Book Review: The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken




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.…

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5+ ‘Wingmen’ STARS!

OMG!!! GUYS… I. Am. In. Love. I seriously loved every second of this book!! It was such a f*cking fun, refreshing, and hilarious read! The Matchmaker’s Playbook is the perfect romantic comedy. I found myself giggling and swooning throughout the entire book. I have to say; I’m usually not a fan of male only POV (mainly because I like my men to remain mysterious) but OMG, being inside Ian’s head was seriously entertaining as hell. He was so f*cking hilarious and such a cocky douche, but you couldn’t help but love him anyway.


Ian was a grade-A jackass when we met him in the first chapter. Some of the things that were going through his head deserved a few punts in the nuts, but hey, I loved him anyway. Ian, along with his partner in crime, Lex, are two huge mansluts that run Wingmen Inc., a dating service that helps lonely, shy, and insecure women land the man of their dreams. There are rules that must be followed, though. You never mix business with pleasure, and you never, ever fall in love with a client.


Enter Blake Olsen, a majorly inexperienced tomboy and the worse case that Ian Hunter has ever seen. She despises Ian when they first meet, and rightfully so. They are the complete opposites in every way. Ian found her to be completely hopeless and just couldn’t look past the hideous adidas flip-flops and baggy boy clothes.


Blake has been trying to catch the attention of her long time friend, David, for a long time. David has never looked at Blake as anything other than a friend, so she decides to enlist the help of the wingmen. Unbeknownst to her, it would bring her back face to face with the player himself, Ian Hunter.


Ian and Blake’s relationship progressed smoothly. As they spent more and more time together, they slowly became friends and eventually developed feelings for one another. Ian began to see Blake in a new light. He began dreading having to send Blake off with David when he just wanted to keep her for himself. Ian being Ian, didn’t understand why he felt the way he did, the feeling was not something he was used to. He found himself wanting to break every single one of his rules.


I’ve read and loved many books by Rachel Van Dyken, but I have to say this is one of my favorites that she’s written so far. The Matchmaker’s Playbook is an utterly addicting read that captivated me from the beginning. Full of humor, sexiness, and wit, you can’t help but put it down until the very last page. As much as I adore Ian and Blake’s story, I have a feeling that the best is yet to come with Lex and Gabi. I’m SO excited to find out how they end up between the sheets. 😉


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