Light, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny is the definition of a good rom-com, and Mia Sosa’s The Worst Best Man fits the genre to a tee. Add in interesting, relatable characters you’ll root for, a peek into Brazilian culture, and a decent dose of steam, and you’ve got a charming read.
The writing is high-quality (Yay! So rare these days.), and easy to read in the best possible way. Carolina Santos is a wedding planner who, irony of ironies, gets left at the altar. Even worse, the groom sends his brother to deliver the news.
Three years later, when Lina is going after a position as the head wedding planner for a major hotel, she finds herself face-to-face with her ex-fiancé and his brother Max. Worse, she’s forced to work with Max to put together a proposal in hopes of landing the job.
Needless to say, they have some baggage to work through. And I was happy to go along for the ride. Though a few of the twists were too obvious, it didn’t make them any less enjoyable.
I genuinely wanted these two characters to get their happy ending. I also very much enjoyed the peek into Brazilian food, culture, and language, as well as Lina’s struggles to bridge the distance between her immigrant roots, and her American life.
I decided not to give this book five stars for one main reason… Because, for a story that starts off incredibly realistic — and stays that way for much of the book — the few places where I was forced to suspend disbelief were a bit jarring and a little disappointing.
Yes, I know it’s a rom-com, and their known for their cheesy, unrealistic moments. Still, everything else about the story was so good my expectations were high. Maybe too high. If you’re looking for a solid escape, you won’t go wrong here.
Anyhoo, you should grab a copy and read and review it ASAP.