Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Matchmaker's Replacement: Rachel Van Dyken

The Matchmaker's Replacement 
(Wingmen Inc. #2)
Rachel Van Dyken
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Expected August 9, 2016 

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. 

Gabi and Lex hate each other, but Lex can get through two weeks of training Gabi to take on male clients for Wingman, Inc, can’t he? But what he won’t let himself admit is that his “hate” for her really covers the feelings he has for his best friends “little sister.” Gabi and Ian may not be related by blood, but Ian’s feelings towards his lifelong friend are as tight as siblings and that’s a line Lex has sworn to never cross.

The heat between these two is explosive. That they each hide their feelings behind hatred says a lot about a) Lex’s feelings towards his best friend, and b) Gabi’s hurt at Lex’s first brush-off. This is not a story that happens on a quick timeline, no. Gabi and Lex’s first chance was long before the present day action begins, though each remembers that night with a slightly different perspective. I loved watching them try to work together and ignore the fire between them.

But as things progress between them, their need to keep secrets from Ian only increases, and Gabi is keeping secrets of her own. She needs this job at Wingman, Inc, but doesn’t dare tell anyone around her what is going on in her life. She is fiercely independent, sassy, and sweet. Though her innocence holds her apart from Lex’s vast experience, she knows what she wants and that hasn’t changed.

Lex is a great mix of geek, jerk, and alpha, which pairs nicely with Gabi’s fire and innocence. While there were times his confidence and swagger were over the top and grated on me, he eventually grew on me to the point where I could see his appeal to Gabi and was rooting for them to figure things out.

This was a fun, feisty read with a lot of banter, secrets, and humor. Once again, Rachel has entertained, challenged, and created a rich world that took me away from reality for a time. I loved seeing Ian and Blake in their world, happy and a little clueless as to what others around them are up to.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
The Matchmaker's Playbook (Wingmen Inc. #1)
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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.…


Rachel Van Dyken 

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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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your awesome reviews, and for taking time to read Lex and Gabi's story! :)


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