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Synopsis from the Creator:

Critically acclaimed author Mia Sosa delivers a sassy, steamy #ownvoices 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-fiance. 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...

Review: The Worst Best Man, by Mia Sosa

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 4, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne

Am I allowed to write a review consisting of nothing other than hearts and exclamation points?


Fine, here is a review:

Mia Sosa's The Worst Best Man is full of laughs, family and stabby feelings. Through a twist of fate, jilted wedding planner Lina has to work with the man who told her that her fiancé had run off--his brother Max, who apparently talked Andrew out of the marriage over drinks the night prior. Fast forward a few years. After seeing Lina in action at a wedding, the new owner of The Cartwright Hotel asks her to work on a pitch to become The Cartwright's in-house wedding planner. Meanwhile, Max and Andrew have been assigned by their boss (who is also their mother) to work with the hotel on their marketing and branding. Unlike their usual approach, the brothers split up and pair off with the two competing wedding planners, giving Max the opportunity he wants to distinguish himself from his brother. Even though they don't want to work together, Lina's lost her office space due to ever-climbing DC rental prices and needs a new space to work, ASAP. With neither of them able to say no, Max and Lina are reluctant but determined partners.

The enemies-to-lovers and forbidden romance set-up of this book is so strong that even as the two main characters flirt and argue and develop a deep respect for one another, it's hard to see how they can make it work. After all, it's not as though Max will suddenly not be related to and work with his older brother just because he's in love with Lina. However, the animosity never approaches the level of meanness. Neither of them are cruel or interested in hurting the other's career.

An an Afro-Brazilian woman, Lina has been suppressing her emotions with everyone but her family in order to appear professional and to avoid being judged as over-emotional or aggressive, so Sosa shows the developing relationship between the characters through moments in which Lina lets her guard down. The level of trust and comfort she requires in order to express emotions with another person is pretty high and she's been betrayed by the last man she committed to. Even worse that it was Max's brother and she worries that he only wants her because of their life-long brotherly competition. Though he worries that their deception will explode his already strained relationship with Andrew, Max gives in to his feelings pretty quick.

Balancing this angst is a lot of humor. Beyond the plentiful banter between the main characters, Lina's family and friends are so fun to be around. Sosa's characters are loving and supportive, but don't hesitate to call each other out and possibly get  over-involved in their personal relationships.

Side note: Lina eats far too much delicious food for anyone to read this book on an empty stomach. Get thee some Brigadeiros!

Between Lina's subtle revenge pranks, the enemies-to-lovers set-up, One Bed at the Inn and a strong family network, The Worst Best Man is a thoroughly satisfying read. You'll fall for both characters, even as they fall for each other.


Suzanne received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

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