Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Publication Date: April 15, 2017
Publisher: Bright Girl Book
Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
(Part of the Chic Manila series, but can be read as a standalone.)
I finally got my hands on one of the books Sil always recommends as great romance and whoa, am I glad I did that. Better Than You At Weddings is part of a romance books set in Manila, Philippines by an #ownvoices author.
What immediately appealed to me in the book is how easily I could see this as a movie, a great rom-com that focused on wedding planners who had to come together to plan a wedding reluctantly because the couple getting married has a shitload of drama and had to get Daphne and Aaron involved.
I especially liked Daphne’s wit and lack of fucks to give when it came to the couple. She was so vocal about her dislike of Greg who is her oldest friend, while she didn’t really have much about Helen to like or dislike her. Aaron on the other hand is Helen’s oldest friend who was hired by her as a sick test. Only a year into wedding planning, Aaron is lowkey starstruck when he meets the Goddess of Wedding Planners: Daphne and Daphne knows it and is unapologetic about how good she is. I loved every bit of Daphne’s characterization. Finally a heroine who was not ashamed of how hardworking she is. Although she’s thirty four, Daphne has simply quit both men and pork, which the power of her will. This book hit close to heart since I have a sister who’s a couple of years younger than Daphne yet my sister is tormented by this intense need to be married by a certain age but my sister is not married. I recommended this book to her but she has yet to read it. Don’t worry, I’ll insist she starts it soon.
The plot moved at such a good pace that I did not find one boring moment. It was so refreshing to read a book set in the Philippines, especially since it dealt with universal themes such as marriage and the pressure women are faced with concerning their age and career. The imagery was stunning and so easy to conjure to my mind.
Aaron’s point of view was surprisingly good as well. I guess it’s what to expect from a talented romance writer, who I admire so much since they capture the essence of characters while bringing forth a compelling story such as Daphne and Aaron’s. Since this deals with people in their early thirties, expect some sex scenes, which were so tasteful and sweet to read. None of the awkwardness associated with other erotic books. Aaron and Daphne have incredible chemistry and their dialogue was so interesting.
Again, seeing a movie adaptation of this book, done right, would be an absolute delight. I’m also very much interested in reading the rest of this series since this book was heaven sent.
Have you read Better Than You At Weddings? If yes, how was it for you? If no, what are you waiting for? It’s available for free on Kindle Unlimited, which you can try for a week for free on any device, as long as you’ve got the kindle app.
About the Author
Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.
She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to “Is this story based on you?” is always, always “No.”