Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Q: what kind of motivational style do you prefer, gentle or “tough love”?
Farrah Rochon’s The Dating Playbook gives me some of those same soft feelings I get from watching athlete human interest segments on tv.
Featuring admirable characters w/ enough determination to win over a stadium, some steam, & a couple dynamic powered by heat but also friendship & compatibility, this romance is sweet.
The world thinks former NFL star Jamar Dixon can’t play football anymore. Widely praised & then injured, Jamar’s now itching for a spot back on a team if he can only convince them that his body can handle it.
So he contacts Taylor Powell, whom we met in book 1 of this series, a personal trainer who draws from her military dad as inspiration for her lessons. She agrees to help him, mostly because she needs the business & the funds to counteract some business-related debt she’s in.
When Jamar panics at the thought of a reporter uncovering that he’s trying to get back into the NHL, Taylor pretends they’re dating. That makes everything more complicated when they realize they both want to work out & kiss.
The Dating Playbook tackles a lot of big topics w/ aplomb: Taylor’s business concerns, Jamar’s guilt, her insecurities about a lack of college degree & a learning disorder, & more.
Watching them both work through the things holding them back is emotionally fruitful & I really enjoyed the portrayal of Taylor, who is impulsive & regularly runs from problems & confrontation with Jamar but doesn’t hesitate with most people.
Kudos also to Jamar, who’s a sensitive stud. He’s coolheaded but admires how Taylor claps back at offensive people & I love that dynamic.
This book feels “real” to me—people who are trying the best they can & ultimately coming from a place of passion & love—& I really enjoyed it.
4 ⭐️ . Release date: 08/17.
Give me that HEA, please.
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