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The Boyfriend Project

Written by: Farrah Rochon
Narrated by: Je Nie Fleming
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Publisher's Summary

A witty rom-com that explores the "unique joys of strong female friendships and the particular struggles of Black women in the workplace, all within a great love story." (Jasmine Guillory, best-selling author of Party of Two)

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? 

"A smart, funny digital-age romance about real women living in the real world. Couldn't put it down!" (Abby Jimenez, USA Today best-selling author of The Happy Ever After Playlist)

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What the critics say

"A prime example of how complex and insightful romances can be. Farrah Rochon deftly explores what it means to go viral, the unique joys of strong female friendships, and the particular struggles of Black women in the workplace, all within a great love story." (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times best-selling author of The Wedding Date)

"Rochon is a romance master who adeptly writes interesting and dynamic characters.... A richly layered conflict adds depth and complexity to this charming workplace romance." (Kirkus)

"Rochon's new multicultural contemporary romance series deploys the delicious tensions generated by an office romance, corporate intrigue, and female empowerment." (Booklist)

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This read like a self righteous textbook.

This book could have been half as long as the author only repeated herself once.

I was really excited to get into this book, and I was really excited at the killer opening. It was funny and interesting. I really loved the diversity between the three women we meet right off the bat. One is in STEM, one is a personal trainer, and the other is a doctor. They're all treated poorly by the same dude, and instead of getting angry at each other, they all get angry at him, and become besties. I love this.

This is where the things I loved ended. There was no chemistry between the male and female love interests, I felt that the sex scene was boring, and the only reason I finished it is because I'm going to talk about it on a YouTube video.

Parts of this book were important. I did like the discussion on the challenges of being a black woman, and especially a black women in STEM. I felt it very understandable and relatable to hear the main character talk about how she had to be perfect because she was the representative for all black women in STEM who would come after her. I have often worked in male-dominated spaces and have felt this way too.

But at the end of the day this is a romance novel on the romance sucked. The internal monologues were so long, and the decision-making and rationale of some of the characters was questionable.

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  • LMWaters
  • 2020-06-18

Beautiful female friendships.

I had made a promise to myself that I would make a point of reading books by more diverse writers and characters. I fell in live with this cover, so I decided to give it a try. There are so many parts to this book that I adored. The true understanding and explanation of not only a woman in the tech world, but also a woman of color. I love the focus it has on this and the importance of having to be perfect and being the one to help to make the change happen. This is a love story, but it really is a story of the importance of female friendships and the need to have supportive female friendships. I loved getting to see these women evolve from random meeting to true best friends. I also adored how all the women were successful and have their own story. It is rare to have real friendships like that. I promise you there is romance in this, but it is not your typical romance. This story is not at angsty, there is no big horrible ordeal at the end. This story is more about Samyah and her growth. Do not read if you are looking for a super hot steamy romance. This book is more than that. My one negative is I do t love when the female narrator narrates for both the male and female POV. I wish they would have used a male narrator for his parts. I think I would’ve enjoyed this book more if I would have read instead of listened.

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  • Tracelyn T. Newman
  • 2020-06-20

#lovedit

This was my first audible book and I absolutely loved it! Great listen! I recommended for my girlfriend group!

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  • Candyce Reigh
  • 2020-06-11

Omg! That ending!

Amazing strong woman...check. Hot Federal Agent...check. Hooked from the very first chapter. Definitely will listen to this one again and again! Now I need London and Taylor's stories as well!

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  • Mary Anne LaMarre
  • 2020-06-29

I wanted to like this, really I did!

I spend a lot of my time listening to audio books and have come to the conclusion that ratings matter. I do not select my books easily and read through several reviews before making my selections.

This book was highly rated by some that had equally high reviews for other titles I enjoyed. Wow. How this book scored so high is an absolute mystery to me.

I didn't hate this book, but it was more like a predictable Hallmark movie than a good story. Everyone was too perfect that it was just too, too sticky sweet. Unrealistic beyond acceptable. The physical scenes were too graphic for my taste, not to mention ridiculous.

I liked some of the narration, but other times, the fluctuation was completely off or way over the top with enthusiasm where it wasn't warranted.

I stuck through it only because I hadn't downloaded another book and listened while I traveled. Ugh.

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  • dee dee J
  • 2020-06-22

Cute

Good Narrartor ! Story was a little Long & Repetitive. Would've liked more story between the friends.

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  • PorterGal
  • 2020-06-21

Everyone needs a friend

This was a good book. I would read more by this author. I liked the narrator as well. I will look for more books read by her.

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  • TJMcKinney
  • 2020-06-15

ok to pass the time but not great

I love to be swept off of my feet with a story but this just was not it. However it was a decent story to listen to, I just didnt fall in love with it.

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  • CristinaBonV
  • 2020-06-12

Just.... wow! A FIVE Star Read!

I don’t even know where to start. I loved every single word of this book. It was hilarious, it was empowering, I mean... it had ALL THE FEELS! I will definitely be reading more of this author. Watch out, book world. Farrah Rochon is here to SLAY! I really hope we get London and Taylor’s stories. Pretty please? Everything about Samiah Brooks’ life was amazing. Her and Daniel? *swoon*
Can’t recommend this book enough. The audio was the best! I definitely need a signed copy for my book shelf! Fingers crossed I can make that happen!

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  • Nalo
  • 2020-08-03

Cute story

I enjoyed this book. It took me a few chapters to really get into the story. It’s a slow moving journey, but I was happy to be along for the ride.

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  • Crystal
  • 2020-07-30

I loved this book

This story reminded me of the tv show Girlfriends. It’s light, funny and you even tear up a few times. I can not recommend it enough.