Saturday, April 9, 2016

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken


The Matchmaker's Playbook (Wingmen Inc. 1)

RELEASE DAY APRIL 5th, 2016

Publisher: Skyscape (April 5, 2016)

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English



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…





YES, Rachel OWNS THE RIGHTS.

Meet the men behind Wingmen Inc
Meet Ian


Ian Hunter, ex NFL football player, with a huge heart and a giant, large, mega watt, smile ;) He's always been a player off the field and on, so why not use his talents to better the world? It only makes sense, if one can't play, why not teach? So thats what Ian does, he teaches women how to get the man.

How to walk.

Talk.

Dress.

Eat.

And yes, even text.

Some may call him a genius, but really, he's just a regular guy, he puts his pants on one leg at a time just like you do, only his pants are designer, and his ego? Well, lets just say it matches the size of something else.

Just know, that if you need a wingman? He's your guy. 


“You’re really . . . hot.”

“I know,” I said in a bored tone. “But remember, you’re my client. I’m helping you so you can help yourself.”

Shell frowned. “So you don’t ever date your clients?”

No, because all of my clients were in love with someone else, and I didn’t have time to play the hero. I almost always created a catastrophe that their crush had to save them from, solidifying that relationship and breaking them away from whatever hero worship they had of me. It made sense, if you really thought about it. The women I dealt with were so starved for male attention that they had a hard time telling the difference between my acting and actual feelings. It’s why I always made my rules very clear.

“Never,” I said, keeping my voice crisp. “Shell, sweetheart. I’m going to e-mail you the schedule for the next week. Let me know if you have any issues, but no phone calls, do you understand?”

She nodded slowly.

“Only texts and e-mails. We don’t talk on the phone. And if you see me around campus, you don’t know me. Outside of our business arrangement, we’re strangers. And if anyone asks about Wingmen Inc. . . .”

She sighed. “I know, I know. Give them the red card with the Superman logo on the front and the giant W on the back.”

I winked. Our cards were genius. They just looked like stupid Superman cards, when, really, the message was on the back. The message was always in the details people rarely paid attention to. “Great.” Standing, I held out my hand. “Seven days is all I need.”

She glanced over at the barista, who was still blatantly shooting daggers in our direction. “I hope you’re right.”

With an eye roll, I pulled her in for a quick kiss on the lips and whispered, “I’m never wrong.”

“You smell spicy.”

Aw, how cute, a compliment. Maybe I’ll only need six days. After all, one of the days was completely dedicated to learning how to stroke a man’s ego. Look how fast my little grasshopper was learning!

“Thanks.” I placed my hand on the small of her back and guided her out of the coffee shop.

“Bye, Ian.” She walked toward a red Honda and hopped in. Damn, I’d had her pegged as a green Jetta type of girl. Well, can’t win ’em all.

The minute I jumped into my Range Rover, my phone rang.

“How was she?” Lex yawned on the other end of the phone. I imagined he was probably shit-deep in e-mails, since it was two weeks after New Year’s, meaning everyone with a pulse had just created New Year’s resolutions to change their lives. “Because your waiting list is hella long, and if she’s not a good fit, I have another girl that offered to pay me in sexual favors to move her to the top.”

“Cross her off,” I barked. “If she knows how to give favors, she knows how to get her own damn man.”

“Noted.” Lex chuckled darkly.

I made a mental note to make sure he actually checked her off the list rather than making fake promises just so he could get his rocks off.

“Oh,” Lex said, “and Gabi says if you don’t make it tonight for dinner, she’s going to glue your hand to your penis. Though she was much more graphic.”

“Always is.” I grinned. “Text her and let her know I’m on my way.”

“Done.” He hung up.

I didn’t pick this life. It’s not like I woke up one morning and went, Wow, wouldn’t it be so badass to help dowdy women get the guy? And before you stomp off in a huff, look at the facts. Almost 60 percent of women marry down, meaning most women go for a man with the dad bod. The guy who is more than likely going to make less than them; never work out; eat hot dogs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and, let’s face it, need Viagra by age forty.

All it takes is a simple Internet search to get the facts.

Women are, by nature, insecure creatures, and if by the tender age of thirty-five they haven’t settled down, they’ll most likely marry the guy with the unfortunate bald spot and a heart of gold.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

It’s kind of like when you go to the pound and pick the dog with the lazy eye because you feel sorry for it and you know without a doubt that bastard will never stray.

So what’s the difference between settling and settling?

The first type of settling is cute. The dog with the lazy eye, or in this case, the man, really is what’s best for the girl. A match made in heaven. They’re the couples you see holding hands while you wonder if the girl’s legally blind. It’s the hot tall mom and the short dad. The sorority girl and the guy with the beer gut. The cheerleader and the science nerd.

For some reason, the universe accepts this. I accept this.

What I don’t accept? The insecure type of settling, desperate in nature.

Granted, that’s rarer.

But getting more and more common.

It’s when a girl never reaches her own potential, thus, settling for less than what she’s worth. It’s the quiet girl who was never taught how to wear makeup. The chubby girl who eats her feelings but has a hilarious personality, who should by all means be paired with the quarterback.

It’s the matches who never find one another.

It’s my sister.



Looking for a book about a man who thinks he has it all only to find there is something more he wants, and he is willing to risk almost everything to get it? The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken is the book for you!

Ian Hunter loved playing football until a freak accident ended his career. After that he went back to school and started a lucrative business with a friend providing wingmen to girls who needed help getting the guy. Everything was perfect until he set eyes on Blake, and then everything changed. He started doing things he didn’t normally, but he was hired to help her get her dream guy. Can he remember to keep business and pleasure separate?

Black Olson moved from the Midwest in order to follow the guy she had a crush on. She was an athlete and her initial impression of Ian was less than stellar. How was she to know he was the man she had hired to help her win over her basketball player? And why was she starting to see him as less of a wingman and more as just a man who she liked to spend her time with? Will she be able to win the real guy that captured her heart, or would she lose a permanent wingman? You have to read to find out!

4.5 stars and I recommend it to everyone!! Get to one clicking today!


The Matchmaker's Playbook is the first book in the Wingmen Inc Series.
I would give this book a 5 stars and highly recommend to others.
This book was seriously and even balance between sexy and funny.
Even though its a series this book can be read as a standalone.
This was a college romance which happens to be one of my favorite genres.
Match that with one of my favorite authors and BAM perfection!

Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.

Ian has everything he could always want, the perfect job, any woman he could ever want and a best male friend Lex who is his true wingman at every facet of his life. Ian also has a best girl friend also Gabi and he feels like his life is complete. He finds out soon that a certain new roommate of Gabi's will intrigue him like no other woman has before... but when he realizes she has become his client all hands have to stay away... or will he break his number one rule for Blake??

Blake was very inexperienced with her sexuality and dating, so she decides to hire a professional to help her get the man she has been lusting over.... but what she doesn't expect is it to be the man whore Ian that becomes her mentor... will she still want the other man or does she feel sparks fly between her and Ian.. and what will she do about them?

Get to one clickin' to find out what happens between these two, and I can't wait for the next book Lex's story!


I loved this story!

Once I got into it, it was hard to put down.

Ian had an abrupt professional football career ending in an injury. He is now back in college and co-founder/owner of Wingmen, Inc. It is a professional matchmaking service with guaranteed results. His objective to get the guy to finally see the girl standing next to him.

Blake hires Wingmen, Inc services to get David, a long time family friend, to notice her. Ian has his work cut out for him, Blake is niave and inexperienced in all aspects, right down to her frumpy attire.

As Ian helps Blake get noticed by David he finds himself becoming more and more attached to her. He slowly comes to realize he wants to make her his.

The tête-à-tête between these two is witty and hilarious. Add in Ian's co-partner Lex and longtime, best friend Gabi and you will be cracking up.

Get one clickin'

ps can't wait for Lex and Gabi's story!



Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com .


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