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The Good Ones Are Taken by Taj McCoy (Paperback)

The Good Ones Are Taken by Taj McCoy (Paperback)

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Fiction - Romance - Romantic Comedy


When Maggie's college best friend admits he's in love with her, she'll have to decide whether it's worth giving up something good, for something that could be amazing in this laugh out loud friends to lovers romcom.

Maggie is a lawyer looking for love. Garrett is a sports writer waiting for his college best friend to notice him, but she’s written him off because of a pact they made as teenagers. When Maggie starts online dating to find a date for two weddings, Garrett throws salt in everyone’s game. At every turn, he points out the red flags and encourages Maggie to keep looking until she believes she’s found the one.

 Things come to a head when Maggie demands that Garrett be happy for her, because he can’t. Not when he’s not with her–all of his attempts at a relationship crash and burn because he doesn’t feel for them what he does for Maggie. When he blurts out his feelings, Maggie’s world is turned upside down. She never knew he held onto feelings from their “almost hookup” more than fifteen years ago. Now she must choose between the perfect guy and a friendship that is the foundation for everything she’s ever wanted.


Oakland-born law grad Taj McCoy is committed to championing stories that include Black and multiracial women of color, plus-size protagonists, Black love, Black joy, and strong senses of sisterhood and familial bonds. Taj started writing as a small child, enjoying her first publications in elementary school. When she's not writing, Taj may be on Twitter boosting other marginalized writers, practicing yoga, sharing recipes, or cooking private supper club meals for close friends.

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"In the hands of a lesser author, the love-triangle element could feel completely predictable, but McCoy capably avoids tired clichés and gives readers a new perspective on the trope. The romance’s secondary characters are funny, supportive, and intrinsic to the success of this outstanding novel.” —Nicole Williams, Library Journal STARRED

“McCoy doesn’t miss a romantic beat in her swoonworthy sophomore rom-com. . . . Readers will delight in cheering on this strong heroine.” —Publishers Weekly STARRED

"Exactly the kind of representation that so many of us have been hungry for. Listen, if you haven't read Taj McCoy's books, you are missing out on some seriously stunning love stories!" —Jesse Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties

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