Title: The Matchmaker's Playbook
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
My Rating: A
Narrator: Jeremy York
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Wingmen Inc #1
Main Characters: Ian and Blake
Release Date: April 2016 (audiobook)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Listening Length: 9 hours and 35 minutes
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…
I listened to this series backwards so I had a good idea of what happened with Blake and Ian after reading the second book, but that did not keeping me from loving this story. I adored it.
Blake is a true heroine...she's a tomboy. She is NOT a girly-girl. She's a jock and doesn't really even know how to be feminine. So she comes to Wingmen Inc. for help to win the guy that she wants (hint: it's not Ian). Ian takes her under his wing and then finds that he really likes her...despite everything that's wrong about her.
OMG, the buildup of the romance was so good in this...and funny. I loved Ian and his whole cocky, unapologetic attitude toward women and hooking up. He's a total manwhore. He's not a guy that you should like as a hero...just dang, but Rachel Van Dyken makes it work. I love how she does that with these guys. They shouldn't be likable because they really are jerks when it comes to women...BUT she makes the reader fall in love with them. I love her writing for that.
Narration...one word...PERFECTION! I highly recommend this book in audio version.