eARC Review – The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

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Title: The Dating Playbook (The Boyfriend Project #2)

Author: Farrah Rochon

Publisher: Forever

Publication date: August 17th, 2021

368 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

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?


After The Boyfriend Project, I knew I needed to continue with reading Taylor’s story. Taylor is trying to build her company, but she’s broke and it’s not exactly easy to become an Instagram gymfluencer. After some questionable business decisions, Taylor is even more desperate than ever. In comes Jamar, a retired football player who was knocked out of the game his rookie year with an injury. He will do anything to get back on the field, and thinks Taylor is the coach to train him back to peak shape.

I related to Taylor so much, and Jamar’s story was so incredibly sad and touching. The main trope in this romance is fake dating, in order to hide the fact that Taylor is training Jamar – they pretend to date so the time they spend together isn’t unusual. I loved still getting to see Samiah and London, and this book seems to pick up pretty immediately after The Boyfriend Project ended.

I highly recommend for all romance lovers out there. I also cannot wait for London’s story, which I’m feeling pretty confident will come next!

Thank you to Forever and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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