Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: The Matchmaker's Replacement by 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.

4.75 of 5 Stars

I loved the first book in this series, The Matchmaker's Playbook!  It was fun, hot, and a perfect mix of humor and love.  Ian and Blake were so much fun and I really enjoyed reading their story.  The character that I did not like in that book?  Lex!  I couldn't stand him!  He was such a jerk to women everywhere, especially Gabi.  I was curious when I received this book to see if RVD could change my opinion of him.

Lex is a Computer Science genius.  His main skills are hacking into things to find out information he wants.  His best friend is Ian and together they run Wingmen Inc. a dating service of sorts.  They teach girls how to make the guy they want desire them and they have quite the success rate.  But now that Ian is with Blake they need more people working for them.  It is also logical that they should help men get the girl too.

Gabby needs the money and being best friends with Ian does have it's perks.  He makes sure she gets the job but the catch?  Lex is doing the training.  If there is one person she hates, it is Lex.  He is a man whore who only cares about himself.  However, most people that invoke such a strong reaction from each other are usually fighting an unbelievable attraction.  The more time they spend together training the more difficult the attraction is becoming to ignore.  

Lex really wants everyone to think he is a douche.  And he totally can be one at times.  But, I have to say at the end of the book, I loved his character even more than I loved Ian.  Rachel Van Dyken has an unbelievable way with words and storytelling to be able to make you hate a character in one book and love them in the next.  This book is fun and witty with just enough drama mixed in it.  I loved it from cover to cover and finished it in one sitting!  

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