Format: Kindle Edition (368 pages) & Audiobook (10 hours, 1 min)
Narrators: Rebecca Mozo and Wayne Mitchell
Published: February 4th 2020 by Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Blurb: 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…
What a delight. I was a little unsure how this love triangle would work out as it involves two brothers. But it actually wasn’t a real triangle. Also, one situation wasn’t love as much as it was “the expected path”.
Carolina “Lina” Santos found out on her wedding day that her groom Andrew Hartley had fled after a discussion with his best man/younger brother Max. While she was humiliated, Lina forged ahead with her life and her career as a wedding planner.
A couple of years later, Lina found herself having to work on a project with Max, the man she blamed for her ruined day. It was clear from the first day that Lina was out to make Max suffer but Max was going out of his way to try to help Lina as he felt remorse. The project required Max to help pitch why Lina would be the perfect wedding consult for a Hotel group, and Max was determined to redeem himself in Lina’s eyes.
The author did a great job developing the characters and their background. I really liked Max from the beginning. It was clear that the non wedding was the best thing that could have happened to Lina. Lina came from a Brazilian family and they owned a restaurant. The dishes the author described really made me my mouth water.
The story was just interesting and engaging. I wanted to see more of Max and Lina together. The chemistry between Lina and Max was off the charts. I like how the author built them up and laid a proper foundation for their relationship. I enjoyed the push and pull of familial support on Lina’s side. I listened to this one and read it at the same time. I plan to buy the paperback as this will be amongst my favorite reads of 2020.