Farrah Rochon returns to the blog with the “you MUST grab this now” book number two in The Boyfriend Project series with
The Dating Playbook
When we first met friends Samiah, Logan and Taylor after they bonded over a viral video and a horrible man – we see just how wonderfully the three have come together to support, cheer and even console one another as their friendship grows. This is Taylor’s book, and she’s trying to maintain ‘appearances’ while everything about her world is falling apart – and she can’t seem to get that boost in social media presence that she wants, because while she has ALL the knowledge – she doesn’t have the college degree. Spending hours sharing tips and tricks on Twitter, IG, and YouTube is only going so far, and her latest pop-up bootcamp workout did bring a few new people to the mix – and one who may be the answer to her troubles.
Jamar Dixon tried out London’s Boot Camp pop up workout class and approached her to discuss his own personal fitness goals and how she could help. A former NFL player who was injured in his first season, Jamar is determined to rehab his way back into the NFL based on his own needs to support family members, and the members of his deceased best-friend’s family. His injury, while not classified as career ending by the Orthopedist who did the work, was dramatic, and getting himself ready for a showcase and return is his goal. But he never counted on Taylor – nor did he count on the fact that she’s not only skilled at training, but her flirting game (and looks) aren’t bad.
Yet Taylor comes with her own set of issues – not the least of which is not having that degree. While she’s got great ideas, and some seriously clever plans, without the degree she’s just stalled – until a chance encounter with a reporter leaves the door open for Taylor and Jamar to flaunt a ‘relationship’ – that is fake – until it isn’t. Of course, having been burned by men before, and struggling with her own issues as being seen as the ‘underachiever’ in the family leaves Taylor, who can be as solid and confident as the next person, easily influenced by the little negative voice in her head that says she’s not enough.
There is so much to unpack in this story – from the grief and guilt that Jamar feels, to Taylor’s own struggles with finding the confidence to return to school for a degree, with the importance of later-aged diagnoses of learning difficulties – from ADHD to dyslexia, that left Taylor feeling like she ‘couldn’t’ do, rather than needed alternative learning methods – that just bring this story into the light. With Rochon’s ability to write both dialogue and comedic moments, bringing a bit of “everyone you know” into each character’s moments – and the friendship between the women becoming that sort that we all long for – the growth for both Jamar and Taylor – along with the realizations they come to discover about themselves, their relationship and their potential is wonderful.
Now, I had the opportunity to BOTH read and listen to this story – and for a listen, Rebecca Lee manages to encapsulate Taylor and Jamar with the little moments that everyone understands when someone speaks – adjustments in tone, pitch and accentuation allow for the frustration, longing, laughter or plain out anger to stand solidly as an audio accompaniment to the words. In addition, each of the three women: Samiah, London and Taylor have their own distinct speaking styles that Lee captures with a distinct voice, and the flow, pacing and dialog makes it hard to believe that only one narrator is managing each person in the text. If you want one series that will both entertain and encourage you to find a group of friends like we see here – this is the one. A great ‘kids are back to school now it’s time for me” series to kick back with and just enjoy. You won’t regret it.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: The Dating Project
Author: Farrah Rochon
Series: The Boyfriend Project #2
Also in this series: The Boyfriend Project
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Ensemble Cast, African-American, Comedic Elements, Contemporary Elements, Dual Narration, Erotic Elements, Friendship, Humor elements, Interracial, Multi-Cultural, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Woman's Fiction
Narrator: Rebecca Lee
Published by: Forever
Published on: 17 August, 2021
Source: Hachette Audio, Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 3 minutes
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When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this delightful romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project!
When it comes to personal training, Taylor Powell kicks serious butt. Unfortunately, her bills are piling up, rent is due, and the money situation is dire. Taylor needs more than the support of her new best friends, Samiah and London. She needs a miracle.
And Jamar Dixon might just be it. The oh-so-fine former footballer wants back into the NFL, and he wants Taylor to train him. There's just one catch -- no one can know what they're doing. But when they're accidentally outed as a couple, Taylor's game plan is turned completely upside down. Is Jamar just playing to win . . . or is he playing for keeps?
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio, Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.