The Dating Playbook- Review
The Dating Playbook
By Farrah Rochon
Series: The Boyfriend Project #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 17, 2021
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Stars
When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this “fun, heartfelt, and totally relatable” romantic comedy (Abby Jimenez, NYT bestselling author of Life’s Too Short).
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?
Once I read The Boyfriend Project, I knew I would end up reading Taylor and London’s stories too. The premise around their friendship is great and I wanted to learn more about them. Taylor is a fitness instructor and tried to capitalize on her 5 minutes of fame to bring her struggling business to the next level. Enter Jamar Dixon, a professional football player who’s injury prevents him from playing. He wants Taylor to train him but doesn’t want the press to know he’s considering a comeback. Things quickly move from training to a public fake relationship and throughout that, Taylor especially is fighting against giving in to the attraction between them. She had be burnt in the past over a relationship with a client and her future and business is on the line.
Both Jamar and Taylor have serious issues in their past and they need to be addressed before they can have a lasting relationship. Jamar has the pressure of waiting to return to a dangerous profession and survivor’s guilt over the loss of a friend. Taylor has a complicated relationship with her family, which shapes her fear of failure. This lends to scenes where Taylor can support Jamar and vis versa. There are supportive scenes between Jamar and Taylor and between Taylor, London, and Samiah which I just love.
The Dating Playbook is a great continuation of the series and follow-up to The Boyfriend Project. The friendships in this series stand tall and keep me coming back for more. Farrah Rochon really knocks it out of the park again with The Dating Playbook! I highly recommend it!