The Matchmaker’s Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken Review

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The Matchmaker’s Replacement 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.

My Review

I’m going to say it – I adore Lex and Gabi together! I may even like The Matchmaker’s Replacement more than I liked The Matchmaker’s Playbook (and I loved that book). Why would I like this one more, especially when Lex comes across as a serious a##? Let’s just say that he has redeeming qualities and he’s the most lovable villain I’ve ever read. Just wait until he wears those glasses…my imagination still has that one replay.

Rachel Van Dyken knocks it out of the proverbial park again with her latest contemporary romance. I laughed, I cried, and I swooned with these characters. Gabi is going through so much and I found myself hoping that things would just turn around for her. Watching Lex and Gabi move from enemies to lovers was beautiful and RVD made sure that we loved these characters and their journey. As always, she knows just when to make us laugh and when to pull the rug out from underneath us.

Dynamic characters and a new, fresh story line move The Matchmaker’s Replacement to the top of my Summer reading list. I’ll tell you a secret…I’ve already read it three times. Three. Times. That’s three times the Lex. I’m off to swoon again over my favorite hero-villain.

Updated as of release morning: This is one of the first Kindle in Motion books that add an additional level to the reading experience. Short scenes are woven throughout the story – RVD and Nate even make an appearance in one. It really does add that extra bit of something special. I look forward to reading more books that use Kindle in Motion.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Stars

  • Lex as a BBF: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/4 Stars
  • Steam Factor: ★ ★ ★ ★ Stars

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