Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Review - The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: The Matchmaker’s Playbook 
Series: Wingmen Inc. #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.

After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule.…

First let me say, I’m 36 and single. So, from the very beginning, I decided I should start taking notes if someone is going to spill the secrets of how to find L.O.V.E! I mean really… Determined not to settle and with no idea what was before me, pen, paper and coffee in hand, I set down the path of learning. Then I spit my coffee all over my Kindle. Well what the HELL, RVD?! If you’re ready to have your abs hurt from laughing so hard, with an element of sweet and saucy love, this is the PERFECT book for you! 

The Wingmen are just what every girl needs. Someone who analyzes love and does the math, then determines whether or not the guy you are crushing on is a good fit. Who are the Wingmen? They are a super-secret group until you meet them. Ian Hunter is perfect. He loves women of all shapes and sizes and he wants them to fall in love—they just have to get out of their own way to do it. With the Wingmen’s help they are sure to do it, IF they follow the program. Then enters Blake Olson, who may be his most challenging client to date. 

Let me say, I fell in love with Ian from the first moment. He loves women. Women of all shapes and sizes. This made him so perfect to me. He empowers women to have faith in their skills to talk to the person they are attracted to. This made him even more lovable. A man who wants what is best for a women, even if she isn’t his, is pretty amazing. As the story unfolds my love for Ian just became more and more. He’s fun and flirty, empowering and funny. My abs hurt from laughing so freaking hard. I mean, HARD. Laugh out loud, so people stare at you funny! This is the kind of book that brings your faith in humanity back. The kind of story that reminds you that there is so much more to dating and love than just numbers. 

The Matchmaker’s Playbook was a perfect blend of love, sweet, saucy and laugh out loud funny! Don’t miss out on the Wingmen and the bright spot they will bring to your life!! 
~ Review by Heather

Ian and his friend, Lex are the two behind Wingmen, Inc. They help their clients get their crush. When Ian takes on Blake as a client, he thinks she is going to be a lot of work. As time goes on, Ian isn’t so sure he wants to help her get her crush anymore—he’s thinking he might want to keep her to himself. 

Ian was a player and knew all the moves, but he definitely met his match in this book. Even though he was a player, once he met Blake and they became close, he didn’t want any other girl. 
Blake was hopelessly in love with her best friend who she grew up with. But the thing is, he doesn’t notice her as more than a friend. Once she enlists Ian’s help, her crush starts to notice her, but Ian has made her rethink her feelings. 

I loved this book. Ian and Blake started off with a matchmaker/client relationship that quickly turned to friends, then way more than friends. They got to know a lot about each other while they were denying their feelings, and while Ian was helping her get another guy. Their road to their happily ever after had quite a few bumps and people in the way, but in the end they were able to get where they needed to be. I really enjoyed seeing them work through their feelings and both their transformations into their best selves. 

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Gabi and Lex have quite the hate relationship and I’m interested to see how their relationship will play out in their book. 
~ Review by Leah

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers.

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