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The marriage game af Sara Desai

The marriage game (udgave 2020)

af Sara Desai

Serier: Patel Family (1)

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Titel:The marriage game
Forfattere:Sara Desai
Info:New York : Jove, 2020.
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The Marriage Game af Sara Desai


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Viser 5 af 5
I’m hedging between a 2 and a 2.5.

There were times it was fun but from the beginning, it just wasn’t what I expected. However, I also can’t specifically articulate why I didn’t like it. I skim read parts of it because I was bored and but wanted to finish because I don’t like DNFng desi romances. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
2.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Layla Patel is going home to San Francisco after walking in on her social media reality star boyfriend in bed with two women and her throwing his stuff out of their apartment is recorded and goes viral. Home to her family's Spice Mill Restaurant where her mother's tough love and father's hugs will help her get her life back on track. She's planning on using the office above her parent's restaurant to start her own business but when her father has a heart-attack and the previous tenant her dad had rented to doesn't get the news that Layla will now be using the office, she's forced to share with a man that annoys and attracts her.
Sam Mehta is all work and taking care of his sister after an incident leaves his sister Nisha in a wheelchair and him blaming himself. He knows legally the office is his but there's something about Layla that brings out his protective side and other emotions.
It's an opposites attract and a marriage game.

Relationships were for men who could protect the people they loved. Not one so focused on his career that he hadn’t seen the danger until it was too late.

The Marriage Game was a story that started off rom-com, light, and funny but unfortunately, never provided the depth I was looking for. Layla has a big loving family and while there were a lot of characters thrown at me in the beginning, I thought the author did a good job introducing them and giving them enough of an initial spark that I could separate them from each other. The problem I started to have though, was that towards the middle and end, the more important secondary characters were never given any depth. Layla has a loving relationship with her father but after their first scene, he disappears for the vast majority of the book. He comes back in towards the end and the scenes he was in made me wish we had seen him even more because of the emotion he brought. I felt the same way about Sam's sister Nisha, she's the catalyst for Sam's personality and we hardly get any scenes with her and Sam, it was such a wasted opportunity to provide the story with depth and emotion.

Layla laughed, a real belly laugh that ended in a snort. It was the best sound in the world. Why did it have to come from the woman who irritated him the most?

Layla and Sam were the sparking opposites attract I like in these flirty and snappy contemporary romances, she's a bit wild to his straitlaced. Layla is trying to start her own company that helps people who have recently been fired find new jobs and Sam's a corporate downsizer. When a man shows up claiming that he has an interview with Layla, she learns that her father put her on a online dating site and set-up ten meetings with potential future husbands. Sam felt like he wasn't there to protect his sister from her abusive husband, so he decides to be the chaperone for Layla during these interviews and if she finds a husband then he gets the office, hence the marriage game. Sam's whole need to have this office has to do with the location and him trying to land a contract with a hospital that will give him access to his sister's ex-husband work record and some security videos, that he hopes will help prove his sister's account of how her accident happened that left her in a wheelchair. It's a plot that is a bit loose but the sparking between Layla and Sam saved it for me in the first half.

His eyes darkened, smoldered. Electricity sparked between them. She had a curious urge to lean up and kiss him. It made no sense. This was Sam. The man she loved to hate.

Around fifty percent, Layla and Sam snap and they have a pretty hot stripping clothes off in an elevator sex scene. However, after that, I felt like the story started to go downhill for me. If you're a major movie buff, you might enjoy the numerous Bollywood and Hollywood movie mentions, I found them cute in the beginning but excessive in the second half. The same with Layla's potential husbands, at first the meetings with men who were a bit hokey, gave a little comic relief but the second half had them going on longer and their one-dimensional personalities became over-the-top in the worst ways. The same with Sam's friend Evan and his business partner Royce, their cardboard cut-out weak villainy made Sam seem even more ineffectual and added to the weaker second half. What I did enjoy was Layla's cousin Daisy, her personality brightened up the pages and her friendship and talks with Layla were some of the most natural and enjoyable scenes.

Seeing him vulnerable, even for a moment, made her wonder what hidden depths lay beneath that prickly shell.

I thought Sam's decision to turn his back on his family, besides Nisha, and culture should have been discussed more and at the end when he visited his family home should have given us a fuller and longer scene, I was also taken aback by how abrupt the ending cut us off. I noticed this a debut and I think that might have played a part in some of the immature writing, lack of depth, jerky transitions, and overall story cracks that widened in the second half. The flirty and snappiness between Layla and Sam in the beginning though, will have me checking out future books by this author to see the growth in writing as there was definite promise here. ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | May 26, 2021 |
A witty, romantic comedy, with heart!

An enjoyable read, with food once more framing the background.
After her relationship falls apart Layla Patel, a recruitment consultant, finds refuge above the family Indian restaurant, using the premises as an office for a new startup.
Unfortunately her father forgot to tell her that:
a) he'd rented the premises to Sam Mehta whose business is the complete opposite to Layla's. He assists companies to downsize. Code for firing employees.
b) he'd posted online, "the marriage résumé of [his] beloved daughter, Layla Patel, age twenty-six, who is in immediate need of a husband."
These two factors add an intriguing level of interplay, both dramatic and comic to Layla and Sam's interactions.
Of course there's a bunch of aunts and other relations that add energy to the story.
That online resume enables some spectacular points of interest to the storyline.
Beyond Sam's reasons for setting up business above the restaurant is a more compelling argument to do with his sister. The location, the business he's in, all are factors driving him towards that ultimate goal.
There are some really hilarious moments that had me chuckling. Others are more heartfelt.
A great addition to the multicultural "enemies become lovers" romantic comedy trope.

A Berkley Group ARC via NetGalley
(Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.) ( )
  eyes.2c | Jun 7, 2020 |
What can I say about this novel? I adored it! It was a crazy, poignant, funny, sexy, fantastic look into a South Asian (Indian) family and its dating and marriage ideas. This book tells the tale of Layla Patel and her downward spiral in life: she needs to come home again, let her father find her a husband, and find herself. Layla has a beautiful family and friends, and various happenings in this book prove it.

Sam Mehta needs revenge, and he will do it in any way possible. He also just happens to rent the same space for an office that Laylas' father has given her. He happens to be a very sexy, age-appropriate Indian in a committed relationship. Sort of. He can't seem to keep his mind off of Layla, though, and Layla can't keep her mind off of him.

Hilarity ensues as well as a myriad of misunderstandings, and apologies abound.

This book was quite sexy but not too far into ultra-gross descriptions you may not want to know anything of, and those sections are easily skipped -although you may lose a little of the flavor, humor, and tempo if you do.

I will be recommending this book highly.

*ARC supplied by the publisher. ( )
  Cats57 | May 29, 2020 |
My interest in the B-plot drove me to finish the book, and I actually really like the Happily Ever After! The entire wrap up was super charming, and I loved the familial involvement.

Unfortunately, for most of the book, the banter between the protagonists was generally about the men Layla was meant to be dating and took place right in front of the men who were being eviscerated. For some reason these men never reacted despite the insults flying from the woman they had arranged to date and from her escort (who wasn't even family). If the insults were whispered, they weren't reacting to the two people clearly talking about them, and if the insults were being texted, the medium sure didn't come up in the novel. I almost quit, more than once, & I‘m not sure if I‘d recommend the book despite the good ending. ( )
  akaGingerK | Mar 19, 2020 |
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