Marriage Game, Book 3

From the publisher:

Opposites attract in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about a free-spirited lawyer who is determined to find the perfect match for the grumpy bachelor at her cousin’s wedding.

After a devastating break-up, celebrity-obsessed lawyer Zara Patel is determined never to open her heart again. She puts her energy into building her career and helping her friends find their happily-ever-afters. She’s never faced a guest at the singles table she couldn’t match, until she crosses paths with the sinfully sexy Jay Dayal.

Former military security specialist Jay has no time for love. His life is about working hard, staying focused, and winning at all costs. When charismatic Zara crashes into his life, he’s thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of chaos he wants to avoid. Worse, they’re stuck together for the entire wedding season.

So they make a deal. She’ll find his special someone if he introduces her to his celebrity clients. But when their arrangement brings them together in ways they never expected, they realize that the perfect match might just be their own.

This is one of my favorite series, and I’m happy to say this latest entry is another terrific read, both funny and heartwarming. Zara and Jay meet at the pre-wedding paintball party of a couple that Zara had matched up. She may suck at dating, but she’s great at matchmaking, giving the old aunties some competition. For Jay and Zara, it’s pretty much hate at first sight though. He’s so competitive he takes paintball seriously, and while Zara is equally competitive, she thinks outside the box and manages to win while simultaneously pissing off Jay. So of course they are seated together at the singles table at the wedding.

Zara is trying to become an entertainment lawyer, but isn’t having a lot of luck. She likes her job, and she likes the people she works with, but they are a small firm so if she can get some big name celebrity clients, she would be happy and so would her bosses. Turns out Jay owns a high profile security firm, and has contacts with a lot of celebrities. A deal is struck: he will introduce her to some big names, and she will find him a girlfriend.

Every girl she introduces him to doesn’t quite measure up. Much to his surprise, it turns out he’s using Zara as his yardstick, which he cannot understand. She is everything that he doesn’t want; loud, wild, pretty much out of control, but she also conveys happiness upon everyone she meets, and for some reason, that is appealing to Jay.

Zara thinks he has a stick so far up his butt it will never see daylight, but as they spend time together at weddings and other events, she starts to warm up to him. Especially when he introduces her to Lin Manuel Miranda. His protectiveness appeals to her as well, and they both slowly realize they are meant to be.

I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions, and the secondary characters, especially the matchmaking aunties, add to the fun. These books do not need to be read in order, I think they each stand alone. Read my reviews of the first two books in the series.

12/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

THE SINGLES TABLE by Sara Desai. Berkley (November 16, 2021). ISBN: 978-0593100608. 336 pages.







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