a good book can simply entertain. The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken does exactly that! I was actually given the the second book in the Wingmen Inc series, The Matchmaker’s Replacement to review first (see my review on Tuesday, August 30). I usually try to read books in a series in order but, the second book released on August 9th so I had to get that review out. After reading Replacement I knew I needed to read Playbook!! So I’m giving you both reviews and in order.
Banter, bicker, diss, and comeback can be some of the funniest reading when done right. Rachel is quick witted and has a great, light sense of humor as shown in the story of two college best friends and roommates, Ian and Lex, and the unique “dating” service, Wingmen, Inc, they created to help those unnoticed girls get that special guy. That plot alone provides ample opportunities for quirky situations. Add into it the fact that both are highly intelligent, hot man whores and the story just keeps getting better. Ian has it made; girls, girls, smarts, money and did I say girls? until he takes on, Blake, his little “sister” Gabi’s roommate, as a client of Wingmen, Inc. Then all the rules he established to keep his well ordered life running go out the window.
compatibility is great but attraction is really about that undefinable thing called chemistry. There is a great love story that develops in Playbook, which serves to remind you that love will hit you when you least expect it, in the last place you would think to look. As Ian coaches Blake on how to get her childhood best friend, David, to notice her he realizes that sometimes the rules are meant to be broken. Throughout the story, Rachel seamlessly develops the attraction between Ian and Blake. It’s not sappy or cliched and always feels authentic.
don’t judge a book by the cover. Actually, Playbook has a pretty nice looking cover but, I meant the figure of speech that there is more to people than just their outward appearance. Rachel points this out in a light and playful manner while driving her point home. The Matchmaker’s Playbook is also more than just a book. It has the new Kindle in Motion feature, which places moving graphics in various locations throughout the text. Something really cool to see. And it is free if you have
Great older YA book that even adults will find entertaining. Simply an enjoyable and fun read!