Published by Avon
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Diverse, Fiction, Humor, Romance
Format Read: ARC, eBook
Critically acclaimed author Mia Sosa delivers a sassy, steamy enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about a woman whose new job requires her to work side-by-side with the best man who ruined her wedding: her ex-fiancé's infuriating, irritating, annoyingly handsome brother. Perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Helen Hoang, and Sally Thorne!
A wedding planner left at the altar. Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s managed to make other people’s dreams come true as a top-tier wedding coordinator in DC. After impressing an influential guest, she’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch… she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.
Tired of living in his older brother’s shadow, marketing expert Max Hartley is determined to make his mark with a coveted hotel client looking to expand its brand. Then he learns he’ll be working with his brother’s whip-smart, stunning—absolutely off-limits—ex-fiancée. And she loathes him.
If they can survive the next few weeks and nail their presentation without killing each other, they’ll both come out ahead. Except Max has been public enemy number one ever since he encouraged his brother to jilt the bride, and Lina’s ready to dish out a little payback of her own.
But even the best laid plans can go awry, and soon Lina and Max discover animosity may not be the only emotion creating sparks between them. Still, this star-crossed couple can never be more than temporary playmates because Lina isn’t interested in falling in love and Max refuses to play runner-up to his brother ever again...
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book was such a fun read, and I fell in love with the romantic-comedy that Lina and Max embodied.
Lina Santos is a wedding planner who was dumped at the altar, and she did not let it stop her. What I loved about Lina was her hardworking attitude and how she never gave up. If she saw that there was an obstacle in her way, she fought her way through it each and every time, always emerging victorious; well, almost always. Lina’s hardworking mentality comes from the women in her family who are from Brazil and have made sacrifices for Lina and her cousins to be able to live out their dreams in America. With this, Lina feels as if failure is not an option and it is something I admired about her. However, with an impenetrable wall surrounding the inner workings of Lina’s heart and mind to protect her from said failure, no man has been able to knock the wall down, including her ex-fiance, Andrew.
Max Hartley has his own demons to fight, with only ever having a competitive relationship with his brother Andrew, having to work with Lina (his almost sister-in-law), the stakes are high. Not only living in his brother’s shadow at work but with Lina as well, Max has a tough time proving himself to be the best option, or so he thinks. Max was such a fun, endearing character and with the dual POVs, it was great to see the inner workings in his mind when it came to Lina.
“You’re neither my first choice nor my second choice. You’re my only choice.”The Worst Best Man
What I loved about this story was that the issues and situations that arose felt realistic. These were two adults struggling with real-world problems that I found myself relating to. Lina and Max each stood well on their own, but even better together. I felt that the world Sosa created was bright and loud, and I especially loved the moments where we got to see Lina’s family and understand why they were so special to her. While we never got to see her relationship with Andrew, with how Lina’s character was written, I felt it was not needed. We did not need to know who Lina was with Andrew because we got to walk alongside her as we unraveled why everything went wrong in their relationship. However, I did feel that we needed a bit more of Andrew and Max’s family in the present. We got so much of Lina’s amazing family, I would have liked more moments with Max’s family. That being said, I loved that we got so much of Max, he was a wonderful character and I fell in love with him, so much. His fears, his passion, and his humor had me wanting more of him and even then I couldn’t get enough.
There was so much to love about this book, and I could totally see a rom-com film coming to life in the pages. There were so many moments of laughter, love and heartfelt moments that brought out the tissues, and I felt that Max and Lina jumped out of the pages. The Worst Best Man was a light, fun read and while there were some areas I felt could have been expanded upon more, I truly enjoyed it. From Lina’s pranks to Max being an absolute (adorable) trainwreck, it’s easy to see that the best man who was at first thought to be the worst, was not so bad after all.
Hi, I’m Elizabeth!! I am 22 with a bachelor degree in English Literary Studies. I love to read and talk about books 24/7, and when I’m not reading I am usually rewatching my comfort movies and shows for the hundredth time—specifically, anything Jane Austen!