The Boyfriend Project is an adult contemporary romance that is more than two strong personalities growing feelings for each other as it dives slightly into the trope of an undercover agent falling for the colleague at a workplace he’s inspecting at; and brings a confident woman to the front and center as she fights the themes of misogyny, sexism, and racism in the tech industry through an insightful narration.
Representation: Black MC woman; half-African American, half-Korean MC man; BIPOC side characters.
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Trigger Warnings: Unfaithful boyfriend, microaggressions, misogyny, cheater colleagues at workplace, lies in a relationship.
Two strong main characters and you’ll be loving them both.
Samiah is an ambitious Black woman whose hard-work and talent has gotten her far into the coding industry, but her dream of launching a self-coded app is still blooming everyday. Her portrayal is so pleasantly surprising through her love for make-up—especially a smoky eye—and her dry humor. She’s clearly not one to let go off what’s evidently wrong and that is boldly, unapologetically put forward throughout the story.
Daniel is the biracial son of a Korean mother and an African-American father who is now working for a government agency that employs him to gather intelligence and information around financial crimes by stepping into undercover personas at different offices. His hard-work and sheer dedication has brought him to the heights but he’s also had to
not even say goodbye to potential relationships due to the nature of his job.
This romance is hot, hot, hot and sweet, sweet, sweet.
The two main characters typically meet at the coffee station of their office every morning, and soon the quick little chats—and fun flirting—turn into dates. Though, this budding session is even more interesting since the two have their own reasons to stay away from this potential workplace romance that is clearly not on either of their agendas.
Samiah and Daniel are so compatible that it hurts at time
if you’re super single and the easy conversations, innocent jabs, humorous sequences, or long discussions are evident enough. They can and do talk about all the themes that this story wishes to explore and not only does that give the readers more than the romance but also strengthens the emotions of these two. Plus, the kisses and more will leave you flustered.
Female friendships beautifully uplifts the main character.
Right off the bat, four women—including Samiah—coincidentally come together when they all find out about their cheater boyfriend, the man who four-timed them: courtesy of Twitter. And soon they connect over more than just an unfaithful man. They share their dreams and insecurities, and collectively decide on The Boyfriend Project, a six-month commitment to not be romantically committed and work on oneself. It’s refreshing to see these friendships, especially in contrast to a woman at Samiah’s workplace who steals our protagonist’s excellent ideas and passes them to the top heads by herself.
Important themes like women empowerment, sexism, racism, and how corporate uses diversity as checkboxes to be filled.
This story perfectly includes the reality of marginalized representation in workplaces through Samiah’s stance at her office and outside, where she supports her ideologies by actually dedicating her success or opportunities to those women of color who need to see someone like them in great places and with great possibilities. She’s also vocal about hardships that she and so many have to face for being different in the white-dominated sectors, especially through transparent conversations around diversity at her workplace—or the lack thereof—and being the ‘rarest of rarities: a diversity unicorn’ according to the corporate world of coding.
Title:The Boyfriend Project
Date of Publish: June 09, 2020
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?
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