Book Reviews: I Kissed a Girl & The Dating Playbook

Good morning! Today I’m sharing with you two reviews! I did a poll over on Twitter (I promise I’ll get a newsletter out soon!) and it seemed that a lot of people liked the idea of mini-reviews, or multiple reviews per post. So since I’ve been reading so much lately (I listen to audiobooks all day at work, basically!), I figured this might be a great way to get more reviews out to you! I’ll try to group them in similar genres or vibes, that way you can take your pick! Hope everyone is doing wonderful!

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I Kissed a Girl by Jennet Alexander

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Title: I Kissed a Girl
Author: Jennet Alexander
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: August 3, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

A fun movie set romance full of overwhelming crushes and finding yourself

At a glance: When Noa gets a job on the set of an upcoming horror film starring her celebrity crush, this could be her big break! But will she be able to stop making a fool of herself in front of Lilah?

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Bisexual MC
  • ๐Ÿƒ Easy Reading
  • ๐Ÿ’– Queer Romance
  • ๐Ÿ“˜ Standalone

Read this if… you’re looking for a wlw Hollywood romance, a cute quick read, a book you don’t need to pay too much attention to have fun.

Diversity Representation: Lesbian Jewish main character, bisexual Jewish main character, trans & polyamorous side character

Content Warnings: Stalking, blackmail, fear of coming out, gory special effects, snakes

Mini Book Review

Fun, light, entertaining, breezy, cheesy, cute, comforting

Quick Summary: Noa is a brilliantly skilled makeup artist working hard to break into the union, which is more challenging than she thought possible. Lilah Silver is a young actress who dreams of stardom. When Noa gets a life-changing job on the set of Lilah’s first role as the lead in a movie, this could be the big break each of them is hoping for. Will their strong connection be able to survive through long hours in the makeup chair? Will they each catch their big break?

My favorite parts of I Kissed a Girl was the diversity of Noa’s roommates and how Noa introduces Lilah to her community. Community and friendships are so important, that Noa showing Lilah a sense of community gave off such a comforting feeling. The best part about Noa showing Lilah her community was that we got to see so much of the incredible side characters like Noa’s roommate, Chrissy, a polyamorous trans woman!

I Kissed a Girl is cute and fun, but it is cheesy. It was a quick, fun, popcorn read. The pacing was a little strange, and there was a stalker subplot that paralleled the horror movie plot well, but I think it fell short in its delivery a little bit. Despite that, I thought this book was a perfectly entertaining, easy read to not take too seriously!

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About the Jennet Alexander

Jennet lives by the ocean with her long-term partner, kids and cats. All of them (except the cats) love camping, seaside sunsets, and long walks with a lot of bug spray. She has previously worked in theatre, dance, and television production, is now installed primarily on the administrative and educational side of things, and is seizing the opportunity to use some of that knowledge for evil.

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The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

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Title: The Dating Playbook (The Boyfriend Project #2)
Author: Farrah Rochon
Publisher: Forever
Publication date: August 17, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

A steamy romance for lovers of sports romances & fake dating tropes

At a glance: Taylor is drowning in debt and can’t seem to find a way out, until she is approached by a former NFL player, Jamar, who is hoping to get some under the radar one on one training.

  • ๐Ÿƒ Easy Reading
  • ๐ŸŒบ Friendship Goals
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ NSFW
  • ๐ŸŒผ Self Growth

Read this if… you need another light and fluffy contemporary romance, if you have been craving a sports romance, if you’re really into NFL players!

Diversity Representation: Black main characters, learning disability

Content Warnings: death of a friend, grief, injury, hospital scenes, car accident, anxiety

Mini Book Review

Cute, sweet, fun, fluffy, light, steamy, quick, engaging

Quick Summary: Taylor has dug herself into a big hole of debt, and she’s doing everything she can to pay it off. When Jamar Dixon, a former NFL player, comes into her life and asks her for secret training, this might be the perfect situation for both Taylor and Jamar. Unfortunately, that means they’ll be spending time together, so a fake relationship might be the only way they can explain to the public how much time their closeness…

The Dating Playbook is the definition of a fun and fluffy book. It was a nice, light romance read that I breezed through in a single day. It was funny, sweet, cute, and everything you expect from a contemporary romance. I love the fake dating trope, it’s always so cheesy in the best way, and this one definitely fits the bill in that! Overall, this book was a great contemporary romance, but I did find the relationship felt a little heavy on sexual tension rather than knowing each other. Other than that, which definitely is not a negative for some people, this book was a perfect fluffy read!

My favorite part about this book was how hard Taylor was working to make a name for herself and stay afloat. She didn’t do it in the overly stubborn way that is often seen in books, where the main character just refuses help because they have “respect” or “honor” or something. Taylor was just fighting with everything she had, but she has strong friends that she knows she can trust and fall back on if she needs them. It was a really nice balance! I don’t know how much I’m in love with how severe her money situations were overall, but I did really enjoy the growth Taylor had to work toward fixing it.

Do you need to read book 1 to read book 2?

But here are the links to both:

Book 1, The Boyfriend Project: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Book 2, The Dating Playbook: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

About the Farrah Rochon

A native of south Louisiana, USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine’s Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers series, garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers’ Choice Awards. 

Farrah is a two-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award and has been a Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee. In 2015, Farrah won the Emma Award for Author of the Year. 

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Added to my TBR: I Kissed a Girl and The Dating Playbook!

*I received this book for free and am leaving this review voluntarily*