Title: The Matchmaker’s Playbook
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Wingmen Inc. #1 (Books are stand-alone)
Genre: New Adult
Published: April 5th 2016 by Skyscape
Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★
“We save women from themselves. And more importantly, we help them get the men of their dreams. If that’s so wrong, I don’t wanna be right.”
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.…
3 of 5 stars to The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken
This was a fairly enjoyable read. The pacing felt right so reading it was never a chore. The story wasn’t outstanding and memorable enough for me and the characters weren’t easily likeable but in all fairness, they were at least, reasonable and didn’t dwell on too much drama.
I appreciate that it’s written in the male POV and that it didn’t feel weird at all. Sometimes when female authors write male POV it just doesn’t feel right and the dialogues are so unnatural. But with The Matchmaker’s Playbook, Van Dyken’s writing was spot on. Also, I love that the sex scenes weren’t so graphic. When authors put too much detail in these kind of moments, I get lost along the way and later on puts me to sleep (lol).
Some things I didn’t like though are the absolute character assassination of the antagonists. I just felt like the author wasn’t being fair in writing them and just put them in these box labeled “antagonists” and didn’t bother giving them redeeming qualities just so the hero could come up the better because he was sort of a d-bag too.
I have enjoyed a few Van Dyken books and I’m honesty missing her old ones. Her earlier releases are more of my cup of tea.
Cover Art: 3.5 stars. He’s gorgeous and not shirtless. More than good enough.