Yassssss! This is what I am talking about!
It is about time that romance books featuring black characters are marketed the same way as romance books with white characters have been for years.
There was a not white savior or a stereotypical poor, ghetto black woman in sight. What you are getting is a black man and woman being represented just how we are in real life. No stereotypes inserted to be passed off as fact. This is proper representation.
What a breath of fresh fucking air!
I’m going to keep this review pretty, pretty because that’s what it deserves. No mess needed here.
First a quick word from the author. . .
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 and no dating.
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 Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon receives a solid 4 STARS from me. I can’t help it. I’m so darn giddy about this story because it’s a true representation of who Black people are. Farrah Rochon nails it. I think I may even have a slight girl crush on her now.
I’ll be honest with you, this could have been a 5 STAR read if it wasn’t written in third person. It takes a lot for me to connect with a romance story if I’m not put into the characters heads. I can’t completely fall in love with a couple’s journey as an outsider looking in, I need to be on the inside. That’s just me. I was mentally changing the pronouns while reading in order I could connect on a more intimate level.
The book starts off with a healthy amount of drama that sets up for the perfect storyline. It follows the synopsis to the book which I can appreciate. I hate when a synopsis is just a flat out lie to get me to read the book.
Let’s start with our beautiful and sexy leading lady, Samiah. BTW – I adore her name. So cute! Samiah is everything I want to be when I grow up. She’s is the total package. Samiah has a great career, money, car, fancy condo, etc. What she doesn’t have is a partner to share it with, but not for a lack of trying. The dating scene in Austin, TX apparently isn’t that good, according to her. I don’t personally know, but that’s what the book tells us.
Now it’s time to tell you about the sexy Daniel Collins. He is a walking wet dream. The man is more than just a face, he’s also charming, thoughtful, intelligent, knows how to flirt his way right into your heart. I am a fan!
Samiah was falling in love with the person she was when she was with him. – The Boyfriend Project
Daniel allowed Samiah the space to be herself. She didn’t have to pretend. That’s how a woman falls in love with not only a man but with herself. There is nothing more sexy than a woman was is unapologetically herself. That’s one of the many reasons I enjoyed reading their relationship develop.
Daniel also has secrets and those secrets run the risk of tearing apart everything the two have been working towards. Daniel knows that the things he is keeping from Samiah have to potential to turn her away and that he may lose her forever. It was utterly gut-wrenching to read at times, in the best way possible for a book lover such as myself. I live for a bit of angst with drinking my vodka, curled up in a chair while diving in head first into a good book.
I can see at least two more books popping up in the near future that play into it this storyline.
Now on the the two most important questions. . .
Do I recommend The Boyfriend Project? Yes, I do. It’s the perfect summer quarantine book.
Will I read another book by Farrah Rochon? Definitely. I look forward to following the journey of the side characters. I have a feeling I’m going to love them.
I told you I wasn’t going to get messy on this one! I kept it all the way pretty!
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