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Buddy Review: The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel van Dyken

Posted December 28, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Buddy Review: The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel van DykenThe Matchmaker's Playbook
by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Wingmen Inc. Series #1
Published by Indie Published, Skyscape on April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads

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.…

Ian Hunter is half of the partnership behind Wingman, Inc. – a campus-based matchmaking service for women. Ian has business rules that he follows from preventing his female clients from falling for him. But when his best friend’s roommate hires him to win over a guy, none of his rules help him when he’s the one who starts to fall…

Ames: All right Wena! It’s almost the end of the year and we managed to review a book every month! Go us!

Ok…what did you think of the Matchmaker’s Playbook? I have to say, this one wasn’t a winner in my book.

Rowena: I’m so glad that we made an effort to read at least one book each month together and then buddy review it. Have we ever gone an entire year actually following through on this? I can’t remember. Anyway, yes, go us!

I didn’t exactly hate the book because even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of how shallow and conceited Ian was, the story itself was compelling and once I buckled down to read it, I just kept right on reading until I was done. I love NA romances and I don’t see that changing but I didn’t exactly love this book. Sure, I was interested in what was happening in the story but I didn’t exactly love the hero of this book and that almost never happens. It’s going to be interesting to see Ian come to life in the movie being produced by Passionflix.

What did you think?

Ames: I agree that Ian was shallow and conceited. And I had a big problem with how he treated women. I thought he was a douche to be honest. LOL The only redeeming thing about this book in my opinion was Blake’s character. She was a tomboy through and through and I liked that she had no clue how to be feminine. I almost dnf’d this book about 25% of the way in but I was curious to see if Ian’s character improved or changed and I wanted to see how things played out for Blake.

This was only the second Rachel Van Dyken book I’ve ever read and it was a disappointed compared to Fractured (which I LOVED). I am not giving up on this author but I’m going to be careful about which book of hers I’m reading.

It would have been nice to have a few scenes from Blake’s POV.

Rowena: The way that he treated women, the way that he thought women were dumb at the same time claiming to love ALL women. He really did come off as being a douche. Blake was probably the only thing that I liked about this book. Gaby yelled too much and so did Lex. I thought it was strange that they yelled all the freaking time. I wanted to tell them to shut up more than once.

What was also pretty interesting was in my copy of the book, I bought the interaction copy, I guess because every so often, there were little snippets of gif like videos (I don’t even know how to explain it) with Ian, Blake and of course there were little cameos from the author, Rachel van Dyken. Whatever was happening in the book was brought to life through those little snippets. At first, it threw me but I got used to it and I think that, more than anything, was what kept my interest but the guy cast in the book looks nothing like Nick Bateman, who was cast to play Ian in the Passionflix movie.

Overall, the book was just meh. I was disappointed that I didn’t really see Ian’s character grow. He was still the same selfish, shallow and super conceited douche canoe at the end as he was in the beginning. That was disappointing. I think I’d give it a 3 out of 5. What about you?

Ames: I am going to agree with you. But 2.75 out of 5. I really can’t get past Ian’s character. Just thinking about how he thought of his clients…*shudder*.

That’s too bad our final book of the year ended up being a dud, huh?

Final Grades

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Ames: 2.75 out of 5
Rowena: 3 out of 5

Wingmen Inc. Series

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Week in Review (73)

Posted December 4, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Happy Monday, everyone!

What a week I’ve had. My sister Ingrid was down from Vegas last weekend but she went home Monday night and then my nephew RJ from Colorado flew into L.A. on Thursday and then his family is coming down this coming weekend so I’ll be surrounded by family. Family makes me happy so I expect to have loads of fun while everyone is in town.

This weekend, we were able to catch both Brenna and Makenna’s game as well as Meghan’s game since they were so close to each other. Their game schedules worked out perfectly too with Bren and Ken playing at 5pm in Irvine and Meg playing at 7:30pm in Costa Mesa (on our way home). So much fun, even though Bren and Kenna lost, Meghan’s team killed their opponent and scored 110 points! That’s NBA numbers right there and Meghan scored the three pointer that made the score 92-28.

It was a good game for Meghan because you can see that she’s back. She’s been struggling some, in her head a lot, not playing with confidence but just like Cody Bellinger did, she got over it and just played. I was so happy for her.

Weekly Planner Spread

Some of you might know this but I’m a complete planner head. I’m not very crafty. I don’t make my own invitations or paint and I can’t draw a straight line but to do lists are my thing. Decorating my planner every week is one of my simple joys that brightens my mood right up. My family and friends laugh at me, well the friends that aren’t just as addicted to planners and stickers as I am (I’m looking at you, Ames) but it’s a pretty big part of my week so I’ve decided to share my weekly spreads here.

Here’s my planner spread for this week…before the pen.

I’m really happy with the way that it came out. It’s color themed and everything. I can’t wait to jump into my new planner for 2018.

Here’s last week’s spread…after the pen.


…and now, onto the books.

What I’m Currently Reading

An English Bride in Scotland (Highlanders #1) by Lynsay Sands

The first in a new historical series set in the Highlands of Scotland, from Lynsay Sands, the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau vampire series and countless historical romances.

Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun when her mother suddenly arrives at the Abbey to take her home… so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed!

But from the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy sweet bride… and the fact that she’s blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he’ll move the Highlands themselves to save her. For though Annabel’s not the bride he planned for, she’s the only woman he desires…

I have to get this book read for book club next week so I’m busy trying to get this one read. So far, it’s okay but I’m hopeful that it will pick up soon.

Wish me luck!

My book club is really feeling the historical romances lately because the last few months, we’ve been reading historical after historical after historical. I hope that changes too because I need something different to discuss.

What I Read

The Ones that Got Away (The Ones that Got Away #1) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Roomies by Christina Lauren | 3.75 out of 5
Love, List and the List by Kasie West | 4.5 out of 5

This week was a really good reading week for me. I’m finally out of my reading slump that has plagued me for most of the last couple of months and I’m crossing my fingers that the slump is really behind me. My favorite read of the week goes to Kasie West’s Love, Love & the List. I didn’t think that I would like it nearly as much as I did because lots of people that have read it already haven’t been as pleased with the story but I absolutely loved it. Abby was a fantastic protagonist and her love interest was such a good one. Never once did I doubt his love for Abby and when he finally realizes the good thing he has right in front of him? It made up for the tears that I shed on Abby’s behalf. Kasie West did a fantastic job of writing Abby’s story and the life lessons she learned along the way was just icing on the cake. Such a fabulous YA love story and I cannot wait for more.

What I Reviewed

A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes #1) by Loretta Chase | 4.25 out of 5
Savor the Moment by (Bride Quartet #3) Nora Roberts | 3.5 out of 5
Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

Monthly Recap: October & November 2017
Movie Review: First to Kill (2017)
Week in Review (72)

What I Got

Hooking Up (Shacking Up #2) by Helena Hunting
The Truth about Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke
East in Paradise (Journey to the Heart #2) by Tif Marcelo

What I Got for Review

The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke
West Coast Love (Journey to the Heart #3) by Tif Marcelo
Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross
What a Difference a Duke Makes (School for Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Monthly Recap: October & November 2017

Posted December 1, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

This month’s recap will be for the last two months since I disappeared and this blog was left abandoned. I’ve been busy but I’ve also been lazy. Story of my life.

What I Did

Emme’s baptism: One of best friends from when I was a kid has a kid that just got baptized and Bren, Ken and I were on hand to help Hanah (my friend) make sure that everything was perfect for little Emme. It was good to see everyone come out to support little Emme and we had fun, so all in all, it was a great day.

Meghan met Kobe Bryant: So last month, Meghan met our family’s favorite NBA player of all time…Kobe Bryant. You should have seen us when she texted us her picture with him (the one above) and told us all about how he came to her practice to spit some basketball knowledge and help them with the offense that they’re running since it’s the same one he ran with the Lakers. We were so excited and stoked for ourselves like we met him and not Meghan. What a trip that Meghan chooses to go to a small school and she met Kobe Bryant, her all time favorite player. Never thought that would happen and even though it didn’t happen to me…it kind of did because I’m really close with Meghan..right? LOL.

Those are the highlights of the last couple of months and I’m leaving that Kobe Bryant picture right there, big as hell, because…it’s KOBE!!

Now, on to the books…

What I Read

On a Tuesday (One Week #1) by Whitney G. | 3.75 out of 5
Played (Gridiron #4) by Jen Frederick | 4.25 out of 5
Lady Sophia’s Lover (Bow Street Runners #2) by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (Re-Read) | 4 out of 5
Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase (Re-Read) | 5 out of 5
An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly #5) by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
A Duke in Shining Armor (Disgraceful Dukes #1) by Loretta Chase | 4.25 out of 5
Changing the Game (Play by Play #2) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Hard Cherish (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
Hooking Up (Shacking Up #2) by Helena Hunting | 4.25 out of 5
The Ones that Got Away (The Ones that Got Away #1) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Roomies by Christina Lauren | 3.75 out of 5

What I Reviewed

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
Table Manners by Mia King
Head Coach by Lia Riley
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
Ready for Wild by Liora Blake
Made for You by Lauren Layne
Hollywood Dirt (Movie)
Only with You by Lauren Layne
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

What I Bought

What I Got for Review

What I Listened To

I’m still listening to a lot of country music. Mostly, I’m listening to these two country cuties. Brett Young and Walker Hayes.

That’s all that I’ve got for this post so how was your October and November? Read or see anything good?

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Week in Review (72)

Posted November 28, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

This post is coming to you guys a little late because I spent yesterday with my sister before she headed back to Vegas. It was great having her home for the weekend and we were really productive. We karaoked, we did ratchet things, we met our new nephew Jaxson, we went to Church, the cemetery and hung out with our Dad. That guy is the funniest person I know.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and that everyone ate lots and spent time with your loved ones. I love the holiday season and spending time with the family is one of my favorite things as well.

What I’m Currently Reading

The Ones that Got Away by Roni Loren.

Liv’s words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she’d known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.

It’s been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she’d never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs…

Ever since I read the blurb for this book, I wanted to read it. I couldn’t wait to request it for review because I was anxious and didn’t want to wait that long to read it. I can’t even imagine being in Liv’s shoes to be reunited with the man who left her behind to die. Sure, he’s not the same boy that she remembered but I’m mighty curious to see how these two come together again after all of that. They both survived a school shooting and she loved him fiercely and he wanted to keep her his secret. Curiouser and curiouser…that’s me. So far, the book is good and I’m anxious to continue but freaking work has gotten in the middle of that. Gah.

What I Read

Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
Hooking Up (Shacking Up #2) by Helena Hunting | 4.25 out of 5

I just read two books last week and I’m blaming Thanksgiving for that. I was so busy getting our house ready for everyone to come over, cooking and spending as much time as I can with my family so I’m happy that I still managed to read a couple of books.

I enjoyed both of the books that I read but my favorite read of the week goes to Bountiful by Sarina Bowen. Holy cow, I adored that book. From Zara and Dave coming together to seeing Dave come into his own as Nicole’s father and then the romance between Dave and Zara was sweet at the same time that it was steamy.

Hooking Up was a lot of fun. It started off a little off for me because one of the scenes, in the beginning, turned me off but I’m glad that I continued on because I ended up loving both Lex and Amie. They were a great couple.

What I Reviewed

The Layover (2017) | 2 out of 5
Head Coach by Lia Riley | 4 out of 5
Changing the Game (Play by Play #2) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
Table Manners by Mia King | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

Nothing. I’m working on stuff but not posting them yet. You’ll see more on the blog in the coming weeks.

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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Week in Review (71)

Posted November 20, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Hey everyone!

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Sorry for disappearing on you guys like that. I’ve been in baseball mourning and I’m still really bummed about my team losing in the World Series but I’m alive and getting over myself faster and faster. Ha!

In the time that I’ve been away, I’ve watched basketball for Brenna and Kenna, I’ve seen my Meghan play basketball against some really good teams like Cal Berkley, UCLA and other teams like Biola. I turned 37 and Brenna went to see Bruno Mars in concert two days before my birthday.

This was me the night of the concert…

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Haha. Now on to the books…

What I’m Currently Reading

Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen
Also in This Series: Bittersweet, Steadfast, Keepsake
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages and with me reviewing this book with my friend Holly, I’ve finally jumped on it. So far, I’m loving it.

What I Read

Changing the Game (Play by Play #2) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Hard Cherish by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Head Coach (Hellions Angels #2)
by Lia Riley
| 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
Table 19 | 4 out of 5
Gifted | 5 out of 5
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

Eye Candy Friday: Pace Martin from Double Play by Jill Shalvis
Throwback Thursday (23)

What I Got for Review

Shot on Gold (Play by Play #14) by Jaci Burton
Head Coach (Hellions Angels #2) by Lia Riley

There you have it, my week in review. How have you been? How was your week?

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