The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

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The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Skyscape
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (287 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

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.…

She’s considered a mess and he’s a real piece of work.

I like books by Rachel Van Dyken. She writes well and has generally interesting characters. This book wasn’t much different. I did like the writing and I did feel like I was in the head of the main character, Ian. The story was funny and I enjoyed seeing Blake come into her own. I even laughed at the issue with flip-flops.

That said, I really would’ve appreciated reading some of the book from Blake’s point of view. Ian was interesting, but good gravy… everything amounted to sex and he came across rather annoying. I get this was a male POV book and guys tend to think of little more than sex, but he had very little substance after a while. I would’ve liked to read Blake’s POV just to break of the monotony.

Still, I liked when Blake and Ian sorted out their differences. They had good chemistry and I wanted her to get what she wanted.

If you want a book that’s a definite change from the norm, then this might be the book for you. It’s snappy, funny and a tad edgy. Give it a try.

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