Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you looked at my TBR, you’ll know that this book was not on it. During the first few days of March, I didn’t end up reading anything on TBR and just went rogue lol. Either way, one of the books that came off hold was The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa and I was super excited to read it so I knew I had to review it so let’s get into it.
This is my spoiler-free review of The Worst Best Man.
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.
Normally, I would have more to talk about but I really want to get into my review as I finished this book last night and everything is fresh in my mind so let’s get into it.
What I enjoyed about The Worst Best Man
- The characters. I’ve never read anything by Mia Sosa, but one thing that I noticed was how well she writes her characters. The two main characters: Lina and Max went through a lot of growth throughout the story. While I think Lina was better developed, I really appreciate how she wrote her characters.
- The romance. Since this is rom-com, it’s no surprise that I loved the romance. If you couldn’t figure it out from the synopsis, you’ll know who the romance is between. Personally, I thought it was super believable if not incredibly dramatic but I think these two were a great match. While it didn’t start off as a romance, I enjoyed the path Sosa took to get it there.
- The nods to Brazilian culture. I really enjoyed how much Brazilian culture was represented in this book. Since Lina is Afro-Brazilian, it made sense to include those details. However, I think it added another layer to the story especially with all the Brazilian food references. It was such a nice change of pace as I don’t think I’ve read a book with a Brazilan character before so I really appreciated that.
What I didn’t enjoy about The Worst Best Man
- The “conflict.” Since this is a romance, there has to be a conflict but I really thought the conflict in this book was stupid. If anything, it worked to vilify another character which was the idea? I’m not sure but I thought it didn’t make sense in the story and I wish that she would have taken a different route with that.
- The ending. Another thing that annoyed me was the ending of this book. I feel like everything up in a neat little bow and I didn’t like that. While the conflict coming towards the end of the book, it was jarring. Maybe I’m just being picky but it really annoyed me how quickly everything was okay. I don’t know but it just seemed completely annoying to me.
- The length. I don’t mind a long romance book but this book was WAY too fucking long. This book was almost 400 pages and I don’t think it needed to be. If it was 100 pages shorter, it would have been so much better. Maybe that’s why I was so annoyed at the ending but this book was so long that the ending just felt like it was an afterthought. That’s probably weird to say but I think this book could have been edited down and still had the same effect.
While I did have some issues, I really did enjoy this book. I’m happy that my library bought it since I suggested it lol. I am intrigued to see what she does with the second book in this series. Personally, I think it would better as a standalone but I’ll still check out Dean’s book. Overall, this was a solid romance book despite having a handful of problems that will hopefully be ironed out in the next one.
I gave The Worst Best Man 4 out of 5 stars.
Have you read The Worst Best Man? Would you recommend Mia Sosa if you’ve read any of her other books? I’d love to know! ❤