Title: The Boyfriend Project
Author: Farrah Rochon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb from Goodreads
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?
I read romantic fiction for the escapism. I like that I know the ending before I even start the book. I like that I know there are going to be two characters that are destined to be together and will have to get over a roadblock in their relationship at about the 80/85% mark that will make it seem like their relationship is doomed but it won’t be because of one last great big gesture that will have me swooning at the end.
This book gave me all of that…. (although there’s a big old but coming… more on that later!)
This novel delivered a great female MC in the form of Samiah Brooks. She’s smart, sassy, fiercely independent, and is basically just the kind of woman I wish I could be. She’s a woman who isn’t afraid to be seen as career oriented and categorises her job and career success as being hugely important to her. And what I loved about her background story was learning about how how hard she had to push herself to achieve. How much extra she had to prove herself because she’s a Black woman and how she had this incredible inner zeal. There’s this fantastic quote that I’ve got to share that really made me go woah…
”Do you have any idea how steep the hill I have to climb is just to get people in this industry to take me seriously?
So many write me off the minute I walk into a room, or when they learn that the S in SBrooks at Trendsetters dot-com stands for Samiah and not Samantha or Sarah or some other ‘nonethnic’ name.
I’m not a perfectionist because I want to be one, it’s because I have to be one.”
Doesn’t that just hit you right in the feels? Doesn’t it make you mad at the inequality that a Black woman faces throughout all aspects of her life just because of her skin colour and gender? I just love the Black #OwnVoices representation that this book brings to the table. Major props for that.
I also really liked the two female friends of Samiah’s that she makes early on in the novel. Samiah, London and Taylor come together (via the joys of live tweeting) when they discover that they’re all dating the same guy. He’s swiftly kicked to the curb and the ladies become besties. I assume there will be two more books in this series that will focus on these two other ladies (especially because there’s a sort of cliffhanger style ending re where one of the ladies ends up in the epilogue).
The male lead in this was where I feel the book let me down. I did really like that Daniel was mixed race, Black-Korean, and loved that this book was all about promoting and normalising diverse male romantic leads. But ughhh…
I just did not like his storyline AT ALL!
Hello spoiler alert time!!!
Daniel was some sort of undercover federal agent that was assigned to work covertly in the company where Samiah worked. His job was to try and track down some sort of financial bad guys and misdeeds in the company. So basically he was lying about who he was. No one in the company knew he was undercover as he had managed to get himself hired as a coder. This meant for the entire novel (bar the last few chapters) his character identity, his dealings with Samiah etc. were all tainted by this big old lie.
And I didn’t care for it.
It kept me from rooting for them as a couple because on one hand you had Samiah who was reluctant to start a relationship because of jerk guys lying to her in the past and her wanting to put her downtime into developing an app, and then you had Daniel with his irritating inner monologue being all “oh I’m so hopelessly attracted to Samiah but I can’t reveal who I truly am to her so I must stay away…but oh no my loins won’t let me be and I must be with her no matter the risk” and I’m there like no.
DO NOT LET THIS FABULOUS WOMAN FALL FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE STRAIGHT UP LYING YOU SNIVELLING WEASEL!
And in the climax of the storyline Daniel was an UTTER snake because after he had sex with Samiah he left her lying asleep in bed AND THEN WENT TO HER HANDBAG AND STOLE HER SECURITY PASS!
Like I know, it was his job yada yada yada… but he knowingly deceived Samiah and I basically wished him all sorts of hurt.
Oh but because this is a romance novel the two characters had to end up together…. UGHHHH PASS THE SICK BUCKET PLEASE!
His romantic grand gesture at the end made me want to scream and vomit and scream some more and vomit some more.
Oh boo hoo to you and your man pain Daniel. YOU LIED AND MANIPULATED SAMIAH AND YOU DID NOT DESERVE HER FORGIVENESS!
There was even this line in the book that had Samiah being all understanding about the greater good of his job and I’m like sure, he had a responsibility to justice and bringing down these criminals. BUT HE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN SO UNPROFESSIONAL IN THE FIRST PLACE AND CONNED SAMIAH INTO THINKING HE WAS SOMEONE HE ISN’T.
I never wanted to see a couple break up more but sadly that didn’t happen and I’m here like ughhhhh.
So to me the plot of the novel didn’t work because there was too much deception on the part of Daniel and I didn’t feel that he was truly sorry for his actions. It just sucked and I really hope that Samiah dumps his ass if this series does continue on…
I’m so sad about this book. The beginning was soooo strong and it has a great opening with the three ladies and the twitter cheat. And there was so much to like with the great diversity, the brilliant female characters… but the romance 100% was a let down for me. I struggled to finish this book. I think it took me at least five days to slog through to the end! It just didn’t make me feel all those happy romantic comedy feels sadly.