Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review Tour & Giveaway: The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

The Matchmaker's Playbook 
by Rachel Van Dyken
(Wingmen Inc. #1) 
April 5th, 2016 
Publisher: Skyscape
Genre: New Adult Romance 18+
Contains: strong language, sex

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…

Rachel Van Dyken is a witty, engaging writer, and 'The Matchmaker's Playbook' is a fun start to her new series. I really enjoyed this book. It has that classic RVD feel. Her writing is witty. Her characters are funny and endearing. Her rom-coms are laced with humor and banter. And woven throughout the story is lots of heart. My only real drawback is that I'm tired of the "manwhore" trope. But RVD still wins me over with her great character transformations and an engaging storyline.

Which brings us to Ian and Blake, stars of the show. After a rather humorous first meeting, Ian and Blake are working in cahoots, as Blake is Ian's newest matchmaking client. The storyline that follows - of the blossoming yet previously ignored beauty and the transformed player who unexpectedly fall in love - may be familiar, but I enjoyed the spin RVD put on it. It's a fun story, laced with much heart and growth. Despite both Ian and Blake having sad pasts, this is not a sad book, which I really appreciated. They are strong characters in their own way, having already worked through many things personally, so the love and support they find in each other is just what they needed to push their character growth over the edge. They are fun and smart, with witty banter that I gobbled up. I liked their tender moments as well, showing a beauty in the hearts of their characters. Ian and Blake were a sweet couple that I was happy to root for.

The Wingman business has good motives, even though the guys running it seem to have relationship issues of their own. Though some of the sayings and strategies these guys come up with are pretty wise, if only they could apply them personally. All in due time I suppose. The glimpses we got at potential future couples had my eyebrows raised and my mind whirling. The next books should be very, very interesting. Looking forward to what's coming next!

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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! Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!
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