Q: when you get mad, do you really lay into someone or do you cry? Or both/neither?
In Farrah Rochon’s The Boyfriend Project, Samiah Brooks and two other women become viral celebrities after the man she’s dating turns out to be dating them all. They resolve to focus on themselves for six months, which as we all know means she will soon find the love of her life.
Samiah’s “love” is Daniel Collins, a “nice guy” who *is* nice and also an agent trying to uncover who at her company is up to nefarious deeds. He can’t reveal who he really is and as they both fall deeper, that becomes more and more of an *uh oh.
Like others have said, the romance between Samiah and Daniel is sweet and sexy and it’s so exciting to see a Black STEM heroine getting her HEA. I love how Samiah opens up to Daniel about the challenges of being a Black woman in her field, especially when, as she says, her name is Samiah and not the “nonethnic name” someone might assume it to be when they see S. Brooks.
My biggest issue with the book is the deception plot itself. Farrah builds up Daniel’s self-torment and moral dilemma so beautifully that I was kinda taken aback by what happened (and how), especially given how much Samiah’s talked to Daniel about how important her job is. The grovel feels so good in some ways and a little insufficient to me in one regard—but honestly, that might be a me thing.
All things considered, I really enjoyed this take on a STEM heroine who’s kicking butt and taking names, about to set the tech world on fire (how many cliches can I use here?), and living her best margarita and friend life. (The answer is three).
The Boyfriend Project is available now. Thanks to Forever Pub, Grand Central Pub, and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.