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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 weddin 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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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 weddin 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.

30 review for The Singles Table

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Another magical Sara Desai romance is ready to light up your life, giving you full joy, entertainment, fun, warming your heart, making your entire week! Another exemplary enemies to lovers and sunshine meets the grump troupes make us hooked up with this journey at first sight. Zara Patel, biggest fan of celebrities, working hard to be an entertainment lawyer in her peculiar and unique terms as if she’s casted as a lawyer in Ally McBeal series ( she may rock with her musical abilities), great f Another magical Sara Desai romance is ready to light up your life, giving you full joy, entertainment, fun, warming your heart, making your entire week! Another exemplary enemies to lovers and sunshine meets the grump troupes make us hooked up with this journey at first sight. Zara Patel, biggest fan of celebrities, working hard to be an entertainment lawyer in her peculiar and unique terms as if she’s casted as a lawyer in Ally McBeal series ( she may rock with her musical abilities), great fan of Broadway and Lin-Manuel Miranda( who isn’t:) ), is single and she plans to stay that way but now the wedding season already started and the group of aunties act like jackals which smelled the miserable souls of bachelors , chasing around the entire singles to match for getting more bonus points. Game is on! She attends a wedding of couple( Tarun and Maria) she matched, reserved her permanent place in singles table. But she doesn’t expect to sit with the arrogant, egotistical,sucking the joy out of life like black hole guy ( that’s exactly her words for him) she’s met at their competitive paintball game, at the same table. His name is Jay Donovan, ex military security specialist, owner of his own security company, already pissed the hell of Zara at bachelors paintball game which ended his ass turned into a target! He thinks she’s wild, unruly,loud, totally out of control. But he also realizes she’s full of joy, bringing happiness to all the people around her, energetic, eccentric, one of a kind… As they keep bumping into each other during ceremonies, they finally make a deal. Jay’s mother puts pressure on him to find the one and Zara wants to find more celebrity clients to make her place permanent at her new firm. As Zara finds proper candidates to date with Jay, he’ll invite him to the red carpet events to meet with the celebrities. But what if she doesn’t want to find him the best match. What if she was the best match he truly desires! This was so much entertaining with lots of traditional pre wedding and wedding ceremonies, humorous Aunties, hot and sexy chemistry of Zara and Jay! I enjoyed my reading time so much as I did with the other books. Looking forward to next work of Ms. Desai! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    Entertaining romance about an exceedingly extroverted and free-spirited lawyer and a very guarded, joyless security consultant. Obviously she brings him out of his shell and teaches him to have fun, etc, but more strikingly, she lavishes him with warmth and care, such that he starts working to improve himself (rather than having her do it for him) which is highly satisfactory. Very high octane romcom silliness abounds throughout, all good fun, with a highly entertaining cast of secondaries and a Entertaining romance about an exceedingly extroverted and free-spirited lawyer and a very guarded, joyless security consultant. Obviously she brings him out of his shell and teaches him to have fun, etc, but more strikingly, she lavishes him with warmth and care, such that he starts working to improve himself (rather than having her do it for him) which is highly satisfactory. Very high octane romcom silliness abounds throughout, all good fun, with a highly entertaining cast of secondaries and a lovely bubbly feel. One thing I regret is the third act misunderstanding. It doesn't actually affect the relationship or serve a plot purpose, especially as the hero doesn't immediately leap to the worst possible conclusions about the heroine. Which is refreshing, but invites the question of why bother. But I am exceedingly grumpy about the continued existence of third act misunderstandings in romance, ignore me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    DNF at 33%

  4. 5 out of 5

    zaraa

    the cover and the character with the same name said, it feels ✨personal✨ to me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kari Ann Sweeney

    This multicultural rom-com had me laughing and swooning. She’s a bundle of vibrant energy and he’s a bit of an arrogant grump. But together their chemistry simply sizzles. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion because the shenanigans were infectious. And the secondary cast of meddling Desi aunties boosted the humor and heart. This one was racier than the previous books. (follow up to The Marriage Game and The Dating Game)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    It’s official! I will read ANYTHING Sara Desai releases!! Sometimes you find an author and just connect so much with their writing style. The Singles Table is the third book in The Marriage Game series and let’s just say I’m obsessed with this giant Patel family!! What I loved: 💛Zara. Hilarious, Broadway obsessed, and a bit wild, like a bull in a China shop - she gave me Hazel vibes! (ie: Josh & Hazel) 💛Jay!!! OMG. My second book BF named Jay. Tall, retired Air Force, workaholic ….I love a grumpy It’s official! I will read ANYTHING Sara Desai releases!! Sometimes you find an author and just connect so much with their writing style. The Singles Table is the third book in The Marriage Game series and let’s just say I’m obsessed with this giant Patel family!! What I loved: 💛Zara. Hilarious, Broadway obsessed, and a bit wild, like a bull in a China shop - she gave me Hazel vibes! (ie: Josh & Hazel) 💛Jay!!! OMG. My second book BF named Jay. Tall, retired Air Force, workaholic ….I love a grumpy hero and he got the bill. 💛This book is literally LOL funny! I could not stop laughing at some moments - particularly the art show with the “fruit”….. 💛 Jay’s Mom (and her crazy BF). Zara’s Dad. And the meddling aunties, of course!! 💛Oooo boy the steam in this one!!! 💛Very well handled PTSD and panic. This swoon worthy, laugh out loud,opposites attract romcom will put a huge smile on your face! It’s definitely my favorite of the series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    this was a fun read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    saida

    I have to say Zara, without a doubt is probably my favourite heroine of all time! Such a delightful and sweet read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    This was the perfect book to get me in the mood for wedding season! I found this one to be an even more enjoyable read than the first two in the series, and those were so fun. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this 100% did it justice. The steam was reeeaaalll. Jay and Zara had such good chemistry and banter. I loved reading about their relationship and seeing it change over the course of the book. It was nice to see a character like Zara who had an important and demanding job of This was the perfect book to get me in the mood for wedding season! I found this one to be an even more enjoyable read than the first two in the series, and those were so fun. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this 100% did it justice. The steam was reeeaaalll. Jay and Zara had such good chemistry and banter. I loved reading about their relationship and seeing it change over the course of the book. It was nice to see a character like Zara who had an important and demanding job of being a lawyer still being portrayed as fun-loving and free-spirited. So often characters are written into stereotypical roles and personalities tied to a specific career and this book avoided that completely. This was a quick read, entertaining read and I hope the author plans to continue on with books in this series! Thank you to Netgalley, Berkley and the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    PLEASE tell me this is a grumpy/sunshine pairing

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lana (Bibliomedico)

    It was OK ... Entertaining but Nothing Special !

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    Oh, I did not like this one. I found both protagonists off-putting, especially the woman. I believe the author was going for vivacious, but I found her immature and bordering on insane! I just really did not appreciate the author's humor. I found it excessively broad and kinda stupid. Not even a San Francisco setting was redeeming, as very little was done with it. I'm pretty sure this will be the last time I read this author. Oh, I did not like this one. I found both protagonists off-putting, especially the woman. I believe the author was going for vivacious, but I found her immature and bordering on insane! I just really did not appreciate the author's humor. I found it excessively broad and kinda stupid. Not even a San Francisco setting was redeeming, as very little was done with it. I'm pretty sure this will be the last time I read this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    4.5 stars The Singles Table is laugh out loud funny with kooky, yet believable, characters and situations. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Zara Patel, her family, friends, and co-workers. From their first meeting at a bachelor/bachelorette paint ball party, where the serious former Air Force pilot turned corporate security specialist, Jay and fun-loving Zara clash over their team’s goal—she just wants to have fun while he wants to win at any cost—to the epilogue, I was charmed and entertain 4.5 stars The Singles Table is laugh out loud funny with kooky, yet believable, characters and situations. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Zara Patel, her family, friends, and co-workers. From their first meeting at a bachelor/bachelorette paint ball party, where the serious former Air Force pilot turned corporate security specialist, Jay and fun-loving Zara clash over their team’s goal—she just wants to have fun while he wants to win at any cost—to the epilogue, I was charmed and entertained by them and the colorful cast of supporting characters. It’s wedding season and all single men and women are seated at the Singles Table, so Jay and Zara have plenty of opportunities to see each other at the weddings of mutual friends and family, but neither is very impressed with the other. Jay is very focused on expanding his corporate security business and being a successful businessman, he’s a no-nonsense guy who has no time for fun or romance. Zara, on the other hand is all about living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment. It is very rare that romantic comedies with kooky, kind of over the top heroines, appeal to me, most just aren’t very funny and come off feeling forced. I didn’t think this one would be any different, but I was wrong. There was so much more to Zara than partying and making a spectacle of herself, she wasn’t acting out or seeking attention, but genuinely living her life her way and having a blast, with a touch of avoidance and commitment phobia thrown in. Both Jay and Zara have family issues that have affected their work and personal goals, but in very different ways. The author handles these issues deftly, in ways both poignant and hilarious. The Singles Table is a good time. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Thank you to Berkley Romance for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The first book in the Marriage Game Series is still my favorite but this one featuring a sunshine and grump couple will leave you laughing out loud. Zara is someone I would love to hang out with because she sounds like a hoot and definitely the life of the party. I love the meddling aunties and their schemes. I thought the writing was good and the story draws you in quickly. My reason for not giving it 5 stars Thank you to Berkley Romance for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The first book in the Marriage Game Series is still my favorite but this one featuring a sunshine and grump couple will leave you laughing out loud. Zara is someone I would love to hang out with because she sounds like a hoot and definitely the life of the party. I love the meddling aunties and their schemes. I thought the writing was good and the story draws you in quickly. My reason for not giving it 5 stars was I thought Zara and Jay's love for each other seemed very fickle. One minute he's telling her he loves her but then the next minute he's pushing her away. She also did something similar. It's a pet peeve of mine and I sometimes wish romance novels didn't have to have a big dramatic conflict with a lot of push and pull.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    I finished my first book in 2022 and I'm so glad it was a good one. The Singles Table was a fun and quick romance and Sara Desai had definitely become an auto-buy author for me at this point. I'm already looking forward to her next novel. instagram || my blog || twitter I finished my first book in 2022 and I'm so glad it was a good one. The Singles Table was a fun and quick romance and Sara Desai had definitely become an auto-buy author for me at this point. I'm already looking forward to her next novel. instagram || my blog || twitter

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Everything I said about previous books can apply here. Interesting premise and tropes with meh delivery.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Reads It

    Funny, lighthearted BIPOC story that celebrates individuality and following your passions! What’s a free-spirited gal supposed to do when she falls for a tightly wound ex-marine hunk of a man? In true Desi style, she buries her feelings and vows to find him the perfect match. Sara Desai has a unique and unfiltered style of writing that I absolutely related to. Zara Patel is such a breath of fresh air amongst the husband-obsessed desi girls, marching to the beat of drums of her making. I admired h Funny, lighthearted BIPOC story that celebrates individuality and following your passions! What’s a free-spirited gal supposed to do when she falls for a tightly wound ex-marine hunk of a man? In true Desi style, she buries her feelings and vows to find him the perfect match. Sara Desai has a unique and unfiltered style of writing that I absolutely related to. Zara Patel is such a breath of fresh air amongst the husband-obsessed desi girls, marching to the beat of drums of her making. I admired her tenacity for staying true to herself and taking risks instead of taking the safe way out. "You can't win by doing what everyone else is doing." Her optimism and glass-half-full mentality is the polar opposite to the tightly wound Jay who was brought up in a struggling single-parent home and has vowed to reverse his circumstances through sheer determination and willpower. The Single's Table throws these two commit phobic people together and the result is an extremely entertaining and deeply emotional story about how much better fie can be when you have someone to share it with. I relished the eccentricity and unconventionality of the entire novel. I believe this is the first East Asian-inspired novel that has openly discussed and incorporated divorce within the plotline. I found the conversation between Zara and her father to be most intriguing, as she questions him about their divorce and his feelings for his ex-wife he admits he would do it all again because, "I would get hurt again, but I would have experienced love, and love is worth the pain." The Single's Table doesn't offer fairy tales but rather an honest and realistic outlook on relationships and life. Yes, life is messy and chaotic and sometimes doesn't go as planned, but it can also be exhilarating and fulfilling and absolutely worth it! It celebrates those lucky few among us who have embraced their individuality, who are unapologetically themselves despite the status quo and won't settle for less than they deserve. For me, I truly relate to stories that impart something of value or teach me a lesson that I never knew I needed, and The Single's Table has done that in the simplest of words- life and love are about compromise. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group for the arc.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Sara Desai knows how to write tension, dialogue, steam, relationships of all kinds and food descriptions that ALWAYS have me craving Indian food. The Singles Table was fun and steamy but with heart. I loved Zara, a mess but wait… actually just a normal woman in 2021! She knew herself and she had confidence in who she was and I was so here for that! Sure she’s got issues but you know she’ll get through them, especially if she gives into all those pesky feelings! Jay, straight laced, serious, retir Sara Desai knows how to write tension, dialogue, steam, relationships of all kinds and food descriptions that ALWAYS have me craving Indian food. The Singles Table was fun and steamy but with heart. I loved Zara, a mess but wait… actually just a normal woman in 2021! She knew herself and she had confidence in who she was and I was so here for that! Sure she’s got issues but you know she’ll get through them, especially if she gives into all those pesky feelings! Jay, straight laced, serious, retired Air Force, CEO of a security company seemed to have it all figured out but was actually the one who first recognized that he didn’t. Obviously they are complete opposites on the surface but truly compatible when you get right down to it. And watching them navigate that path was fun! Zara’s support of the harder things in Jay’s life was beautiful and his acceptance of her was equally so! It’s a contemporary romance so you basically know exactly where it’s leading you but the important part is that along the way you get twists and turns with depth and heart. Also fabulous secondary characters who um… should get their own books?! A huge thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for a copy of this gem! Trigger Warnings - car accident (off page), cancer (past), PTSD (nightmares and 1 recount of events), divorce

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (jamie.bookworm)

    3.5 stars rounded up. I had been anxiously awaiting this book and I’m so grateful to Penguin Canada for the gifted finished copy!⁣ ⁣ My favourite romance of last year was The Marriage Game, so every release in this series is always going to be exciting for me! ⁣ ⁣ While this one wasn’t my favourite of the series (TMG will be hard to ever top in my mind) - I enjoyed all of the things that make Sara’s books so great. ⁣ ⁣ This is an opposites attract, grump/sunshine trope and I am always up for that! ⁣ The 3.5 stars rounded up. I had been anxiously awaiting this book and I’m so grateful to Penguin Canada for the gifted finished copy!⁣ ⁣ My favourite romance of last year was The Marriage Game, so every release in this series is always going to be exciting for me! ⁣ ⁣ While this one wasn’t my favourite of the series (TMG will be hard to ever top in my mind) - I enjoyed all of the things that make Sara’s books so great. ⁣ ⁣ This is an opposites attract, grump/sunshine trope and I am always up for that! ⁣ The banter and dialogue between the two mains was so fun. And holy moly this book is 🔥. ⁣ ⁣ I also loved how the author addressed PTSD and I loved the ways that Zara was supportive to Jay through it all. ⁣ ⁣ ⚠️Content warnings - PTSD, car accident, cancer, divorce ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ayushi (bookwormbullet)

    Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Let me be the first to say that Sara Desai literally puts the ‘comedy’ in ‘romantic-comedy.’ The Singles Table was ridiculously funny, over-the-top, and adorable, as expected with all of Sara’s books in this series. (This book is an Adult Romance for 18+ readers btw!) Jay and Zara are truly hate-to-lovers excellence and I loved following their shenanigans. This may be my favorite out of al Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Let me be the first to say that Sara Desai literally puts the ‘comedy’ in ‘romantic-comedy.’ The Singles Table was ridiculously funny, over-the-top, and adorable, as expected with all of Sara’s books in this series. (This book is an Adult Romance for 18+ readers btw!) Jay and Zara are truly hate-to-lovers excellence and I loved following their shenanigans. This may be my favorite out of all three books in the Marriage series, if not tied with The Dating Plan. This book isn’t as connected to The Marriage Game and The Dating Plan as these two books were with each other, so you don’t have to read the first two books to enjoy this one. Nevertheless, I loved all the easter eggs we got from the first two books, like Taara & Mehar Auntie and Faroz LOL. First of all, I LOVE Zara so much. She’s so incredibly funny as a main character in an Adult Romance and I was fully laughing out loud following all the hijinks she was getting into. I love how unapologetically herself she is and how she fully owns her over-the-top personality. After seeing so many South Asian women in western media be portrayed as this “subdued” type, I definitely appreciated her vivacious character (the same goes for Daisy and Layla, too). I also love that Jay fell in love with her because of her personality and didn’t shy away from it at all (as I imagine most brown men would IRL). All the chapters in which he was talking about how she stole his heart because of her personality was so cute. Speaking of Jay, South Asian authors really need to stop writing about brown men named Jay/Jai that keep stealing my heart omg. I loved Jay’s journey with trying to manage his PTSD and how he wasn’t even ashamed of claiming that he had PTSD from serving. Mental health is almost always swept under the rug with South Asian communities, and I really appreciated how honest he was with himself, and ultimately with Zara. I also adored his relationship with his mom!! They have the sweetest relationship and I found it so cute how protective he was of her. I think the only reason I knocked this book off one star is because nothing really happened in this book to be honest? The previous two books had major points of conflict between our main couple but here there weren't really any tangible points of conflict throughout the book. It kind of followed this repetitive pattern of Zara and Jay hanging out with neither of them admitting their feelings, and then Jay realizing he liked Zara and trying to tell her, followed by Zara running away because she’s scared of her feelings and Jay chasing after her trying to convince her that what they have is real. I think I would have appreciated a bigger/more serious conflict during the climax scene as well, because it felt like they ‘fought’ (if you could even call it that) over nothing. Ultimately, I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud South Asian rom-com! I really hope Sara has more books planned in this series. Below is my favorite snippet from the first few chapters of the book in which Zara and Jay first meet. I was truly dying of laughter during these scenes. He glanced over his shoulder. “Maybe you should stop talking.” “Why?” “Because I’m not listening.” Zara waited until he’d walked a good twenty feet away before she shot him in the ass. “What the f—?” He whirled around to face her, his hand gripping the injured area. “I was helping you on your way.” She turned away and walked through the bush, using her weapon to clear a path. “You won’t last five minutes,” he called out. “Watch me.” ... “It’s not about having fun.” He flipped to his front and inched forward, his heavy body crushing the leaves and sticks beneath him. “It’s about winning the game.” “I didn’t realize they were mutually exclusive.” “Now you do.” Zara lifted her weapon and aimed it at the unmarked side of his ass. If anybody deserved a second shot it was him. “I wouldn’t advise it,” he said without turning around. “Your ammo is better served taking out the enemy.” “That’s exactly what I was thinking.” He huffed out an irritated breath and moved forward another few inches. “Follow me. I have a plan.” ... Ah. For a moment there, she thought she’d misjudged him. “How’s the injury?” Her lips quivered at the corners. “I’ve never shot anyone in the ass before. Does it hurt?” His brow lifted. “I don’t feel anything.” “How apropos.” ... Jay’s ass was on fire. Who knew that a direct hit with a paintball pellet on the most padded area of his body could cause so much pain?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna Reads Here

    Release Date: November 16th, 2021 You’ll enjoy: ✓ Opposites attract ✓ Grump x sunshine ✓ Friends with benefits ✓ A delicious Desi romance ✓ Hot hot steam ✓ A vivacious, colourful and loud heroine ✓ A grumpy, sexy former military hero ✓ All of the wedding shenanigans Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 CW/TW: Character with PTSD, divorce and parental abandonment Review: I gotta start by saying that this book delivered way more than I ever thought I would get. While the third in the Marriage series, this is my seco Release Date: November 16th, 2021 You’ll enjoy: ✓ Opposites attract ✓ Grump x sunshine ✓ Friends with benefits ✓ A delicious Desi romance ✓ Hot hot steam ✓ A vivacious, colourful and loud heroine ✓ A grumpy, sexy former military hero ✓ All of the wedding shenanigans Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 CW/TW: Character with PTSD, divorce and parental abandonment Review: I gotta start by saying that this book delivered way more than I ever thought I would get. While the third in the Marriage series, this is my second book by Sara and I am hooked. I can’t wait to read The Dating Plan next and immerse myself in all this wild fun and craziness. One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is that while focusing on Indian characters and the culture, it wasn’t overwhelming and most importantly, it wasn’t cliche. I’m all about Indian characters finding love, but I like it when authors change it up and deliver more than just the usual stuff and Sara’s really good at making that happen. The Singles Table follows Zara Patel and Jay Dayal as they navigate being single during the wedding season when they’re surrounded by matchmaking aunties and parents who only want the best for them, but also when they’re both carrying so much baggage, a relationship sounds like way too much work. I loved these characters so hard. Zara is loud, bright and colourful while Jay is straight lines and sharp suits. They have nothing in common and are too far apart to ever work, and somehow that’s what makes them stick together. Zara also lives her life with abandon even though she pours all of herself into her job as a personal injury lawyer. She doesn’t let anybody bring her down and works her butt off to be the best she can be. Jay lives with routine and having served in the air force and lost his brothers in arms, he’s kept his life straight and uncomplicated because it calms him. And the last thing he needs is Zara coming in and changing that up. Their first interaction goes not so well, but it will make you laugh. Honestly, every single one of their interactions will crack a smile because Zara is so vivacious and full of life and Jay is doing the best he can to keep up with her. After they constantly run into each other and every meeting includes a moment of disaster, they make a deal––Zara will help Jay find the perfect match while he will introduce her to his celebrity clients. As a Hollywood and celebrity addict, the only thing that Zara wants in life is to meet famous people and then in turn make them her clients. And as the CEO of a security company, Jay works with celebrities and other rich folk to keep them safe and protected in every situation. “He could feel when he was with Zara. She had crashed into his life like a hurricane, and after years of feeling numb inside, he wanted to ride out the storm.” Their relationship is a combination of laughter, frustration and swoon. Simply because Jay is so great. He’s the grump that wants to protect Zara even though he’s convinced himself that nothing can happen between them and all he feels for her is frustration. I mean...whatever that trope is called, I’m a sucker for it and that’s exactly what fits Jay. He goes out of his way to make Zara happy even when they’re playing the whole ‘we’ve made a deal’ game. He’s patient and generous with his time, and even though Zara is everything he usually avoids, he can’t help but be enamoured by her in every way. Seriously, the way Jay looks at Zara, I want someone to look at me like that too. This book was also HOT. I don’t think The Marriage Game was this steamy. But I have no complaints. I loved the build and the sexual tension and when things took that turn, I was ready and waiting. And Desai did not disappoint. I should have known that grump, former military, buff bodied Jay Dayal would be an animal in bed and he was. He rocked my world while rocking Zara’s world. I mean… *fans self*. There are a few steamy scenes, but for me, it was also about the tension and the chemistry that really set this book on fire. There’s no real intense conflict, but there’s some angst, there’s a whole lot of denial and there’s lots of swoony and cute moments too. I have to give Zara’s father extra points for being so wildly inappropriate and awesome at the same time. But, all my love goes to Parvati for being the bestest best friend and being so supportive, protective and good to Zara. I really hope she gets a book, because what I saw of her in this made me love her so much. The SIngles Table was the perfect romantic comedy with two wonderfully unique leads and a host of supporting characters that will stick with you for a long time! Thanks to Sara Desai, Berkley Romance, NetGalley and Social Butterfly PR for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review. Read more of my reviews on anna reads here

  22. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Right up there for Zing, Zang and Zany! Hugely entertaining! On the surface a light hearted story but with underlying depths, all wrapped up in Bollywood like hilarity. Indeed I can’t get several momentous moments out of my head (including the steamy bits) The oh so colorful Zara Patel shooting the committed game player and exponent, Jay Dayal, in the rear at her cousin’s bachelor-bachelorette paintball party, even as she ogled him. As her friend Parvati Chopra calls it, the occasion is “alpha cen Right up there for Zing, Zang and Zany! Hugely entertaining! On the surface a light hearted story but with underlying depths, all wrapped up in Bollywood like hilarity. Indeed I can’t get several momentous moments out of my head (including the steamy bits) The oh so colorful Zara Patel shooting the committed game player and exponent, Jay Dayal, in the rear at her cousin’s bachelor-bachelorette paintball party, even as she ogled him. As her friend Parvati Chopra calls it, the occasion is “alpha central” with all the male testosterone about. Ok, Zara is definitely catastrophe prone, even if she is a super smart lawyer. She just moves to the beat of a different drum, which is why the Cruz & Lovitt law firm, injury specialists, is such a great fit for Zara. There’s “ a partner who wears Yoda ski hats and carries a custom lightsaber? Another partner who wears bike shorts and Rollerblades around the office?” Seriously terrifying images! The moments of Zara’s exuberance lifted spirts and brought a smile if not a deep throated chuckle to my lips. The Art show event is not to be missed. There’s just so many hilarious, if not deranged moments, leavened with serious reflective moments. The daughter of divorced parents, Zara has never recovered from the anguish of that. To the extent that she doesn’t want a committed relationship. She is always seated at the singles table at weddings and that’s fine. Comittment has her running. As she says to Jay when she explains her role as a matchmaker, “I believe in love and romance for everyone else…I have a serial-dating habit, eclectic taste, and poor judgment when it comes to men.” Jay Dayal is part owner of a security firm and is too busy for a relationship. Especially with such a seemingly ditzy number as Zara. But there’s something about her! She’s warm, true, disarmingly charming, and funny. Such a wonderful character. Of course there’s the wonderful obligatory aunties, the warm extended family that encompasses all. A joyous, witty ride with undercurrents of pain, of dealing with the past to begin a future. Loved every minute of this Desai illuminating, starry eyed read. A Berkley penguinrandomhouse ARC via NetGalley Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change (Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debra Akins

    For everyone that’s ever been told they’re too much. I have loved every main character of Sara’s that I’ve met, but Zara holds a very special place in my heart. I’ve been made fun of my entire life for being “too much”. Too talkative, too loud, too energetic, etc. Zara’s outbursts were painfully relatable for me even at their most awkward. I’ve truly been there. I adore this interconnected standalones series as a whole and will always recommend it, but I didn’t love the writing in The Singles Tab For everyone that’s ever been told they’re too much. I have loved every main character of Sara’s that I’ve met, but Zara holds a very special place in my heart. I’ve been made fun of my entire life for being “too much”. Too talkative, too loud, too energetic, etc. Zara’s outbursts were painfully relatable for me even at their most awkward. I’ve truly been there. I adore this interconnected standalones series as a whole and will always recommend it, but I didn’t love the writing in The Singles Table as much as The Marriage Game and The Dating Plan. Some of it felt a little too LifeTime Movie cringeworthy. The bad moments were few and far between though. You could certainly read these books separately, but I don’t think you should because they’re all worth it! Funny, lighthearted, and still wrapped with important undertones to hit your soul. This one touches on PTSD, divorce, and toxic family dynamics. I was obsessed with the chemistry between Zara and Jay almost the entire book. How protective he immediately became over her? UGH! The best. Again though, some of their dialogue was just a bit too much cringe. Some of the things that came out of Jay’s mouth were painful. Overall I very much enjoyed this book as I have this series. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for my E-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    paxyshia

    3.25 stars! I liked it fine, I just wasn’t moved by it. Definitely for you if you enjoy: - Grumpy person A/Sunshine person B - Opposites attract - SEA rep! After her parents divorce and too many heartbreaks, happy-go-lucky and celeb obsessed Zara’s not looking for love. She’s happy to find love for others though and when she meets Jay during a busy wedding season at the singles table they’re paired at, it’s clear his grumpy self could use some. Jay’s only focused on building his security empire at 3.25 stars! I liked it fine, I just wasn’t moved by it. Definitely for you if you enjoy: - Grumpy person A/Sunshine person B - Opposites attract - SEA rep! After her parents divorce and too many heartbreaks, happy-go-lucky and celeb obsessed Zara’s not looking for love. She’s happy to find love for others though and when she meets Jay during a busy wedding season at the singles table they’re paired at, it’s clear his grumpy self could use some. Jay’s only focused on building his security empire at this point of his life when Zara comes tumbling through it. But when he promised his mom he’d try to find some romance, he takes Zara up on her offer: she finds a match for him and she gets to meet his celeb clients. What they don’t see coming with all their time together is how much their chemistry is working. 📚 This one was sweet and though I usually do enjoy an opposites attract trope, nothing sparked for me. It all felt a little anticlimactic. The characters were lovable and I enjoyed Zara’s happiness on the pages. Zara was a cousin of the other two MC’s in the first two books but they were only mentioned once in this one. It felt a lot more like it’s own book and though I’m fine with that, I was just a little confused trying to figure out who she was at the beginning. I wish I had liked it as much as the first two but this one was a cute finish to the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa (bookfairy95)

    What a wonderful read!😍😍😍I enjoyed this book incredible much.❤️ The main characters were wonderful, sympathetic and just 100% lovable. I clicked with them immediately! The writing style is fluent and beautiful and really brings all the emotions and cute and funny moments across so well. The humour is perfect, just what I love in a #RomCom and it made me laugh and giggle so often! But the book also made me swoon, because of some really beautiful scenes. And then the side characters! Especially the What a wonderful read!😍😍😍I enjoyed this book incredible much.❤️ The main characters were wonderful, sympathetic and just 100% lovable. I clicked with them immediately! The writing style is fluent and beautiful and really brings all the emotions and cute and funny moments across so well. The humour is perfect, just what I love in a #RomCom and it made me laugh and giggle so often! But the book also made me swoon, because of some really beautiful scenes. And then the side characters! Especially the Aunties!😂😂😂 I love them and their matching so much!😂❤️❤️❤️❤️ To be fair I had to google quite a few terms, because for example I didn’t know any of the food 🙈😂, but I loved this insight into another culture and I’ve already started listening to #TheMarriageGame (which technicalle is book 1, but since you can read these books as standalones…. 👀😅) and that once seems to be just as perfect as this one. #SaraDesai convinced me 100% with this novel and now I need to read everything by this author I guess. 🤷‍♀️ A very cute and adorable #romancticcomedy with many heartfelt moments, the importance of friendship and family, lots of funny moments and a little bit of spice!💖🥰

  26. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lanigan

    Opposites attract in this book filled with laugh out loud moments. I read a lot of romantic comedies but I have never read one that started off on a paintball field, with a bridal party, dressed in old bridesmaid dresses. It set the scene for some great moments and it tuns out a great love story. . Buttoned up, by the books, former militarily specialist, Jay is appalled and also intrigued by the loud, brash lawyer Zara. Zara is not ready to take a relationship seriously, but she takes her mission Opposites attract in this book filled with laugh out loud moments. I read a lot of romantic comedies but I have never read one that started off on a paintball field, with a bridal party, dressed in old bridesmaid dresses. It set the scene for some great moments and it tuns out a great love story. . Buttoned up, by the books, former militarily specialist, Jay is appalled and also intrigued by the loud, brash lawyer Zara. Zara is not ready to take a relationship seriously, but she takes her mission seriously to find Jay his perfect match if he brings her celebrity clients to build her clientele. She has always been successful playing matchmaker at the singles table, except this time it’s different because it turns out she’s the perfect match for Jay. . This book is out today! . Thank you @berkleypub for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)

    The Singles Table is book 3 in the Marriage series by Sara Desai and is Jay and Zara’s story. Jay is former military, he’s single and has absolutely no time for love only his main focus, his career. He’s grumpy almost always. Zara is a layer with no filter whatsoever. She’s wild, a free spirit and will without a doubt bring a smile to your face. She’s full of joy and happiness, she’s truly one of a kind this woman. With family breathing down his neck about being single Zara is determined to find The Singles Table is book 3 in the Marriage series by Sara Desai and is Jay and Zara’s story. Jay is former military, he’s single and has absolutely no time for love only his main focus, his career. He’s grumpy almost always. Zara is a layer with no filter whatsoever. She’s wild, a free spirit and will without a doubt bring a smile to your face. She’s full of joy and happiness, she’s truly one of a kind this woman. With family breathing down his neck about being single Zara is determined to find the perfect match for Jay. The two end up making a deal at a friends wedding that will be beneficial for them both but what they don’t expect is just how well they get on together. The chemistry between this is scorching. They’re complete opposites but they work so well together. This was my first read from this author and can honestly say it won’t be my last, I was completely consumed with these words and those characters. The singles table is an all consuming, funny and entertaining enemies to lovers romance that’ll have you wishing for more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Wuthering Vines

    I was so excited to get this one after reading The Dating Plan by Desai earlier this year and it didn’t disappoint! I found it to be an incredibly fun and entertaining Rom Com that was super witty and certainly steamy! 😉 I always a sucker for enemies to lovers tropes and the chemistry between Zara and Jay was totally swoon worthy! Desai has cemented herself as a new auto buy author for me after this one!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maris Medina

    lol I loved this byeeeee I just want to end the year w/ this and this alone so I only have warm romcom vibes into the new year 4 or 4.5 stars for now??

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shruti

    I really loved this! Both Jay and Zara were such fun and layered characters and I adored how much they learned and grew from being with each other. I loved the opposites to friends to lovers vibes and this may be one of my favorite grumpy/sunshine romances. I really really related to Zara’s commitment issues and I also loved how, while Jay had a gradual growth over the course of the book, Zara really needed a shock to the system to get it. The entire cast of characters was fun and exactly what y I really loved this! Both Jay and Zara were such fun and layered characters and I adored how much they learned and grew from being with each other. I loved the opposites to friends to lovers vibes and this may be one of my favorite grumpy/sunshine romances. I really really related to Zara’s commitment issues and I also loved how, while Jay had a gradual growth over the course of the book, Zara really needed a shock to the system to get it. The entire cast of characters was fun and exactly what you want in a romcom - just a book, fun romance.

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