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Review: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

on November 25, 2020

The Worst Best Man
Mia Sosa
2020, 358p
Read via my local library

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

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… 

Recently I have been deep into the Barack Obama book (review to come of that one later this week) and it’s been something I’ve really had to focus on and I’ve only been reading about 100p or so of it a day. I decided to take a break and read something else, something a bit lighter, and this sounded interesting.

Lina is a wedding planner and at one of the weddings she’s coordinating a guest offers her the chance to come and interview for a prestigious job at the line of hotels she runs. Lina is determined to get this only to discover that she’s handicapped straight away. There are two candidates and each will be helped in their interview pitch by a marketing expert. To Lina’s horror, the marketing experts are her ex-fiance, who dumped her at the altar five years ago and his younger brother, apparently the reason her ex “saw the light” and fled the marriage before it could take place. Despite her hatred of Max, the younger brother, she’d much rather work with him than Andrew, her ex-fiance and so she snaps him up immediately and makes it clear that he’s decoration in this gig. She’ll get the job and she’ll get it on her own.

I didn’t love this. I understand Lina has some really raw feelings about being dumped just before her wedding was about to take place and Max was both a) the bearer of the bad news and b) according to his text message, the reason that Andrew bailed. And even though he’s the lesser of two evils for her to work with to get this job, she still decides to make his life a misery as some sort of revenge? Even though Max doesn’t remember what it is that he said or did to make his brother to decide to not be married and really, if it was that easy, clearly the guy wasn’t ready to be married anyway. Also it was five years ago and Lina is going for the job of her career – she’s already pretended to her new potential boss that she doesn’t know Max or Andrew so maybe it might be a good idea to….oh…..I don’t know, be professional? No, this doesn’t really occur to her and instead it’s childish pranks and stupid remarks and bickering.

I think this is supposed to be funny but it really wasn’t my type of humour. It’s told from both points of view and although I enjoyed Lina’s family, Lina herself wasn’t particularly interesting. Max is having pretty much immediate thoughts about Lina as soon as they come back into contact, although he tries not to. But as they work together more and more and keep instigating “truces” (which rarely last as one of them, generally Lina, does something childish and annoying), Max finds the thoughts harder and harder to ignore. For me though, they had zero chemistry and oh god, the sex scenes were awkward AF. I think they were supposed to be filled with “witty banter” but yikes, too much talking. If you have time to be doing that much talking then you are not doing enough of the sex. And I like scenes where the female character is assertive and not afraid to really go after her own pleasure too but a blow by blow description of exactly how cunnilingus is an art form…..too much. I can do with less actual explaining of what Lina likes.

There were a lot of things that felt shoehorned into this, almost like the plot had too much going on and some of those things fizzled out or were not really adequately resolved with any meaning. Like a lot is made of the competitiveness between Max and his brother and how their (astute, business-savvy) mother sees Andrew as this amazing marketing executive: high flying, going places but really he’s a dunce who keeps needing to ask Max how to do things or stealing his ideas. Why do they have this dumb competitiveness? How did it start? Why is Max such a doormat about his brother? Stop giving him the answers and let him sink or swim, you numpty. The brother is pretty heinous, but in this really bland and generic way, like he is cookie cutter douchy. He and Max have one scene that sort of half resolves things between them (but also feels like it raises more questions than answers) but he and Lina don’t really get much airtime. And towards the end, despite being the driving force in their “relationship”, Max has this completely random freak out about Lina and how being with her somehow makes him second-best to his brother again. Awesome. What a compliment!


Book #231 of 2020

2 responses to “Review: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

  1. curlygeek04 says:

    I just finished it, and I liked it better than you did, though I agree with all the flaws you point out. The dialogue felt very self-conscious to me, either too witty or too earnest. And I don’t love romances with complicated and unrealistic plot premises as this one had. That said, I found myself really warming to Lina and Max as it went on, and I really enjoyed her family (though his didn’t make much sense). Also I loved that it was set where I live.

    • Yes, I thought Lina’s family was probably the best part of the book, haha. I didn’t dislike Max as such, I just don’t think I could ever see this really working and they seemed to bring out the worst in each other for just a huge part of the book. I’m glad you liked it more than I did!

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