REVIEW – THE MATCHMAKER’S REPLACEMENT (Wingmen Inc., #2) by Rachel Van Dyken



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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Our eyes locked on each other, and a lifetime of conversations took place in the look she gave me. It wasn’t confusion, just pure want, desire.


I am in love with this series! I haven’t read a ton of Rachel Van Dyken’s books but I can tell you without a doubt that this is definitely my favorite of hers. The second installment to the WINGMEN INC. series has surpassed the first book on a scale of UTTER AWESOMENESS!!! This one has the friends-to-lovers and love/hate tropes!! The perfect combination for a book that was simply unputdownable for me.

We met Lex and Gabi in The Matchmaker’s Playbook and it was easy to see that behind all of the bickering and heated arguments, there was definitely some unrequited feelings between the two of them as well. Lex and Gabi have known each other since childhood, and more often than not, Lex was always there to defend or console Gabi in her time of need. Even though Ian and Gabi’s friendship may have seemed to be closer since they considered each other as siblings, the friendship between Lex and Gabi ran deep as well. But everything changed when Gabi turned eighteen and the two almost shared an intimate moment at a house party on campus. When Ian witnessed what happened between them, he gave Lex an ultimatum to stay away from Gabi, since he didn’t believe Ian would want anything more than a casual fling with her. This is when Lex started to push Gabi away and played the part of the biggest manwhore on campus, which is also when their relationship seemed to become volatile. Whenever they were in the same room an all-out battle was destined to erupt.

When Gabi becomes the newest employee of Wingmen Inc., Lex is left with the task of training her. And whenever these two are alone together, it’s hard to deny the strong chemistry between them. Lex tries to play the aloof bad boy but thoughts of another man putting his hands on Gabi nearly drive him to insanity.

There is a genuinely sweet side to Lex and it comes out whenever he is truly worried for Gabi’s safety and well-being. When he starts to notice that she’s losing a lot of weight and barely eating, he ends up leaving daily food baskets on her doorstep anonymously. When Gabi gets a second job waitressing at a strip club, he shows up at the club on several occasions to watch over her. I couldn’t get enough of sexy Lex!! You will find it hard not to fall for this guy for all the swoon-inducing things he does for lucky Gabi.

For most of the story, they try to fight the feelings that they have always had for each other. Gabi has seen Lex with hundreds of women and she has never gotten over the hurt she felt when he pushed her away at that party several years ago. And Lex, well he doesn’t think he is worthy of Gabi, which stems from his upbringing, and also he would never do anything to jeopardize his friendship with Ian. Ian was the only person who stuck by him in life and his friendship means everything to him. But when Lex and Gabi finally realize that what they have could be something truly special, will they be able to overcome their fears and give love a try?

If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend that you do. I swear that once you start you truly will find it hard to put down until you get to the last page. I definitely think that every gal needs a super villain like Lex in her life.


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