Rating: ☆☆☆ 1/2
Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 359 pages
Author: Mia Sosa
Release Date: February 4th, 2020
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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.
ALMOST ALL GOOD.
I was looking for a quick contemporary romance with a good HEA. I found that this was mostly the case here so it’s fine.
Who did I love most? MAX. Goodness he was the sweetest. I adored his demeanor and the way he interacted and doted on Lina. Super romantic, super into it. Lina was a fiercely strong woman running her own business and I loved her tenacity. It was also fun seeing her career as a wedding planner and different things that comes with.
The spice was definitely too high for me and had to skip more than I expected (which if you love spice, maybe check this one out!). Besides that my only real complaint was the dreaded conflict. I thought we’d be out of the woods, but noooooo, Max decided all of a sudden that he was going to be upset over something I thought he had decided wasn’t a factor and then things went downhill. The resolution was cute and all, I guess, I was just ready to be finished by then.
Besides that glaring miscommunication, a really solid read. The audio was a good listen and it really does fly by. A lot of cute scenes, funny shenanigans and all of the Brazilian culture was awesome to read about.
Overall audience notes:
- Contemporary Romance
- Language: some strong
- Romance: kisses to very open door scenes
- Trigger/Content Warnings: being left on wedding day