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The Good Ones are Taken

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781408748374

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 4th April 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Romance

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I absolutely adored it! Sweet and sexy, this friends-to-lovers romance is the perfect escape. I loved Mags and her fiercely loyal friend group, the food descriptions are TO DIE FOR (guaranteed to make you salivate) and the romance is sooo satisfying. Five stars!!’ Netgalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Maid of Honour. Her college best friend. And a sexy doctor…

Maggie wants to find her Prince Charming, but all she’s finding are total frogs. As the Maid of Honour in both her upcoming best friends’ weddings, time is running out to find a date worthy of being a Plus One. Then she meets Blake at the gym, a dreamy, muscular heart surgeon who sets off butterflies in her stomach. Blake is confident, a fine-as hell-Georgetown grad with chocolate-brown eyes, thick lips and a dimpled smile. What more could she ask for?

Meanwhile, her college bestie, Garrett, throws salt in everyone’s game. At every swipe, with every date, he just has to point out red flags. When Maggie asks why he isn’t happy for her, he finally admits that he can’t be. Not when he’s not with her.

Now Maggie is stuck in the most confusing love triangle, forced to choose between the near-perfect guy she’s been waiting for and best friend who has never hurt her. She’s gone from thinking all the good ones are taken, to been torn between two great guys. If she doesn’t figure it out soon, she’ll lose them both…

An absolutely hilarious and steamy romantic comedy that will make you fall in love – and hungry along the way! Fans of Jasmine Guillory, Talia Hibbert and Sara Desai won’t be able to put this one down

Readers are RAVING about The Good Ones Are Taken:

‘Maggie is such a relatable character, especially being the only single friend out of her friend group. You are rooting for her to find her one true match, and laughing alone the way at all the shenanigans that Tinder puts you through . . . Garrett has you swooning and smiling from ear to ear! If this man exists in real life, please let me know . . . a perfect book for the romcom lovers, you won’t want to put it down and it might make you want to redownload Tinder. 😉’ Goodreads reviewer

Delightfully steamy. This was a fun, fresh read and readers will delight in Taj McCoy’s unique voice.’ Netgalley reviewer

‘The love story of Maggie and Garrett! Wow this spicy best friends turned lovers kept me on the edge! . . . A steamy, romantic, rom com! A must read!’ Netgalley reviewer

a delightful and lighthearted romance that I definitely recommend!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘A wonderful look at the complexities that often face professionals in the black community looking for love . . . the plot will keep you turning the pages and renew your belief in friendship and true love.’ Netgalley reviewer

ooooh this book wouldn’t let me put it down! i liked this book SO much and feel like, in some ways, this is what i have been waiting for from Taj McCoy and i am thrilled’ Goodreads reviewer

This book makes women everywhere have hope that their Mr. Right is out there looking for her just like she’s looking for him. Great read!!’ Goodreads reviewer


Fresh, sexy, and fun, THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN is another hit from Taj McCoy! This book has humor, wit, and a heroine in Maggie you can root for. McCoy always adds depth to stories that makes them impossible to put down. McCoy also answers the questions if all the good ones are taken and will she ever disappoint. The answer is a firm hell no!
Catherine Adel West, author of The Two Lives of Sara
Taj McCoy delivers a hilariously fresh take on dating in the modern world: the good, the bad, and the love that's been there all along. McCoy effortlessly weaves humor, heat, and friendship to create a beautiful romance. Readers are sure to be inspired by the protagonist, Maggie. She's bold with her desires and hungry for more. There is no settling in this love story
Charish Reid, author of Mickey Chambers Shakes it Up
A friends-to-lovers romance that showcases the hilarious trials and awkward tribulations of modern dating. With a friend group you'll want to grab brunch with, this self-assured heroine is determined to find her perfect match. Readers will savor the delectable food descriptions and fan themselves during the sensual love scenes. The hallmarks of a Taj McCoy romance are all here: delicious food, ride-or-die friends, spicy sex, and swoon-worthy love
Danielle Jackson, author of Accidentally in Love
Taj McCoy's writing positively crackles with energy, wit and humor. The Good Ones are Taken is just the right amount of sweet and salty. Delicious like kettle corn. Yum
Jayci Lee, author of Booked on a Feeling
Taj McCoy does it again! THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN is a heartfelt, delicious (literally, the food descriptions made my mouth water), joy-filled, friends-to-lovers journey I'll never forget! The focus on friendship and community is just as strong as the emphasis on romance, and the impact is equivalent to a giant, comforting hug. The chemistry between Maggie and Garrett is achingly good and their amazing tension had me cheering, swooning, and turning pages at warp-speed! Taj McCoy is a standout star of an author, and THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN is a gift to readers everywhere
Courtney Kae, author of In the Event of Love and In the Case of Heartbreak
The Good Ones Are Taken is the kind of friends-to-lovers romance that will make you take a second glance at that guy you've been besties with for years! It strikes just the right chords of funny, sexy, relatable, and my favorite emotion when I'm reading a book - those moments when you want to shake the main character, so they can see what's right in front of them. I laughed, I yelled "oh hell no!," and most importantly, I couldn't stop smiling anytime the two main characters were with each other. That's the sign of an incredible love story, and Taj McCoy delivers just that with a delectable sprinkle of some hilarious friends on the side
Darby Baham, author of Her New York Minute
Taj McCoy's writing is the epitome of flow, from dialogue to descriptions, to the exquisite best friends-to-lovers story in The Good Ones are Taken. What a joy of a book! It's a novel where our heroine Maggie neither shies away from nuanced conversations nor the heart-trilling heat of romance. A true HEA!
Tif Marcelo, USA TodayBestselling Author of the Heart Resort series
Taj McCoy speaks TRUTH about the travails of modern dating with sass and heart. THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN is a steamy (*fans self*) reminder that the best man for you is sometimes right there all along, the one who sees you and knows you the best. I was cheering for Garrett to make his case to Maggie to be "the one" in this swoony friends-to-lovers modern romance. Could not get enough!
Susan Lee, author of Seoulmates and The Name Drop
THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN is a sizzling friends-to-lovers romance that's as grown and sexy as it is tender and sweet. Taj McCoy has once again crafted a deep connection between characters who are so vibrant, vulnerable, and unapologetically real, that you can't help but cheer them on toward finding a love that's well worth the wait. Just like the delicious dishes peppered throughout the pages... you'll want to eat this one up!
Myah Ariel, author of When I Think of You
Sexy, Swoon-worthy, and hilarious. The Good Ones are Taken has a charming heroine with an unforgettable voice and a love triangle that had me turning pages well into the night
Riss M. Neilson, author of A Love Like the Sun