NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: The Matchmaker’s Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken

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9 - The Matchmaker's Replacement

Wingmen Inc Book Two; Interconnected Standalone

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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.



Part of the draw of this book focused squarely on the lustful hate between Gabi and Lex. It brewed so hot in the first book, and I really honestly couldn’t wait to read their story in THE MATCHMAKER’S REPLACEMENT. I will say that it was fun, witty, and had the perfect amount of hate-lust that just sizzled the pages. RVD somehow managed to create a tempestuous and asshole-y hero with Lex while also making him entirely lovable. He still managed to provoke my heartstrings because–are you ready?–he has a heart. Yes, you heard it right, Lex Luthor has a heart. But it’s buried under a whole lotta crap, let’s be honest. Because Gabi is forbidden, off-limits, a no-go area because while she isn’t the blood sister of his best friend, she might as well be.

I loved their dynamic even more than in the first book not only because we get to experience it firsthand, but because it was rawer and more daring. Working close together really singed the fragile edges of their self control and somehow it sent blood to Lex’s black heart (were you expecting me to say some other body part?). While they didn’t have the best frenemy relationship, bogged down in hate and zings and put-downs, I think any reader will see the absolute adoration underneath it all. What better way to stave off the lusting than to force it to come out as anger and disgust? RVD made it angst-y and sexy, but she also humanized them with her unique humorous writing style. It was a light, fun read that carried a blooming romance that couldn’t be contained any longer. I fully enjoyed their love story and the deeper insight into exactly who Lex is; he’s a bright character all on his own, but I really loved the way Gabi was able to fight toe-to-toe with him at all times. She was such a strong woman with her vulnerability held so close to the surface and I was continually impressed by her resilience. It had the forbidden nature of a ‘best friend’s sister’ romance but the meat behind it to make it into even more.



5 - The Matchmakers Playbook

Wingmen Inc. Book One

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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