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…
Heat Level: Steamy
I did not know what to expect when I started listening to The Worst Best Man. This is my first Mia Sosa book and this will definitely NOT be my last!
My initial reaction after finishing the audiobook was this emoji review that I posted on Goodreads: 🤪🤔🤐🚗🚪🌷🍛🥘🔥🤭😑😢😭😭😍🥰🥰🥰🥰🤣. As you can see, I was so full of emotions and it is quite obvious that I am in love with this book!
I received an eARC for this book, but I decided to wait until the audiobook was available. Luckily, it was available on Hooplah from the LA Public Library. I did not regret my choice! I will discuss the narrators later in this review.
The Worst Best Man started when Lina was jilted, and Max was the bringer of the bad news. Of course, there was drama and confusion and I really did not like Max at all! I am so glad that he totally redeemed himself!
What initially drew me to The Worst Best Man is the premise! I really love that it’s an enemies-to-lovers and fake relationship romance! The bulk of the story happens a few years after the jilting where Lina is vying to be an in-house wedding coordinator for a high-end hotel. The catch is she had to “audition” for the position and work with a marketing manager – who ended up being Max!
I am so glad that I picked up the audiobook because I just realized that I do not hear a lot of Portuguese at all and I would not have known how to pronounce the words! Also, I realized that this book is chock full of representation, culture, and family is a huge focus, which I really love!
Let’s also talk about the food! I love all the mention of food here! Even that scene with Max and Lina involving a certain spicy dish!
The Worst Best Man is such a refreshing plot because it highlights how a woman’s character is always played as drama or overacting on something and is called crazy and irrational while a man’s temper tantrums are not viewed the same! I actually didn’t really think about that part.
This book is an awesome lighthearted read. There were awkward moments and there were also funny and laugh-out-loud moments that I really appreciate!
Thoughts on the Audiobook
The narrators Rebecca Mozo and Wayne Mitchell were fantastic together! Of course, I loved that they picked the perfect narrators for the book, otherwise, I would not have enjoyed it at all.
The pacing and tone were perfect and what I prefer because I don’t like to speed up my audiobooks.
If you are a fan of audiobooks, I highly recommend listening to The Worst Best Man.