The Matchmaker's Replacement My Rating:
As good as the first!
Published by: Skyscape on August 9th 2016
Genres: Cliffhanger Free, College Life, Contemporary, HEA, New Adult, ROM/COM, Romance
ISBN: 1503936279 Content Warning: sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence make this title appropriate for readers 18 and over.
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.
Wow, this is like the third Van Dyken book I’ve reviewed in the last month. She’s going to think I’m a creepy stalker. I’m really not (Promise). I’m just catching up on all the reviews that need to be written that are piling up next to the stack of books in my TBR list that need to be read.
Okay, so confession time. As much as I love Rachel Van Dyken’s work, and as much as I loved the first book in the Wingmen Inc series, I wasn’t hyped for this book. Why?
As soon as I learned there was a second book, I knew it would be Lex’s story. And I didn’t really like Lex in the first book. So, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read an entire book from his point of view. But I gave it a try for two reasons. First, I like Van Dyken’s work (duh). And two, it’s a love-hate-love story and I like those.
Gabi and Lex and perfect for each other… sort of. But they hate each other… sort of. The have a ton of bad history… definitely.
I really enjoy these types of stories if they are done right. And The Matchmaker’s Replacement was done awesomely. The sexual tension between Gabi and Lex rolled out of my Kindle in waves.
Once again Van Dyken has developed characters that are strong and layered and human. They’re like our friend or sister or cousin. Someone we can relate too, like to spend time with, root for. Okay, maybe not Lex. He’s a little on the eccentric side. He’s probably not all that relatable to most people, but Van Dyken weaves a sweet love story between him and Gabi—two strong personalities. Well, maybe sweet isn’t the word. Firey and volatile and sexy.
The plot is interesting. Gabi has a little secret that keeps you guessing. And the tension between her and Lex when she starts working at Wingmen, Inc is off the charts.
Damn it, she was so beautiful it hurt to stare at her.
The book’s pacing was excellent. Character development was on point. There’s nothing more to say than: Rachel Van Dyken does not disappoint when it comes to witty, sexy, rom-coms. I mean, if you want funny mixed with sexy romance, she’s the one to go to…
“Swear on Ian’s soul if you show me your penis I’m going to whack it with my hand, and not a good whack but one that will take the tiny appendage from one end of the room to the other, where my cat will most likely pee on it and make it so no woman ever touches you again. Eunuch,” I [Gabi] said through clenched teeth. “You’ll be a eunuch. But hey, if that future sounds like fun, and you feel like taking a walk on the wild side, by all means, unzip, Casanova.”
“So…” Lex nodded knowingly, as if he had a dirty secret. “You got a sexual cat fantasy? Good to know.”
Bottom Line: The Matchmaker’s Replacement is as good as the first book in the series. Strong characters. A strong story…
I was torn between feeling complete because I was finally with her and pissed that I had waited so damn long.
And an ending that will put a smile on your face. It’s good—get your copy!