Title: The Worst Best Man
Author: Mia sosa
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Edition/Pages: Ebook, 368 pages
I received an arc copy of this from Avon via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.
Lina doesn’t believe in falling in love, especially after her ex-fiancé left her at the altar. She’s also one of DC’s the top wedding coordinators and dedicates her life to making other people’s romantic dreams come true. When she’s offered a once in a lifetime opportunity, she knows she’ll do whatever it takes to win. Even if that means teaming up with her nemesis, the best man from her almost wedding.
Max is also determined to win this pitch and get out from his brothers shadow. All he and Lina need to do is work together to create an amazing presentation and they’ll both get what they want. They just weren’t expecting to also want each other.
Note about the audiobook: The female narrator was 10/10 amazing. But I personally thought the male narrator was godawful – his accents for the women were truly atrocious. However, I’ve seen other reviews that said they enjoyed both narrators so I’d check out a Sample before committing to the audiobook.
➸ POV: 1st Person, Lina & Max’s POVs
➸ Carolina (Lina) Santos: Wedding planner, Left at the altar, Doesn’t want to fall in love, Competing to be the wedding coordinator at a top hotel, Has to work with her ex-fiancé’s brother
➸ Max Hartley: Best man and Lina’s almost wedding, Tired of living in his older brother’s shadow, Works at his mother’s marketing firm
➸ Content Warnings: Toxic relationships, Divorce/Left at altar
I was left feeling pretty underwhelmed by this.
There were definitely aspects this book totally shined at. I loved the wedding planner plot! It’s such a fun trope that I personally adore and never tire of. Theres something about a possible couple being surrounded by all things love that adds a really fun level of romantic tension.
I also loved the Brazilian representation and culture woven throughout this. The female narrator for this is Brazilian herself so I loved getting to hear not only her accents but the correct pronunciation for all the Portuguese I would have otherwise butchered in my head.
I also really love Lina’s family!! These women definitely challenged each other and pushed other’s buttons but I loved how close and supportive they were.
Unfortunately the romance itself didn’t shine as much for me. I like both characters separately but I never felt the spark between them as a couple. There were small glimpses – like when they get stuck at the couple retreat and finally share their feelings – but overall it fell flat. And I got so frustrated with them repeating why it won’t work then doing the total opposite.
Also, these sex scenes did not work for me. The attempt at sass and dirty talk was a big miss and instead left the reader with really awkward dialogue.
Overall this just didn’t quite hit the way I was hoping it would. While I liked the representation, wedding plot, and familial relationships, the romance fell really short. I needed more romantic tension and chemistry between the main characters.