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The dating game is on. And the rules just went out the window.

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 to get 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?

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

At the time of requesting this book, I hadn’t clicked that this was part of a book series, therefore am yet to still read book one. However, all that being said, this can easily be read as a standalone, as Farrah briefly covers certain circumstances that occurred in ‘The Boyfriend Project, allowing you to catch on to everything pretty fast.

Taylor was a wonderful leading female to read about – she has quite the past when it comes to her love life and when a video goes viral, she believes this will be the 15 minutes of fame she needs to boost her fitness business. Unfortunately, her 15 minutes of fame is over before they really begin and no benefit was made from this video being released for the world to see. She is one boss babe, with a strong passion for her job and is ready to give it her all, no matter the routes that leads her down. Her academic insecurities have begun to build up a rather negative impact on her making her fitness dreams come true and during the time Farrah really goes in to depth as to why that is, some of my most favourite scenes from this book are created. When another advantage to boost her business arose, including the help of NFL player, Jamar, Taylor took the opportunity and her beautiful and tear-jerking journey to becoming the woman she had also wanted to be had begun.

Jamar is one gorgeous man, but he definitely comes with his baggage – trying to heal his knee after a devastating injury cuts his first football season short and also trying to heal his heart from the devastating loss of his best friend, Jamar is determined to get back on his feet and live the life he always wanted his best friend to experience and with the help of Taylor, he was one step closer to making that happen. Jamar’s development throughout this book was really heart-warming and paved the way for a broken man to really mature and open his mind to endless possibilities of life without football having to be involved. The outcome of all of his decisions had a massive smile on my face and it was safe to say I had fallen very much in love with his character, only wanting the best for him.

This is a very sexy, football romance with a lot of humour and the most superior trope of them all – the fake dating trope. Taylor and Jamar’s energy constantly bounced off one another, the two always bringing out the best in the other, providing some extremely humorous moments and their communication skills were perfection. It is completely impossible to not root for our two main characters, individually and together. Farrah wrote about mental health, learning disabilities and black stereotypes throughout in a really light, yet impactful way and it really does cause for some thought provoking moments. I also loved the female friendship that had come out of the circumstances during the first book of the series, the three ladies supporting each other down their separate roads and allowing a humiliating experience to make them the best of friends. I am now going to have to go back and read Samiah’s story, whilst also getting extremely excited for London’s!

Shelby x


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