Review: Better At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra.

34629572Better At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra.
Published April 15th 2017.
214 pages.
Rating: 5/5
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Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job. 

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster?

I was so excited to start this book that I got scared I had build up to it too much and I’d end up disappointed. I am very happy to inform you that not only that didn’t happen, but this is now one of my favorite contemporary romance books.

Daphne Cardenas is the the most recognized wedding planner around, and she has to take over as an emergency for another planner as a favor to her friend that happens to be the groom. The tricky part is, she has to work together with the former planner, Aaron Trinidad, – who has no idea why he was fired in the first place – to catch up on everything that has already been done and still has to be done, with the wedding only a month away.

Daphne is an incredible protagonist, I absolutely loved her. One thing that struck me and made me respect her, and her mother, even more is how they view life. My mother is like Daphne’s, when she was in her thirties she decided she wanted to have kids, so she came up to her boyfriend at the time – my dad – and said she wanted a child but he didn’t need to take any responsibility and could be as present as he liked, and hey here I am. So when Daphne explained her view of marriage and that it doesn’t matter if society pressures you, you should to do whatever you’re comfortable with and not put yourself into bad situations for not having the same ideals.

Aaron is such a sweetheart, he’s an amazing hero; so charming and endearing. I loved the fact that he was the one who still had a lot to learn about the industry, while Daphne already has a name for herself, and that doesn’t bother him in the least. This is so important, because guys are so easily threaten by powerful women, and he’s so great about it all, he admires Daphne so much and it’s inspiring to see it.

I loved their relationship and how everything progressed, it might’ve been fast, but it didn’t feel rushed, it felt right. And there was absolutely no unnecessary drama, I was so relieved by that. When they were in their honeymoon vacation together and she flirted with that other guy, I was so scared that would become a unnecessary plot device of secrecy and deception. But Daphne was so open with Aaron about it and I was so relieved. It’s rare that unnecessary drama is avoided in romance books, I was actually impressed.

I’m new to romanceclass books, I’m making my way through them slowly but surely, and so far, this has been my favorite one. It was entertaining and light to read. The writing was amazing, the characters banter and interactions were super fun to read, I never wanted it to end.


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