Title: Better At Weddings Than You
Series: Chic Manila, #9
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Publication Date: April 15, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
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 had this in my Kindle app a few days after its release but I was just able to get through it a month after (May 17th to be exact). I also held publishing this review for a while because I wanted this to be on my new blog (which is here) and that time, this place was just a mess.

Anyway, Better At Weddings Than You is a lighthearted read that's got little bits of drama to twist your emotions, the right amount of hotness that isn't too overboard to spice up your reading life, and the overall sweetness that makes you go all warm and fuzzy and smile (seriously, I had to hold back smiling like a hopeless romantic because I was reading this in public).

Daphne is a professional wedding planner who only wants what's best for her clients. She's also an organized person and I relate to that. I find her admirable that she takes wedding planning seriously and that she really knows how to manage things (like the time, the setting, the things that should go here and there for the event, etc.). She's also adorable when she's not on business mode. Aaron, on the other hand, is also a professional and he's like this cool and silent kind of guy. But actually, he's so cute on the inside and not to mention, very sweet. He's also a serious person, like Daphne, when it comes to wedding planning. I also gotta give it to Aaron because he's not this possessive guy who thinks he owns the girl even when they're not in a relationship. Give me more romance books that have male characters like him please. They both have these notebooks where they write their plans and it was fun to read when they bicker and tease each other. I love them both together and I also love them as individual characters.

Like I said in my Goodreads mini review, I love the build-up of their relationship. They started out as a partners and kept things professional, got to know each other, and that's where they slowly started as friends and later on it developed into something more. I really thought this would be a one-person POV (Daphne's) but as I keep flipping the page, we get Aaron's POV too! I was so happy to get to read his POV because the way he looks and thinks about Daphne just made me melt. I just love their chemistry so much. And the pretend honeymoon in Palawan (this story is set in the Philippines by the way, hence the series called Chic Manila)? ROMANTIC. Palawan is one of the prettiest destinations in the country when it comes to beach resorts and other water activities. So when they were there, I mentally sighed dreamily picturing them.

This may be a part of a series but you can read it as a stand-alone. Although for my part, I wish I read the previous books because some characters made their appearance here. Then again, I wouldn't mind rereading this if I get the chance to finally read from the first book of the Chic Manila series to the current one. I've only read this and Fairy Tale Fail (the second book which I also love). Seriously, this is the kind of New Adult contemporary that I like and I highly recommend it.

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