The Engagement Game: A Must-Read Memoir for Sophisticated, Successful and Single Women

There it was. Not noticeably at first but then definitely. I felt an undeniable shift. I didn’t have to pause when I got out of bed in the morning. I just stretched my body from my navel to my toes, and hopped out. I got dressed with interest and intent and made the train on time. When I did my daily eight-minute walk from the 72nd street train stop to my job, I noticed things I hadn’t seen in a very long time.

Wow! This book is more than I had expected! It was hard to put down, even when my eyes were telling me that it was way past my bed time. This book was so captivating that it was the first book in years that I read word-for-word in less than a week! The moment I finished reading the book, I felt like I had grown as a person due to Joi-Marie’s relationship journey.

To a woman’s dismay, success in the boardroom can’t always guarantee success in the bedroom, no matter how beautiful they are. It’s true: it takes more than being a 5’10 corporate beauty to cause men to drop to one knee. And Joi-Marie is definitely more than a pretty face. She’s a successful ABC News Producer, creator of, and in-demand panelist and workshop facilitator who’s just added one more accolade to her already impressive resume: accomplished author! Yep! Google The Engagement Game online and you’ll see all the rave reviews. See for yourself why people are finding it hard to put this book down. 

The Engagement Game is a book that connects with the career-driven woman hoping to create her “happily ever after” success story by receiving the coveted ring. Her stories are honest—she opens up in a way that leads to an immediate connection between the reader and herself. It reads like a conversation with your best girlfriend—you know the type of interaction that makes you want to tell your friend off for allowing certain situations to happen. You want to step into the chapters of the book and add your own two cents, but you also realize that you’ve experienced what the author has experienced—many times perhaps—and you understand why her heart takes over her brain.

I went to New York City in March 2017 and had the chance to interview Joi-Marie Mckenzie, the same week as her book release. Of course, I had some questions for her about the engagement and marriage game, especially as it relates to career-driven women. 

When I met Joi-Marie, I immediately wondered, “who would want to wait to put a ring on her?” Her charismatic demeanor, cool confidence and radiant beauty automatically stood out. Well, she’s queen of the red carpet—would I expect her to show anything less? She’s interviewed A-list celebrities such as Spike Lee, Jennifer Hudson and Kerry Washington. But now the tables have turned as she takes a ride in the interview seat to discuss her newly released book, The Engagement Game.

Click here to see what the successful ABC News Producer, Joi Marie, had to say about men, women, and relationship success. 

Interview with Joi-Marie McKenzie