“A beautifully told rom-com that’s full of laughs, heart, and scorching sexual tension.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The Singles Table, the diverse swoon-worthy romantic comedy from Sara Desai, is now available!
I received this book for free from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Singles Table by Sara Desai
Series: Marriage Game #3
Published by Berkley on November 16, 2021
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy
Source: Social Butterfly PR
Opposites attract in this romantic comedy about a free-spirited lawyer who is determined to find the perfect match for the grumpy bachelor at her friend’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 romance through the wedding season. She’s never faced a guest at the singles table she couldn’t match, until she crosses paths with the sinfully sexy Jay Donovan.
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.
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“So what kind of woman are you looking for? Let me guess. Professional. Sophisticated. Classy. Intelligent. Basically, Lucia but younger, or do you like a little Mrs. Robinson between the sheets?” She took another bite of her hot dog. Was there any better food?
“My relationship with Lucia is strictly professional,” Jay said. “But yes, I’d be interested in someone similar.”
“So, you want a mini-me,” she teased. “I mean a mini-you. Not me. Obviously. Lucia is pretty much the opposite of me, which is another reason I knew that job wouldn’t work out.”
“You have ketchup on your cheek.” He took a napkin and gently dabbed it at the corner of her mouth.
Desire flooded her veins followed by a wave of desolation. She could easily fall for a man like Jay. Smart, handsome, ambitious, successful, and yet she sensed a longing in him, a secret Jay waiting to be free.
“Is it gone?” Her voice came out in a whisper.
He leaned in and studied her with a serious intensity that took her breath away. He was so close she could see the gentle dip in his chin, the dark stubble of his five-o’clock shadow even though it couldn’t be much past four o’clock. His lips were firm and soft, his mouth the perfect size for kissing. She drew in his scent: pine and mountains and the rich, earthy scent of the soil she’d turned in the garden when her family was whole and she never had to wonder whose house she was in when she woke up in the morning.
But this wasn’t the time to be thinking about being held in Jay’s strong arms or what it would be like to kiss him, or how just being near him calmed all the wayward thoughts in her head. She was supposed to be concentrating on finding him a match and where she should get autographed when he made the promised celebrity introduction.
“We should go.” She jumped up so abruptly her half-eaten hot dog fell to the grass. “I have to get back to the office, and I don’t want to exceed your two-hour-and-forty-five-minute time limit.”
Jay picked up the hot dog and carried it to the nearest bin. “When do you want to meet again?”
His question sent a curious thrill rocketing through her veins. She hadn’t put him off with her rambling, or her quest for the perfect hot dog, or even the uncomfortable questions she’d asked as they lounged in the sun. She couldn’t have been more excited if he’d asked her on second date. Except he wasn’t really interested in her that way, and she needed to keep that in mind. The last thing she wanted was to get into a Cyrano situation where she would be forced to help someone else win the heart of the man she loved. She made a mental note to rewatch the 1973 Broadway version of the play with its soaring ballads and rousing word- and swordplay as a reminder of the heartbreak that could result.
She pulled out her phone and pretended to study the screen to stop herself from saying something stupid like how about tonight? “Hmmm. I have a big settlement meeting on Friday so the rest of my week is shot. I’ll have to let you know.”
If he noticed her cool dismissal, he didn’t react. Instead, he said the one thing that would ensure she wouldn’t be able to sleep until she saw him again. “I’ll be waiting.”
Okay, so I’ve had a copy of the second book in this series, The Dating Plan, sitting on my TBR shelf since I bought it when it first came out. I haven’t read the first book, but now I know I HAVE to go back and read both of them because I adored this one! It was so cute, and so fun, and so sweet! And definitely sexy as well!
There were so many parts from the very beginning that had me laughing out loud. I loved how just out there Zora was. How she didn’t hold anything back, and just talked, sometimes maybe more than she needed to, or should. And her clumsiness was perfect! But she was also so sarcastic that I could totally see myself hanging out with her! So there was a lot about her that I related to. Like the part about always being a bridesmaid, never the bride. Although I rarely got to even be a bridesmaid. But that’s a whole other issue for me, lol. And then she had a line about not knowing how to be loved in a romantic way. I definitely don’t think I know how to do that either. I’ve never really been in love, so I completely felt that line! Oh yeah, and the bouquet toss! I adore weddings, love the dancing, the food, the CAKE! But the bouquet toss, I hate being a single woman. In fact if I can, when I know it is coming up, I head to the restroom so people don’t bug me about going to try to catch the bouquet, or sometimes even drag me up there.
And then there was Jay. I definitely fell in love with him. I like how he felt his connection to Zara and realized he probably wanted more, even as she pushed him away, and at times he let her. I totally understood his reasoning though, especially with what his mom had been through. His dirty talk and innuendos were perfect as well. He would be my type of guy for sure!
I’m really enjoying all the books that are available now with lots of different cultures. I’ve never been to an Indian wedding, but I really would love to get to experience all of that. I’ve also never watched a Bollywood movie, but now I kind of want to. And I almost, probably still will, downloaded the song that Zara played to try to teach Jay to dance. Also, a pink and orange wedding sounds divine to me as those are my favorite colors!
I adored this book and hope to fit the other two into my reading schedule as soon as possible!
About the Author:
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.
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