The Matchmaker's Playbook (Wingmen Inc., #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 290
Format: e-ARC
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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.…

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The Matchmaker’s Playbook
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The Matchmakers Playbook Creed  1. Head held high. 2. Always smile. 3. Never slouch. 4. Wear clothes appropriate to the season. 5. Let him open the door. 6. No kissing on the first date. 7. He comes to you. 8. Lingering is frowned upon. 9. NO facebook stalking. 10. NO STALKING stalking. 11. Don’t be too available. 12. LIsten to Lex and Ian. 13. See Number 12. 14. No seriously, go back, re-read #12.

15. If after one week you aren’t satisfied, we will dissolve the contract.

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The Trailer:

The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken from Becca the Bibliophile on Vimeo.

The Excerpt:

“If you  hurt her, I’m going to break off your favorite appendage.” “Silly Gabi.” I grinned. “Is that an invitation to touch?” “Guarantee  if I ever do touch you, it will only end badly.” “Tease.” I winked. “Stop that.” She flicked me on the nose. “Your sexual prowess is dead to me. Dead!” Rolling my eyes, I wrapped an arm around her and steered us both into the kitchen, where the smell of French bread and spaghetti filled the air. “Have I told you how much I miss our weekly dinners? Think we should do it daily? You know, so I don’t starve?” Gabi shrugged out of my embrace. “Learn how to cook.” I jutted out my lower lip. “It’s not for lack of knowledge.” I broke off a piece of warm bread, then poured myself a large glass of wine. “It’s because yours always tastes better.” Gabi groaned loudly. “Damn, do the girls really fall for that? Still?” “Eh.” I shrugged and made a so-so motion with my hand. “Nine out of ten.” “You disgust me.” “You say that every day.” “Because it’s true every day.” “When’s dinner ready?” Serena bounced into the room, literally, her head bobbing from left to right. Maybe that’s how girls like her built up more brain cells. They shook the air, and the pressure between their ears exploded, making tiny little brain-cell babies. Gabi poked her head into the fridge. “When Lex gets here.” “So it’s ready now?” she asked. Never mind. No brain-cell babies. I fought the urge to point to the steaming spaghetti and bread sitting on the breakfast bar. Didn’t it look ready, kiddo? “Technically,” I answered for Gabi. “But we aren’t eating”—I stressed the word “eating” even though I’d just taken some bread—“until my sidekick gets here.” “Sidekick, huh?” Serena crossed her arms, forcing her boobs to kiss one another and nearly hit her in the chin. “Oh, I thought you knew.” I gave her a sad face. “I’m the hero in this scenario . . . Even own my own cape. He’s basically the Robin to my Batman.” “Batman’s hot.” “So is Robin,” Gabi said defensively. Whoa. Did she just defend Lex? I felt her forehead. She pushed my hand away and handed me some parmesan cheese. The door flew open, and Lex stepped through, holding up two bottles of Cab. “Sorry, traffic was shit.” “Language,” Gabi called.

Lex and I shared a look before Lex stomped over to the swear jar and tossed in a dollar bill.

Review:

A fun, quick read filled with humor!

I have to admit that I wasn’t too sure about the book in the very beginning.  Ian, the MC, is a cocky, over-confident guy who, because of an accident, is unable to play professional football and finds his calling helping women get the attention of their dream man.  Together with his best friend, Lex, he helps women overcome obstacles and lure in their dream dates.  And, although he does this from a good place,  I initially found him arrogant, immature, and even a bit offensive.

Lucky for me, and for him, his natural charm won me over.  I began to understand that his cocky attitude was done tongue in cheek at times and that, overall, he did have a good heart.  And, once he met Blake, the change in this character was wonderful to see.  Even as he fought the connection and tried to stay true to his vow not to get involved with clients, he couldn’t couldn’t help the need to be close to her.  I also loved that, in reality, he was very self aware.  Even though he didn’t want to admit it to anyone, even himself, he knew pretty early on that she was special and that he was no match for the feelings that were overtaking him.

This book will have you smiling and laughing out loud many times.  Ian’s inner monologue is filled with quick one-liners that will have you giggling unexpectedly…and they definitely add to his appeal.  Lex is a manwhore who, like Ian, does not believe in love and he spends most of the book arguing with their friend, Gabi, who he’s obviously in love with.  Hopefully we’ll see these two figure it out in the next book.  And Blake is the girl who thinks she loves someone only to find out that what’s right in front of her is indeed what she needs.  Together, they make this a page-turner.

Overall, this was a fun read…with some interesting dating rules, some great characters and some interesting situations!  If you want a light read, this may just be the book for you.

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About the Author:
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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