The Worst Best Man: A Novel

The Worst Best Man: A Novel

by Mia Sosa


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"A romantic comedy that's fun and flirty, young and fresh." – Popsugar (22 of the Best Books This Winter Has to Offer)

One of Oprah Magazine's 21 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020, EW's 20 New Books to Read in February, and PopSugar's 25 Brilliant New Books Hitting Shelves. A LibraryReads Pick for February and Amazon Best Romance of the Month!

Mia Sosa delivers a sassy, steamy #ownvoices enemies-to-lovers novel, perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Helen Hoang, and Sally Thorne!

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 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. 

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 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. 

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062909879
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 16,234
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Mia Sosa writes funny, flirty, and moderately steamy contemporary romances that celebrate our multicultural world. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School, Mia practiced First Amendment and media law in the nation’s capital for ten years before trading her suits for loungewear (read: sweatpants). Born and raised in East Harlem, New York, she now lives in Maryland with her college sweetheart, their two bookaholic daughters, and one dog that rules them all.

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The Worst Best Man: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
gaele 10 days ago
Lina is first-generation Brazilian, not particularly fluent in Portuguese, determined, dedicated and utterly adorable! With a family of aunts and cousins who are involved in every step she takes, and everyone has some sort of ‘specialty” they are protective, hard working and the love of family (and those they accept into the circle) shines through. Actually, while I was reading this I was missing the people that I used to work with from Brazil and Portugal – from their good-natured overbearing mothering to the food – the chance to see things from the ‘other side’ was welcome. But, as busy as she is, Lina’s struggling to make ends meet in the competitive and expensive DC market. A wedding planner who in one wedding managed to ‘create’ eyebrows for a groom, praise a bride’s choice of a green dress that had her looking more like a celery stalk and a chat with a guest who handed over a card and asked to meet – things just may be ready to change. The chance of her lifetime comes with several hiccups – most of which Lina handles with a calm exterior and some rather brash decisions as she stuffs down her shock at coming face to face with the man who left her at the altar AND his brother who (as the story goes) was the one to ‘reaffirm his choice”. When you add that shock into the ‘competition between Lina and her ex’s brother Max against another wedding planner and her ex Andrew, the story is cleverly set to be an enemies to friends and possibly lovers story. Once you get past all of the obstacles: emotional, familial and the ever-present potential of their ‘connections’ being unveiled. But aside from giving BOTH Max and Lina some real issues to work out: from sibling rivalry to low self-esteem, Sosa also manages to dip into the secret reasons behind Lina’s often ‘ice princess’ demeanor, and shared the difficulties of being a woman with emotional reactions, further complicated by being a woman of color AND the pressure that she feels to not let her mother and aunts down – as they had all worked very hard with next to nothing to provide their children with opportunities and options. Honestly? Most of this book was like sitting in the room as everything happened around you – with captions for the interior dialog. From heartfelt sharing of confidences, issues and challenges to steam up the room – the story felt organic, real and like a very loud group of friends had invited you in – and let you celebrate, struggle and love with them all. If you’ve not tried a book from Mia Sosa – Start with this…. Then I can recommend her Love On Cue series as you wait for her next book. You won’t regret it – this is a favorite read from easily the last 18 months or so! I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Susanmc81 16 days ago
This is a delightful Enemies to Lovers RomCom. Carolina “Lina” Santos is a woman who is always in control. When she gets a great job opportunity, she ends up having to work with her almost brother-in-law Max Hartley. Since Lina partially blames Max for being unceremoniously dumped on her wedding day, she isn’t thrilled working with him. This is a nice set up for a romance with a lot of laughs. I loved Max! He is in an unhealthy competition his older brother Andrew, so falling for his brother’s ex is a problem. Lina was a little harder to warm up too, but since her character is always trying to lock down her emotion, that makes sense. This was my first book by this author, and I will definitely be reading her other books. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
wendm_ccbh 16 days ago
An unexpected attraction. Enemies-to-lovers. Playful banter. The Worst Best Man is a slow burning multicultural romance with a tad bit of comedy. Lina is jilted at the altar by her fiance via text. Fast forward 3 years and she now must work with Max, the best man against her ex Andrew for the chance of a life time... A chance to show Rebecca Cartwright she's the best wedding planner. Lina is a fierce, headstrong, aggressive Latina woman who knows what she wants and fights for it. Max is calm and patient. But he has always been overshadowed by his brother Andrew, which ultimately causes a rift in their relationship. But the more time he and Lina spend together; the more a sort of friendship develops. This book was not necessarily a favorite for me. The beginning was a bit of a slow start. I felt like it took almost until the end of the novel for the h/H to finally be together, so there wasn't as much romance. Mia Sosa is a new author to me but I'm looking forward to reading her other works. I definitely recommend you give this book a shot.
DonnaLab 2 hours ago
The story opens on the day of Wedding Planner Carolina "Lina" Santos' own wedding. As she's waiting in the wings for her cue, her fiance Andrew's brother and best man, Max comes to the church to let her know that he received a text from Andrew saying he can't go through with the wedding because of a conversation that he had had with Max the previous evening. Although not heartbroken, Lina is embarrassed, due to the fact that weddings are her business and very angry with Max for his part in it. Advance a few years and Lina is offered a chance to work for a 5 star hotel as their exclusive, in house wedding planner. The catch, she has to work with Andrew and Max. This story had the making of a hit, but in my opinion, the author left a void. The premise allowed for the inclusion of much hilarity between the main characters which wasn't harnessed to it's full potential. I enjoy a good enemies-to-lovers story, but found this one to be just okay. Thank you Mia Sosa, Harper-Collins, Avon and NetGalley for gifting me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
bandherbooks 2 days ago
Listening to the audio of THE WORST BEST MAN was a pleasure for my ears and a delight for my heart. And not only did I enjoy a lovely and romantic adventure watching Max and Lina fall in love, I actually laughed and could see this entire novel thrown on to the big screen basically beat for beat. And while there are super big feelings, emotions, and hurdles for our couple to deal with, the story never lost its hope and lightness. There are no unexpected deaths, illnesses, or babies. Just grown-ups with jobs and families and feelings and their work to deal with all of these things. Plus, the sexy times are delicious yet also had the couple laughing and not being super serious all the time, which was lovely to see depicted. Showing lovers laughing together over silly things that sometimes happen during sex is so important, because it can't all be mind-blowing intensity all the time. Best of all, the entire cast of characters, including the ex who jilted Lina and is a jerk to his brother Max, are completely fleshed out. This world Sosa has created is super fun and I cannot wait for more stories! I received a free copy from the publisher for review.
eleventhirteenpm 2 days ago
I absolutely loved this premise and hate to love will always be my favorite trope, so there was no way I would be skipping this story. I liked Lina and Max. She’s a bit stand off-ish, but loving and loyal with her family. He’s charming and at odds with his. Together, there is some button pushing, light flirting, and a whole lot of potential. There are a good amount of characters, but no one felt flat and I truly enjoyed Lina’s family. Plot wise, it was okay. I didn’t really see the growth in their relationship. Even with several scenes of them together, the first sex scene seemed out of place to me. They did talk, but about nothing of value and while their inner monologues reflected how they felt, no one opened their mouths about it. The hot and cold from both of them was really repetitive. Overall, I enjoyed the wedding things and everything shared about the Brazilian culture; however I wanted more for these two characters. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**
Naomi Denton 3 days ago
Thank you so much @NetGalley and @AvonBooks for giving me this digital Advance Reader Copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. (Release Date | 04 February 2020) SYNOPSIS | Lina Santos is a wedding planner who spends the majority of her time making other people's dreams come true. Unfortunately she wasn't able to make her own wedding dreams a reality as she was left at the altar on the day of her wedding. Her darling fiancé left his brother (Max) to explain that he may have had something to do with this turn of events. Fast forward a few years and Lina is applying for a highly coveted wedding planner role at a hotel chain only to find that she has to work with either her ex-fiancé or his brother to prepare the marketing materials for her interview. MY THOUGHTS | I am so excited because this is the first book that I have read in 2020 that deserves all 5 stars! It is so rare to find a relationship that I truly root for, where the main guy is sensitive & compassionate and not a chauvinistic pig with possessive dirty talk. I was rooting for Lina & Max from the first few chapters (& obviously enemies to lovers is one of my favourite romance tropes!)
Educator_550974 8 days ago
Funny and interesting tale of two brothers and a wedding planner. The way the author writes one can clearly see the action. This could so be a Lifetime or Hollywood script. Lina is smart and a stickler for details. Max is attempting to remove himself from his brother's shadow.The two band together to help each other achieve their goals. Can they ignore their growing feelings each other despite the fact that Lina was engaged to Max's brother?
CourtFall 8 days ago
This is my first book from this author, and so far I really love what I've read from her! This book has a little bit of everything - drama, comedy, chemistry and romance. It's a stand-alone enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy, and well worth the read. Lina is left at the alter by Andrew and his brother Max is the bearer of the bad news. Years later, Max and Lina end up partnered together in a bid to further their careers, and Lina is finding out that you really shouldn't hate the messenger. There was a lot to like about this book: feisty Lina and honorable Max, in good taste practical jokes, fun dialog, slow-burning chemistry, crazy family members - the list goes on! But one of my favorite parts of this book was all of the Brazilian/Portuguese culture. Lina's heritage is so important to her, and I loved how the author made it a focus of the book. I would definitely recommend picking this book up for a fun HEA read. Note: I gratefully received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Kristy_K 10 days ago
I so wanted to like this book more than I did. But for as much as I love the diversity and unique story line, the characters and dialogue were stilted and felt off. There were times when I couldn't tell who's point of view I was reading, Lina's or Max's. And some of it got a little cringey. Unfortunately, this romantic comedy left me wanting.
17551958 10 days ago
OMG ... what a read! I can't thank you enough NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers/Avon for allowing me to read the ARC of this freaking amazing book! I can't tell you enough how Mia's words on the pages just come to life. This book has left me automatically putting every book she ever wrote on my MUST READ LIST! Five huge stars I rate this book...and will be shouting from the roof tops to all my book followers and lovers they need to run not walk to go buy this book when it's published in February 2020. This is a laugh out loud, clutch your heart romantic comedy book. I loved the sarcastic dialog between Lina and Max and the openness of their feelings they had. This book truly has it all. I don't want to go into detail on what this story is all about because you can get it all by the book description. I just want to stress to you that YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! The only thing I would say that is missing from this book is an Epilogue at the end..I wanted to read of what happens to them. But maybe Mia did this on purpose that we will in fact get more to the story in Deans upcoming book witch is going on my TBR request now. All in all this was a sweet, enjoyable, heartwarming, smart, entertaining rom-com that will surely be read by all more than once.
Lorizen 10 days ago
My first read by the author and won't be my last. Meet Max and Lina. I had the love/ hate thing going on with Max for a while. Lina is a gem. Meet Max and Lina. Max is the brother of Lina's ex who dumped her at the altar, Max had the misfortune of delivering the bad news to the bride, along with the role he played in the groom changing his mind. Max isn't a bad guy, the brother is a class A jerk. They both work for their mother's large corporation; brother rides on Max's coattails while taking all the credit and praise for a job well done. So there's that. Max just wants to be acknowledged for what he does and really does try to make things a success, even in the worst of circumstances. Max meets that when the firm lands a big job handling PR for a highly successful boutique hotel, where the new manager wants to break into the wedding destination business. After she meets Lina who is now a wedding and event planner at a family wedding, she invites Lina to apply for the position. When a meeting is arranged with the PR folks and Lina, she walks into her worst nightmare. There sits her ex, his brother Max and herself. Lina decides to play it like she didn't know them and the two go along with that. Not wanting to sabotage the job, after all they have to answer to their mother! Max and Lina are working together to formulate a plan for her to present to the new manager. This new work could be the answer to her prayers. No more struggle, no more feeling like she's disappointed her mother and aunts. Lina has a lot riding on this, along with dealing with Max and all the pretending that goes on. Max wants Lina to succeed, not just for himself, to prove to his mother that he is valuable, but for Lina. As the story unfolds we watch their relationship change into something other than as well. The book is full of laughs, cultural diversity, the strength of women encouraging other women, sibling rivalry and witty banter. I enjoyed the banter between the two. I also enjoyed watching Max getting Lina to take a risk and to relax. Good story and you'll be rooting for Max and Lina to succeed! Add this to your TBR! Great story!
Anonymous 11 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. At first it seemed that this was going to follow some typical tropes about a woman whose prospective groom abandons her before the wedding and the groom’s brother, the best man gets some of the blame. But what really gives this book character is the book’s focus on the heroine’s Brazilian-American family of three sisters who moved to Maryland and opened a store selling Brazilian foods and goods. Lina is the daughter of one of those sisters and she’s trying to build her wedding planning business after the disaster of her own wedding. There is a too-coincidental-by-half plot that Lina has to gain a job being a wedding planner for a ritzy Washington hotel and the hotel manager sets up an employment competition by pairing Lina and her competitor with two marketing executives who just happen to be...her ex-fiance and his brother. She gets paired with Max, the brother to prepare her pitch. This was just too unbelievable, but it does serve its role as a plot device to get Lina and Max to spend a lot of time together and come to enjoy each other’s company. And Max turns out, of course, to be much more than how he first seemed in the beginning. I really enjoyed the exploration of Lina’s Brazilian heritage whether it was describing the food or capoeira, Brazilian martial art/dancing mix. And Lina’s family are a hoot and so much fun. The close bond among all of them is very endearing. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Oof, this one is hard. I adored the concept and I was SO looking forward to reading this. The cover is spot on. The heroine's Brazilian family is fabulous and I loved how her heritage was a big part of her life. The hero was a ton of fun and easy to connect with. All that said... They had zero chemistry. She wasn't likable. Their initial conflict of circumstances and work challenge was enough, but then she went and threw on a bunch of juvenile BS without providing context, logic, or reason. While the book is written in first person, the reader is never fully let into the heroine's emotions, body cues, or thoughts--which means that at times it reads like a diary rather than an experience with a character. I wanted so badly to enjoy this book. But for me, this one fell flat.
FCA 14 days ago
There was a lot to like about Mia Sosa's "The Worst Best Man." It had humor, two great MCs who communicate, delicious food mentions, and it was #ownvoices. Their enemies-to-lovers banter and hijinks at the beginning made me chuckle a bit. I really enjoyed the heroine's work competence and her ability to stand up for herself. I appreciated how the hero was respectful and took opportunities to learn. I felt the pacing was a little off--the relationship transitions were rather abrupt, and the middle lagged a little. But otherwise, on paper, it was everything I like in romance novels. But I felt like something was missing, and around the halfway point I realized what it was: passion. The story & the characters did not make me FEEL anything. I was interested in them, but politely so. Nothing about this book swept me away. And maybe it wasn't supposed to, which is fine, but it did take some of the enjoyment out for me. **Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an advanced ecopy in exchange for an honest review.**
moonfox1234 15 days ago
I liked this book, I truly did but I thought the pacing was just too slow. Sure, I enjoyed the story idea, the characters (although, Lina's anger seemed excessive and mostly misplaced), some of the humor, the chemistry and the many sparks generated from animosity and attraction but still, I could not stop myself from getting distracted or simply choosing to go do something else to take a break from what seemed at times like a never ending walk on a hamster wheel (E.g.: A whole lot of work, with very little progress to show for it).
Angela Houston 15 days ago
Oh, book friends. I can't wait to talk about today's novel. Thank you to HarperCollins and to NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this novel. All opinions in this review are my own. Carolina "Lina" Santos has just been left at the metaphorical altar by her husband-to-be, Andrew. But does he have the decency to tell her himself? Of course not. He lets his brother do the rejecting for him. And just when she thinks her day couldn't get any worse, Max lets it slip that he's the one that may have "accidentally" coerced his brother into backing out of their forthcoming nuptials. Oh, hell no! Three years later, Lina is running her successful wedding planning business and is up for the job opportunity of a lifetime. The Cartwright Hotel Group in DC is looking for a full-time wedding coordinator, and the job offer couldn't have come at a more perfect time. The catch? The hotel manager's marketing guy is none other than Max Hartley—her ex-fiancé's messenger boy—and she has to partner up with him in order to come up with the perfect pitch to solidify her prospective job position. Of course. Why wouldn't she be paired with the worst best man ever? I LOVED this novel. Mia Sosa delivers the kind of sass and flair that every woman dreams of embodying, and she touches on important issues like diversity and what it means to be an Afro-Latinx woman in a male-dominated world. Featuring fierce, capable, infinitely strong women and an adorable male lead, who always manages to say the wrong thing at the wrong time but in a hilarious way, the voice of this novel captured me from the very first page, and I laughed my way from beginning to end. The heat level was a few notches above what I normally go for, but it is sexy, empowering, and female-forward. This romantic comedy satisfies some wonderful tropes of its genre, like falling for the wrong guy, attraction over sensibility, and casual fling to serious romance. I learned much about Portuguese culture and about what it means to the main character to have been raised by a line of strong, independent women. I loved the message that it's okay to be a badass and that it's also okay to cry; we can do both! Do yourself a favor and check this one out for yourself, readers. It just released TODAY, and you're going to want to snatch it from the bookshelf before they have to restock (which I'm guessing won't take long!).
Tink4evr 16 days ago
Mia Sosa hasn’t disappointed, this is an amazingly great romcom. She exudes a sense of wit and fun in her writings that just makes you laugh out loud and roll your eyes. Lina and Max make an adorable couple. They have history and now have to operate in the present. With her ever present family members filled with vibrant personalities they get all kinds of interference. You will keep turning the pages just to see what antics they will get up to next.
Timitra 16 days ago
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.
Anonymous 16 days ago
The Worst Best Man is a delicious romantic comedy from Mia Sosa that features a diverse cast. It follows wedding planner Carolina Santos as she tries to land her dream job while working with her ex fiancé, who left her at the altar, and his family. Carolina or Lina, is a smart vivacious woman who has to work with her ex’s brother, Max Hartley, for a pitch at an interview, but they end up falling in lust and possibly in love? Talk about an awkward situation! As Lina deals with her feelings and blossoming attraction to Max, they deal with unresolved feelings leftover from the fact that Andrew, Lina’s ex fiancé, broke up with her based on Max’s unsolicited advice. Lina tries to get some well deserved payback because of this. This was a sweet read that featured an Afro-Latinx Brazilian character and her quirky lovable family. The book focused on Brazilian culture and food that was explained very well within the text. I loved how Sosa talked about the problems Lina faced as not just being a woman, but a woman of color. The scene at the couple’s retreat comes to mind. The banter between the main characters and supporting characters was hilarious. This was my first Mia Sosa book and will not be my last. I am looking forward to the next addition in the series. It will feature Max's best friend, Dean. If you are looking for a quick romantic feel good read, The Worst Best Man should be your next read. This book was provided by the publisher from Netgalley in January 2019 for an honest review.
sexyromcomreader 16 days ago
Well-written and enjoyable, but some elements of the plot were a little off to me. The entire extended family blaming the best man so belligerently over a breakup? I mean, it seemed like they blamed him more than the actual groom. That said, the book is fairly good and it's an enjoyable quick read if you don't look too deeply into the plot. Funny, sometimes witty. I would read another book by this author.
kozbisa 16 days ago
After being left at the alter, Lina had moved on with her life. She was enjoying success as a wedding planner, and her hard work wasn't going unnoticed. She was shortlisted for the position as the in-house wedding coordinator for a high end hotel, but there was a catch. She had to commit to a competition type interview, paired with one of the hotel's marketing team members, and who does she get paired with? Her ex-fiancee's brother, who was better known for his role in ruining her wedding. This was my very first Mia Sosa reading experience, and I have to say, it was a great one. The Worst Best Man had so many elements I love, AND Sosa did them very well. ✓ Hate-to-Love I see so many people extoll their praises for the hate-to-love trope. It's always sort of fun to see two people's animosity towards each other morph into a different sort of passion, and that's exactly how I felt watching Lina and Max fall in love. Lina always blamed Max for the demise of her relationship with his brother, and therefore, her hatred seemed justified. She couldn't go full attack on him, as she really did want to win the job of her dreams, but she was determined to make him pay, at least a little. She tricked him into some situations, which made me laugh, but what I really enjoyed, was when she began to see him in a different way. Lina couldn't fail to notice how much Max had changed over the years, and how those changes were for the better. Max also started to see Lina in a new light, now that she was not attached to his brother, and neither could deny their attraction, nor what grew from it. ✓ Rom-com Sosa has a great sense of humor, and she passed that on to her characters. There were many genuine rom-com moments in this story. From the cake tasting to the Virginia shenanigans, Max and Lina kept ending up in those classic situations, that were both funny and meaningful for the evolution of their relationship. That's a dose of double joy for me, because I love to laugh, and I am all about seeing a love match happen. ✓ Fantastic family Though Max and his brother, Andrew, had one of those competitive relationships, Max did enjoy a nice rapport with his mother. They didn't get too many scenes together, but they shared some lovely moments on-page. However, it was Lina's family that stole the show. They were a lively bunch, and I found myself looking forward to any and all family gatherings. Every time they were together held the promise of laughter, but as I laughed, I did so with a warm heart, because there was also a lot of love between them all. ✓ Quality bromance Mia Sosa - Can Dean get his own book, please? I mean, how awesome were the interactions between him and Max? Their friendship was so wonderful! The way they spoke openly, and showed up, when they thought they were needed. That sleepover had me in stitches, but also made me a bit jealous of the strength of their bond. ✓ Swoonworthy hero and fabulous heroine I found Max utterly wonderful! He was charming and sweet, and he just fit into Lina's life so well. I will admit, I struggle with relatives having had relationships with the same people, but I enjoyed these two together so much, I was able to erase Lina's previous relationship from my mind. There was a lot more to than sexy times and chemistry to sell me on this pairing, too. Both Max and Lina thought they had a lot to prove. They never felt like they were enough, but together, they were unstoppable. They pushed each other, encourage