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The Matchmaker's Playbook (Wingmen Inc.) Paperback – April 5, 2016
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“Fans of Van Dyken will not be disappointed as her larger than life characters, outrageous dialogue, and tongue-biting humor are front and center in this romance that is reminiscent of George Shaw’s Pygmalion.” —RT Book Reviews
“Rachel Van Dyken’s signature wit is out in full force in The Matchmaker’s Playbook. Proof that love can be found anywhere, Ian and Blake are a match made in hilarious, heart-warming Heaven.” —Emma Hart, New York Times bestselling author
“The Matchmaker’s Playbook is a refreshingly witty, fun, and sexy read. A cocky playboy, a sassy heroine, and an electric chemistry that can’t be denied, this book is full of laughs, heat and heart!” —The Christian Grey Fan Page
“Oh my word, this book! I went in hoping to get some much-needed Rachel Van Dyken humor, and ended up with a six-star read! The Matchmaker’s Playbook has it all. When a book can make you feel like you’re falling in love right along with the characters, and when you can feel the chemistry that perfectly, you know it’s special!” —Molly McAdams, New York Times bestselling author
“The Matchmaker’s Playbook is Rachel Van Dyken at her finest...Heat, heart, and pure fun—readers are going to fall in love with this well written, addicting read. This is definitely a top favorite of 2016!” —Shh Mom’s Reading
“Funny, realistic, and entertaining to the very last page. Rachel Van Dyken puts an enchanting twist on a matchmaking player who ultimately learns the true meaning of a match made in heaven.” —Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
A master of lighthearted love stories, bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken has seen her books appear on national bestseller lists including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. A devoted lover of Starbucks, Swedish Fish, and The Bachelor, Rachel lives in Idaho with her husband, son, and two boxers. Follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.
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At 4:12am, I can say with certainty that this book was un-put-downable, addictive, so dang funny, and veeeerrrryy informative ;)
She's a creative genius, and brings us something that's unique and different, a book that exceeded my every expectation. Just when I think Rachel can't get any better, she goes ahead and shatters that thought. I'm going to need a WINGMEN INC. business card, STAT!
I completely adored Ian and Blake. The chemistry between them was intense, and I loved all the angst!
And even the secondary ones have got me craving the next book, like, yesterday. Bring on Lex and Gabs!!!
I think I should just stay down on my knees, because I feel like I'm forever bowing down to this author. She's brilliant, and The Matchmaker's Playbook is a testament to that. LOVED IT!!!
I will say that Rachel is a genius at writing a male POV. in every book, her male voices are very authentic and that is rare find and it shows the strength of the talent.
Unfortunately, I did not like Ian who is the sole POV in this book. I didn't like being inside his head. It was very jarring and his thought were very one note. Rachel usually rights such great depth and maturity to her characters, but Ian lacked that. I found no growth in the character and failed to find the motivation in any of his actions.
In fact I felt this way about all the characters in the book. Every interaction and conversation to me felt very surface or shallow. Which is sad because it was all there to make a complex and interesting story. You had Ian's failed NFL career and issues with his parents. Ian had two bffs in the book that known him for years, but you felt none of that connection of even got why they were friends. Blake (the heroine) grew up without a mother and lost a brother young, but all this stuff was only mentioned in passing.
Honestly the hardest part of Ian being the narrator of the book was all he ever thought or talk about was sex. And yes, I can be a bit of prude, but it was just to much for me. Yes I get guys can think of sex a lot, but for me I needed a break from that. I would have enjoyed to have another POV, that was not all about sex.
I love Rachel and I will continue to read her books. My dislike for this book is more of a personal taste.
Ian and Lex are two buddies who are friends and business partners. They are also Manwhores who specialize in one night stands when it comes to their personal lives. They own Wingmen Inc., a business that specializes is helping women get the man of their dreams to not only notice them, but to want a relationship with them. They have their own Playbook of rules. Rules that have proven effective time and time again. Rules that are not to be broken. The first rule is total discretion, if you hire them, you do not let anyone know their identity.
Ian and Lex have a friend named Gabi which they have a love-hate relationship with. Gabi gains two new roommates and one of them, Blake Olson, a tomboy of epic proportions, is one of them. Blake contacts Wingmen to help her get a childhood friend David to see her as more than one of the boys. Unbeknownst to her, by contacting Wingmen, she is contacting the same cocky men that she met and disliked at Gabi's house.
Ian agrees to help her get her man, but as she goes from tomboy to woman, can Ian stick to his own rules or are rules meant to be broken? Has Ian met his match, or it is just another blip on his radar? You will have to read it to find out.
At first I thought Ian was a total jerk, but as the story unfolded, I found myself being won over by him. Lex and Gabi are great supporting characters that made me laugh several times. I sure hope Rachel has plans for them in a book in the future.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I rate it 4.5 stars
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