ARC Review: The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

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ARC Review: The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon
The Dating Playbook

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: August 17th 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Boyfriend Project #2
Pages: 368

“Fake dating meets sports romance? Yes please.”

~ Under the Covers

Recommended Read!

Fake dating meets sports romance? Yes please.

Taylor Powell is an amazing personal trainer, but lately some previous financial choices, and all the bills that go with that, are kicking her butt. Jamar Dixon shows up asking for her to train him, so he might just be the miracle that will turn Taylor’s life around. Jamar is a former football player who wants back in the NFL. But he doesn’t want anyone to know that that’s what he’s trying to do. When a reporter starts asking a few too many questions, Taylor and Jamar accidentally announce that they’re dating. As they start fake dating publicly to back up that lie, suddenly it’s hard to tell the difference between what’s real and what isn’t.

Right off the bat (wrong sport, I know), I enjoy Farrah Rochon’s writing, so I knew I would enjoy this book. Her stories manage to be both funny and hard-hitting (trigger warning: death of a friend). We got to see Taylor and Jamar both work through some really big struggles in their lives. As a whole, they’re also really supportive of one another (although there were a few moments of frustration as well). Seeing Samiah and London again, and seeing them really supporting Taylor, was also amazing. They’re such a great example of strong friendship.

My main frustrations really are just about Jamar and Taylor being there for each other. I think there were some places where they were a little too tough love and not enough supportive love. I think that they each had some deep-rooted insecurities/issues and they were mostly “resolved” in only a couple of pages through the other person calling them out on their irrational thoughts. While those types of discussion are important, sometimes trying to really understand where the other person is coming from is equally important. I do believe that they care about one another, but I’m not sure that always extended to their emotional states as much as I would have liked. Obviously, this didn’t impact my enjoyment of the story too much, but it does mean that this book isn’t a new all-time favorite. I just wanted a little bit more cinnamon roll with these strong individuals.

If you liked Samiah’s story, The Boyfriend Project, I definitely think you’ll also enjoy The Dating Playbook. Getting to see this friend group more is really fun, and I’m definitely looking forward to London’s story. Unlike a lot of romance series where the stories are really standalones, I would definitely recommend reading this series in order. I think it would be pretty confusing to just jump right in with this book. It’s a quick read, but you’ll still manage to laugh and cry and get immersed in Austin.

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About Farrah Rochon

A native of south Louisiana, USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine's Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers series, garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers' Choice Awards.

Farrah is a two-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award and has been a Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award nominee. In 2015, Farrah won the Emma Award for Author of the Year.

When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, traveling the world, hanging around on Twitter, visiting Disney World, and trying to attend as many Broadway shows as her budget will allow. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Amy R

Thanks for the review, adding to my wishlist.