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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 collab 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...


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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 collab 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...

30 review for The Worst Best Man

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Great news!!!! Project X Entertainment acquires the feature rights to this gem! It’s gonna be a movieeeee!!!! Yayyy! 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 bu Great news!!!! Project X Entertainment acquires the feature rights to this gem! It’s gonna be a movieeeee!!!! Yayyy! 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. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ayman

    Y’all… this shit was so good!!! absolutely fucking gold!! deserves nothing less than 5 stars!! ok so this book basically follows Lina who was left at the alter at her wedding, and her fiancé’s brother, Max, had to break the news to her. and also admit that he kinda had a hand in his brothers decision to break off the wedding. so Lina and Max have beef. and years later they now have to work together as wedding planners TA-DA!! the chemistry was potent from day one. the angst and the fucking TENSIO Y’all… this shit was so good!!! absolutely fucking gold!! deserves nothing less than 5 stars!! ok so this book basically follows Lina who was left at the alter at her wedding, and her fiancé’s brother, Max, had to break the news to her. and also admit that he kinda had a hand in his brothers decision to break off the wedding. so Lina and Max have beef. and years later they now have to work together as wedding planners TA-DA!! the chemistry was potent from day one. the angst and the fucking TENSION!! This because dual POV and the way these characters describe one another had me breathing hard and heavy. Lina, the main character is Brazilian, and reading about the Brazilian culture or so refreshing. I will definitely be trying out some Brazilian dishes in the future. she’s a strong well-rounded character and is funny as fuck. The way she teases Max had me screaming. i was genuinely laughing out loud while reading this book. I had to stifle my giggles with a pillow because i read i finished this book around 3am. Max is a hot, dark hair, six pack, pussy pleaser, of a man. bro the way he talks to Lina?!? i was blushing for days. “I wish I could make you come so hard you’d cry out loud enough to shatter the windows of this ridiculously charming inn.” bro i was cheeking. the smut? y’all the SMUT!!! don’t let the cover deceive you!! this is the type of book in which she falls first but he falls harder!!! a book shouldn’t be making me blush this much!! i was smiling ear to ear while reading this book. the plot? the characters? all 10/10! mia sosa deserves to get her ass ate for writing this book. she put her whole thrussy into this. mia deserves the world and nothing less because this book ate DOWN!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    mkay, this wasn't terrible, but it also didn't end up holding a candle to any of the other titles i've read in the recent months. pros: - there were some adorable mishaps and scenarios (that couples counseling retreat?? weirdly sweet) - super enjoyed the inclusion of Lina's family and culture - points for the main characters knowing how to use their words & communicate!!! cons: - the story was really trope heavy and by the end had failed to do anything unique with them,,,it felt quite generic in a low mkay, this wasn't terrible, but it also didn't end up holding a candle to any of the other titles i've read in the recent months. pros: - there were some adorable mishaps and scenarios (that couples counseling retreat?? weirdly sweet) - super enjoyed the inclusion of Lina's family and culture - points for the main characters knowing how to use their words & communicate!!! cons: - the story was really trope heavy and by the end had failed to do anything unique with them,,,it felt quite generic in a low budget rom com type of way (i.e. not unenjoyable but i felt zero *feelings*) - the audiobook narrator for Max was bad. it's an unfortunate possibility when listening to a story, but every other chapter from his POV was rough on the ears in conclusion lol, it wasn't all bad obviously but i'm not convinced this one is gonna stay in my head for any real amount of time

  4. 5 out of 5

    chan ☆

    this one was just okay for me. it had good ingredients: compelling main characters, enemies to lovers, cool side characters, fun plot. but the execution was just lacking something that i can't totally put my finger on. i think it's just the general feeling i get when reading trad published romances. they're written well and i can see why people like them. but i just crave the kind of writing that typically dwells in the indie romance space. it feels rougher in the best way and the plots tend to b this one was just okay for me. it had good ingredients: compelling main characters, enemies to lovers, cool side characters, fun plot. but the execution was just lacking something that i can't totally put my finger on. i think it's just the general feeling i get when reading trad published romances. they're written well and i can see why people like them. but i just crave the kind of writing that typically dwells in the indie romance space. it feels rougher in the best way and the plots tend to be more inventive and push the envelope. which is all to say that if you're into trad published romances this is one of the better ones. it was a perfectly enjoyable listening experience but it's not a book that i'll be thinking about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This wasn't a perfect book for me, but I did end up enjoying it a lot more than 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 lot more than 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    Nothing better than reading a story with two main characters you absolutely root for in every way possible. Whether they’re together or apart. That’s what solidified my 5-star rating. I got to a point where they received some good news, and I was genuinely happy for them. I loved the story. There was the inevitable awkwardness but all in all, it was dealt with in a mature manner. Because at the end of the day, you gotta do what you gotta do. Keep it pushin’, keep it moving. Also the side charact Nothing better than reading a story with two main characters you absolutely root for in every way possible. Whether they’re together or apart. That’s what solidified my 5-star rating. I got to a point where they received some good news, and I was genuinely happy for them. I loved the story. There was the inevitable awkwardness but all in all, it was dealt with in a mature manner. Because at the end of the day, you gotta do what you gotta do. Keep it pushin’, keep it moving. Also the side characters, the Brazilian culture, the friendships, the family were all beautifully done and developed and I wish we could’ve gotten more. I wanted to be a part of it all. I’m so glad we’re getting Dean’s story next. I literally whooped out loud! 😁 Read for The Reading Rush readathon. Challenge: Read a book that starts with the word “The”.

  8. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    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 fiancé's brother, Max broke the news, and was also apparently the cause of her fiancé'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 fiancé's brother, Max broke the news, and was also apparently the cause of her fiancé'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 fiancé. My take on this is that it wasn't really hate, it was more like '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 lots more Max 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 see more of 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 see more about 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!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Talia Hibbert

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    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 fiancé, 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 https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Cambusano

    OKAYYYYY WHERE ARE MY BRASILEIROS AT? because this was FOR US 🇧🇷💛 y’all it made my heart so fcking happy to read about a brazilian mc!!! seeing everything that I eat & do every day mentioned in a book just… IT SHOOK ME TO MY CORE!! pão de queijo, capoeira, guaraná, carnaval, strogonoffe de frango, pimenta malagueta, brigadeiro, havaianas, samba.. AND THE LIST GOES ON!!! it was ALL IN THIS BOOK! Lina’s whole family was my favorite ever & they made this book for me. You know those books where you OKAYYYYY WHERE ARE MY BRASILEIROS AT? because this was FOR US 🇧🇷💛 y’all it made my heart so fcking happy to read about a brazilian mc!!! seeing everything that I eat & do every day mentioned in a book just… IT SHOOK ME TO MY CORE!! pão de queijo, capoeira, guaraná, carnaval, strogonoffe de frango, pimenta malagueta, brigadeiro, havaianas, samba.. AND THE LIST GOES ON!!! it was ALL IN THIS BOOK! Lina’s whole family was my favorite ever & they made this book for me. You know those books where you love the guy but you’re SIMPINNGGG for the girl? that’s this one! Don’t get me wrong.. I did love me some Max & his eagerness to learn ;) iykyk! BUT LINA IS WHERE ITS AT!!! anyway, this was such a fun read and an amazing romcom! I cant wait to read the next book 💚 “to be continued, right?” “to be continued forever”

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    3.5 stars This 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 stars This 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    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 bit more bland than I was expecting because it was so short.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This is a hate to love romance between an ambitious wedding planner and the brother of her fiancé from 3 years prior who left her at the alter. That premise sounds like it would make for a lot of drama and a potential love triangle, but it is actually very clear from the beginning that Lina and her ex were not a good match. This makes the potential drama of finding out she's a better match with his brother to be a non-issue, as neither one still holds a torch for the other. There were some parts This is a hate to love romance between an ambitious wedding planner and the brother of her fiancé from 3 years prior who left her at the alter. That premise sounds like it would make for a lot of drama and a potential love triangle, but it is actually very clear from the beginning that Lina and her ex were not a good match. This makes the potential drama of finding out she's a better match with his brother to be a non-issue, as neither one still holds a torch for the other. There were some parts that were over the top, particularly at the beginning when Lina is trying to get back at Max, after the end up having to work together, as he was apparently the one that convinced her ex not to marry her years ago. But there are wonderful moments of vulnerability between these two, as Lina is someone who has walls up due to her past and not wanting to show emotion. A big part of their journey is opening up to each other. Also, Lina is an Afro-Latinx woman (Brazilian) and her culture and family is a major part of her life. Another thing I loved seeing was the very real, imperfect sex scenes. This book had the couple tripping over pants, failing to unclasp bras, and any other normal awkward thing that may happen in the bedroom. It was refreshing and cute.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    Has a character ever frustrated you so much that you just wanted to jump in and shake them a bit? Some of the characters here made me feel that. This book follows the love story between Carolina, a wedding planner who was left at the altar, and Max, the brother of the runaway groom. In that sense, it's your basic hate-to-love trope that we all love and much. We get all those good rom-com tropes that are overdone but so incredibly entertaining. The hate to love, the awkward situations, the one bed Has a character ever frustrated you so much that you just wanted to jump in and shake them a bit? Some of the characters here made me feel that. This book follows the love story between Carolina, a wedding planner who was left at the altar, and Max, the brother of the runaway groom. In that sense, it's your basic hate-to-love trope that we all love and much. We get all those good rom-com tropes that are overdone but so incredibly entertaining. The hate to love, the awkward situations, the one bed, the crazy yet lovable family. Also, Brazillian culture! That said, this book also had a lot of stuff I didn't love. For starters, there was a very sexual scene halfway through the book that mostly made me cringe. It was awkward for me to read. The characters were also weird to me. They were likable enough but I couldn't connect with them. The book is told in dual POV and other than the character name at the top of the chapter, it's almost impossible to tell the two apart. Then there was the chemistry between the characters. It was there. But also not really. They meet, fall in love, and go through all that rom-com drama in the course of 5 weeks. They technically knew each other prior to this, but they had never interacted before the day of the almost wedding, and it was only for a single disastrous conversation. Which leads me to the animosity between the two. Lina had a massive grudge toward Max. This is understandable given the fact that it was Max who accidentally, and unbeknownst to him, convinced his brother to call off the wedding. The thing is, Lina never once gave Andrew (her ex-fiance) a second thought. She said she was upset at the breakup but we never really see it. She only mentions Andrew in passing and we get the sense that he's pretty irrelevant to her. Max on the other hand, who had been nothing but decent to her, gets all the hate and blame and animosity for actions that no one forced Andrew to take! It was so frustrating! In the end, I rate books based on enjoyment. On whether it made me feel something. This book didn't. It was just ok. It had its entertaining moments and I am certain that some of you will enjoy it. Sadly, I did not, despite wanting so desperately to fall in love with it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    em ♥

    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 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. 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 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: 4.5/5 What 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’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 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

  18. 5 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    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 •

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jess Owens

    This overall rating is a lie because I. ATE. THIS. UP. I cried TEARS OF HAPPINESS. BRB going to swoon over Max. I love love

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aoife - Bookish_Babbling

    THIS was just the funny steamy romcom read I was craving. I have no doubt that the current state of the world & social distancing is skewing my rating upwards but tbh I really don't care...I needed a laugh and some feelgood feelz & this came through for me in spades 🤣🤩😂😍🔥 4.75* rounded up The double entendres and bff interactions were interchangeably hilarious and heart-warming...so much communication on many fronts I almost overdosed 😅 This wasn't purely laugh out loud moments as it sensitively ta THIS was just the funny steamy romcom read I was craving. I have no doubt that the current state of the world & social distancing is skewing my rating upwards but tbh I really don't care...I needed a laugh and some feelgood feelz & this came through for me in spades 🤣🤩😂😍🔥 4.75* rounded up The double entendres and bff interactions were interchangeably hilarious and heart-warming...so much communication on many fronts I almost overdosed 😅 This wasn't purely laugh out loud moments as it sensitively tackled issues I, a white female, am in no-way qualified to comment on but I was here for the education & am so glad these own voice stories are being seamlessly woven into more mainstream releases. We all deserve to tell our own story & share our cultures as we experience them...the good and bad as the case may be. The wonderful Brazilian culture leapt off the page 🇧🇷 Having been lucky enough to visit this beautiful country once and sample some of the delicious cuisine made me even more eager to return! I loved Lina's amazingly supportive family; Jaslene (deffo honorary member), Natalia, the wonderful Tias, Mãe and Rey are such delights & I absolutely cannot wait to learn more about Dean in 2021 (I was so hoping he would get a spin off 😍) Max & Lina actually COMMUNICATE - yep yep ✔ I may have initially rolled my eyes at some of the romcom tropes that got them there but, I am a deffo fan of the "only-one-bed-trope" and the accidental counselling that helped them better communicate possibly tipped this book for me alongside the "bathroom" humour...and nope, it's not what you might think but it was such fun to see the characters grow and adapt from knowing one another 😂 I will be the first to admit the blurb and their previous almost(?)-family connection initially tripped me up big time about picking this book up but thanks to the ever wonderful Fran, whose romcom reviews always put me on the right track, I am so very glad I picked this up. As always thank you so much & I will know better in the future not to question your amazing ability to suss out the tropes we hate and taking the hits for the team when you tackle so many ARCs. I have seen many say that they'd have liked an epilogue, 🤷 sure deffo wouldn't go astray but obvs didn't take away from my massive enjoyment of this book. That ending with (view spoiler)[the aunts & her mother (hide spoiler)] was perfect to me - equal parts hopeful and hilarious 😎 People have also said they'd have liked more intel on Andrew, but I seriously NOPED out on that 🍆 and honestly don't care what his reasoning may have been - perhaps cruel as we all have our story. But he deffo didn't endear himself to me in this, however I am willing to be proven wrong if he were to get his own book & after some serious soul searching on his part cos, oh boy, was he a douche in this! Although I guess we get a very one-sided (well 2) PoV from people he hasn't always treated the best...🤔 I don't want to judge people too harshly either - but let's just say he has a lot of ground to make up but I would read that book as I really liked this authors sense of humour & from what we saw Andy here could use some help there - he seems rather uptight and tbh up other things but I am trying to be polite! Right, so that's more than enough waffle from me on this book. It was just what I hoped it would be a funny, fluffy read that gives a cynical cranky cow like me the false hope that there are still good guys to be found - but I do wonder where all these physical hunks with hearts of gold be hiding in rl....whatever about movies giving people misleading expectations of masculinity let's be honest here - these books are not behind the door neither! The amount of muscle descriptions in romcom reads would deff give people body issues 😅

  21. 5 out of 5

    exploraDora

    ***2 stars*** I wanted to like this book, I swear I did. The premise is cute and I had high hopes after reading a positive a review on here recently. The Worst Best Man seemed to have potential, but in the end it didn't work for me. The story follows Lina, a wedding planner who had the misfortune of being left at the altar. She got the news that the wedding won't happen from her fiance's brother, Max, and he kind of is to blame for the whole thing. Or so Lina thinks. But she moves on, and come pre ***2 stars*** I wanted to like this book, I swear I did. The premise is cute and I had high hopes after reading a positive a review on here recently. The Worst Best Man seemed to have potential, but in the end it didn't work for me. The story follows Lina, a wedding planner who had the misfortune of being left at the altar. She got the news that the wedding won't happen from her fiance's brother, Max, and he kind of is to blame for the whole thing. Or so Lina thinks. But she moves on, and come present day, she's offered a great new job opportunity that could be amazing for her career. The downside to the job - she's forced to work with no other than the worst best man ever, Max himself. This is the classic "enemies to lovers" trope (one that I'm not the biggest fan of to start with), but it doesn't even do that well. It lacks the tension and drama needed for a good enemies to lovers story. Lina and Max seem to get over their grievances waaaaay too quickly, without much communication. They only seemed to be attracted to each other physically, because there's no real chemistry besides that. A major issue I had with this book were the sex scenes. They were just so.... cringy. This is how my face looked every time they were at it: If you ask me, they talked too much before and during. The pillow talk felt forced and more like a script from bad porn. I just didn't feel any chemistry between them. On another note, I would have loved to read more about the wedding planner stuff, more about the job they were working, see them connect more. I also would have loved a better developed scene where they addressed the fact that they were nearly in-laws and how weird it could be for them to end up together. I don't know if it's just me and I'm being weird about this or what, but I think it's kinda yuck and inappropriate to date/sleep with your ex's brother. Let alone realize that you screwed the wrong brother first, only to later end up in the same family. Ffs, Max was this close to being her brother in law. There are other fish in the sea, Lina! I mean, I'm saying this mainly because it's not like they connected on a higher level or anything. They were just like "oh yeah, we were almost related by marriage, but whatever, you're hot so I'd hit that". I can't even.. Unfortunately, this romantic comedy didn't do much for me. I feel like it wasn't even a little bit romantic, nor was it funny. Just poorly written and a little too cheesy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    i am absolutely living for this girls-being-bitches-to-men cover trend: they bring me so much joy | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram i am absolutely living for this girls-being-bitches-to-men cover trend: they bring me so much joy | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  23. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    3.5 stars, rounded up because I really, really appreciated the time taken to explain why it can be so difficult for women of color (such as our Afro-Latinx MC, Lina) to allow themselves to fully express their feelings. I thought that was such an important topic and it's one I haven't seen addressed in many books. This was cute! I definitely struggled with Lina from time to time, just for how petty she could be with her pranks, but all's well that ends well and I grew to love her and empathize wi 3.5 stars, rounded up because I really, really appreciated the time taken to explain why it can be so difficult for women of color (such as our Afro-Latinx MC, Lina) to allow themselves to fully express their feelings. I thought that was such an important topic and it's one I haven't seen addressed in many books. This was cute! I definitely struggled with Lina from time to time, just for how petty she could be with her pranks, but all's well that ends well and I grew to love her and empathize with her more as the story progressed. I will admit that I spent a solid chunk of the story wanting to grab her and shake her until something clicked in her brain, though. I don't think I'll ever quite grasp the concept that she totally moved on from her ex-fiance leaving her at the altar, yet couldn't get over her hatred of his brother for supposedly talking the fiance out of the marriage. That just... doesn't compute. I also have one other little complaint, which I wasn't going to mention because it felt like maybe it was just me, but I have to: the sex scenes were a little weird to me? I felt so much chemistry between Lina and Max throughout the rest of the book, but not in the steamy scenes. That said, I enjoyed this story a lot overall. I thought it was addictive and fast-paced, I loved the banter (when Lina wasn't busy pranking Max), and I thought it held so many important conversations, such as Lina's fear of disappointing her family after they immigrated to the US and worked so hard to help give her the life she has. While this wasn't a perfect read for me, I still really enjoyed it and recommend it! I'm happier for having read it and definitely want to check out more of the author's work. Buddy read with my darling Bex ♥

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I almost didn't buy this book because some of the positive reviews for it made it seem like it was going to be one of those trying-to-hard-to-be-quirky cookie cutter romances that all seem to share the same identical pastel covers and too-plucky-to-be-believed heroines. I am so, so glad that I bought this book anyway because that really couldn't be farther from the truth. THE WORST BEST MAN is like a smart rom-com in book form, only bett Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I almost didn't buy this book because some of the positive reviews for it made it seem like it was going to be one of those trying-to-hard-to-be-quirky cookie cutter romances that all seem to share the same identical pastel covers and too-plucky-to-be-believed heroines. I am so, so glad that I bought this book anyway because that really couldn't be farther from the truth. THE WORST BEST MAN is like a smart rom-com in book form, only better because, ummm, gratuitous food porn, a smart woman of color protagonist who loves her job and has some pretty important dialogues about what it means to express emotion in public spaces as a woman of color, and an honestly hilarious battle of wills in an enemies to lovers romance that never feels too easy or too mean-spirited. It was just the pick-me-up I needed. Lina is a wedding planner who was ditched by her own would-be-husband at her wedding several years ago. Andrew, her ex, sent a mystifying text message to his brother, Max, suggesting something he said on their night out was responsible before just, you know, going dark. Even though Lina is super successful in her own right now, she has never forgiven either brother for ruining what should have been the best day of her life, which is why when she ends up landing the chance to make a major career move with the owner of a successful boutique hotel chain, she is not happy to see that the brothers-- and their mom-- are also involved. As it turns out, Lina isn't the only planner the hotel might want to work with. And since Max and Andrew are ever in competition, they're going to let the best brother-- and planner-- win by working to develop a pitch that will appeal most to the Cartwright hotel chain. At first, Lina is icy to Max and pranks him (including tricking him into eat a very spicy Brazilian pepper at one of their lunch meetings) but it soon becomes pretty clear that Max isn't a bad guy. He's very different from Andrew and he's also very attracted to Lina-- to her looks, her personality, her success, and her vulnerabilities. It doesn't take all that much time for the ice to melt. But the drama that awaits them is much more lasting. I ended up liking this book a lot. It's the perfect quarantine read because of all the vicarious parties and celebrations. Honestly, the beautiful descriptions of food warrant an extra star alone. The cake-tasting scene and the lunch at the Brazilian restaurant had my mouth watering. I loved how the connection between food and family was brought in with Lina and her family, and its ties to Brazilian culture. Also, all of the in-text Brazilian words! I love it when authors do this; it's fun seeing people speaking their native languages on the page because people do this in real life and it adds a touch of realism. I'm also a huge sucker for books about professional women who love their jobs, and I liked especially how the author wrote about what it meant for Lina, as a woman of color, and how it affected her perceived freedom to express her emotions in public. The story about her work as a paralegal was sad. I honestly wasn't all that sold on Max as a love interest at first, but I ended up liking him more later on in the story. As other readers have said, there was a LOT of talking in the sex scenes-- to show consent and the importance of communication, I think. It wasn't really my cup of tea, but I think I just don't really like it when humor and sex are mixed. I read another chick-lit recently, CRUSHING IT, that did this also, and I didn't really like it there, either. Some people do, though, and I think this is just a matter of personal preference. For me, I thought the sexual tension between the couple and their banter were the best parts, and it was the moments where they opened up and talked about their feelings despite all of their emotional walls and barriers, that really made me swoon. Anyone who enjoys fluffy romances with fiercely intelligent heroines who love their jobs, have a dry sense of humor, and encounter plenty of drama that won't require you to suspend your disbelief will really like this book. I said on Twitter that I think it would make an excellent movie and I stand by that. 3.5 to 4 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    When I started this book, I was loving this story and these characters. Nothing gets me like a good enemies to lovers romance and Lina really hated Max when he encourages his brother to break up with her on their wedding day. Flash forward five years and Lina and Max have to work together on a project that could earn Lina the job of a lifetime. Of course, she wants to keep Max as far away as possible, but Max is determined to do his fair share and help her win the job. My favorite part of this b When I started this book, I was loving this story and these characters. Nothing gets me like a good enemies to lovers romance and Lina really hated Max when he encourages his brother to break up with her on their wedding day. Flash forward five years and Lina and Max have to work together on a project that could earn Lina the job of a lifetime. Of course, she wants to keep Max as far away as possible, but Max is determined to do his fair share and help her win the job. My favorite part of this book was when Max and Lina had to pretend to be a couple and it gave me so many Unhoneymooners vibes. Lina was trying everything to push Max's buttons and test him, but he took everything in stride. Their bantering was so fun and I loved how Max genuinely liked Lina and wanted her to see he wasn't a good guy. I also loved how they were working on wedding planning! I love movies and books surrounded around weddings, so I enjoyed how Lina was working on weddings throughout the book. When Lina decided she didn't like Max anymore, I kind of...lost some interest in the romance? I love enemies to loves and the angst that comes with that. Once they're done hating each other, that angst and tension is over and I wanted it to last a little bit longer. I also wasn't a fan of the overly malicious character at the end that felt like more of a soap opera conflict. So I loved the first half and enjoyed the second half. But if you want a fun enemies to lovers, pick this one up!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie A. - mostly on hiatus

    3.5 STARS! "I want you to know that if there's any chance for us, I'll take it." I'm not sure what went wrong here. I should have liked this one more. The ingredients for a great read were all here: cultural diversity, a strong heroine, great secondary characters (I loved Natalia!) and a solid premise. I might have been negatively influenced by the audio . . . Female narrator, Rebecca Mozo: 5+ STARS Male narrator, Wayne Mitchell: 3 STARS . . . but overall, there was just something missi 3.5 STARS! "I want you to know that if there's any chance for us, I'll take it." I'm not sure what went wrong here. I should have liked this one more. The ingredients for a great read were all here: cultural diversity, a strong heroine, great secondary characters (I loved Natalia!) and a solid premise. I might have been negatively influenced by the audio . . . Female narrator, Rebecca Mozo: 5+ STARS Male narrator, Wayne Mitchell: 3 STARS . . . but overall, there was just something missing from almost every scene; they weren't quite funny, or quite swoon-worthy, or quite hot. They just were. But take my abstract criticism with a serious grain of salt. A lot of my GR friends really loved this one. If the idea of reading a CR rich in Brazilian culture piques your interest, you could easily have a different experience than I did. Enjoy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nella ☾ of Bookland

    4.5 stars I freaking loved this! ♡ Max, who gave you permission to be a gorgeous, funny, introspective, good-natured, caring bae? WHO? ♡ Lina and I are so similar, at one point I felt like I was reading about myself. I related to her on a myriad of levels: the parallels between our cultures and family dynamics, our personalities, and our outlooks on life in general. Not to mention, we love an afro-brazilian queen 🇧🇷 Luh you, girl! ♡ The romance was so cute. It was really fun 4.5 stars I freaking loved this! ♡ Max, who gave you permission to be a gorgeous, funny, introspective, good-natured, caring bae? WHO? ♡ Lina and I are so similar, at one point I felt like I was reading about myself. I related to her on a myriad of levels: the parallels between our cultures and family dynamics, our personalities, and our outlooks on life in general. Not to mention, we love an afro-brazilian queen 🇧🇷 Luh you, girl! ♡ The romance was so cute. It was really fun and enjoyable watching Max and Lina’s situationship unfold; I was thoroughly invested. Oh and yes, the romance was s t e a m y. Seriously, caution: if you wear glasses, prepare to have them fogged up by all the sex scenes. ♡ The amount of times I burst out laughing like a maniac was crazy. I was reading this at the crack of dawn so I may have startled the people in my house awake. There are tons of quote-worthy one-liners in here. ♡ In the words of Max himself, this book was breath-snatching.

  28. 4 out of 5

    jess ✨

    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. 

  29. 4 out of 5

    Snjez

    3.5 stars This was a really enjoyable story. I liked Lina as the main character. She is clever, strong and realistic - very unlike those silly, clumsy and brainless female characters I usually come across when I pick a book in this genre. I loved Max. He is sweet and funny and I loved the banter between them. The only thing I found underwhelming was the miscommunication towards the end. They were so great together throughout the whole story, that I found this sudden lack of confidence a bit annoy 3.5 stars This was a really enjoyable story. I liked Lina as the main character. She is clever, strong and realistic - very unlike those silly, clumsy and brainless female characters I usually come across when I pick a book in this genre. I loved Max. He is sweet and funny and I loved the banter between them. The only thing I found underwhelming was the miscommunication towards the end. They were so great together throughout the whole story, that I found this sudden lack of confidence a bit annoying - or more precisely the reason for it. I liked the side characters, well, everyone except Andrew. He's awful. Lina's family and friends are really nice and I enjoyed that there was so much of Brazilian culture in this story. Another reason I enjoyed this story as much as I did was the audiobook. Rebecca Mozo did a fantastic job with Lina's character. She made her sound very realistic. The voices she gave other characters were also great and I loved her Portuguese. Wayne Mitchell was fantastic as Max, but the voices he gave other characters, especially Lina, sounded weird.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    I knew this was going to be a good one after reading the opening lines. "My phone's text tone chirps like a robin - which fails to prepare me for the clusterfuck on the screen. Andrew: Everythin you said last night makes sense, M. Thanks to you, I can see the truth now. I can't marry Lina. Need you to break the news. Don't worry, she'll handle it with class. Going to disappear for a few days while I get my head straight. Tell Mom and Dad I'll call them soon." I'm too young and hungover for this I knew this was going to be a good one after reading the opening lines. "My phone's text tone chirps like a robin - which fails to prepare me for the clusterfuck on the screen. Andrew: Everythin you said last night makes sense, M. Thanks to you, I can see the truth now. I can't marry Lina. Need you to break the news. Don't worry, she'll handle it with class. Going to disappear for a few days while I get my head straight. Tell Mom and Dad I'll call them soon." I'm too young and hungover for this shit" LOL, is this guy me? 😂😂 I feel like I've had these same exact thoughts, just obviously in a different context. Overall, definitely an enjoyable read! Cons: ⇢ Wasn't super happy with how Andrew was completely thrown under the bus by the end ⇢ A little cliché at points Pros: ⇢ I thought Max's POV was hilarious ⇢ Lots of diverse characters. I feel like I learned so much about Brazilian culture by reading this! ⇢ GREAT communication between the MC's ⇢ A good amount of steamy 🔥🔥

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