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This wasn t a perfect book for me, but I did end up enjoying it a lotthan I expected to I really felt the chemistry between the two main characters and I appreciated that, although the book starts off on a pretty ridiculous note, the characters grow A LOT by the end of the novel and ultimately end up making some very Adult decisions I will say though, the sex scenes in this one were p awkward I felt like the author was trying to make them overly sassy and it really just took me out of This wasn t a perfect book for me, but I did end up enjoying it a lotthan I expected to I really felt the chemistry between the two main characters and I appreciated that, although the book starts off on a pretty ridiculous note, the characters grow A LOT by the end of the novel and ultimately end up making some very Adult decisions I will say though, the sex scenes in this one were p awkward I felt like the author was trying to make them overly sassy and it really just took me out of the scene and made me feel awkward reading them Overall, this one was fun and I recommend if you enjoy a zany rom com, but it wasn t a complete new favorite 4 stars The Worst Best Manis a super cute and fun enemies to lovers rom com It s my first Mia Sosa book and I enjoyed it so much Lina is a wedding planner who was jilted at the alter years ago Now, she has an opportunity to take her business to the next level The catch She has to work with her ex fiance s brother Talk about awkward I listened to the audio book which was narrated by Rebecca Mozo and Wayne Mitchell, and while I enjoyed it for the most part, some of the times when the male n 4 stars The Worst Best Manis a super cute and fun enemies to lovers rom com It s my first Mia Sosa book and I enjoyed it so much Lina is a wedding planner who was jilted at the alter years ago Now, she has an opportunity to take her business to the next level The catch She has to work with her ex fiance s brother Talk about awkward I listened to the audio book which was narrated by Rebecca Mozo and Wayne Mitchell, and while I enjoyed it for the most part, some of the times when the male narrator was doing the female characters voices, it felt a little off This is one of those books I think I would recommend reading over listening to I would consider this a bit of a forbidden romance as well as a slow burn romance And those are some of my favorite kinds It was also just an all around good time and one I would recommend if you re looking for a fun read with a lot of heart Over the last 12 18 months, I ve read a lot of rom coms They re the perfect foil for some of the heavier stuff and thrillers I read, and they never fail to put me in a good mood and in some cases, even choke me up Not that that should surprise anyone who follows me, given that I cry watching television commercials sometimes I ve found that rom coms fall into one of a few tropes friends to lovers, where long time friends suddenly realize their feelings for one another but are afraid to voice Over the last 12 18 months, I ve read a lot of rom coms They re the perfect foil for some of the heavier stuff and thrillers I read, and they never fail to put me in a good mood and in some cases, even choke me up Not that that should surprise anyone who follows me, given that I cry watching television commercials sometimes I ve found that rom coms fall into one of a few tropes friends to lovers, where long time friends suddenly realize their feelings for one another but are afraid to voice them for fear of ruining the friendship meet cute, where there s some unexpected encounter that sparks an interest between two people, often strangers second chance, reuniting former lovers or former rivals after a long separation only to see there s still or suddenly a spark and hate to love, when two people who can t stand each other for whatever reason suddenly realize the animosity is covering up some serious chemistry And with most rom coms, once you can identify the trope, you can generally predict how the book is going to go, and that often doesn t diminish its appeal.Mia Sosa s new book, The Worst Best Man , falls squarely in the hate to love category Lina is a wedding planner who takes total control for her clients, but she is utterly thrown for a loop when her fianc , Andrew, decides he doesn t want to get married the morning of her wedding The coward can t even tell her himself he gives that assignment to his brother, Max, who apparently said some things while the brothers were drinking the night before that led Andrew to cancel the wedding And the worst part of it is, Max doesn t even remember what he said to his brother Lina has never forgiven Max for his role in ruining her life So needless to say, she s unprepared to come face to face with Andrew and Max in the midst of an interview for an exclusive wedding planner job for a hotel chain She has to pair up with Max on a marketing presentation to win this job, while Andrew will work with her competition When she realizes she has no choice but to collaborate, she lets her guard down, only to discover her animosity might be hiding something else, something stronger.Max desperately wants to win this job to prove he s his own man, not just a carbon copy of his brother He also can t deny that he wants Lina but he isn t interested in playing second fiddle to Andrew once again.I loved how Sosa incorporated Lina s Brazilian heritage into the book The Worst Best Man is steamy super steamy, actually and fun, but it just didn t wow me Even though I know how rom coms usually end, I found this almost too predictable, and the story seemed to drag for me.Still, lots of others have loved it, so I may just be cranky If this sounds like fun to you, give it a shot Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at A fun, steamy tale of self worth and learning from your bad choices Three years ago, wedding planner, Carolina Santos was jilted on her wedding day ahh how awful anyway but to happen a wedding planner Lina s ex fianc s brother, Max broke the news, and was also apparently the cause of her fianc s departure Now Lina has to work together with Max if they both want to succeed in their careers.Firstly I am really surprised at the bad reviews of this book, compared to the ratings of similar bo A fun, steamy tale of self worth and learning from your bad choices Three years ago, wedding planner, Carolina Santos was jilted on her wedding day ahh how awful anyway but to happen a wedding planner Lina s ex fianc s brother, Max broke the news, and was also apparently the cause of her fianc s departure Now Lina has to work together with Max if they both want to succeed in their careers.Firstly I am really surprised at the bad reviews of this book, compared to the ratings of similar books I get that this book isn t for everyone, but it was made clear in the synopsis that the romance would be between Max and Lina She was with his brother years before, and the brothers are not close, but it is what it is If you can t get past that, then don t read it It s not something I ve personally seen or would feel comfortable with in real life, but it has happened we ve all seen Jeremy Kyle or your own country s equivalent seedy talk show and it is written well here I feel Also there seems to be hate directed at Lina for taking her abandonment out on Max, rather than Andrew her ex fianc My take on this is that it wasn t really hate, it waslike ah crap we re in a mess and I shouldn t be attracted to you but I am, but will pretend that I m not kind of situation The book wasn t perfect, but it made my heart flutter and it was very sweet.I think what made this stand apart from other rom coms though, was the Brazilian culture I ve read romance books which have included some token diversity to tick boxes, but it felt really genuine in this book I loved reading about all of the Brazilian food, the Capoeira, the dancing and I loved the scattering of Portuguese language throughout The culture was so vibrant and I really loved it I adored Lina s family and the dynamics that they had They had a really strong bond and were a lot of fun I especially liked Lina s cousin Natalia and her aunt who were so dramatic and hilarious Carolina was a great main character She had made mistakes in the past so had become closed off and acted professional at all times She spoke about having to work hard to not come across as over emotional as a woman, which I related to so hard It was especially hard for Lina as an Afro Latinx woman, as she didn t want to come across as the angry black woman So instead Lina held all her emotions inside, guarded her heart, and chose safe options, or she did until Max dismantled her armour I loved how we gradually saw the real Lina emerge as Max got to know her better She was so kind and caring, yet was still a strong woman I also appreciated Lina s insecurities as a second generation immigrant She felt that she had to work extra hard in order to repay her mother and aunts for all of the sacrifices that they made for her and her cousins But I LOVED her mum s view that she had made those sacrifices so that Lina didn t have to work so hard Max sigh..what a main character He was so likeable A calm and patient man, who realised that he had been a bit of a douche when he was younger, and had grown up and taken responsibility for his past actions He had great chemistry and banter with Lina, but not only that, they developed a real friendship I loved his bromance with Dean too, and can t wait for the next book to be about him Hopefully we will get to see lotsMax and Lina in The Wedding Crasher too There were a lot of tropes in this book like the sharing one bed trope, the wedding planner falling in love etc and it was such a funny and sweet book I just fell head over heels for Max, Lina and her family There were a couple of niggles, hence not a five star read for me Firstly I would have liked to seeof Max s family The whole sibling rivalry with his brother was brought up a lot, but wasn t really dealt with, plus I would ve liked to seeabout their mum Why did she encourage them to compete so much How did she react to Lina What is her relationship like with her sons outside of wok, where she s not just their boss Also an epilogue would have been nice, where we actually got to see Lina and Max together, but hopefully my need for this will be addressed by reading the next book Overall I really enjoyed my first Mia Sosa book, and loved the characters, so bring on the wedding crasher Many thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for this ARC in exchange for an honest review 3.5 starsThis story is cute It follows this girl Carolina Lina who is a wedding planner and she gets stood up at her own wedding Years later she runs into her ex and his brother when she is trying to get a job she really wants and she is forced to work with her exes brother Max We get this really cute banter y hate to love romance that forms between them The first 200 pages of this book were great, I thought the characters were hilarious and the banter between Lina and Max was on point, I wa 3.5 starsThis story is cute It follows this girl Carolina Lina who is a wedding planner and she gets stood up at her own wedding Years later she runs into her ex and his brother when she is trying to get a job she really wants and she is forced to work with her exes brother Max We get this really cute banter y hate to love romance that forms between them The first 200 pages of this book were great, I thought the characters were hilarious and the banter between Lina and Max was on point, I was cackling I also loved the scenes of them being forced to pretend to be a couple, it s one of my favorite romance tropes I also really love Deans character and I m really excited to hear the next book in the series will be his story But the last 150 pages of this book were very meh for me It was very underwhelming after they actually got together and I just became very bored with the story unfortunately, so I ended up skimming the last hundred pages or so.But overall this is still a fun hate to love romance that I would still recommend, it s nothing life changing but it s still a cute and quick read Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy I read this book as a palette cleanser between two long, dense fantasy books, and it checked that box I thought this book was fun and easy with a great main character and representation of Brazilian culture, but it was also just cheesy and rushed and convenient I m not mad because it s a romance book so I didn t have the highest expectations ever, but the dialogue was often cringy especially during sex, oof and the male main character was too mu Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy I read this book as a palette cleanser between two long, dense fantasy books, and it checked that box I thought this book was fun and easy with a great main character and representation of Brazilian culture, but it was also just cheesy and rushed and convenient I m not mad because it s a romance book so I didn t have the highest expectations ever, but the dialogue was often cringy especially during sex, oof and the male main character was too much of an unrealistic goofball given his role in the book that I just couldn t really feel attached to the characters Still, I m always down for a there s only one bed trope and some enemies to lovers, even if this one was a bitbland than I was expecting because it was so short On paper hah , there s nothing wrong with this story It s diverse, there s communication, it s sorta enemies to lovers, or reluctant rivals y to lovers, whatever, there is friction, and there s other good things But I was bored pretty much from 8% right on through to the end Suffice it to say, my Wheel of Fortune app got a lot of attention the last day or so.But anyway.Yes, points for diversity, points of tackling sensitive and relevant topics such as acceptable behaviours for people spe On paper hah , there s nothing wrong with this story It s diverse, there s communication, it s sorta enemies to lovers, or reluctant rivals y to lovers, whatever, there is friction, and there s other good things But I was bored pretty much from 8% right on through to the end Suffice it to say, my Wheel of Fortune app got a lot of attention the last day or so.But anyway.Yes, points for diversity, points of tackling sensitive and relevant topics such as acceptable behaviours for people specifically women of colour Except I didn t feel anything The playful almost hate banter in the beginning Odd or juvenile and sometimes both The sudden attraction Not a single zing The touching warming up to each other moments Yawn The sexy times They felt I don t know, awkward Too much talking Too much something I don t know The weird transitions Weird.Also, this is a weird criticism, and one I m making again that I made in another review just recently, but this whole going hard to be socially savvy or relevant, by having all this dialogue around certain topics is I don t know, overkill I m sure there s a way to touch on all these hot button issues without making the reader feel like they are being condescended to, or preached at, but maybe some readers aren t as dialed in or don t mind I don t know what it is And I doubt I ll ever be able to articulate my feelings on this properly But It s just a lot.Anyway, this never really got better, but nor did it deep dive into anything terrible, and yet here we are This was my first Sosa and while the concept appealed enough for me to request it, there was no feeling in the writing or the story Or at least nothing that made me feel anything So I doubt I ll pick up this author again.I think other readers will like this, particular those who enjoy Sosa s writing So don t take my word for it Try a sample and see how it goes.1.5 stars I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities Feb s pick for the Romancetheque Book Club Yes, that s right, I started a Book Club And yes, we read only romance And yes You totally need to join clears throat We needromance books with heroines of diverse heritage like Carolina SantosThing is, he says, his chin resting on my head, there is no single way to be a badass Your mother and aunts coming here and making new lives for themselves Badass My mother running her own firm even after she and my father divorced Badass Yo Feb s pick for the Romancetheque Book Club Yes, that s right, I started a Book Club And yes, we read only romance And yes You totally need to join clears throat We needromance books with heroines of diverse heritage like Carolina SantosThing is, he says, his chin resting on my head, there is no single way to be a badass Your mother and aunts coming here and making new lives for themselves Badass My mother running her own firm even after she and my father divorced Badass You facing the obstacles in your path and reinventing yourself in the process Badass There s room for different kinds of greatness Even if you cry doing it Hell, especially if if you cry doing it Rating 4.5 5What a lovely surprise this was And Max Oh my gosh sweet and warm Max Or how i call him MAXMALLOW I am honestly shocked at the lower than 4 stars average rating this book has on goodreads I m pointing that out because this book had all the elements for making your heart beat a little faster Even if not absolutely perfect, it was such a sweet and solid romance novel for me, and one that I think is worth putting on your 2020 tbr.Don t be misled by the synopsis nonetheless, because this is not quite an enemies to lovers It sof a holy crap are we in a pickle now and I think I should not really like you so I m just going to tell myself I don t if you know what I mean.Basically, Carolina Santos was left at the altar and the one in charge of telling her is her fiance s brother, Max On top of that Not only was Max the messenger of the bad news but he also seems to be the catalyst of his brother running away on his wedding day Even if Max couldn t remember what he drunkenly said to his brother.Flashforward to the present Carolina is presented with a huge job opportunity that would make her the associate wedding planner of a prestigious hotel Enter her former fiance and former fiance s brother Max Like, literally They walk into the meeting room where Carolina is having her interview, making her going full on panic mode, pretending she doesn t know them, and ending up agreeing to work with the lesser of two evils Max.Throw in Carolina s need to stay in control at all times and to keep the armour she has so carefully crafted around her emotions Add Max s need to separate himself from his big brother and to prove that he is his own man and that he is worthy And bang, you got yourself a super fun and swoon worthy romance Because what if they find out that maybe they are incredibly compatible That they simply get each other on a level no one ever did WHAT IF THEY DO PLUS, a heroine with Brazilian heritage y all The Santos family was an absolute delight to read about AND THE FOOD ALL.THE.FOOD Copy via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (FREE PDF) Æ The Worst Best Man ì 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 Fianc 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 Fianc E 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 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 knew from the moment I saw this epic cover that The Worst Best Man would be a ton of fun, but I wasn t prepared for HOW much fun, or for the unexpected feels it hit me with.When I like things a lot I become incapable of discussing them coherently, so let me try to stay on track by approaching this like a list Thing I Loved 1 Carolina Santos What a badass, relatable heroine with a wicked sense of humour and a commitment to the petty life that I admire and respect I loved being in Lina s he I knew from the moment I saw this epic cover that The Worst Best Man would be a ton of fun, but I wasn t prepared for HOW much fun, or for the unexpected feels it hit me with.When I like things a lot I become incapable of discussing them coherently, so let me try to stay on track by approaching this like a list Thing I Loved 1 Carolina Santos What a badass, relatable heroine with a wicked sense of humour and a commitment to the petty life that I admire and respect I loved being in Lina s head, I loved her amazing family, I loved her ability to hold a good, strong grudge I also loved reading a character who experienced a lot of the same things I have when it comes to acceptable behaviour for a woman of colour and the right way to express emotions or to feel them at all That side of Lina s story really hit Like Wow Thank u, Mia Sosa SPEAK ON IT.Thing I Loved 2 Lina s family and friends I know I already kinda mentioned them, but they deserve their own entry because they were honestly hilarious.Thing I Loved 3 This book had that classic 90s romcom movie feel updated for the present day, translated into book or audiobook, in my case format, but still unmistakeable with its familiar sparkle and safe, happy comfort Not all romcom books feel this way, and I don t think they all need to, but when a book DOES hit that note it makes me really giddy.Thing I Loved 4 The tropes Hate to love, rivalry feels, forced to work together, long term grudges revisited Sosa even threw in road trips and fake relationship feels and There s Only One Bed because she is a kind and merciful goddess who knows what I like Seriously, I was in trope heaven Yum.Thing I Loved 5 Max, of course He was the SWEETEST, even when he was being an insecure moppet And with a brother like Andrew his issues were 100% understandable, LOL But regardless, he was also a wonderful well, hero He made me swoon twenty thousand times and I envision him with a dimple in his chin.Thing I Loved 6 The audio performance I listened to this book and it was a fabulous experience Props to both narrators, they were excellent.So, in short I loved this book TIMES SIX