REVIEW – THE MATCHMAKER’S PLAYBOOK (Wingmen Inc., #1) by Rachel Van Dyken



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…

*****Patty’s Review*****

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*****4.5 STARS*****

For the first time in my life, I wanted a girl that wasn’t mine to have. And it sucked.

Sexy couple in underwear


This was like a modern day twist of the story, Pygmalion. Ian Hunter along with his best bud, Lex, run a secret business called Wingmen, Inc. They provide a sort of dating service to coeds on campus who need extra help in landing the men of their dreams. Their clients are usually shy and socially awkward. They teach the girls how to be more confident and how to gain the interest of the object of their affection. There is also a software program they use to make sure their clients are compatible with the men they’ve been crushing on. The guys have rules and a contract that each client must sign and follow. The women are sworn to secrecy and must vow to never give away their identities. One of the cardinal rules, which is also listed on the contract, is that neither Ian nor Lex are allowed to hook up with their clients. Ian’s world is about to be turned upside down by the new roommate of his friend, Gabi. The roommate who is about to become the newest client of Wingmen, Inc.



Blake comes from a small town in Idaho. She’s on the University’s Volleyball team and she has no fashion sense whatsoever. Blake likes to wear oversized sweatshirts, basketball shorts, and Adidas flip flops. She has hopes of winning the affections of her childhood friend, David. Not only is she a virgin, but she also has never been kissed.



Right from the start you can sense there is a strong attraction between Ian and Blake. The once NFL top draft pick and designated ladies’ man, for the first time in his life, finds himself smitten with a woman and he has no clue that maybe he’s stumbled upon the once in a lifetime chance at true love and happiness.


I couldn’t get enough of this one. The slow build to the love connection between Ian and Blake held my interest throughout and it was nearly impossible to put this book down once I got into the story.



Will Ian realize in time that he’s the right guy for Blake, or will he let doubt and a stupid software program destroy their chances at an HEA? You’ll have to pick this one up to find out. Looking forward to the next book, which I assume will be Lex’s story.


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