But it was hard to talk about something that was…a moment?
It felt like it was a moment.
It felt like it would eventually be a memory.
Title: Better at Weddings than You
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
No. of Pages: 214 pages (e-book)
To be published on April 15, 2017
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 once had attended a seminar about ‘gender roles’ and I had learned then, that there are no specific roles a gender is expected to do/have.
So that’s what I actually liked about this novel by Miss Mina, it traversed its way beyond society’s expectations on what roles a man and a woman could have. Some could raise an eyebrow on a GUY being a wedding planner, but expecting it nonchalantly when a GIRL does that job.
It shows how an empowered heroine Daphne is, getting her own things done, not needing a man to be labeled as a real woman, and being successful in the field that she is passionate about.
It also shows how a guy can also feel less proud for having a GIRL be better than him in the industry he’s working on. Because, in reality, some guys could really be egotistic and not accept the fact that a GIRL could be better at him on their line of work, right? But with Aaron, there were some compromises they had to deal with, but in the end, he was willing to work with Daphne for his friends, and for him to learn more about being a certified wedding planner.
After all, it was a win-win situation for both of them. (READ THE BOOK FOR MORE DETAILS. SPOILER: steamy situation)
Anyway, it’s not my usual YA read but it’s an amazing experience to read and be in the mind of grown-ups. It makes me see how adult deals with their problems maturely (ehem Helen and Greg).
It’s also a story of a romance unexpectedly found where it shouldn’t have been, and how the girl finds herself accepting changes on her routine, and receiving love by doing so.
So, for more insights here’s a:
Character Interview with Aaron Trinidad and Daphne Cardenas
- Have you never seen any sign that Helen might have brewing feelings for you that is more than just a friend? Or you have, but you tried to give it a benefit of the doubt and just masked it as mere kindness?
- If Daphne and Greg weren’t on the picture, do you think a romantic relationship with Helen would be possible?
- What are Daphne’s qualities that make you constantly choose her despite of your short history?
Have you met her? She’s just everything. It’s nice to think that I choose her “constantly” — it also feels like the steel hand of fate gripped us both from when she first snapped at me. What sounds better? That I choose her every day, yes.
- Was there a specific moment that made you realized or provoked you to finally think that you’re tired of trying to get a serious relationship?
- Was there a time when you felt “pressured” to be in a relationship just because you’re already reaching the 30s?
- Being a wedding planner aside, how much do you believe in ‘tying-the-knots’?
So, if you’re into empowered heroine, weddings, HOT wedding planners, and a lot of food tasting, then check this book out!
Better at Weddings Than You is available in Amazon for $1.99 until April 30!
About the Author
Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in publishing.
When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.
Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).