The Singles Table

Berkley. (Marriage, Bk. 3). Nov. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780593100608. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Jay Dayal is a stern ex-military workaholic with his own security firm, while Zara Patel is an entertainment lawyer and a whirlwind of chaos. When they meet at a bachelor/bachelorette paintball game, Jay is fascinated by Zara, despite the fact that she shot him in the behind with her paintball gun—or maybe because of it. Zara can feel the chemistry too, but she has sworn off relationships, so instead of acting on the attraction, she makes Jay a deal: she’ll find him a match and he’ll introduce her to potential celebrity clients. Their deal requires spending time together, getting to know one another, and fighting an attraction that keeps growing stronger. This well-written, fast-paced romantic comedy is filled with likable characters who have relatable emotional hang-ups and relationship issues. Slapstick scenes, banter-filled dialogue, and quirky secondary characters—in particular a trio of meddlesome matchmaking aunties—add plenty of hilarity.
VERDICT This third novel in Desai’s “Marriage” series (after The Dating Plan) can be read as a standalone. Recommended for all public library collections.
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