The Matchmaker’s Playbook (Wingmen Inc. #1)
by Rachel Van Dyken
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.…
4 out of 5 stars
This was such a fun, light read! Highly entertaining, with a male POV that had me smiling big time.
I really liked Ian and his internal monologue. He was funny and charming as well as a whole lot of cocky. I liked Blake, a bit clueless and inexperienced in the beginning but it was fun watching her come out of her shell and be more comfortable with herself when it came to guys. I liked Ian and Blake’s growing relationship, the animosity between the two, the chemistry, the unspoken fire they both seemed to have for one another. There was nice conflict happening, internal struggles for each, and a bit of angst and heat to round it all out. It was a solid story with a really nice slow burn happening. Not heavy or super in depth but there was a good amount of background info given on each character that pulled me in.
I liked the relationship that Ian had with his roommate Lex. Male banter at its best, they cracked me up. Lex and Gabbie were the king and queen of bicker and while some of that was fun - for a while - it was a bit warring. I'd be interested to read their story in the next book to see how that tension and current hate-hate relationship plays out.
It was a great read that was just outright fun! :-)
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