Series: The Boyfriend Project #1
Published by Forever on June 9, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Forever Publishing, Netgalley
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, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .
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, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there's no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?
Yes, I’m behind on my ARC reviews. It’s 2020. I make no excuses.
Come for the romance between Samiah Brooks and Daniel Collins, stay for the developing relationship between Samiah and her two new friends, London and Taylor.
And that’s really the bottom line for me and what will make me come back to read the next books in the series. Samiah and Daniel’s relationship was fine. I liked Samiah way more than Daniel – he struck me as a pretty standard ex-military, now law enforcement hero. The only thing that matters to him is his current case until he meets Samiah. By necessity, he has to lie to her for their entire relationship, which I tried to go along with. After all, in the beginning, he doesn’t know her, and it’s entirely possible she’s the criminal he’s hunting for.
But that’s also the problem here. If there’s a chance she’s the criminal he’s hunting for, then his decision to go ahead and get involved with her is ill-informed at best, and immensely stupid, possibly criminal or at least career-ending at worst. And if he trusts his gut enough to get involved with her, then he didn’t have to lie to her. He can fill her in on at least a little bit about what’s going on, especially since he knows that he could get called back to HQ at any moment and have to leave everything, including Samiah, behind without a word.
And the resolution to this relationship was really bad. Honestly, it was terrible, and I didn’t think Samiah should even listen to what he had to say, much less actually forgive him. The way he acted, and what he did, should have ended it for her, especially since the realization of what he’d done showed her just how deceptive he’d been for their entire relationship.
The non-romance parts of this book overshadow the relationship between Daniel and Samiah. In particular, the burgeoning friendship between Samiah, Taylor, and London was the strongest storyline here. And I really want to see how it develops. I’m also hoping for more info on how Samiah’s professional life continues to grow, too.
I highly recommend this book for the relationships besides the romantic one. It’s really, really good, and I loved getting to know these women. I want to keep reading about them, and see how their lives grow and change with each other. The romance itself – it’s fine, but there’s nothing to recommend there.