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    The worst best man is actually a great guy

    Lina comes from a close knit Brazilian immigrant family and works as a wedding planner. Although she’s volatile and emotional by nature, she’s been teased by her family all her life for her inability control her emotions and has also had several costly emotional outbursts in the past, so now she tightly controls her emotions to the point that she appears to be emotionless and lacking empathy. When her safe fiancé breaks off the wedding on the day of, and blames the best man (his own brother), for advice that led to the break off, Lina immediately decides she hates the brother, Max. Three years later, when she runs into both brothers again and is forced to work with Max in order to secure a job as wedding planner for a prestigious hotel, we start to see why she reacts the way she does. Initially, I didn’t find Lina very sympathetic because it seemed like a case of shooting the messenger. She tries to keep Max at a distance, and his opinion of her is not particularly favorable either, but then both he and the reader start to see the real Lina, buried under layers of control. She’s warm and caring, just very wary of letting down her guard. I loved the way Max helped her feel safe enough to open up to him and the way she saw through his shell also. I loved all of the Brazilian culture woven into the book, and I also enjoyed the scenes where Lina was shown competently performing her job. Overall, a very good book, my first from this author, but I’ll definitely check out more of her books. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    The Worst Best Man was a fun read.

    I’ve been in a Rom Com mood recently and The Worst Best Man fit the bill. It has that fantastically awkward combination of cringe and funny. Our Heroine Lina was left at the alter years ago by our Hero’s brother. And her ex-fiance is so cowardly he essentially forces his younger brother to be the one to tell Lina, after blaming him for “opening his eyes.” Understandably, Lina has some bitterness regarding the Hartley brothers. So when they are both in an interview for Lina’s dream job, she panics and pretends she’s never met them before. In order to win this dream job, she has to work together with Max, her ex-fiance’s brother. The banter between the two was hilarious, and while their pranks on each other were a little immature, it was still lighthearted and fun to read about. You could really see their friendship develop as they adjust from enemies to friends and eventually to lovers. The sexy scenes were a little awkward, which took away from my overall enjoyment, but it didn’t feel as integral to the story as their emotional development. One of my favorite parts was her relationship with her Brazilian immigrant family. How Lina felt like she had to measure up to her mother’s strength and success, how the rest of the world treated her as a Latinx and how she felt she needed to lock down her emotions in order to survive professionally. It was a great addition to the story and added some depth not always seen in a Rom Com. I do feel like it ended very abruptly and could have benefited from an epilogue. Regardless, The Worst Best Man was a fun read.
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    Rated 3.5 Stars

    The Worst Best Man started out great. It was funny and had me fully engaged. However the pettiness irritated me and became tiresome. It went downhill from there and never fully recovered what I initially loved about it. There were cute and sweet moments I enjoyed but overall it just didn't work for me. That said, I am looking forward to reading the next book.
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    Worth reading it!

    A really good book! Loved rhe characters and the dual POV.
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    funny, steamy, enlightening rom-com

    Review originally published at Romancing Romances. This book is written by a Brazilian author, and I had a great time reading it, and reading a bit of Brazilian Portuguese. The Worst Best Man has an “enemies to lovers” trope, although I don’t really think Max and Lina were enemies per se, but more Lina hated him for something they both believed he had caused, even if he hasn’t the one to actually do the deed. Max is charming, funny, caring, and very good at his marketing job. Lina is a sexy, emotional, resilient, funny, hard-working wedding planner. And Lina was engaged to Max’s brother. Literally, they broke up on the wedding day – Andrew sent Max a text to tell Lina it was over. Classy, right? Anyway, Max and Lina have to work together to create a pitch for Lina’s dream job, and pretty much Max’s dream job as well. Which means they have to put their differences aside and work together to “sell” Lina as the best wedding planner for a rich hotel. As they start to get along, they go to visit a wedding venue, and… oh no, the car broke down, and they have to stay there, and there’s only one room for a couple, so of course they decide to share but there’s only one bed. Another great trope. I really liked the way the author introduced the change in pace between our couple, how they are slight enemies, to friends, to lovers, to and actual couple. The event at the wedding venue was a touch of genius to get the characters to open up without forcing them and to give us readers both inside in the life of WOC (Women of Colour), “A Black woman isn’t justifiably upset, she’s angry. A Latinx person confronts someone, they’re fiery or feisty. I don’t like raising my voice in public, Max. There’s too much baggage associated with it. A woman gets emotional in the workplace, she’s irrational and not fit for leadership.”, and a male character who recognizes his privileged and own prejudice, "I’m a White man, and I’m embarrassed to realize that none of this would have occurred to me if Lina hadn’t forced me to see it. It’s a privilege I take for granted—the ability to be who I want and say what I want no matter the space I’m in." This was a funny, steamy, enlightening rom-com, with great touches of Brazilian culture, from capoeira to brigadeiros, and it really was a joy to read it.
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