Book Title: The Boyfriend Project
Author: Farrah Rochon
Release Date: June 9th, 2020
Blurb: 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, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .
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, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?
Review: The book was nothing like I was expecting it to be. If anything, it was better! It had all the makings of a smart, sexy, funny book filled with strong female friendships, smart women in kickass jobs and men who you couldn’t help but swoon over.
It starts with Samiah Brooks learning that the man she’s been dating – How dare you, Craig?! – is three timing her. He’s been dating three women all at once and double booking on nights when he’s out and about. And how does she learn about this? Through someone live tweeting their date. Samiah shows up, throws down and leaves Craig running with his tail between his legs, with all of it caught in a soon to be trending YouTube video.
In return, she gains two absolutely badass friends – London and Taylor. And after that night, they decide to focus on themselves and establish ‘The Boyfriend Project’ – where for the next six months, they’re not going to do anything but work on themselves and live their lives.
Samiah works with a big tech firm and on the side, she’s been planning her own app. Not a dating app, because that’s a dime and a dozen. But an app for people to meet and make friends. Inspired by her own life and upbringing and moving around, she’s decided she’d like for other people to easily find friendships when they move to a new city.
Daniel, on the other hand, is a little bit of an enigma. He’s new at her company, but he’s come with lots of great recommendations and past job experience. Except, there’s a catch. He’s not really there to work, he’s there to investigate the company and a client for money laundering. Dun dun dunnnnnn!
It’s lust, and possibly love, at first sight. Samiah and Daniel are drawn to each other. And even though he knows it’s a bad idea to have anything to do with Samiah because of his job, Daniel can’t help himself. Sometimes the heart, and the body, wants what it wants.
Their friendship, then relationship, is really interesting. They take their time getting to where they both clearly want to go. But it’s totally worth it. Daniel loves that Samiah is a smart badass of a woman and he appreciates the fact that she’s exactly who she claims to be. Samiah is captivated by Daniel and his brains too, but also the fact that he likes a lot of the things that she does. The slow burn kicks into high gear and then you’re lost in their relationship. It’s a workplace romance, so obviously they have to keep it on the downlow. And worse, if Daniel’s boss finds out about him and Samiah, that’s the end of his mission. Maybe even his career.
I enjoyed every minute of this book, the smart writing and the important topics that were touched upon – everything from racial issues to work place drama and sexual inequality – this book has it all. But at the heart of it, it has a smart woman of colour who is the kind of person that role models are made of.
Thanks to NetGalley, Forever & Farrah Rochon for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.