The Boyfriend Project

The Boyfriend Project

by Farrah Rochon

5 out of 5

USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon launches a new series about three young women who become friends when the live Tweeting of a disastrous date leads them to discover they've all been duped by the same man.

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?

After dating a complete fool, Samiah's life can only get better. New ambition, new friends, and a hot new guy that would never lie to her?

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The start of this book was so much fun.
Samiah knows the guy she is dating isn't perfect, but the dating pool in Austin is pretty slim. She never would have imagined that Craig would be dating other women - in fact, using the restaurant reservation that Samiah booked, to take out someone else.
When Samiah puts it all together, she gets revenge on Craig, and surprisingly finds two best friends in his "other girlfriends".

I loved that the focus here wasn't solely on Samiah and Daniel. Yes, he's a hot, intelligent government agent who adores Samiah; but there's a big emphasis on the importance of friends, confidence in yourself, and being successful women in male-dominated careers.

It was great that Samiah wasn't just in a tech job to tick boxes in the plot. She loves her job, and knows how hard it was for her to break into this career. As a woman, and black, she has to work twice as hard; and everything has to be perfect the first time, because people are less likely to give her a second chance.

Samiah moved to Austin a few years ago, when she got an amazing job offer at Trendsetters. Switch to the present day, and workaholic Samiah doesn't have any close friends beyond her sister.
Even though their meeting was unconventional, London and Taylor are just what Samiah never realised she needed.
They all decide to swear off men, and focus on themselves for the next six months.
With their support, Samiah finally takes a gamble and starts to build a new social platform that she has been dreaming of for years.

Daniel is perfect. Sometimes, he's a little too perfect, and you can see how it's all going to play out.
His work as a FinCEN agent was really interesting, and I was really rooting for him to get the bad guys. <spoiler>If anything, I would have liked them to be more than a couple of forgotten names plucked from the chorus to officially close the case.</spoiler>

Overall, I really enjoyed this. It was light-hearted, but not all fluffy, and carried great messages for improving the diversity in STEM jobs.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!


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