ROMANCE

The Boyfriend Project

Forever: Grand Central. Jun. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781538716625. pap. $14.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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When the man Samiah Brooks is dating turns out to be a three-timing jerk, she counts herself lucky to walk away with two new best friends and a renewed dedication to her personal goals. The three catfished women make a pact to spend the time they’d use on dating on themselves instead, but Samiah’s resolve is immediately tested by the hot new hire at her office. Samiah and Daniel’s attraction is instant but complicated by Daniel’s motivation for joining her firm. While he has all the coding skills of a tech superstar, his true goal is uncovering and taking down a money-laundering scheme. Although some may struggle with the element of deception attached to Daniel’s work, the slow-burn romance, supportive female friendships, and fresh, exciting depictions of working in a trendy Austin, TX, tech firm will leave most readers eager for more entries in the series.
VERDICT Rochon’s (“Moments in Mapleville” series) latest is ideal for anyone wanting positive representations of strong women in STEM fields, especially with its exploration of the specific challenges faced by black women. It will also please fans of office romances and Christina Lauren’s Dating You/Hating You.

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