Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review: The Matchmaker's Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken

The Matchmaker's Replacement 
(Wingmen Inc. #2)
by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: August 9, 2016

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.

Ever since I had a blast reading Book 1, I had a high expectation for Lex's story. He is such an incorrigible manwhore and a walking STDs, I totally wanted to junk punch him one too many times. I wonder how will RVD going to soften up my heart towards him. But oh, she definitely did a marvelous job with Lex and Gabi's story. I'm totally in love with Lex, despite his earlier misgiving. In fact, I might even like him more than Ian. Sorry, Ian. 

While Book 1, I find myself enjoying the romance, but what I really love is the bromance and the laugh out loud humor. Ian and Lex's bromance is super funny and awesome and I totally wish for them to turn 'gay for you'. Anyway, what I like to point out is, in Book 2, the feeling is different. I have to admit I miss Lex and Ian's interaction. Ian is around, but his engagement level is pretty low and he mostly act like a father towards Lex and Gabi. But fear not, the enemies to lovers angle between Lex and Gabi totally kickass and keep me hooked. I just love their relationship development and is a long time coming for them two.

As we know, Lex is a manwhore who bang half the campus or maybe more. I don't blame him for spreading his awesomeness around because despite his attraction to Gabi, he never plan to do anything with her... ever. I can understand his reason for not wanting to piss off Ian who threaten him castration and death. Eventhough Lex and Gabi hated each other, and threaten bodily harm on daily basis, we knew they are just acting like a bunch of juvenile. And when shit hits the fan, we know they can rely on each other. That's what make me soften towards Lex. His action show how genuine his feelings is for Gabi. Worrying about her, caring about her, annoying her, stalking her etc... Although whenever he open his mouth, I still want to smack his face and then kiss it all better.

Overall, I find the romance development is just sorta perfect. We have them bickering like enemies in the beginning, then we started to see how Lex get invested into Gabi's personal life, their feelings blossom and continuous bickering, Lex's sweet thoughtful gesture, hiding their relationship from Ian and a great epilogue to wrap things up for both the couples.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York TimesWall 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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