by Misa Sosa
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Source: PublisherCritically acclaimed author Mia Sosa delivers a sassy, steamy enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about a woman whose new job requires her to work side-by-side with the best man who ruined her wedding: her ex-fiancé's infuriating, irritating, annoyingly handsome brother. 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 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...
When I started this book, I was loving this story and these characters. Nothing gets me like a good enemies to lovers romance and Lina really hated Max when he encourages his brother to break up with her on their wedding day. Flash forward five years and Lina and Max have to work together on a project that could earn Lina the job of a lifetime. Of course, she wants to keep Max as far away as possible, but Max is determined to do his fair share and help her win the job.
My favorite part of this book was when Max and Lina had to pretend to be a couple and it gave me so many Unhoneymooners vibes. Lina was trying everything to push Max's buttons and test him, but he took everything in stride. Their bantering was so fun and I loved how Max genuinely liked Lina and wanted her to see he wasn't a good guy. I also loved how they were working on wedding planning! I love movies and books surrounded around weddings, so I enjoyed how Lina was working on weddings throughout the book.
When Lina decided she didn't like Max anymore, I kind of...lost some interest in the romance? I love enemies to loves and the angst that comes with that. Once they're done hating each other, that angst and tension is over and I wanted it to last a little bit longer. I also wasn't a fan of the overly malicious character at the end that felt like more of a soap opera conflict. So I loved the first half and enjoyed the second half. But if you want a fun enemies to lovers, pick this one up!