Review: The Matchmaker’s Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted July 26, 2016 by Shannon in Blog Tours, Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: The Matchmaker’s Replacement by Rachel Van DykenThe Matchmaker's Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Wingmen Inc. #2
five-stars
Published by Skyscape on August 9, 2016
Genres: College, Enemies to Lovers, Forbidden, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 307
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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.

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It kind of makes me a horrible person, but I’ll admit it and hang my head in shame: I judge a book by its cover. Or you know what? No, let me reword that. I will buy a book based in its cover. If it has a good cover and the synopsis sounds interesting, sure, get in my cart, please and thank you. Now here’s the thing, if a book happens to say Rachel Van Dyken on it, it goes in the cart immediately. I don’t care what the synopsis says. I don’t care if the cover is a picture of a bird sitting in a wicker basket while riding a surfboard into the sunset. If her name is on it, I’ll buy it, end of story. There’s really no need to be surprised by her level and quality of work because it’s all amazing, she has never let me down. I have very few auto-buy authors but Rachel is right at the top of that list. Want a book recommendation? Here’s an author to check out, she has something for everyone!

“Be the Cinderella at the ball and the prince takes you home, right?
Isn’t that how life worked? Instead, the prince kissed me, then insulted me, rejected me, and so started the war.”

Everyone who loves a good enemies to lovers romance, look no further, this is the book that you want. Trust me when I say you won’t deny the hatred between these two! The line they walk is a fine one, fuelled with passion that will have you burning through the pages. My favourite part with this trope is when each character starts to acknowledge that they may not actually hate the other as much as they let on but can’t give in without a fight. Being Gabi and Lex, it’s guaranteed this feud won’t go down quietly and it’s quite the adventure to watch unfold.

“Only you could make something so asinine sound somewhat sweet. Okay, point me to the Fortress of Solitude, and I’ll try not to sweat estrogen everywhere.”
“Upstairs. And Gabs, I really mean it when I say . . . If you ever leave a tampon in my room, I will cut you.”
“Aw . . .” Gabs placed her hands against her heart. “That’s just so”—she wiped a fake tear—“thoughtful.”

Not only is this book hilarious, but the banter between the hero and heroine is spot on. The battle for power is addicting and what they say/do to aggravate each other will have you shaking your head. Even when you get a break from the bickering and banter for some sweet and swoony moments, it comes right back at you because that’s just who Gabi and Lex are.

“Hey!” He chuckled. “I was just trying to help.”
“Grabbing your penis is not the answer, Lex!”
“Weird, because it so often is.”
“I hate today.”
“Is it the rain?” He frowned.
“It’s not—”
“It is.”

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Sometimes in a book, you fall in love with the hero; these become our book boyfriends. Other times, you bond with the heroine; she becomes the kick ass girl we want as our BFF. But what about the times where you fall in love with the characters as a couple? I loved every single second of the relationship in this story. From the present to the quick flashbacks, the fighting, the bickering, the laughing and loving, it was perfect. There’s times when everything just feels right and this was one of those times. I finished the book with no questions or qualms, and having never doubted this relationship. Man, I wish they were real people!

Being completely honest, a large portion of the book I’m sitting over here with this exact expression on my face. I couldn’t get enough of these two.

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Or like this. I’m not ashamed to admit there may have been some happy dances and celebrations going on.

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I loved every chapter, every page, every sentence of The Matchmaker’s Replacement. It’s lively and will keep you on your toes, it puts a smile on your face and will make you laugh out loud. It deals with all too real issues and shows the lengths you’ll go through for the people that you love. You’ll swoon, you’ll laugh, you’ll devour every word and you’ll fall in love with Lex and Gabi just like I did.

“I gently placed her back in the passenger seat. “Buckle up, Sunshine, I’m about to rock your world.”
“Hmm . . . I wonder how many girls you’ve said that to?”
“That line? Too cheesy. I saved it for you.”
“Touched.” She smirked, then reached for my hand. “And Lex?”
“Yeah?” I was shaking, but I squeezed her hand back.
“Tonight.” She licked her pink lips. “You were my hero.”
I had never realized how badly I wanted her to see me in that light—until that moment.”

This is the type of book that’s so easy to read, you breeze through it. You give yourself goals while reading like, “okay, I can read *x* many pages before getting back to the real world.” Or whatever the case may be. But when you finish those designated pages, you keep going. Soon enough you finish the chapter, then the next. Possibly even the one after that before you realize what has happened. It’s addictive.

“Don’t play with fire, Sunshine . . .”
“I’m made of fire.” I licked my lips as his eyes narrowed. “Don’t get burned.”

What happens when the villain turns into a hero? Lex Luthor happens. Man oh man this guy is perfect! He knows when to be light and fun or serious and swoony. He has no problem saving the damsel in distress and is loyal to a fault. Lex is THE definition of what a book boyfriend should be.

“I didn’t ask you to save me!” I shouted.
“You didn’t have to!” He matched my tone as he charged toward me. “Because I always will!”

Gabi was a pretty damn cool chick. She’s sassy, confident, completely selfless and I really enjoyed seeing her character grow. Ultimately, who else could possibly keep up with the super villain genius boy otherwise known as Lex Luthor?

You know what’s awesome? Life doesn’t always have earth shattering, soul crushing, character dying/being kidnapped conflicts and neither does this book. What I can tell you is it’s certainly a doozy, but there isn’t some large fabricated issue just used as a plot point in the story. It’s a real issue that affects both characters equally. Even better, it’s then dealt with by character who are acting like adults. Wait! Can that happen in a NA book? I kid. You know what I hate more than overused and predictable plots? Miscommunication which leads to a breakup of characters. You know what doesn’t happen? That! Hallelujah, thank you Rachel

“The front door slammed. And Lex Luthor, super villain, my hero, boyfriend, and the strongest guy I’d ever known, crumpled into my arms and didn’t let go.”

I love the Consequence series by RVD something fierce, but I think the Matchmaker series may have just overthrown the Consequence guys and gals. Dare I say that? I loved every second of The Matchmaker’s Playbook when I read it earlier this year. It’s funny and charming, intriguing and entertaining and yet holds depth to make you passionate about the characters. Thinking back, I believe I rated the first book as 5 stars and I really wasn’t sure what Rachel would do to top Ian and Blake’s story. Not thinking much about it, when offered, I jumped on the chance to read The Matchmaker’s Replacement while expecting about the same amount of enthusiasm for this story. I was wrong. I was dumbfounded. With stating how much I enjoyed the previous book in the series, this one blew it out of the water! I was IN LOVE with this story immediately, Gabi and Lex stormed their way into my heart and refused to leave. This book right here is not only favourites shelf material, but may just be my favourite Rachel Van Dyken book to date.

 

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*An ARC was received from the author and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Shannon

five-stars

About Rachel Van Dyken

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!

3 responses to “Review: The Matchmaker’s Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken

  1. Great review, Shannon! This sounds like one hot, entertaining read! I love it when a book is so character driven you really get invested in these personalities!

  2. Judith Lattin

    Fabulous review. I couldn’t wait to read this book before reading your review but now I’m chomping at the bit to get my copy. Thank you.

  3. Bunny Bañes

    OH MY GOSH!!! I love, love, love your review!!! Rachel is also my top/#1 author. Like you I also choose a book based on its cover and the synopsis. But with Rachel, I also don’t care about the cover. I definitely related to your review coz I saw myself in you. Reading this makes me want to read it ASAP. I can’t wait for my chance to fall in love with Lex and Gabi. Thanks for this of so inspiring review. I wish we can talk for hours anything and everything Rachel. She’s not just an amazing author but also an amazing friend even though we are countries apart.

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