The Worst Best Man | By Mia Sosa

The Worst Best Man | By Mia Sosa

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... ( Goodreads)

My thoughts

 

Narrative and Plot

 

The story of The Worst Best Man alternates between Lina and Max, the  central characters. Lina does not express her emotions too much, but she communicates well as a narrator. Max has a playful side to his narrative, yet there is depth  in him. His presence is always joyful and adorably self-deprecating. The chemistry between the leads fuel the romantic story. It does have its adult moments and humor along with it.

The story has the right amount of pacing. There is no lag. It is fun, engaging and romantic. The hate-to-love trope is handled in a nuanced way that makes the transition believable to the readers.

Characters and Conflicts

 

 

Lina and Max, as previously mentioned, are the central characters of the story. Max being the title character is endearing and adorable. Lina on the other hand is strong willed, confident and reflects the life of a second generation immigrant, bringing her closer to real world.

Max’s charm and Lina’s wit brings out the amazing chemistry between the two. It makes the reader root for them as a couple. Andrew, being Max’s brother has an important impact in their lives.

Which is why he is another relevant character in the story after these two. However, the one problem with the book is it does not give Andrew or Max a complete character arc. The confrontation does not exactly live up to the rivalry. Except that, the book scores in every way. Also, the supporting characters could have given more time. But none of these minute details take away the charm of the overall story. 

 

Conclusion

 

Despite the serious mood the world is in today, this is a fun escape reading. Although if you miss the normal things, let me give you a few trigger warnings : eating at a restaurant , wedding planning and wedding. Hope you have fun reading this one.

 

 

 

 

 

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