The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Rachel Van Dyken)


Wingman rule number two: never reveal how much you want them.

Lex hates Gabi. Gabi hates Lex. But, hey, at least the hate is mutual, right? All Lex has to do is survive the next few weeks training Gabi in all the ways of Wingmen Inc. and then he can be done with her. But now that they have to work together, the sexual tension and fighting is off the charts. He isn’t sure if he wants to strangle her or throw her against the nearest sturdy table and have his way with her.

But Gabi has a secret, something she’s keeping from not just her best friend but her nemesis too. Lines are blurred as Lex becomes less the villain she’s always painted him to be… and starts turning into something more. Gabi has always hated the way she’s been just a little bit attracted to him — no computer-science major should have that nice of a body or look that good in glasses — but “Lex Luthor” is an evil womanizer. He’s dangerous. Gabi should stay far, far away.

Then again, she’s always wanted a little danger.

OMG! What a difference a book makes… While I enjoyed the first installment, it was nothing compared to how I felt about this one. I loved this one!

The writing was great again, but what I loved the best were the narrators. Yes, the guy was the same that played Ian in book 1, but heck, his voice was so much hotter on this one. And the girl? Hilarious. I thought they captured perfectly the love/hate thing that Gabi and Lex have going on. I loved that this book was told in dual POV, unlike the first one, because here, both main characters had a huge weight.

I absolutely loved both characters on this one. They are both so rude and mean! I mean that: Lex and Gabi are rude and loud and they treat each other like crap most of the time. I still loved them to death. I thought that even though they said harsh things to each other all the time, they cared too much and that was clear on their actions. At some point Gabi says something like how Lex’s actions are worth more than his words, and yeah, I thought that was true. I think that at first sight, both characters are unlikable, but they will grow on you. Especially once you understand why is it that they feel the need to constantly attack each other.

The romance was AMAZING! The whole yelling, fighting, throwing things, and then all the kissing, really made it work. The way they cared about each other was heartwarming, and I loved that even when they admitted their feelings, they were still themselves.

I really liked the problems that arose, and especially how they dealt with them, and how IN they were once they got together, which was especially hard for Lex, given how afraid he was to lose Ian.

Very well done. I LOVED this one! Read it! Read the Ian’s story first, but then read this one, because this one is SO MUCH BETTER!

The Matchmaker’s Playbook (Rachel Van Dyken)


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…

I started this book on an impulse. I had seen it around a lot, but I wasn’t very sure, but I finally decided to give it a listen. I’m glad I did, it was an entertaining story, and it was more than enough to make me want to read more from the author.

The book is told through Ian’s POV, and I liked that part, I thought that for the story it was, it made perfect sense for this to be only from the guy’s POV, because Blake was supposed to be a mystery.

Unfortunately it took me a bit of time to fall in love with both characters, and here I think that Blake’s POV might have helped with that, because for the longest time I really couldn’t connect with her. And Ian… he was cool, and I enjoyed his relationships with people, but his actions were sometimes lacking.

The romance was great though, I really liked the forbidden aspect of the relationship, and even though they were the most unlikely match, they complemented each other quite well. I also thought that they both showed some signs of immaturity, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of that, but I was happy with the resolution.

But what I loved the most about this book? Lex and Gabi!!! That’s why when I saw that book 2 was about them, I was super uber excited!

Overall, this was not the best NA romance I’ve read, but it’s solid, and it sure had some hilarious moments, so give it a chance and read it 😉 .

December TBR


Again, I managed to read 20 books last month, and from my original 14 books on my TBR, I read 11 and started the 12th, so… not bad! I’m gonna aim for 14 books again, and see how that goes.


  1. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover (I’m halfway through already)
  2. Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1) by Ophelia London
  3. Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston (I’m almost done)
  4. The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
  5. Being Brooke by Emma Hart
  6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton (Re-read!)
  7. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  8. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  9. Stripped (Travesty #2) by Piper Lawson
  10. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
  11. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  12. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  13. Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
  14. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker