The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken
Published by Skyscape on April 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.…
I happened upon The Matchmaker by chance through Passionflix. Before seeing this, I had watched Outlander and fell in love with the books, so I decided to go against my old rule of read the book first. I wished I’d stuck to my rules…
The film is an excellent adaptation of the book because I instantly pictured the film while reading. The eBook I read had the option of graphics adding a fun dimension to my reading experience. My only stumbling block was Ian looked a lot younger in the book than he did in the movie. Not a problem for younger readers but I had no trouble gazing at the more mature looking Ian in the movie whereas the younger version felt too young for my liking!
The Matchmaker is an easy to read, humorous take on a girls attempt to get the guy she is interested in to take notice of her. I loved Ian’s rules and while they were OTT there was a snippet of truth underpinning each of his tips on the art of seduction. At times the details were a tad instructional, but overall they were light and entertaining.
Blake meets Ian when she calls upon the mysterious Wingman to help her win over her childhood crush, David. Getting David on board meant Blake was compelled into accepting Ian’s conditions to become her mentor or more accurately her ‘love coach’. He and Blake find themselves reconsidering what they want in life. Having both experienced loss in one shape or form creates a bond neither of them expected.
I am putting down enjoying the movie more than the book because that’s where I first became acquainted with The Matchmaker’s Playbook. The movie was a fun 4 star escape whereas the book felt too familiar after having just watched the movie less than a week before. At times the story slowed and I had no difficulty putting down the book when life demanded my attention.
It’s rare a light-hearted, humorous book works for me but this one did. While the story was far from fast-paced it hooked me in sufficiently enough to want to reach the final chapter. I have Matchmakers Replacement lined up to read when I am after a reprieve from my darker reads.
3 Entertaining Stars
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