Review: The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

This book did not fit any of my challenge prompts.


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?

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What I liked:

There’s some phenomenal representation in this book, and I also loved the strong female friendship depicted here. It also wonderfully portrays the pressure that can come from wanting to impress your family and live up to their expectations, and the grief following losing a loved one in tragic circumstances.

The audiobook narrator is also fantastic, and was the perfect choice for this book.

I loved the steamy scenes in this book. They were fantastically written, and fans of smut will hugely enjoy them.

What I didn’t like:

This book is second in a series, and I wouldn’t say it can easily be read as a standalone. There are often call backs to the first book you’ll not fully get if you haven’t read book one.

This book is quite heavy on the sport, and as someone who doesn’t know a whole lot about American football it was a little difficult to understand some terms. It that didn’t take away all of my enjoyment, but did dampen it a little.

Taylor is shown to have a learning disability, and I would have loved to see that developed a little more. It felt a bit shoved in towards the end and not really discussed as it could have been.

Out of five:

Three. Overall a good read but with some tweaks I felt could have been made.

One thought on “Review: The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

  1. Ahh wonderful review!! I read the first book and really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading this one! Since you mentioned the audiobook I might read in that format! 🥰

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