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Book Review: “The Marriage Game” by Sara Desai

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Thank you @berkleypub for my gifted copy of “The Marriage Game” by Sara Desai! (pub date 6/9)

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 & 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, & a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to disrupt his carefully ordered life.

As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm & sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam & Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.


A Marriage Game” is a perfectly paced & pretty hilarious rom-com, with fun, witty banter, particularly between Sam & Layla. This is an ideal beachy/poolside read & is a refreshingly feel-good, hopeful, sexy, & culturally atmospheric novel. And I LOVE the cover & all the pastel colors! I really enjoyed this book & definitely look forward to reading more from Desai!

This book releases this coming Tuesday, June 9th. Be sure to look for it at a local or online indie bookseller first! They need our sales now more than ever! Click HERE to use BookStoreLink & find this book & any others at an independent bookstore.

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Here’s what others are saying about “The Marriage Game“:

“[An] enticing debut.”—SheReads

The Marriage Game is the most delicious read! From the humor, to the heartwarming family bonds, to the off the charts chemistry, it’s impossible for me to love this book anymore. I can’t wait for more from Sara Desai!”—Alexa Martin, author of Intercepted

“I fell hard for The Marriage Game from the moment I read Layla and Sam’s dynamite meet-cute. It’s a hilarious, heartfelt, and steamy enemies-to-lovers romance.”—Sarah Smith, author of Faker

“Desai’s delightful debut is a playful take on enemies-to-lovers and arranged marriage tropes starring two headstrong Desi-American protagonists. Rom-com fans should take note of this fresh, fun offering.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This witty and delightful story about family, forgiveness, and letting go is utterly satisfying. Desai’s first book will be a hit with fans of Sonya Lalli’s The Matchmaker’s List.”Library Journal


Sara Desai has been a lawyer, radio DJ, marathon runner, historian, bouncer and librarian. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, kids and an assortment of forest creatures who think they are pets. Sara writes sexy romantic comedy and contemporary romance with a multicultural twist. When not laughing at her own jokes, Sara can be found eating nachos. Visit Sara at www.saradesai.com.

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