The Worst Best Man: A Novel (Paperback)

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"A romantic comedy that's fun and flirty, young and fresh." – PopSugar 

One of Oprah Magazine's 21 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020, EW's 20 New Books to Read in February, and PopSugar's 25 Brilliant New Books Hitting Shelves. A LibraryReads Pick for February and Amazon Best Romance of the Month!

Mia Sosa delivers a sassy, steamy #ownvoices enemies-to-lovers novel, 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 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. 

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 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. 

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...

"The Worst Best Man is rom-com perfection. . . Sosa has a gift with words that’s infectious and wry, one that keeps the pages turning in delight." — Entertainment Weekly

About the Author


Mia Sosa writes funny, flirty, and moderately steamy contemporary romances that celebrate our multicultural world. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School, Mia practiced First Amendment and media law in the nation’s capital for ten years before trading her suits for loungewear (read: sweatpants). Born and raised in East Harlem, New York, she now lives in Maryland with her college sweetheart, their two bookaholic daughters, and one dog that rules them all.

Praise For…


"A delightful read that is equal parts sexy, heartwarming, and seriously funny." 
— Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award Winner

“Smart, emotional, and sexy, this delightfully modern love story hits all the right notes. Sosa knows exactly what romance readers want, and delivers at every turn.”
— Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author 

"The Worst Best Man is a romantic comedy that's fun and flirty, young and fresh."
— Popsugar (22 of the Best Books This Winter Has to Offer)

“THE WORST BEST MAN is the rom-com we've been waiting for! Mia Sosa is a true talent, perfectly balancing laughter, swoony moments, and heat.”
— Tif Marcelo, author of The Key to Happily Ever After 

"Sosa handles alternating viewpoints with perfect aplomb as she once again deftly dishes up for lucky readers another irresistibly fun romance spiced with a zesty sense of humor and spiked with love scenes as hot as the ghost chilis that pepper the Brazilian cuisine featured in this tantalizing tale of love, family, and friendship."
— Booklist (starred review)

"Sosa imbues a soap operatic premise with weight and heart in this fantastically fun contemporary rom-com... Sosa’s characterization of Lina is masterfully nuanced...  Romance fans are sure to be swept away by Sosa’s empathetic characters as they make the most of a ridiculous situation."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The plot is classic “enemies to lovers” and is executed perfectly... slow-burn romance done perfectly right... A captivating love story about two people who bring out the best in each other both professionally and personally."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[A] fizzy rom-com..." 

— Entertainment Weekly (20 New Books to Read in February)

"Bring on more books about Black (and brown) women in silly situations. (We're not all about slave narratives!!!!) Mia Sosa meets this demand with her fun romantic comedy that centers on a wedding planner who was left at the altar. Now she must team up with a man she hates for a golden opportunity."
— Essence (24 Books Written By Black Authors That We Can't Wait To Read This Winter)

"Mia Sosa’s voice crackles with good old-fashioned wit—she’ll make you laugh but she’ll be so smart about doing it."
— Jenny Holiday, author of Three Little Words

“Say I do to The Worst Best Man. Flirty fun at its best, Mia Sosa’s latest book of awesome will leave you laughing and happy sighing.” 

— Avery Flynn, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best selling author 

"From beginning to end, THE WORST BEST MAN is a smokin’ hot, laugh-out-loud, heart-warming Latinx rom-com that induces pleasurable sighs of satisfaction and will have you saying, 'I Do.'"
— Priscilla Oliveras, USA Today Bestselling Author

"A true blue rom com—The Worst Best Man made me laugh out loud. Lina and Max are hilarious together, and it's a joy to watch them fall in love."
— Kate Clayborn, author of Love Lettering

"A wedding planner rom-com is the very definition of romantic fun, and Mia Sosa doesn’t disappoint... Sosa’s romance also addresses issues of work and family, and touches on the challenges facing women of color in business. The pages smoke from time to time, but this is essentially a sweet, light confection for the Valentine’s Day season."
— BookPage

"Sosa delivers a steam and witty enemies-to-lovers romance. Lina and Max’s relationship grows against a rich background of Lina’s Afro-Latinx culture, and readers will enjoy the complex cast of side characters."
— Library Journal

“The Worst Best Man is rom-com perfection... Her voice is fresh and fiercely romantic, as the bursts of humor are weighted with the beating heart of emotion palpable on every page... wit and humor that creates truly laugh-out-loud moments. Sosa has a gift with words that’s infectious and wry, one that keeps the pages turning in delight... beautiful, heart-aching realism, while packaging these concerns with a confectionary casing of witty repartee, crackling chemistry, and steamy interludes. So much so that losing oneself in this love story is a piece of (wedding) cake.”
— Entertainment Weekly


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062909879
ISBN-10: 0062909878
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English