Blog Tour: The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken. I share my review with you, I really enjoyed this book. There’s an excerpt and teaser images from the book and a giveaway.

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VanDyken-TheMatchmakersReplacement-CV-FL-vC6-RGBTitle: The Matchmaker’s Replacement
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Wingmen Inc. #2
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

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 isnโ€™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 sheโ€™s keeping from not just her best friend but her nemesis too. Lines are blurred as Lex becomes less the villain sheโ€™s always painted him to beโ€ฆand starts turning into something more. Gabi has always hated the way sheโ€™s been just a little bit attracted to himโ€”no computer-science major should have that nice of a body or look that good in glassesโ€”but โ€œLex Luthorโ€ is an evil womanizer. Heโ€™s dangerous. Gabi should stay far, far away.

Then again, sheโ€™s always wanted a little danger.

My Review:
Having loved the first book in this series, I was eagerly anticipating the next installment and I couldn’t wait to read Lex and Gabi’s story. Let me tell you – I was not disappointed! This is RVD doing what she does best – snarky, witty romantic comedy at its best. I totally loved it and flew through it in no time.

Lex is a total manwhore and not shying away from that fact. Gabi and him share Ian as a bestie and they are constantly sniping at one another. Except they both secretly lust after the other and their constant bickering is only a front.

Ian has sworn Lex off his “sister” so Lex has consciously steered clear. Until now. He has actually been pining after her for years and their sexual chemistry is off the charts.

Lex is a fantastic character. A total manslut tech genius with a heart of gold underneath. Gabi is a bit of a contradiction – innocent and inexperienced but well able to stand her ground and enter into a constant battle of wills with Lex.

Their sexy back-and-forth had me roaring with laughter and smirking at my Kindle. When they finally get it on it was explosive without being overly graphic.

Most of the plot is centered around their romance and the Wingmen plot pretty much took a backseat. But it worked and there was never a dull moment.

It would be easy to get mad at Lex’s blatant sexism and hurtful barbed comments, but you just have to take it tongue-in-cheek and go with the flow. The same could be said for the premise. Lex has lusted after Gabi for four years and they spend a fair amount of time together given Ian is their BFF. I found it hard to believe that he stayed away from her for that long, or that he would allow his bestie to dictate his heart for such a lengthy period. But I tossed logic out the window and just went with it.

The writing was great and pacing was spot-on – no skimming in this book!

All in all, this is another fab, funny, warm, sweet, sexy read from the amazingly talented Ms. Rachel. I’m sad to see this series end but I’ve no doubt she’s many more fantastic stories lined up for us.

Actual 4.5 Stars.

Thanks to Insklinger PR and the publisher for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I hated him.
HATED him.
Hate, hate, hate. I chanted the words to myself that very next morning as I stomped toward his ridiculously expensive house, next to the ridiculously nice lake, with his ridiculously loud red Mercedes parked out front. Jackass.
Iโ€™d be doing society a favor if I set it on fire.
The thing was probably filled with so much bodily fluid and disease that if he got in a car accident heโ€™d infect the entire freeway and start a citywide epidemic.
I shuddered.
I compartmentalized Lex into two boxes.
The first box was Childhood Lex, the friend who used to hang out with Ian and me before he moved across town, never to be seen again. He used to ride with me to school, and when I was sick he gave me my own box of Kleenexโ€”never mind that he stole it from his teacherโ€™s desk. The point is, Childhood Lex was a keeper.
Box number two?
Asshole Lex, also known as the version I was walking toward. The Lex I met when I was eighteen, who momentarily stunned me speechless with his godlike beauty, had been a figment of my overactive, sad, hormone-riddled imagination.
On the outside? The perfect man.
With a brooding and sultry smile.
Biceps the size of my head.
Who gave me the distinct feeling that if I ran my hands over his buzzed hair Iโ€™d orgasm before he even touched me.
Whatever. I was over it. So over it.
A lot of people had stupid crushes when they were eighteen, right?
Now all I saw when I looked into his stormy blue eyes was syph or the clap, and that was being generous. The dude was a walking STD and seriously tried every nerve I had. He was an ass. Plain and simple, no sugar coating. He was the type of guy whoโ€™d tell a chick that she looked fat in a dress or who refused to share the communal breadbasket. See! He couldnโ€™t even adhere to typical manners during mealtime! Just thinking about him had me tied up in knots.
Last year, when I went shopping and stupidly invited Ian alongโ€”which of course meant Lex had to comeโ€”I was told in no uncertain terms that if I would just stop drinking chocolate milk in the morning Iโ€™d be able to fit into a smaller size.
Heโ€™d smiled.
His dimples had deepened.
Heโ€™d even crossed his arms as if to say, Look, I did you a favor, pat me on the back.
Instead I had kicked him in the balls and tried to give him a black eye, clocking Ian in the face.
My point? Lex. Was. The. Devil.
I made a point of only hanging out with Lex when absolutely necessary, and even then I almost always had Ian as a buffer. But now that he was playing love nest with my ex-roomie, Blake? Well, I was on my own.
Lex opened the door after my third aggressive knock. Black sweatpants hung low on his hips, a vintage Mariners shirt fell open around his neck, and he was wearing black-framed glasses that made his eyes more appealing than should be legal.
โ€œSunshine,โ€ he said, his smirk deepening as he crossed his burly arms over his chest.
โ€œDickhead.โ€ I smiled sweetly. โ€œNew glasses? They look thicker than last time.โ€
โ€œBetter to see you with.โ€ He leaned forward, his eyes narrowing into tiny slits. โ€œThere they are.โ€ He reached for one of my boobs.
I slapped his hand away so hard my palm stung.
โ€œProbably not the best way to treat your new male clients.โ€ He shook his hand and turned towards the living room leaving the door wide open. Manners were completely lost on him.
Gritting my teeth, I slammed the door behind me and took off my shoes because I knew if I didnโ€™t heโ€™d give me hell.
He was a freak like that.
For as much ass as he got, it was shocking how much Lysol he used around the house. His clothes were never wrinkled; everything was pristine.
Even his breath.
Damn him.
He drank coffee like a Starbucks employee but never had coffee breath.
It was almost painful, staring him in the face, knowing that everything on the outside appeared perfectโ€”but didnโ€™t match the inside at all, not even close!
Beauty like Lexโ€™s was dangerous and wickedly tempting, like something out of a paranormal romance novel. Sometimes, at night, when I dreamed of Lex getting hit by a car, I imagined him as a vampire roaming the streets in his favorite black sweats, shirtless, shimmering under the streetlights, just waiting for whores to line up so he could take a few bites.
A pencil flew by my head.
โ€œYo.โ€ Lexโ€™s eyebrows shot up. โ€œWe have a lot of work to do if weโ€™re going to get you ready for the next two clients. Daydream about chicks on your own time.โ€
โ€œIโ€™m not a lesbian.โ€
He bit on his bottom lip, sinking back in his chair as his eyes slowly roamed from my mismatched socks all the way up to my head. โ€œOkay, whatever you say, Gabs.โ€
I will not commit homicide. I will not commit homicide. โ€œYou know,โ€ I said as I tossed my purse onto the table, โ€œitโ€™s offensive that you assume all lesbians dress like crap.โ€ So what? I was wearing a ratty white T-shirt and ripped jeans, and I was pretty sure I still had mascara on from the night before. It was my Lex repellant. He hated sloppiness.
โ€œOffensive.โ€ He nodded. โ€œAlso true . . .โ€ He used the spare pencil from behind his ear to slide my purse over to the farthest side of the table. โ€œIt wouldnโ€™t kill you to wear something other than jeans and T-shirts, Gabs.โ€ He sighed. โ€œSay it with me: dresssssโ€”โ€
I grabbed the pencil from his hand, broke it into two pieces, and handed them back to him. โ€œI wear dresses, just not for you. Dresses are your kryptonite, especially short black ones. I refuse to be a part of your โ€˜shower time.โ€™โ€
He snorted. โ€œYou wish.โ€
โ€œYes. Every night when I go to sleep I pray for Lex to dream of me while he jerks off because yet another girl refused to follow his instructions in bed : โ€˜Damn it, use the manual!โ€™โ€ I said, using my best imitation of Lexโ€™s voice. Iโ€™d only heard him shout instructions to a girl once, and it had scarred me for life. What the hell are you doing? Do I look like Iโ€™m satisfied? Thereโ€™s a diagram! Ugh.
Lex rolled his eyes. โ€œVery funny, and the manual is there for a reason. Do you even know how many chicks get confused when I call out sexual positions? Itโ€™s like, get there faster, you know?โ€
My feelings were torn between fascination and disgust. โ€œSo,โ€ I changed the subject. โ€œLetโ€™s train, because I have about ten years worth of Organic Chem homework.โ€
Lex sighed and held out his hand.
โ€œNo.โ€ I crossed my arms. โ€œI donโ€™t need help.โ€
Okay, I needed help, desperately needed help, and Lex wasnโ€™t just passably smart but a certified genius, at least when he applied himself. I refused to ask him to go over my homework just because Organic Chem was, to me, like reading a foreign language.
He cleared his throat.
I didnโ€™t move.
Finally, he stood, slowly walked over to the end of the table, and fished the chem book from my oversized purse. โ€œWhat chapter?โ€
โ€œIf Iโ€™m teaching you Organic Chem, at least say Professor Lex.โ€
โ€œListen very closely, Lex.โ€ I went over and jerked my book out of his hands. โ€œI didnโ€™t need your help last year when I almost failed biology, and I sure as hell donโ€™t need your help now. Letโ€™s just get this training done so I can go home and suffer in silence, alright?โ€
โ€œFine.โ€ He dropped my book against the table and then, without warning, grabbed me by my shoulders and pushed me against the counter that bordered the kitchen. My butt hit the cupboard . โ€œUp until now weโ€™ve been helping people find their perfect match. Basically acting like a wingman so that the idiots of this world see the girl whoโ€™s been standing in front of them all along .โ€
Why was he standing so close? Did we have to be touching? I told my body not to respond to his proximity, but Lex was magnetic, even if every part of him was evil. My brain was having trouble functioning while his large palms were pressed into the tops of my shoulders.
โ€œOkay.โ€ I swallowed. โ€œAnd now that youโ€™re allowing guys to become clients of Wingmen Inc., I basically do the same thing. Give them confidence, help them capture the one girl whoโ€™s always seen them as the friendโ€”or worse, who theyโ€™ve been invisible to.โ€
โ€œWhatโ€™s that like, I wonder?โ€ Lex still didnโ€™t release me. โ€œBeing invisible . . . Maybe next time a dude ignores you, take notes.โ€
And another insult.
โ€œLex.โ€ I huffed out a breath. โ€œJust get on with it.โ€
โ€œRight.โ€ His eyes momentarily locked on mine before he rubbed the bridge of his nose where his glasses were perched. It was not sexy. It wasnโ€™t. Really. That. Sexy. โ€œSo whenever we take on a new client, we give them a list of questions, meet them in a public place, and then use the power of human emotions like jealousy and curiosity to get the other person interested. Thatโ€™s where you come in. If another girl sees our client as desirable, he becomes desirable.โ€
โ€œThat easy?โ€
โ€œSort of.โ€ Lex leaned forward. โ€œBut you canโ€™t suck.โ€
โ€œAt anything.โ€ His lips hovered near my mouth. He was starting to freak me out. I wanted to run away, but I was pinned.
โ€œLex, if you kiss me I will bite your tongue off. I swear.โ€
โ€œIf I was actually kissing youโ€โ€”Lex released one of my shoulders and placed a finger against my mouthโ€”โ€œyouโ€™d know it. This, my frumpy friend, is training.โ€
His lips descended.
They pressed against mine, then pulled back. โ€œYeah.โ€ He shook his head. โ€œGabs, youโ€™re going to need to open your mouth a bit more. Guys are stupid. They always assume that more tongue means better kissing, when the opposite is true, but you still need to have your lips parted, not locked down like Fort Knox.โ€
โ€œWhatโ€™s happening?โ€ I tried to push away from him.
Lex rolled his eyes. โ€œGabs, believe me, this is all business. You can even keep your hand on my junk the whole time.โ€
โ€œWhat!โ€ I roared.
โ€œSo you know without a doubt that nothing about you turns me on.โ€ He grinned menacingly. โ€œSeriously, I donโ€™t mind.โ€
โ€œI do!โ€
โ€œHey!โ€ He chuckled. โ€œI was just trying to help.โ€
โ€œGrabbing your penis is not the answer, Lex!โ€
โ€œWeird, because it so often is.โ€
โ€œI hate today.โ€
โ€œIs it the rain?โ€ He frowned.
โ€œItโ€™s notโ€”โ€
โ€œIt is.โ€
โ€œStop that!โ€ I shoved him. โ€œHurry up and grade my kissing skills so I can go home and study.โ€
โ€œKissing, hand holding, hugging, cuddling, laughing, winkingโ€”just a few things you need to master.โ€ He was firing off so many horrible, body-numbing words.
โ€œJust hurry up,โ€ I grumbled in a defeated voice as I tried to block out the fact that he was a good-looking ass who offended me with every single breath he took.
โ€œAh . . .โ€ Lex held up his hand. โ€œOne never hurries a kiss.โ€
โ€œWhat about a passionate kiss?โ€
โ€œA passionate kiss isnโ€™t hurried, itโ€™s frenzied. Damn, donโ€™t you know anything?โ€
Heat swamped my cheeks.
โ€œHow many guys have you kissed, Gabs?โ€
โ€œPlenty!โ€ Five. Iโ€™d kissed five.
โ€œYou blush down your neck when you lie.โ€ Lex cupped my chin and then brought his lips down against mine again. โ€œPart.โ€
Sighing against his mouth, I relaxed my lips while his slid across.
He pulled back, wearing a frown of irritation. โ€œA bit more, Gabs. Guys want access.โ€
I kept my eyes open.
So did he.
I didnโ€™t want him assuming I was into it, which was probably his exact line of thinking. Only keeping my eyes open was an entirely raw experience, watching him watch me while I felt him.
I shivered.
โ€œCold?โ€ That stupid smirk was back.
โ€œFrigid.โ€ I glared, putting myself down before he had a chance to.
โ€œYou read my mind.โ€ He nodded seriously. โ€œNow stop being a bitch, and let me teach you how to kiss.โ€
โ€œI know how to kiss!โ€ I donโ€™t know what came over meโ€”maybe it was the need to prove myself, or possibly it was just stress over the entire situation. Needing to stay in school and hating that he was the answer, I wrapped my arms around his neck and jumped, my hips colliding with his as I mauled his mouth with as much passion as I could conjure up, this time closing my eyes and putting everything I had into it.
With a growl, Lex pushed me back against the countertop. As my butt collided with the edge, his tongue plunged into my mouth and his hands dug into my hair, pulling it free from its ponytail while he changed positions his lips demanding a punishing kiss from a different angle as his he gave my hair a harder tug back.
I grasped at his T-shirt, pulling him closer and nearly falling backward into the sink.
And then, just when I was in danger of losing myself to the kiss that would probably be the best kiss of my life, I bit down on his bottom lip.
That move didnโ€™t work out the way Iโ€™d planned, not at all. In my head it was smart. Iโ€™d piss him off, get him to pull back and leave me alone.
It did nothing of the sort.
Nothing of the sort at] all.
With a hiss he pulled back, fire blazing in his eyes. For a split second that seemed to go on for an eternity, he hovered and I waited, both of us on the edge of something. He wet his lips, I mimicked the movement, and then, like a snake, he struck. His mouth fused to mine in a punishing kiss, one that bruised my mouth while imprinting its essence on my soul.

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RachelAuthorheadshotAbout the Author:
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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