Monday, July 27, 2020

Review: The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Title: The Boyfriend Project
AuthorFarrah Rochon
Year Published: 2020

Genre: Adult fiction (romance)

Pages: 356

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map): USA (TX)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Samiah Brooks never thought she would be "that" girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she's been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other "girlfriends," London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men and no dating.

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she's always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

Review: I was looking forward to reading a romance when I picked this book off my TBR shelf, but I got much more, which was very satisfying.

This book grabbed me from the first page as I was swept up in Samiah's catfishing experience. I think the description of the three women discovering their cheating date and calling him on it in a public way was super satisfying. And, the women bonding over the humiliating, public experience and becoming friends? Fantastic. And, really, this friendship is just one of the threads of this novel.

The romantic thread that flows through this book is well done; I wanted the couple to make it, understood when they had trouble, and liked their relationship. However, the best part about this novel is that the romance happens to be there, but it isn't all that this book offers. 

Samiah is smart. Really smart. And successful, innovative, nice, and has a good head on her shoulders. The author did a great job of showing what it's like to be a black woman in the tech industry (well, any job, really) and how much harder they have to work to be considered successful. Daniel is also smart, talented and successful. And his job is intriguing (I can't say what it is as it gives too much away). While this book is billed as a romance, there is much more to it than that, which is what kept me turning the pages to finish this book in just two days.

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