from Amazon

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.

Release Date June 9, 2020

Initial Thoughts

I was really excited to read this book. I love enemies to lovers and being of Indian descent myself, I totally loved the setting above an Indian restaurant. This book sounded like it was going to be hilarious.

Some Things I Liked

  • Layla’s father. He was such a treasure. I wished we could have seen more of him during the actual story but I loved all the memories that Layla shared of her family and how she admired him so much.
  • Layla as a modern Indian-American woman. I loved this. She wasn’t traditional, she didn’t really cook or clean, and, most importantly, she wanted to be more than someone’s wife. I loved her as a character and I really connected with those ideas.
  • Laugh out loud funny. This book was hilarious. Not to brag, but I was totally right. I knew it would be funny and it totally was. I loved it.

Series Value

Layla and Sam’s story feels complete but I’d like to see a spin-off about Daisy. I feel like there is a lot more to her story and I’d like to read it.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this story. The banter and comedy were perfect and I really connected with the characters. Some elements were a bit sad but I liked that this story had a spectrum of emotions. Overall, a solid five stars.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca – if you like enemies to lovers and down-to-earth quirky characters, try this series by Jen DeLuca. The second book is coming out in September.
  • The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – if you’re looking for an audio recommendation, look no further. Also, this one is holiday themed but who doesn’t love a good holiday book? Anyway, if you like that enemies to lovers vibe, try this one on Audible, it’s phenomenal and hilarious.
  • The Move by Whitney Dineen – if you liked the “starting over in a new town” vibes that The Marriage Game had, try this book by Whitney Dineen. There are three books so far in this series, but this book (the second), would be the closest.

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