Bite Size Book Review: The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

Quick Summary:

The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon, is one of three books that is part of The Boyfriend Project series and is the second of the three. Despite being part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone. In the book, Taylor Powell, a fitness instructor, is struggling to find work and pay her bills on time. Her client roster is on the thin side, where Taylor resorts to holding outdoor classes in public parks via Facebook in order to make a few bucks and score potential new clients. Though not preferable, she doesn’t have much of a choice. In one of these tough fitness classes that most people struggle to keep up in, she notices that one person in particular has 0 problem keeping up with everything she throws at the group. Turns out this person is Jamar Dixon, former NFL football player – of course he wouldn’t have trouble keeping up!

Plot Overview:

Jamar ends up asking Taylor to train him, secretly, as he is planning his return to the NFL. Taylor reluctantly agrees and thus began their professional relationship. Except that a journalist ends up running into them and begins to make the connection until Taylor blurts out that she’s actually Jamar’s girlfriend. After this encounter, Taylor and Jamar come up with a “dating playbook” to really make it seem like they are in a real relationship – meaning staged dates and outings. One thing leads to another and their fake relationship starts to get real.

Final Thoughts + Ratings:

The Dating Playbook was the third ever romance novel I picked up and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m a big fan of portrayals of Black love and this fits the bill. I loved reading Taylor and Jamar’s banter, and don’t even get me started on those spicy scenes 🥵 Outside of the fake relationship plot, we also get to understand Taylor’s struggles with her career and her feelings of self-doubt despite her accomplishments. As you read on, both Jamar and Taylor are tasked with making mature decisions that will alter their lives and their relationship. Overall, I give the Dating Playbook five stars!
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