Book Review: The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

I need new adjectives to describe just how much I loved The Dating Playbook. It was so incredibly entertaining with the best characters. I laughed, cheered, and swooned. It was a joy to read!

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The Dating Playbook (The Boyfriend Project #2) by Farrah Rochon

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?

5 out of 5 stars

From the very first page, I was in love with this story! This was so entertaining, sweet, and flirty. I had so much fun reading it and ate up all the references that were familiar to me. Farrah Rochon scored a touchdown with The Dating Playbook

I absolutely adored Taylor. I loved her spirit, tenacity, and her infectious personality. Jamar totally made me melt. He was so charming and I loved what he was trying to accomplish and felt for him. From the moment they met, I loved them together. They had fantastic dialogue with an awesome back and forth wit that was engaging and lively. I liked learning their history and loved how the fake dating aspect and the Dating Playbook came about and watching these two trying to fight their attraction even though they had amazeballs chemistry. It created some seriously awesome sexual tension. I loved them opening up, sharing, and confronting things in their lives and overcoming obstacles they were dealing with. 

I loved the relationship that Taylor had with Samiah and London. I liked seeing the bonds they formed and how they're there for each other. I also liked the small updates on Samiah and Daniel and am looking forward to London’s story next. She's got the best dry humor and I cannot wait.

This was an exceptional story that was well written with a lot of depth and detail and I thought it had a great flow. I loved the dual POVs and there was never a time that I wanted to put it down. It was funny and sweet and a bit heartbreaking at times. This story was an absolute delight to read. You could replace the location, towns, and sports teams that were referenced and I would still think that. That being said, I had such a personal connection to this story because of the town where Jamar is from and where he went to high school and it made it that much more exciting to read. There were sports teams mentioned that were so relevant to me and I could not get enough. Every time I read something I was familiar with, it made me giddy! As someone who works out regularly and tries to eat as clean as I can, I loved everything having to do with fitness and healthy eating. I loved how it was presented and how positive it all felt. It was that attention to detail that made it that much more dynamic to me. 

This was a delightful and heartfelt story about overcoming pain from the past, healing, finding hope, and moving on. It was an incredibly enjoyable read with low angst and a bit of drama with really great characters and I loved them finding their way together. 

Complimentary copy received from Forever Romance.

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Thank you Forever Romance for the advanced copy of The Dating Playbook.

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I loved the personal connection I had to this story. If Jamar were real (and my math is right!), my big kids would have been at Katy High School with him. Have you read a book that you had a personal connection to because of the location? Let me know!

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