The Dating Playbook

by Rochon, Farrah

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When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this "fun, heartfelt, and totally relatable" romantic comedy (Abby Jimenez, NYT bestselling author of Life's Too Short).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?Entertainment Weekly: Best Books of SummerPopSugar: Best Summer Reads of 2021Buzzfeed: Romance Novels You Need to Read This SummerBookBub: Best Romance Books of SummerWashington Post: Romance Novels to Read This SummerOprah Daily: Most Anticipated Romances of 2021
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Booklist Review: "The best-friend trio Taylor, Samiah, and London forged a tight bond in The Boyfriend Project (2020), and now readers learn that they have been supporting each other's life goals ever since. But lately, personal trainer Taylor can barely afford her portion of the dinner check. She's willing to work hard for her money, but without formal credentials, it's almost impossible to build the Fitnessgram empire of her dreams, and an undiagnosed learning disorder may be the problem. A bad knee is what has kept former NFL star Jamar Dixon away from the big leagues, but now that he's ready to get back into shape, he's calling on Taylor for secret one-on-one training. When the media catches wind of their partnership, Taylor rushes in with the save, pretending to be Jamar's girlfriend, but their fake relationship comes with a rule book she insists they follow, even when their hearts lead them in another direction. Fans of multicultural romance with a sporty twist, similar to Alexa Martin's Playbook series, will be cheering for "TayJar" as they push past their physical and emotional limitations."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Rochon follows The Boyfriend Project with a nuanced rom-com that sees Taylor Powell working to launch her career as a fitness consultant. Taylor is broke, struggling to get her business off the ground and fearfully considering the possibility that her only way forward is to go back to school. The solution to her problems comes in the form of former NFL star Jamar "Diesel" Dixon, who hires her as his personal trainer after attending her pop-up workout session. Jamar hopes to return to the field after an injury and offers Taylor a hefty fee to get him back into shape. But he has one condition: to avoid feeding into fan speculation about his career, no one can know they're working together. Taylor agrees, and to cover the true nature of their relationship when pressed by reporters, she blurts out that they're lovers. With both of their careers on the line, the pair create a "Dating Playbook" to guide their fake relationship--but the game plan changes when their chemistry becomes too powerful to ignore. There's no shortage of sexual tension, and Rochon's emphasis on boundaries and healthy communication creates a strong central pairing. Exploring themes of self-doubt and recovery, this emotional romance is sure to win hearts. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Romance
African American Fiction
Humor (Fiction)
Publisher Grand Central Publishing2021
Language English
ISBN 9781538716656