The Worst Best Man
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...

The Worst Best Man Details

TitleThe Worst Best Man
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062909886
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Adult

The Worst Best Man Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    THIS.IS.SOOOO.GOOD. I didn’t understand why some readers skipped this book or wrote some negative comments. I know exactly books arise some different feelings and bring out different opinions. But come on we have a sweetest, charming, so much likable, adorable book-boyfriend in da house. Yesss, let’s make some noise for MAX! If it is not for him, I could give the book four stars but his charm, patience, honesty stole my heart!What I really liked about this story:Author’s amazing sense of humor THIS.IS.SOOOO.GOOD. I didn’t understand why some readers skipped this book or wrote some negative comments. I know exactly books arise some different feelings and bring out different opinions. But come on we have a sweetest, charming, so much likable, adorable book-boyfriend in da house. Yesss, let’s make some noise for MAX! If it is not for him, I could give the book four stars but his charm, patience, honesty stole my heart!What I really liked about this story:Author’s amazing sense of humor (I laughed out hard when I read the “Nutcrackers” reference and the size of the room dialogues between Rebecca and Lina when Max hid himself in the bathroom)Sweet, swoony, delightful chemistry of couple: I want to call them LIMAX! I loved their sarcastic dialogues and their openness about their feelings.Brazilian culture introduction: As a “meat-woman” (Most of my vegan friends turned into my enemies and wanted to bury me alive) I only know their amazing kitchen but thankfully I learned more about their traditions, sports and other special kitchen suggestions instead of meat dishes with this book and I enjoyed every part of it.Only two things I wish about this book:The TITLE SIMILARITY: It shares the same name with one of my favorite Lucy Score’s rom-coms. And I never call anything “the worst” about “Max”! For the first time I loved hero more than a heroine. ABSENCE OF EPILOGUE PART: I loved the ending but I wish I could read more what will happen to this lovable couple in near future. Well, I think, we need to wait for till reading Dean’s upcoming story which I’m already invested right now. ( I love this name because of reminding me of Dean Winchester.)OVERALL: Sweet, enjoyable, heartwarming, smart, entertaining rom-com that I truly needed.Special thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers/Avon for sharing this swoony and funny ARC COPY in exchange my honest review. And thanks to Mia Sosa to enlighten my day with her talent and remarkable sense of humor.
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  • ✨ A ✨
    January 1, 1970
    IDK guys. These two made me tired. DNF @ 80 %___«ARC received from publishers via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review»• Publication date: 4 February 2020 •
  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    Don't get the low ratings for this one, I loved it! Proper review to come! <3Many thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    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.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 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.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 starsFull review to come on release.** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    *clears throat* We need more romance books with heroines of diverse heritage like Carolina Santos. “Thing 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 *clears throat* We need more romance books with heroines of diverse heritage like Carolina Santos. “Thing 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.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’s more of 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 was also 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, pretend she doesn’t know them, and end up having 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 the Max’s need to separate himself from his big brother and to proof that he is his own man and that he is worthy. And bang, you got yourself a super fun and swoon worthy story. 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?PLUS, a heroine with Brazilian heritage y’all. The Santos family was an absolute delight to read about.*Copy via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
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  • jess ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review.It is always a sad day when a book you were so excited about doesn't deliver and The Worst Best Man fell that pattern.One important thing to know is that as a Brazilian, born and raised in Brazil, currently living in it, having a Brazilian main character was a very exciting thing to witness.And that brings me to the good sides of this book: it was really nice seeing my culture on the pages, I think for people that don't I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review.It is always a sad day when a book you were so excited about doesn't deliver and The Worst Best Man fell that pattern. One important thing to know is that as a Brazilian, born and raised in Brazil, currently living in it, having a Brazilian main character was a very exciting thing to witness. And that brings me to the good sides of this book: it was really nice seeing my culture on the pages, I think for people that don't know much of Brazilian culture it will be a very interesting read. There's a lot about the food, costumes, carnaval, samba and more.  Another thing I enjoyed was the humor, not always, did fell flat often but at times would make me chuckle. There was a lot of clever banter going on. Sadly that was what I enjoyed the most about the book, because it disappointed and annoyed me more often than not. My biggest issue was Lina's alleged dislike towards Max and how she kept holding a grudge. Now, it is fine to be upset at the person that indirectly hurt you. But the book made Max drunk telling his brother to not marry Lina worse than, you know, the guy that cancelled the wedding in its day through his brother. Lina would constantly try to be cold and short with Max and again, I see why but still doesn't add up on why she barely thought of her ex, didn't seem to be a lot of love there to begin with but she still was so upset because Max might have said something to make him change his mind about the wedding. Taking in consideration his brother wasn't obligated, he cancelled so easily because deep down didn't want to marry her in the first place. I would not be as annoyed if: 1) Lina and Max had some sort of friendship, making it plausible she'd me mad because she'd thought of him as a friend but talked his brother off marrying her, yet they met each other just a couple days before the wedding or 2) Lina showed she truly loved Max's brother, making it make sense she'd be so mad since she lost the man she loved. But none of these were the case. There was no fallout and even thoughts of her to the ex fiancé that left her at the-almost-altar but a lot of hard feelings towards the best man that couldn't even remember what he told his brother since he was so drunk. This also made Lina, a mature independent woman come across as very immature and childish, putting her own career at jeopardy because would make working with Max so difficult just to get back at him for what he did years ago. She also never just talked out why Max did what he did like adults. Instead would warm up to him to immediately go cold and act up. That also made the romance seen very out of nowhere. At one point they met again years later, the next we are supposed to buy they have feelings for each other. By the time things were progressing I just couldn't get into it or believe they had feelings for each other when I felt like there's no development. A few bickering lines doesn't equal a good relationship built up. In the end, this sadly wasn't for me. I wish I loved it. I really did. Thought of dnf'ing it but kept hoping would get better. I know it's hard to say "I recommend" after all this, but in case this doesn't sound like something would be a turn off for you, I do recommend for a fun, quick read. 
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    I so wanted to like this book more than I did. But for as much as I love the diversity and unique story line, the characters and dialogue were stilted and felt off. There were times when I couldn't tell who's point of view I was reading, Lina's or Max's. And some of it got a little cringey. Unfortunately, this romantic comedy left me wanting.I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Julie Zantopoulos
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing like starting the year off with a DNF, but it's okay. This was a finished copy I got pre-release from the publisher and it hadn't been on my radar prior to it showing up on my doorstep. But, then I texted Chelsea and we decided to buddy read them...and we know how those go. What didn't work: The book is written in 1st person duel POV but the author's writing style meant that it felt like the characters were breaking the rules and talking right to the reader. Like 'Little did they know Nothing like starting the year off with a DNF, but it's okay. This was a finished copy I got pre-release from the publisher and it hadn't been on my radar prior to it showing up on my doorstep. But, then I texted Chelsea and we decided to buddy read them...and we know how those go. What didn't work: The book is written in 1st person duel POV but the author's writing style meant that it felt like the characters were breaking the rules and talking right to the reader. Like 'Little did they know that I ...this." or "Not to brag but I was a lot better than them at this..." And it felt really odd and took me out of the story, big time. Also, the character is left at the alter by her fiance and her brother breaks the news (and shows her a text where the ex says the brother talked him into leaving her but doesn't explain what was actually said and brother was too drunk to remember) but instead of hating the ex-fiance they end up really hating the brother. Like, what? What am I missing?There is a lot of mixed languages used. The main character is Brazilian American and Portuguese is used often but without context or definition. So, I pretty much have no idea what is being said between the main character and her family a lot of the time. The MC's family legit take off their shoes, earings, and put their hair up in a ponytail when confronted with the ex's brother and just...what? I mean, he didn't freaking leave her! Why are you so pissed at this dude? Anyway, I got 65 pages in and then jumped around for the sex scene and what a mess. I think it was the author's intention to make it consensual with open dialogue and instead it ended up being a legit sex lesson that took you WAY out of the mood. I also read to the end and yeah...I wasn't missing anything by skipping the book. Overall, just not for me but I can see others maybe not minding it as much.
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  • booksneedcaffeinetoo
    January 1, 1970
    We sit across from each other at a table so tiny we may was well be sitting in each other's lap."Cozy," she says.I snort. "Your cozy is my awkward."She grins. "Oh good. It's not just me." This book is so lovely and funny.Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.4.5/5 starsThe book is told in two POVs: Max and Lina. Neither voice sounds all that different from each other, but that doesn't really bother me because both are funny. I loved that they each We sit across from each other at a table so tiny we may was well be sitting in each other's lap."Cozy," she says.I snort. "Your cozy is my awkward."She grins. "Oh good. It's not just me." This book is so lovely and funny.Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.4.5/5 starsThe book is told in two POVs: Max and Lina. Neither voice sounds all that different from each other, but that doesn't really bother me because both are funny. I loved that they each had a perspective. I won't lie, the first few chapters were a tad rough. The sentences were clunky and Max's POV had wayyyyyyy too many similes. BUT it gets way better. This book is funny. It's almost like The Unhoneymooners and The Hating Game had a baby named The Worst Best Man.It has everything I want in a rom-com: the will-they-won't they, too much sexual tension, hate-to-love, there is only ONE bed, and awkward lies that lead to even more uncomfortable(ly hilarious) shenanigans. This book has some of the best communication I've ever read in a romance novel. I loved that so much. The main character is Afro-Latina (Brazilian to be specific). I love her family. *crosses fingers to join* I really loved the family dynamics for both main characters. They were each unique and you can see how they shaped each character!Overall, despite the mildly rough start, I adore this book. It is a funny and sweet romance. I would love for this to become a Netflix rom-com. Content Warnings and Trigger Warnings: alcohol consumption
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  • Caitlin Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars! This was a classic rom com and a really fun book! Told from alternating points of view, The Worst Best Man will draw you in early on and make you laugh out loud several times. Lina is a wedding planner who was ditched at the alter. Lina was hilarious and her family provided for great secondary characters. Max was previously the best man in Lina's wedding gone wrong and the man who communicated to Lina that the wedding would not be taking place. The two are now tasked with working 4 Stars! This was a classic rom com and a really fun book! Told from alternating points of view, The Worst Best Man will draw you in early on and make you laugh out loud several times. Lina is a wedding planner who was ditched at the alter. Lina was hilarious and her family provided for great secondary characters. Max was previously the best man in Lina's wedding gone wrong and the man who communicated to Lina that the wedding would not be taking place. The two are now tasked with working together for the career opportunity of a lifetime. This was an enemies to lovers trope reminiscent of The Hating Game or The Unhoneymooners! The Worst Best Man was nothing new but it was a quick and delightful read. Lina was a character with a lot of depth that you couldn't help but root for. I did find myself having trouble connecting with Max as a character. I wanted more from him. Thanks to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC from Harper Collins Canada. The negative reviews on this book makes no sense to me because readers complained about the dialogue being too choppy and not up their alley. It's their opinion and it's fine but I never found it in the way they described it. The writing was smooth, witty, and outlandish in the way that many romantic comedy readers enjoy nowadays. What I would understand is if their negative reviews had something to do with the fact that they didn't have much I was provided an ARC from Harper Collins Canada. The negative reviews on this book makes no sense to me because readers complained about the dialogue being too choppy and not up their alley. It's their opinion and it's fine but I never found it in the way they described it. The writing was smooth, witty, and outlandish in the way that many romantic comedy readers enjoy nowadays. What I would understand is if their negative reviews had something to do with the fact that they didn't have much conflict that stopped them from being together or that the villain of this story easily gave up his position, and spilled his guts. Regardless of this book's faults, I truly enjoyed this ride. It featured a lot of Brazilian and Puerto Rican food/culture that made me hungry for more. Mia Sosa did a fantastic job at creating Lina, a strong willed, female who knows that because of the color of her skin and her gender, her emotions shown would be amplified and used against her. Lina built up walls so that the outside would never see her crumble and lose her cool. I was a little hesitant when I realized she was doing a facade because I've read many romances where our females are too strong and come off unnatural/unrealistic but I was happy that Mia did a good balance of strong and soft for Lina. She was more human in that way. This book also featured Max, a younger brother of a noble older brother. Their relationship isn't the best due to how they were raised by their parents. They like to compete with each other more than they love each other and it was so sad to see these two boys not trusting each other at all. I felt sympathetic for Max who always came 'second best'. His lack of confidence in himself as a person, a boyfriend, and an employee would be his downfall. For what it's worth, this book was fun. Lina was jilted at the alter all because Max had to stick his way into her relationship with his brother. She wanted to take the high road, unconvinced that she needed to be petty, when she was forced to work with Max on a giant proposal but her childish friends poisoned her thoughts. Similarly, Max's best friend, Drew, played a part in convincing Max that he should not pursue his feelings for Lina because of what readers feared most: it would be a very awkward family meeting. I thought it was interesting to see our main characters being good people but have their support group drag them down to become petty and childish. Following up on Drew's point that Max shouldn't date Lina because of the obvious reason that it would be weird when his older brother who is also Lina's ex joins for dinner, it is weird. I think Mia could have done a better job here where they create a bit of angst and umph to make the stakes higher. Someone outside of the dynamic trio that can cause a ruckus to make readers nervous for the couple. The story played out with a light touch to this topic but never flushed out enough to make it a real issue. This will be one of my first 2020 reads that really surprised me. It was refreshing because instead of a giant row or a situation that stops the characters from being together, it's themselves that do so. Their insecurities regarding their self-worth and identity stopped them from really being together. I imagine this to actually happen more often in real life than readers would like to think. Because of this perspective, I applaud how Mia spun this tale. I think it would be a 5/5 star rating if they had just a tiny bit more angst. My Recommendation:DEFINITELY PICK THIS UP.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    This book is AH-MAZ-ING. I was trying to only read it over lunch breaks, but I finally had to break down and just read until I was finished because it was KILLING me. It's funny and sweet and hot and hilarious (see also: funny) and just an excellent way to spend some time. I want more of these characters. More of this world. More.
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine the male protagonist of a romance being the one who opens the story by telling his brother not to marry his fiancée for various reasons not quite made clear to us, then later snags the fiancée for himself. Not by manipulation really, but by coincidence several years later, when the trio meet again as part of a business rivalry-recruitment set-up. ‘The Worst Best Man’ had an amusing start, albeit one that made me cringe. The writing is witty, assured and quirky enough that it can elicit a Imagine the male protagonist of a romance being the one who opens the story by telling his brother not to marry his fiancée for various reasons not quite made clear to us, then later snags the fiancée for himself. Not by manipulation really, but by coincidence several years later, when the trio meet again as part of a business rivalry-recruitment set-up. ‘The Worst Best Man’ had an amusing start, albeit one that made me cringe. The writing is witty, assured and quirky enough that it can elicit a few amused smirks out of you, yet for what is a promising storyline, I thought the forward momentum of the plot stalled somewhere in the middle with a lot of to-and-fro between Lina and Max. The sheer details of wedding after wedding, then the family crowd jutting in and there…(and the constant emphasis on Portuguese and Brazilian culture and food, etc) just got to me that it was hard to even get a glimpse of the very slow burn between Lina and Max—so much so that I was squinting for it each time they interacted. Still, Max’s and Lina’s dynamic was interesting so to speak: not quite friends, not quite enemies, but there was the undercurrent of discomfort, awareness and past hurt that couldn’t be brushed away too easily because of a history that was after all, a major bump in Lina’s life. Both were, individually, relatively well fleshed-out, but setting them up as a pair and the subsequent development of them as a couple were the parts where I thought the story fell short. Max and Lina had internalised their attraction to each other (even that felt quite muted) that it dragged out a chemistry which could have been hotter and brighter. When they fell into bed together was the time I felt like I’d been blindsided somehow; there just didn’t seem enough between them for that spark to ignite. More so perhaps, when the emotional twist came at the end because it left me gobsmacked and confused…because, wasn’t it about Lina to start with? Long and short it, I wished I liked this more, given how the blurb so easily hooked me in. In the end, it was more of a stuttering journey to end of the line and even then, I couldn’t buy into a couple who didn’t quite seem to move on completely from their past convincingly enough to be one that I could root for.*ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I really liked it! The two of them were funny but at times, their voices just felt a little off—especially around the end. It felt sort of rushed? I don’t know. It’s weird. But it was funny! It was cute and I was really rooting for these two. I adore their banter 3.5 stars. I really liked it! The two of them were funny but at times, their voices just felt a little off—especially around the end. It felt sort of rushed? I don’t know. It’s weird. But it was funny! It was cute and I was really rooting for these two. I adore their banter 💖
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  • Rê
    January 1, 1970
    4 “Brazilian Weddings” StarsARC provided by the author.Thanks!!!Mia Sosa is an author I can always count on to deliver great romances with a hint of Brazilian culture. This was another winner.This was the story of Lina, a first generation Brazilian American wedding planner who was left at the altar years ago, and Max, the super sweet brother and best man of the jerk who abandoned Lina. Forced to work together, they slowly realize that Lina almost married the wrong brother.The romance doesn't fit 4 “Brazilian Weddings” StarsARC provided by the author.Thanks!!!Mia Sosa is an author I can always count on to deliver great romances with a hint of Brazilian culture. This was another winner.This was the story of Lina, a first generation Brazilian American wedding planner who was left at the altar years ago, and Max, the super sweet brother and best man of the jerk who abandoned Lina. Forced to work together, they slowly realize that Lina almost married the wrong brother.The romance doesn't fit into the super slow burn category I gravitate toward, but it developed in a nice pace. There was plenty of chemistry between Lina and Max and enough angst due to their history to keep me interested every step of the way. I loved how their relationship went from almost hatred to friendship to love. The conflict near the end was also believable and the solution was satisfying.Lina's family was a positive addition to the story. For me, as a Brazilian, her relationship with her cousins, aunts and mother felt genuine. Besides, every opportunity they mentioned BR food just made me extra happy. If you haven't tried brigadeiro or pão de queijo yet, you don't know what you're missing.I highly recommend this if you're looking for a sweet and sexy read with great chemistry.
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  • sof
    January 1, 1970
    ARC kindly provided by Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review 4.5/5 stars "Sure, love can be messy. It draws emotions out of you that can bring you your highest highs and your lowest lows. But here’s what I’ve finally figured out. Love doesn’t operate in the abstract, whether it’s romantic or not. It’s between people. So trying to avoid it in the abstract makes no sense. That would be as logical as trying to fight a ghost. And yes, opening yourself to love can reveal your weaknesses, but ARC kindly provided by Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review 4.5/5 stars "Sure, love can be messy. It draws emotions out of you that can bring you your highest highs and your lowest lows. But here’s what I’ve finally figured out. Love doesn’t operate in the abstract, whether it’s romantic or not. It’s between people. So trying to avoid it in the abstract makes no sense. That would be as logical as trying to fight a ghost. And yes, opening yourself to love can reveal your weaknesses, but with the right person, it can reveal your strengths as well. The moment you let your guard down with someone and let them into your life—truly into your life—you are at your most vulnerable, but you’re also utterly open to a beautiful experience if they reciprocate." I had so much fun reading this book, there were so many laughing out loud moments and the bamter between the characters was very enjoyable to read. I also liked very much how the book shined a light on certain topics while still keeping the tone of the book very light and fun.
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  • flavia
    January 1, 1970
    someone get me a max ... RTC someone get me a max 😔... RTC
  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    1) This was my first Mia Sosa book but you bet your ass it won't be my last.2) It had a very 27 Dresses feel, without actually mooching the plot.3) I loved it! Loved! It! 4) I loved Max, and I LOVED the utter lack of toxic masculinity that happened in this book, especially with Dean, and also book gods, please let Dean get his own book thank you. But not Andrew, who is a twat.5) Can I just re-read this again and again?
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  • Timitra
    January 1, 1970
    Rated 3.5 StarsThe Worst Best Man started out great. It was funny and had me fully engaged. However the pettiness irritated me and became tiresome. It went downhill from there and never fully recovered what I initially loved about it. There were cute and sweet moments I enjoyed but overall it just didn't work for me. That said, I am looking forward to reading the next book.Copy provided by publisher through Edelweiss
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  • Dayle (the literary llama)
    January 1, 1970
    Let’s just jump right in and talk about what I loved about The Worst Best Man! I loved the depths that the author gave to Lina. She was an incredibly well-rounded character. She had a loving and entertaining family but she also had generations of strong women unwittingly adding guilt and pressure to succeed built into her character. Lina had an incredible work ethic and she doesn’t just drop everything once the romance begins in earnest, although there are some questionable judgement calls Let’s just jump right in and talk about what I loved about The Worst Best Man! I loved the depths that the author gave to Lina. She was an incredibly well-rounded character. She had a loving and entertaining family but she also had generations of strong women unwittingly adding guilt and pressure to succeed built into her character. Lina had an incredible work ethic and she doesn’t just drop everything once the romance begins in earnest, although there are some questionable judgement calls because comedy must ensue. Her business is an essential part of the plot and I’m so glad that the author has her actually working throughout the book (the working girl who is never written working in romance books is a pet peeve of mine). And even though Lina aims to be focused and composed she is given layers of emotion to be peeled back and explored. It all added up to a fantastic character.I loved the Brazilian heritage and culture that was written in to the story. I loved the hijinks and funny moments, there were some great opportunities for petty revenge in the enemies-to-lovers sections. Now on to the things that I didn’t like... some of the dialogue was stilted and contrived. It just didn’t flow naturally. And Max didn’t seem to have a distinct voice, everyone just sounded alike actually. All of the males felt like they were written by a woman, their tones and verbiage just sounded off to me. And that tends to take me out of a story as I’m reading. I also wanted more from a couple sections of the book. I wanted more interaction between Max and his brother. I wanted the rivalry and consequential situations to blow up bigger and louder. I wanted more from their mom’s presence, especially some scenes between her and Lina. I wanted more to be built around the ex-fiancé situation. Lina and Max both think so heavily about how it will look dating the brother of her ex-fiancé but besides said brother, absolutely no one indicates they give a flying fig. Just a few judgmental people or comments sprinkled in would have given so much more to this perceived obstacle and made the ending sweeter.I think I just wanted a few more hurdles for them to jump and overcome to really bind their new love together and give the reader more to hold on to. While Max’s inner turmoil was interesting and the final job interview was concerning, I’m not sure it was enough for me.So overall I liked the story but it was a bit of a back and forth. However, I’m definitely going to need to look into lime green wedding dresses. Some of the details the author threw in were forever memorable. Ha.* I received an advance e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars, albeit slightly rounded up.*ARC supplied by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*When I requested ARC of this book, I was obviously intrigued by the premise. And a little bit apprehensive as well, thinking that the whole "I was all set to marry your older brother" arc might be a hellish one to pull off.And yet, let me assure you, this book was nothing short of delightful. Both Lina and Max were such likeable characters and their easy (and a bit hostile at first) 4 stars, albeit slightly rounded up.*ARC supplied by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*When I requested ARC of this book, I was obviously intrigued by the premise. And a little bit apprehensive as well, thinking that the whole "I was all set to marry your older brother" arc might be a hellish one to pull off.And yet, let me assure you, this book was nothing short of delightful. Both Lina and Max were such likeable characters and their easy (and a bit hostile at first) chemistry was palpable. I thought the author did a pretty good job of fleshing out their insecurities, dreams, vulnerabilities and backgrounds, all of which made them feel very real and, again, likeable despite their flaws. I took to Lina the most, and I couldn't help but sympathize with her (especially on the "keeping your cool in the workplace because THOSE EMOTIONAL WOMEN" thing, even if I don't share quite the same struggles) and cheer for her.Dialogues and the flow of the book kept me glued to it until I finished. And the smut? PHEW. As I mentioned before, chemistry between the two main characters was detectable within a 10-mile radius and what I loved even more, was the open communication they practiced, in and out of bed.The ending could've been less rushed, in my pinion, but that didn't overshadow my overall enjoyment.All in all, this story was exactly what I crave in contemporary romance - playful, cute, sexy and fun, with a bit of serious sprinkled over it.
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  • Elyse Alba
    January 1, 1970
    Lina is such a wonderful character! Strong and fierce but totally relatable. The author does a great job of sucking you into the story.
  • mina reads™️
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Avon Books for providing the ARC via Netgalley. All thoughts are my ownThree years ago, Lina was left at the altar by her fiance Andrew. With Andrew gone someone has to break the news to the humilated bride and that terrible duty falls to Max, Andrew's younger brother and best man. The final nail in the coffin is when Andrew leaves a cryptic text message that claims Max is responsible for changing Andrew's mind on marriage. Cue the hate to love!! In the present day Lina must Thank you to Avon Books for providing the ARC via Netgalley. All thoughts are my ownThree years ago, Lina was left at the altar by her fiance Andrew. With Andrew gone someone has to break the news to the humilated bride and that terrible duty falls to Max, Andrew's younger brother and best man. The final nail in the coffin is when Andrew leaves a cryptic text message that claims Max is responsible for changing Andrew's mind on marriage. Cue the hate to love!! In the present day Lina must reconnect with this infuriating part of her past as a part of a lucrative business venture she desparately needs if she wants to keep her wedding planning business afloat. With Max as her project partner, sparks fly between this wedding planner and the world's worst best man.I want to talk about the characters first. Lina was really great, I enjoyed her driven nature, her confidence career wise and all the glimpses into her family life that we got. I really love seeing characters who are really close with their family and I feel like it is not something I see often in books, Lina is an Afro-Brazilian woman and I like how the author never shied away from having full conversations in portugese and Brazilian foods etc. I really like when authors include aspects of cultures but don't feel the need to overly explain every reference to said culture. Max was also cool, I think the author did a nice job of giving us a really sweet, funny male character. I don't have any strong feelings for him but he was really nice.Onto the relationship, I think their relationship was kinda cute, but the scenes where Lina was getting her petty revenge were so childish but I couldn't help but laugh(not always in a good way). I also felt like the dialogue was a bit weird and stilted at times so some jokes didn't land for me. While I thought that their relationship was sweet and I really enjoyed their scenes together I wasn't super convinced on their chemistry though. I didn't see as much sexual/romantic tension throughout the book as I would have liked to. Lina’s grudge towards Max, as funny as it was at times also felt overwhelmingly absurd because she literally didn’t even care about Andrew, the ex fiancé, nor did she mourn that relationship so I didn’t get why she was still so worked up about Max’s supposed involvement rather than being angry with the actual dude who left her at the altar in the first place. I think this aspect made the romance hard for me because she went from all this (imo) unfounded anger to being in like and love with him super quickly without much transition. Overall I thought it was a pretty fun read but I didn't love it. Also I think the author made Andrew's character a really weird mustache twirling villain stereotype and I felt like it was so weird especially near the ending. Like yea he sucks but his villainous monologue was weird.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    This book was super charming and delightful. Some slow parts, good amount of steaminess. I enjoyed it!
  • Ms. Woc Reader
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick read that only took me a few days to finish. I like how Mia Sosa kept the fast pace going throughout the book. I also liked that it wasn't just a lusty read. It was a little bit of a tricky situation having Lina get involved with her almost brother-in-law despite her not knowing much about him. They built a bit of a friendship as they worked on their project together.I really adored Lina's Brazilian family. I've never read a book where Afro-Brazilians were portrayed so I This was a quick read that only took me a few days to finish. I like how Mia Sosa kept the fast pace going throughout the book. I also liked that it wasn't just a lusty read. It was a little bit of a tricky situation having Lina get involved with her almost brother-in-law despite her not knowing much about him. They built a bit of a friendship as they worked on their project together.I really adored Lina's Brazilian family. I've never read a book where Afro-Brazilians were portrayed so I appreciated the inclusion of different Portuguese phrases, foods, and traditions. Lina also spoke about how as a black woman and a latina woman she has to overcome obstacles. I greatly appreciated that because as a black woman myself I know it's something we all have to overcome. There's a fine balance between being passionate and not coming across and the fiery feisty one or the angry black woman. And we don't get the luxury of crying it out. We have to keep our emotions in tact. One thing I wished it would have acknowledged is the dynamic of an interracial relationship. Max is white but it was never acknowledged beyond his blond hair.I could easily see this turned into a movie. I received an arc from Netgalley and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cortney
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWhen it comes to romance novels the hate to love trope is my absolute favorite and The Worst Best Man hit all the right spots for me. It was light, funny, and bursting with Brazilian culture and I loved every minute of it.
  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads BooksThis is my first book I have read by Mia Sosa. I was unsure of it at first, but once I really got into the heart of the story, I devoured it. It was a really fun, steamy book so if you are into that I definitely recommend it.The book starts with the prologue of how Lina was left at the altar and that's where the conflict starts because it's all Max's fault. When she has to work with him and his brother (her ex) to get a job This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads BooksThis is my first book I have read by Mia Sosa. I was unsure of it at first, but once I really got into the heart of the story, I devoured it. It was a really fun, steamy book so if you are into that I definitely recommend it.The book starts with the prologue of how Lina was left at the altar and that's where the conflict starts because it's all Max's fault. When she has to work with him and his brother (her ex) to get a job that she really needs, she lies and pretends she doesn't know them. The stakes get raised really high here, but it was fun to see them getting to know each other.Lina does play a few pranks on him to get her revenge, which I do think felt kind of immature and not necessary to the book at all. Maybe that can get cut. I did really like how they worked together and how passionate Max was about his job. One thing I didn't get was why Max thought he was in the shadow of his older brother. Andrew kind of seemed really incompetent and it seemed like Max ended up doing most of the work for them and Andrew took credit for it. Andrew was the worst! Both the hero and heroine have a lot of insecurities that instead of talking to each other about their fears, they keep it all inside. It causes them to pull apart from each other which kind of broke my heart for them. Never fear though, they do get their HEA!*I received a review copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
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  • Samantha Jean
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe a 2.5, but honestly I was underwhelmed by this story. I'm not sure if there was too much going on in the book? Abandoned at the alter,crazy best friends, sibling rivalry, job hunting, family.... Like the list goes on (literally). And while some people may enjoy that in their romances, it's not my cup of tea. It's a little too chick-litty for my tastes. Anyway,I felt like I had to finish reading this to give it an honest review since I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. If I had picked Maybe a 2.5, but honestly I was underwhelmed by this story. I'm not sure if there was too much going on in the book? Abandoned at the alter,crazy best friends, sibling rivalry, job hunting, family.... Like the list goes on (literally). And while some people may enjoy that in their romances, it's not my cup of tea. It's a little too chick-litty for my tastes. Anyway,I felt like I had to finish reading this to give it an honest review since I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. If I had picked this up in any other way, I would've given it to my DNF pile.
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  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa
    January 1, 1970
    THE SAPPIEST, SOFTEST, MOST STUNNING ROMCOM I’VE READ THIS YEAR!!! I NEED A MOVIE ADAPTATION, STAT!
  • || Soph ||
    January 1, 1970
    LOL I LOVE THIS COVER OKAY
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