I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ but all opinions provided are my own.
Who can resist a romance between a boss-of-bosses wedding planner and the brother of the man who once jilted her on her wedding day because said brother convinced the almost-groom to walk? Someone stronger than me, I know that much. I’m weak and The Worst Best Man is too good.
Wedding planner Lina Santos hasn’t suffered any real emotional fall-out as a result of being jilted three years earlier. In fact, she tries to suppress her emotions as much as possible, blaming them for a couple of significant embarrassing events in her life.
That fear of showing emotions is precisely why she acts like she’s never met her former fiancé, Andrew, and his meddling brother and Best Man, Max, when she’s presented with an opportunity that will either make or break her career: she and one of the brothers will create a marketing pitch to show why she would be the best choice for a wedding planner Director position that’s opening in a prestigious hotel chain.
Now she and Max—the man she blames for the wedding that didn’t happen—are tasked with working together. And Max? He’s got his own issues, like the fact that he and his brother have been competing since birth, and also would you look at Lina Santos, because she’s the sexiest woman he’s ever seen…
The heroine and hero in The Worst Best Man are fantastic. If competence porn is your thing, you’re in luck because Lina and Max both know their jobs inside-out, and the way they play off one another and build Lina’s pitch reveals their mutual professional respect. The can't-look-away-from-the-page-because-it's-so-good intimacy between them is convincing on a physical and emotional level; the moment when Lina relates the risks of showing emotion to being an Afro-Latinx woman is particularly stunning.
And Max. Oh, Max. He’s too adorable and part of it is his willingness to be vulnerable, from the sleepover with his best friend Dean to his respectful—and sexy—efforts to see if Lina can envision any kind of relationship with him. I fell hard for him and pretty much every other character in The Worst Best Man, including the secondary characters that circulate throughout (shout-out Lina’s family).
The Worst Best Man is adorable. Also smart and funny—if that’s your thing (and why the hell shouldn’t it be?!)—fiercely sexy and approachable. Yum.
Give me that HEA, please.
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